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Source: Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, July 2nd, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Fr. Moses Berry. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, our Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk” 1 hour interactive video session on Zoom with limited availability for two-way discussion. We will also be live-streamed on our Facebook page. Join us and thousands online for prayers and discussion. Families are welcome, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to attend, please register HERE to receive sign-in instructions. Click to Support…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association by Carrie Frederick Frost ISBN: 978-0809153916 Published by Paulist Press on May 28, 2019 Language: English Pages: 107 Over the course of Christian history, innumerable sermons, theological treatises, scholarly studies, dogmatic declarations, and sacred hymns and icons have confessed, celebrated and provided insight into the mystery of Christ’s Incarnation. Of these, but a fraction extol and explore the mystery of the place where He first appears, and through which He becomes incarnate: the maternal body of His mother, Mary. While not entirely silent on this, the Church has been reticent to extol the profound interconnection between Mary’s life-giving body and that…

Source:  Spiritual Renewal Commission of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America Whoever is in Christ is a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Abundant Life Each person in his or her daily life frequently senses the difference between existing and living. We want to live but often we merely exist as we deal with ourselves, others, jobs, marriage, family, problems, and responsibilities. Jesus Christ said: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10) Christ’s words were not spoken only for the future, in His heavenly Kingdom, but also for our daily lives, NOW.…

Source: Orthodox Reality We  are announcing a new website on Orthodox Church Life in America: https://orthodoxreality.org/ If you are interested in fact-based realities about Orthodox Church life in America, then visit and explore the website. Among the resources for free download you will find: ·         Atlas of American Orthodox Churches ·         Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries ·         Recently published volume Global Eastern Orthodoxy: Politics, Religion and Human Rights ·         Reports from studies conducted from 2006-2020 on various issues facing Orthodox Churches in the USA (including the most recent report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on American Orthodox parishes) ·         Easy-to-read essays, “Fast…

Source: Euro News By Cristian Gherasim  Google in Romania has been fined €2,000 after an internet user tagged the country’s massive new Orthodox cathedral with an insulting post on Google Maps. Romania’s National Anti-discrimination Council (CNCD) imposed the fine on June 17 after the People’s Salvation Cathedral in Bucharest was given a new tag that renamed the unfinished €110 million mega-project “The Cathedral for making a fool of the Romanian nation”. The cathedral, which was inaugurated in 2018 but is not expected to be finished until at least 2024, has been controversial in Romania. Critics say the project, which will be…

Source: Orthodoxy in DialogueThe Venerable and Ancient Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa has surprised us with its courage and initiative in the past. We need only recall the appointment of deaconesses by His Beatitude, Pope and Patriarch Theodoros II. While there was debate whether it constituted a true “ordination” (cheirotonia), rather than a blessing (cheirothesia), the fact remains that the Patriarchate took an initiative in such matters.The same can be said regarding the establishment of St. Mark’s Academy, offering theological education through distance learning. Other such Academies exist, but St. Mark’s promises a quality, contemporary, and challenging curriculum. Situated…

Cleo Constantin shared the following message and letter from Sister Nektaria, a Greek Orthodox missionary nun in India: Dear friends, this is the news from Sister Nectaria as of about 20 minutes ago. It is unimaginable!  I was gasping as I read it and then moved to tears. Her passport and visa expired during the extreme lockdown and, although she is required to return to Greece for new paperwork, she was not permitted to leave!  What a situation.  Then the worst cyclone in the history of India devastated the grounds and seriously damaged the buildings with 165 mile-an-hour winds. It is…

Source: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta June 5, 2020 To all the faithful of the Metropolis of Atlanta: My beloved children in the Lord, I greet you with love in the name of our  Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Like so many of my fellow citizens, and indeed, others around the world, I also join them in expressing the extreme pain and outrage for the senseless death of George Floyd. In the week that has followed, our country has seen a time of great unrest, discussion, and serious contemplation about the future. I echo the words of our venerable Archbishop…

Source: Academia Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality  by John Chryssavgis (London: T&T Clark, 2018), xi + 220 pp.      When speaking once in a discussion on climate change about the sacramentality of creation, a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America responded to me, “I know there are seven sacraments, but I’ve never heard of creation as a sacrament.” This is exactly the kind of attitude that has itself contributed to an exploitative relationship to the cosmos and which John Chryssavgis hopes to correct with his aptly-titled book, Creation as Sacrament: Reflections on Ecology and Spirituality.…

Source: OrthodoxReality.org Today we release the report, “The Pandemic and American Orthodox Parishes.” You can download it HERE. If you are one of the 250 priests who participated in this study, we express our deep gratitude to you for sharing your thoughts and your parish’s experience in dealing with the pandemic. Information provided by the study participants was amazingly frank, heartfelt, and insightful. Thanks to the input from parishes representing seven jurisdictions and all parts of the country, we were able to learn about the great variety of local circumstances and parishes’ responses to the pandemic. Some findings presented in the…

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