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Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University The Orthodox Christian Studies Center, in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, is pleased to announce the launch of the new video series “Orthodox Scholars Preach.” The goal of the series is to provide a platform for Orthodox scholars to reflect on the spiritual themes of the liturgical calendar while drawing on their expertise. The series provides a space where Orthodox Christians and others interested in Orthodox spirituality can encounter the depth and richness of the tradition through stimulating, theologically-informed preaching…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The Assembly of Bishops needs your input! The Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey, designed by experts on the Mental Health Task Force, takes only 15 minutes and consists of approximately 30 questions. All information you provide is completely anonymous, and the aggregate data will help the Task Force better understand the mental health needs and experiences of the faithful in order to develop resources and programs for enhanced ministry in your community.  Please take the survey below and encourage others in your community to take it as well. In order to help…

Source: Orthodox Theological Society of America The Orthodox Theological Society of America has produced a document on the Covid vaccines (in a FAQ style) to answer some basic questions about the vaccines with a short discussion of some of the ethical questions surrounding them. This is mostly just an informational (i.e. scientific) document that attempts to answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the vaccine to provide sound scientific information from an Orthodox perspective (as all of the authors are Orthodox and members of the society.) CLICK HERE to view the document

Source: Orthodox Church in America Saint Simeon the New Theologian was born in the year 949 in the city of Galatea (Paphlagonia), and he was educated at Constantinople. His father prepared him for a career at court, and for a certain while the youth occupied a high position at the imperial court. When he was fourteen, he met the renowned Elder Simeon the Pious at the Studion Monastery, who would be a major influence in his spiritual development. He remained in the world for several years preparing himself for the monastic life under the Elder’s guidance, and finally entered the…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary This week is a big one for the Seminary’s Institute of Sacred Arts (ISA). The ISA’s new logo has officially been unveiled, and another exciting announcement from the ISA will drop later this week. We’re also excited to share that starting next fall, seminarians in the Master of Arts (M.A.) program will be able to choose a concentration in the Sacred Arts as part of their degree track (the other M.A. concentrations are General Theological Studies and Theological Scholarship and Research). Admissions season rolls on, for prospective students interested in the M.A., Master of Divinity (M.Div.) or Master of Theology (Th.M.) programs. Please continue to spread the…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary A lot of people have been talking about the new book, Science and the Christian Faith (SVS Press), since its release in January. Later this month, have a chat with the author of the popular book himself, Fr. Christopher C. Knight, as he tackles the question, “are science and Christianity in conflict?” Join The Rev. Dr. Christopher C. Knight and SVS Press Foundations Series Editor Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff online Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. EST for the virtual book launch of Science and the Christian Faith: A Guide for the Perplexed. They’ll host a discussion about the…

Source: Catholic News Agency By Hannah Brockhaus Vatican City, Feb 15, 2021 / 11:01 am MT (CNA).- Pope Francis has praised the courageous witness of the 21 Coptic Orthodox Christians killed by ISIS in 2015, calling them “saints of all Christians.” In a video message for the “Day of Contemporary Martyrs” Feb. 15, the pope said, “I hold in my heart that baptism of blood, those twenty-one men baptized as Christians with water and the Spirit.” “I thank God our Father because he gave us these courageous brothers. I thank the Holy Spirit because he gave them the strength and consistency…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Dear Friends, It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear father, Nick Karakas, husband of the late Sophia Peppes Karakas, brother of Frances Demetre and the late Tony Karakas; father-in-law, grandfather, uncle to many nieces and nephews, and godfather.  Dad fell asleep peacefully in the hands of our Lord and Savior, on Monday, February 1st, just four days shy of his 95th birthday. As a family, we feel blessed knowing that the last 32 months, Dad’s home was our home, and was part of God’s divine plan for family reconciliation and unification where we could spend…

Source: Halki Summit IV COVID-19 has lowered global carbon emissions, but it hasn’t slowed climate change. Our response to COVID-19 has precipitated the discovery of a vaccine, but it has left the world with a staggering number of deaths. The pandemic of Covid-19 has permanently affected our planet and altered our lives. The world has wrestled to survive and learned to live with the coronavirus. But what are the lessons that we have learned? What has been the impact on nature and the environment? What have been the implications for healthcare? And what have we understood about the relevance and…

Source: Hellenic College / Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology have several new opportunities to broaden their intellectual and spiritual knowledge this spring semester by learning from distinguished visiting scholars. His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic), the Bishop of Los Angeles and the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, will offer an elective course in the area of dogmatic theology titled Theology, Economy, and Liturgy: Trinitarian Theology and the Economy of Salvation. His Grace holds a PhD in Dogmatics and Patristics from the University of Athens. He has taught at the…

Source: St. Catherine’s Vision We are delighted and grateful to God that we are blessed again to be able to offer another teleconferencing, educational diakonima in the service of cultivating Pan-Orthodox koinonia, especially during these protracted, challenging times of social distancing. The time for registration is brief —and — enrollment will be limited! With great joy, we will be donating 100% of tuition monies received before Pascha 2021 to a charity that combats food insecurity, homelessness, domestic violence, and human trafficking. For this cycle, we have chosen F.O.C.U.S. of St. Paul-Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, as our first tuition-donation recipient. Divine Compassion…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary has begun its year of honoring the legacy of former dean and renowned theologian Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983). The year 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of Fr. Alexander’s birth. The “Year of Schmemann” celebrations kicked off Tuesday, January 26, 2021 with the release of an unearthed recording of Schmemann. His words, captured decades ago—on a recording which recently came into the Seminary’s possession—are anything but dated. They are further proof that Fr. Alexander remains “A Voice for Our Time.” Discern the Spirits: Words from Alexander Schmemann from St Vladimir’s Seminary on Vimeo. Celebrations continue Saturday, January 30, 2021 with The 38th Annual…

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