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Source: Orthodox Church in America The National Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America will be hosting three upcoming virtual events: A Virtual National Youth Retreat and Tour of Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, November 26, 2021, hosted by Archimandrite Sergius and the Monastery Brotherhood. Download Flyer A Virtual Saint Andrew’s Day Celebration, November 30, 2021, hosted by Saint Nicholas Church, Mogadore, OH. Download Flyer A Virtual Tour of Bethlehem, December 12, 2021, hosted by Archpriest Ilya Gotlinsky.  All proceeds from this charitable event will be donated to the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America’s United fund. Download Flyer Please follow the links above for more information.

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate In an extraordinary manifestation of love and devotion for our Holy Mother Church, the Theodore and Mary Athanasakes Joint Living Trust has donated $431,054.02 to the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. After a long and productive life distinguished by multifaceted service to the Greek Orthodox Church, Archon Theodore “Ted” Athanasakes passed away on November 29, 2017; his beloved wife Mary, to whom he was married, herself passed away in 2019. Dr. Anthony J. Limberakis, National Commander of the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Originally posted on July 7, 2015 but still relevant today! The Challenge of Orthodox Christian Outreach The Challenge of Outreach, written in 1997, by Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Ph.D., foreshadowed the recent PEW Report on Christianity in America. The study was prepared at the request of Archbishop Spyridon. Too bad it got lost in the shuffle. We have posted it for your consideration and interest. CLICK HERE to read this excellent report. George Matsoukas

Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – On Wednesday, October 27, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will visit and bless the Evyenia’s House of Hope in Weirton West Virginia, the birthplace of prominent businessman Archon Michael Psaros. Since 2015, Evyenia’s House of Hope has become a place for families to repair their lives. Under the umbrella of the Weirton Christian Center, the House became a place for supervised visitations for children and the parents they are separated from. Licensed supervisors from Homebase and youth services systems have three different Visitation Rooms that can be used throughout the week…

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: The Charlatan By Mark Ramzy Since the mid-to-late 20th century, Copts, an ethno-religious group from Egypt, have immigrated to Canada in pursuit of better job opportunities and to escape religious persecution and systemic inequality. According to a report from Genocide Watch in 2020, a non-profit that “exists to predict, prevent, stop, and punish genocide and other forms of mass murder,” Egypt is at stage eight out of the 10 stages of genocide due to the routine persecution and violence against the Coptic minority. In Egypt, laws restrict the building of Coptic churches. In Canada, the report explained that Copts are free to…

Source: First Things The remarkable First Things video that thousands of First Things subscribers have already purchased for friends, family, and themselves is now available in digital MP4 format. Tim Kelleher’s The Creed examines why the radical claims made in the Nicene Creed are so important to all of us. Thoughtful and beautifully produced, The Creed features appearances by scholars and thinkers Frederica Mathewes-Green, Dr. Robert Louis Wilken, Very Rev. John Behr, Timothy P. Shriver, Rev. Volodymyr Sybirny, Dr. Luke Timothy Johnson, Very Rev. John Bakas, and Dr. Stephen Barr. Watching The Creed has never been easier! Click here to purchase and download your MP4 video file of The Creed today! Click here

Source: BBC News By Fasikaw Menberu & Farouk Chothia BBC Amharic & BBC News An Ethiopian monk, who once carried only the cross and Bible in a land famous for its rock-hewn churches, is now picking up a rifle to march into battle against Tigrayan rebels in a war that is tearing the nation – and the Orthodox Christian Church – apart. “I fight with both of them – the prayer and the bullet,” said Father Gebremariam Aderaw. The monk, whose name means “servant of Mary”, signed up to join the Ethiopian military, weeks after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called…

Source: St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess Board Members and Reverend Deacon Salvatore Micheal Fazio, Director of Outreach for the Diaconate Program at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological Seminary, will speak at the annual Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR) conference. Themed “Care in a COVID Era: Unity and Truth in Uncertain Times”, the conference will be held November 4-6, 2021 at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Phoenix. In a panel presentation, Deacon Sal, Dr. Jaquet, and Dr. Theodorpoulos will discuss how an enlivened diaconal ministry–both male and female–could make a difference in the life of the Church,…

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Come join us November 5-7, 2021 for our Antiochian Village Alumni Reunion Weekend. We have an exciting weekend planned for activities and fellowship. What Can You Expect? We will officially kick off the weekend Friday morning by driving up to The Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City where we will celebrate memorial prayers at the grave of Fr. John Namie. This also happens to be the 20th year anniversary of Fr. John’s falling asleep in the Lord. If you would like to arrive Thursday evening to make the drive to the Monastery Friday morning just…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Hurricane Ida brought torrential rain Wednesday evening to the New York metropolitan area on the heels of a tornado warning and fierce winds, and the deluge that followed caused severe flooding unlike anything in recent memory. The campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary wasn’t spared the storm’s wrath. The waterfall on the north side overflowed into the front lawn, ripping up pavement, trees, the community garden, the rock wall, and the fence. Troublesome Creek lived up to its name—both bridges over the Creek were uprooted and carried downstream. Meyendorff Hall sustained some roof damage, and floodwaters…

Source: Orthodox Times On Sunday, September 5, 2021, with the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the international scientific conference “Ecumenical Initiative for the Protection of the Environment and Culture” will take place at the premises of Halki seminary. This conference is organized by the European Center for Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monuments in collaboration with the Ecumenical Patriarchate and other organizations. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will open formally the conference on the day before at Sismanogleio Palace.

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