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Source: Oinos Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D. Min., Ed. D., FCEP “Exile is strangely compelling to think about but terrible to experience. It is the unhealable rift forced between a human being and a native place, between the self and its true home: its essential sadness can never be surmounted. And while it is true that literature and history contain heroic, romantic, glorious, even triumphant episodes in an exile’s life, these are no more than efforts meant to overcome the crippling sorrow of estrangement.”  ~ Edward Said This year marks the 30th anniversary of the premiere (1989) of one of…

Source: Orthodox Christianity A number of Orthodox hierarchs from America and beyond have offered their condolences in the wake of the three deadly shootings that left more than 30 dead and dozens more injured in the span of a week: His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople: Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew expresses his disgust and outrage at the murderous attack in El Paso, Texas, USA, in which twenty of our fellow citizens were killed and twenty-six others were injured, as well as the bloodshed in Dayton, Ohio, in which several of our fellow citizens were reportedly killed and injured. His All-Holiness strongly…

Source: Orthodox Christianity [MT. SINAI, EGYPT] Many years of restoration work at the ancient St. Catherine’s Monastery, carried out under the auspices of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, have been completed. During the project, the territory surrounding the monastery was landscaped, the roads leading to the monastery and to Mount Moses were repaired, larger parking spaces for buses were created, and an electronic security system was installed, reports Romfea. With the restoration work, the Ministry aims to increase visitors to the holy habitation, built on the site where the Prophet Moses spoke to God in the Burning Bush, at the foot…

Source: Orthodox Christianity BELGRADE — At the beginning of July, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church decided to remove Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Western America and Associate Professor Mark Vilotic, the secretary of Bishop Gregory of Dusseldorf, from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade, the daily Belgrade newspaper Danas reported on July 24. Since then, Serbian media has been active with speculation about the reasons for the dismissal of Bp. Maxim, who taught Patristics 2. The Serbian Church and the school have been officially silent on the matter thus far. The matter could have a political background,…

Source: Byzantine, TX Ecclesiastically, Christians in Albania, as part of the province of Illyricum, were under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Rome (1st-8th century). From 732-733 AD the ecclesiatical jurisdiction of Illyricum was transferred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. It declared its autocephaly in 1922 through its Congress of 1922, and gained recognition from the Patriarch of Constantinople in 1937. The church suffered during the Second World War, and in the communist period that followed, especially after 1967 when Albania was declared an atheist state, and no public or private expression of religion was allowed. The church has,…

Source: Orthodox History by MATTHEW NAMEE In 1963, between 11,000 and 13,000 Orthodox youth, from seven jurisdictions, came together for a pan-Orthodox festival in Pittsburgh. Ten bishops and more than 150 priests celebrated Vespers in an arena, and a thousand-person pan-Orthodox youth choir sang. This was the biggest pan-Orthodox event in American history, and most Orthodox Christians today are completely unaware that it happened. The 1963 festival was just one of many achievements of a long-forgotten alliance of Orthodox youth leaders known as “CEOYLA” (which stood for the Council of Eastern Orthodox Youth Leaders in the Americas). CEOYLA was formed in…

Source: The National Herald By TNH Staff TROY, MI – The 72nd Annual Convention of the Mid-Eastern Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians, lovingly nicknamed MEFGOX, was held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Troy, MI July 25-28. MEFGOX has served the Greek Orthodox Metropolises of Detroit and Pittsburgh for 72 years. The organization hopes to continue its record of service with their website, where helpful information is available for priests, chanters, choirs, youth music organizations, and other church musicians: http://mideastern.churchmusic.goarch.org/. The 73rd Annual Convention is scheduled for June 25-28, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio.

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America VIEW THE FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM Historic Event Offers Prayers on Behalf of Country, and Christians in the Middle East Washington, D.C. July 26, 2019 – On Monday, July 15, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph led a prayer service in the United States Capitol, the first time that Antiochian Orthodox Christian prayers have been offered in the building which serves as the home for the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. The event, titled “The Early Christian Church: An Ecumenical Prayer Service in the Languages of the Middle East,” was hosted by the In Defense of Christians Religious Advisory…

Source: The National Herald  By TNH Staff NEW YORK –  FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism (FAITH) is pleased to announce the launch of a new leadership training program, the “Executive Education Program in Strategic Leadership and Transformative Action” (SLTA), for members of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at the prestigious Fletcher School of Tufts University. SLTA is an intensive executive leadership training program designed to give clergy and laity a foundational set of technical, intellectual, and spiritual tools and ideas for strategic management and leadership that can produce transformative action in the Church and community. The pilot program will…

Source: OCP Media Network USA: Rewards for Justice program of the United States Department of State is offering a reward of $5 million for providing information on the ISIS kidnapping networks or  for providing information on the people responsible for kidnapping Christian prelates such as Archbishop Gregorios Ibrahim, Metropolitan Bolous Yazigi, Padre Maher Mahfouz, Fr. Michael Kayyal, and Padre Paolo Dall’Oglio. More Information Here

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