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Source: Christianity Today Perplexed by America on Syria, Russian evangelicals and Middle East Christians debate if Moscow really cares. JAYSON CASPER War was swirling in Syria. Rebels were pressing. And Maan Bitar was the only hope for American help. “Because I am evangelical, everyone thinks I have channels of communication,” said the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Mhardeh. “Syrians believe the United States has the power to stop the conflict—if it wants to.” In the early years of the civil war, Bitar’s Orthodox neighbors were desperate to convince the US and its allies to end support of rebel forces.…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary With hope in the resurrection, we share the news of the falling asleep of renowned bioethicist and SVS Press author H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr, also known as Reader Herman in the Orthodox Church.  Dr Engelhardt (pictured on the right) passed away Thursday morning due to complications after a long battle against two different cancers. He was 77. He was professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rice University and professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Community Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He was a member…

Source: Orthodox Observer By Steven Christoforou Dorothy Day was a Catholic social activist. And a Cardinal once described her as trying “to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. “This is the sort of description that should apply to every Christian’s life. Shouldn’t it? After all, as St. Paul wrote, the Gospel is something that doesn’t quite make sense in light of the wisdom of our time: “We  proclaim  Christ  crucified,  a  stumbling  block  to  Jews  and  foolishness  to  Gentiles.” (1 Cor. 1:23) Phrased even more simply: “the message about…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a letter dated Tuesday, June 19, 2018, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, appealed to US President Donald Trump for compassion with regard to children who, as widely reported, are being separated from their families at the US border. Metropolitan Tikhon’s letter reads as follows and is available in PDF format. Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon to US President Donald Trump Concerning the Separation of Families June 19, 2018 The President The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20500 Dear Mr. President, I write to you asking compassion for the children…

Source: World Council of Churches Representatives of churches worldwide gathered at Geneva’s St Pierre Cathedral for a service of celebration to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), at which His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew urged continued efforts for unity, justice and peace. “We celebrate a long common pilgrimage on the path to unity, Christian witness, and the commitment to justice, peace, and the preservation of creation,” said the patriarch in his homily during the service on 17 June at the Swiss city’s historic Protestant cathedral. The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople was one of the founding…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – In recent days, the words of St. Paul in the 13th chapter of his Epistle to the Romans have been circulating in the news.  We are concerned and alarmed at the use of this biblical quote being used out of context to justify the strict application of a policy occurring at our southern border, which is detrimental to family life. The numerous challenges of today’s world weaken the already strained bonds of every modern family.  Family—a divine institution (cf. Ephesians 3:14)—is something that we as Orthodox Christians cherish and hold as sacred. …

Source: Haaretz Police suspect the two – Tracy Cadis and Amir Marmesh – planned and stabbed Padilla Cadis to death because she objected to her daughter’s relationship with a Muslim Josh Breiner  The suspects in last week’s murder of the widow of the head of Jaffa’s Christian community are her daughter and her partner, it was revealed on Thursday, after the court released the suspects’ names for publication. Police suspect the two – Tracy Cadis and Amir Marmesh – both 18, murdered Padilla Cadis because she objected to their relationship. Padilla Cadis, widow of the late Gabriel Cadis – who was head of Jaffa’s…

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos BOSTON, MA – John Dos Santos, Vice President of the Parish Council of the Holy Trinity parish in New Rochelle, NY will walk 220 miles from New York to Boston to raise money for Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (HCHC).The duration of the walk trip is going to be 14 days long. Dos Santos told TNH that he will “depart August 31 and arrive on September 14 on the Feast Day of the Elevation of Holy Cross that the Theological School celebrates its name day.” He added that he has…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary So many brilliant and renowned theologians and teachers have graced the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary over its 80-year history. We are so pleased that now you can literally hear their voices in hundreds of lectures and talks that had been in danger of being lost or forgotten. A new website,digi.svots.edu, launched this week to preserve and resurrect these precious recordings for a new generation. The project is a combined effort by St. Vladimir’s Seminary and the Virginia H. Farah Foundation. The website makes available for the first time in digital format, older, analog recordings of renowned professors…

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