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Here we are at year end, ready to celebrate Christmas, a New Year and the Epiphany Season.  A glorious and busy time.  A time of celebration!  It is also the time to begin looking ahead, preparing to organize our personal affairs for the income tax season.  This is the time of year when non-profit, tax-exempt groups like Orthodox Christian Laity ask their supporters to consider a year-end gift to help us plan for 2018.  Next year will be our 31st year advocating for a strong voice of the laity in the administrative and spiritual life of the Church. 2017 has…

Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos – FINDING OUR VOICE: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century Rev. Fr. Hans Jacobse – THE CHALLENGE OF SECULARISM IN THE LOCAL PARISH Dr Frances Kostarelos, PhD – RELIGIOUS PLURALISM & FUNDAMENTALISM & CONTESTED IDENTITIES IN THE GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA Check back soon for videos of His Grace, Bishop PAUL of the OCA Diocese of the Midwest and the Panel Discussion. Thanks to John Maddex of Ancient Faith Ministries for recording the sessions and making them available!

Source: Orthodox Toronto The path of an Indian – a chief of the Mohawk tribe – led him to the bosom of the Orthodox Church. A modern – day story of orthodox “lunacy” in the Indian reservations of Canada. Saturday night. Very few lights were on. In the Russian Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Vespers have just started. The shadowy silhouettes of the few faithful who were attending the service became more defined, as the candles were lit, one by one, in the candle stand. The iconostasis of the altar was very imposing; it was something that was carved…

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [OCA]  The Board of Trustees of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, announces a vacancy in the office of Academic Dean. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the position are now being accepted by a select Search Committee. The Search Committee seeks a visionary and inspiring Academic Dean with the skills, energy, and experience to advance the academic mission and current programs of the Seminary as well as to develop new programs to meet the needs of the Church and the world in the 21st century. The Chair of the Search Committee…

Source: Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent Most people are aware that the Norse explorer Leif Eriksson was the first European to reach America, some 500 years before Christopher Columbus, but very few know he arrived as part of a Christian mission. Fewer still realize Leif Eriksson was an Orthodox Christian. Having become a hirdman (guard) of the royal army of King Olaf Tryggvason in Norway, Leif had himself accepted baptism into the Christian faith, and had received from the King orders to travel to Greenland with a priest in order to convert the Norse settlements there. When their ships were…

Year Ending:  Looking Ahead ….Why not make a year-end, tax deductible donation to Orthodox Christian Laity? Click here.  Checks welcome. A highlight of the Orthodox Christian Laity 30th Anniversary Meeting was the presentation of a gift from the estate of Emilie Koulogeorge. Why not consider leaving a legacy donation in your will to OCL?  Such a  gift will insure that a permanent independent  advocate exists to maintain the role of the laity in the life of the Church. Source: Oinos Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D. “Some believe it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but…

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois is the setting for the Conference held on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Theme: “Orthodox Christianity in America: Where are we Going? The presentations will soon be available on Ancient Faith Radio and the OCL website. Please check back for updates. CLICK HERE to view the power point presentation of Fr Frank Marangos’ presentation: Finding Our Voice: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century. View the photo gallery below: OCL Celebrates 30 Years with Joy, Gratitude, Fellowship and Thoughful, Relevant Presentations

Source: Center for Religious Freedom – Hudson Institute Over the last two thousand years, the Church of Antioch has played a major role in the formation and development of Christian theology and philosophy. Today the Church is facing tremendous challenges in its native homeland, Syria. Six years after the beginning of the Syrian civil war, the country is in ruins and millions of its citizens have become refugees or are internally displaced within Syria. The ongoing war has flamed sectarian tensions that threaten the existence of Christianity in one of its earliest locations. Though suffering at home, the Church of…

Source: Olympus Press “On this amazing path we call life, we’re often compelled to change direction.” —John McKinney After writing thirty books about hiking, John McKinney, aka “The Trailmaster,” was compelled by extraordinary events to live through—then write about—an odyssey that took him to a remote monastery on Mt. Athos, Greece, where no woman has set foot for a thousand years. By turns reverent and irreverent, Hiking the Holy Mountain narrates John’s progress and setbacks on the trail and within himself, and a series of miraculous events that took place on—and off—the Holy Mountain. His friend Spiro joined him on…

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