Georgia: Orthodox Church Looks Askance at Proliferation of Yoga Studies

Yoga is growing in popularity in Georgia, particularly among Georgians who have traveled abroad - or those who are seeking help with back pain. But the growing interest has also provoked some concern from Georgian Orthodox priests, who think the practice could lead churchgoers astray

Source: Eurasianet | Molly Corso A growing number of Georgians are turning to yoga to shake off the stress of daily life. But their quest for inner calm and smaller waists is generating hostility from the powerful Georgian Orthodox Church. Over the past two years, yoga has gone from a largely unknown Eastern tradition to a popular fitness routine in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Georgian National Yoga Federation President Giorgi Berdzenishvili, a passionate practitioner for the past 15 … [Read more...]

Bishop of Orthodox Church Placed on Leave Pending Investigation

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Source: Chicago Tribune The local bishop of the Orthodox Church in America has been placed on administrative leave amid allegations of "inappropriate" behavior with a woman. The action comes more than a month after the church's national leader, from Chicago, was forced to resign. In a letter to parishioners, Bishop Matthias, 63, denied the accusations, which he said came to light in a formal complaint submitted to the church last week. "The allegations are that I made unwelcome … [Read more...]

IOCC Assesses Short, Long-Term Needs in Haiti, Gulf Coast States

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Source: Orthodox Church in America BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] Temporary shelters like this tent encampment located on a former nine-hole golf course in Port-au-Prince offered little protection against the torrential rains and wind brought on by Tropical Storm Isaac this past weekend. Two and a half years after the devastating earthquake, nearly 400,000 Haitians still live in makeshift shelters like these. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/IOCC Tropical storm Isaac’s unleashing of wind and water on Haiti on … [Read more...]

Bell Tower of Armenian Church in Turkey Back After 97 Years

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Source: PanARMENIAN.Net The bell-tower of Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakır, Turkey, is set to return to use after a 97-year interval, with a new bell made in Russia, Hurriyet Daily News reported. As part of repair and restoration work at the Surp Giragos Church a new bell was made in Moscow, and has been delivered to Diyarbakır. The bronze bell weighs 100 kilograms, and will ring from the bell-tower beginning at its reopening ceremony on November 4. The church’s bell-tower … [Read more...]

17th All-American Council to be Held in Ohio in November

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Holy Trinity Church, Parma, OH, will be the site of the 17th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, a one-day gathering on Tuesday, November 13, 2012—the Feast of Saint John Chrysostom—at which a new Primate of the Orthodox Church in America will be elected. “The Holy Synod of Bishops met in Detroit on August 13, 2012 and decided that they needed to hold the special Council as soon as possible so the work of the Church … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Archbishop Giving Benediction at GOP Convention

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Source: Newsmax Archbishop Demetrios will deliver benediction on the third night of the Republican National Convention Wednesday, August 29. The archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will anchor a night of speeches and other events that includes an address by GOP vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan along with 2008 standard bearer Sen. John McCain. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that "we will devote Wednesday night to … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Bishop: Surrogacy Equals Prostitution

Plovdiv Bishop Nikolay, known for his radical Orthodox rhetoric, has lashed out against surrogacy. Photo by Darik Plovdiv

Source: Sofia News Agency Surrogate motherhood is no different from prostitution, according to Bishop Nikolay, the radical Bulgarian Orthodox Bishop of Plovdiv. Speaking after a service in Plovdiv on Wednesday on the occasion of the arrival of holy relics of Saint Joachim and Saint Anne, the parents of Virgin Mary, Nikolay mentioned surrogacy while commenting on a recent case in which Bulgarian heroin-addicts offered their newborn baby "on sale" in an online forum for EUR 5 000. "Two … [Read more...]

Cyprus’ Orthodox Church Feels Cash Crunch

EUROKINISSI The leader of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church said Tuesday that senior clergy and staff earning over €2,000 ($2,460) a month are in for salary cuts as the island nation's ongoing financial crisis has seen church revenue dwindle.

Source: The National Herald NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The leader of Cyprus' Orthodox Christian Church said Tuesday that senior clergy and staff earning over €2,000 ($2,460) a month are in for salary cuts as the island nation's ongoing financial crisis has seen church revenue dwindle. Archbishop Chrysostomos II said the church's top decision-making body, the Holy Synod, will convene early next month to enact the cuts. He said his own salary as well as that of bishops and other high-income … [Read more...]

State’s First Orthodox Christian School Opens in Wichita

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Source: The Wichita Eagle The first Orthodox Christian school in Kansas opened Monday in northeast Wichita. Christ the Savior Academy, a private school at St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral, is beginning its first year with 18 students from pre-kindergarten through second grade. “It’s just a dream come true,” said Jennifer Sebits, president of the school’s board of trustees. “The kids are so excited.” Sebits said the school is a project of the entire Orthodox community in Wichita, … [Read more...]

The Collected Byzantine Music Works of John C. Velon Available in a New Website

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Source: St. George Publishing To honor Mr. Velon's work and to preserve his musical contributions, a project was initiated at the request of the Velon family under the leadership of George Stefanidakis, PhD to preserve the Velon manuscripts in electronic form. John’s works are now preserved and available online! A special website has been constructed, Saint George Publishing, that enables you to order individual collections of transcriptions or the entire collection. Copies of the … [Read more...]