THE TIME FOR ORTHODOX UNITY IS NOW!

Yearly Archives: 2019

Source: The Persecution of Christians The Egyptian government is very slow to approve applications for the construction of new churches. This story illustrates what are all too often the consequences: Christians go ahead with construction of an urgently needed church, and then are subjected to mob violence, often aided and abetted by government officials. As Father Sami says below: “What happened frightened us. I am a priest and it is possible for the police to cuff me if the extremist neighboring Muslims protest or gathered in front of my church. Things are getting worse, but let us pray to make…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) The Holy and Great Council of Crete in 2016 demonstrated that pan-Orthodox gatherings are possible in our time. In response to the call of the conciliar spirit, and with the blessing of the Church leadership, the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) assembled for its Inaugural Conference in Iaşi, Romania on January 9-12, 2019. Founded by Dr. Paul L. Gavrilyuk (President), Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak (Vice-President and Treasurer), Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost (Secretary), and a group of leading scholars (Group Chairs), IOTA’s mission is to promote the international exchange of knowledge within the context of the Orthodox tradition.…

Source: The Persecution of Christians His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew noted in 2013 that “the persecution of Christians has not ceased;” thus, “the Church of Christ will never cease to generate martyrs” until God “enlightens everyone, so that they understand that peace, reconciliation, tolerance, meekness, and mercy can only have a positive effect on human society in general, especially in terms of deeds and words.” “One in three Christians across Asian countries, including India, faces persecution: Report,” AFP, January 16, 2019: PARIS: One in three Christians in Asia faces high levels of persecution after a “shocking increase” of religious-based threats and violence across…

Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The culture of an organization is like a river. It can be fluid, strong and consistent, serving as a lubricant while guiding its members in the right direction. In contrast, a river can become stale and toxic, silently killing those who drink at its shore.” ~ Ron Kaufman (2002) Each year, the Oxford Press selects, then narrows down, a list of words that best highlight the manner in which the English lexicon is changing in response to current events. According to Katherine Martin, editor of the publisher’s US Dictionaries, “Oxford’s 2018 Word…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Overview of the History of OCL Presented by Executive Director George Matsoukas in the IOTA Session: “SHOWCASE OF ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATIONS” International Orthodox Theological Association Inaugural Conference, Iasi, Romania Why are we here?… Why have we exerted so much effort, time and expense to be together?… I am here from the United States representing Orthodox Christian Laity, because I am an Orthodox Christian and rejoice that I am part of the right-believing, right-worshipping and right-living Christian faith! I am also here, though, to challenge us on that “right-living” aspect. While we proclaim that we are united…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association IOTA’s Inaugural Conference: A Call to Pan-Orthodox Unity IOTA Inaugural Conference, Iasi, 9-12 January 2019: Te Deum Service  Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk – Presidential Welcome Address at IOTA Inaugural Conference Message of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church for IOTA Opening Ceremony IOTA Inaugural Conference, 9-12 January 2019: Keynote Address by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)  IOTA Inaugural Conference, Iasi, 9-12 January 2019: 10 January Summary  Related Articles ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY PRESENTATION TO IOTA CONFERENCE, Orthodox Christian Laity

Source: The Moscow Times The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has said that humans’ dependence on modern technology will result in the coming of the Antichrist. In an interview with Russian state media, Patriarch Kirill explained he does not entirely oppose gadgets, but warned against “falling into slavery” to smartphones. Patriarch Kirill said that the collection of user data including “location, interests and fears” will make it possible for humans to be controlled by external forces. “Control from a single point is a harbinger of the coming of the Antichrist,” Kirill told the state-run Rossia-1 TV network on Orthodox Christmas Monday.…

Source: The National Herald By Dennis Menos The fact that Orthodoxy finds itself today in the midst of disastrous schism between the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of Russia is hardly a secret. It is all the result of the recent issuance of a Tomos of Autocephaly to the Church of the Ukraine by the Ecumenical Patriarch, a move that the Patriarchate of Russia strongly opposed. Because of the issuance of the Tomos, the Patriarchate of Moscow has directed that all religious co-celebrations between its hierarchs and those of the Ecumenical Patriarchate cease, and that the two Patriarchates no longer…

Source: The Washington Post By Harrison Smith As a fifth of Romania’s capital was destroyed, razed by bulldozers and wrecking balls that sometimes erased all traces of a building overnight, the residents of Bucharest developed a new term for the mutilation of their city in the early 1980s. Worse than World War II, more devastating than a strong 1977 earthquake, the massive redevelopment project was dubbed Ceausima, a portmanteau that evoked the name of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu — who aimed to build the “first socialist capital for the new socialist man” — and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Yet as the demolition got…

1 2