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Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Fellowship to Work at the United Nations

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the continuation of its Faith-based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative established a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) yearlong Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations. All Orthodox Christian graduate and post-graduate students are invited to apply for this stipend … [Read more...]

Ex-treasurer pleads guilty to stealing from Knoxville Greek Orthodox Church

Source: WBIR.com (WBIR - KNOXVILLE) A former church treasurer pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Criminal Court to stealing more than $400,000 from his Knoxville church. Under the plea agreement, Dimitri Christodoulou must serve one year in jail with the remainder of the sentence under state probation. He also has to pay back the $224,675 restitution still owed to the church. Constantine Dimitri Christodoulou, 48, served as treasurer for Saint George Greek Orthodox Church from … [Read more...]

Third webinar on parish council ministry to be held January 12

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST, the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America will offer the third in a series of free webinars devoted to the ministry of the parish council. Titled “Good Practices for Effective and Efficient Parish Council Meetings,” the webinar will be facilitated by Joseph Kormos, the Archdiocese’s Parish Development Ministry leader.  Members of all dioceses and … [Read more...]

Shotguns in Jackson [CA] are traditional among Serbian Orthodox Christians on January 7

Source: Amador Ledger Dispatch by Eric Winslow Seasoned Jackson residents knew enough to expect gunshots coming from Main Street on January 7. This year, what they did not anticipate was shots fired from the four cardinal directions on the previous night of January 6. Shotgun blasts have been a local Christmas tradition in these parts since grubstake days. The custom was brought here all the way from the similarly rolling-hill country of Serbia and Montenegro. To be precise, there are now … [Read more...]

Info on January 22 DC March, Sanctity of Life retreat now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America WASHINGTON DC [OCA] - Friday, January 22, 2016 marks the 43rd Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the United States, on which Orthodox Christians from across the country will gather in the US Capital for the annual March for Life or participate in similar regional gatherings. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon will join other Orthodox Christian hierarchs, students from OCA seminaries, and clergy and faithful from around the … [Read more...]

Serbian Church Urges Montenegro NATO Referendum

Source: Balkan Insight The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro has urged the authorities to organize a referendum on NATO membership after Russian clerics and political leaders voiced their opposition. by Dusica Tomovic - BIRN - Podgorica The Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro said that it was its "pastoral and civic" duty to ask for a referendum on NATO membership – a call which echoed demands made by Russian politicians and clerics after the Western military alliance invited … [Read more...]

Czarist echo? Russian Orthodox Church drives to restore its political clout

Source: Christian Science Monitor The Russian Orthodox Church sees itself as the spiritual generator of public policy and the ideological bulwark of the state. Under Putin, priests have become fixtures in the military, schools, and other public institutions. By Fred Weir, Correspondent MOSCOW — Baikonur Cosmodrome may lie in Kazakhstan, but it is an iconic symbol of modern Russia: the coming together of cutting-edge science and Space Age power. But just before the mid-December blastoff … [Read more...]

Rev. Gounaris Has Gone to Canada with his Mistress – TNH EXCLUSIVE

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS Rev. Anastasios Gounaris, former presiding priest of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Tarpon Springs, FL, who last June abruptly left his parish and family and departed the United States for an unknown destination, now lives in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada with his mistress, Patricia T., TNH has learned. The love story between Fr. Gounaris and Canadian Patricia, who is said to be wealthy, began in 2012 or even before … [Read more...]

The Greek Archdiocesan Byzantine Choir

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK. The year 2010 marked the establishment of the men’s Byzantine choir of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which possesses an authentic ecclesiastical character and performs hymns solely in the Greek language. The choir was the initiative of Archbishop Demetrios. It is comprised of young Greek-Americans who possess a mastery of the Greek language and Byzantine music, being cantors at various communities of the Direct … [Read more...]

Special Tour for Special St. Nicholas Shrine (Ground Zero) Donors

Source: The National Herald BY CONSTANTINE S. SIRIGOS NEW YORK – While the dollar amount of the pledges to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine is impressive – $35.76 million to date – communities rooted in humble origins in homelands like Greece are still touched by in-kind contributions, and on December 21 the principals and families of the Titan Group and Corona Ready Mix received a special tour of the construction site at Ground Zero in appreciation of their donating all the … [Read more...]