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Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary #GivingTuesday to benefit Makarios Seminary in Kenya On Tuesday, December 1, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity. “Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to philanthropy,” said seminary Chancellor/CEO the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield. “Our professors give their hearts to teach the gospel of Christ. Our students give their time to prepare for service in the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism KODIAK, AK [Diocese of Alaska Communications] In a dramatic affirmation of the core beliefs of the Orthodox Christian community, Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner ruled yesterday that defendant Arkimedes Garcia acted with “gross religious disrespect” when he vandalized Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral in June.  [See related story.]  Garcia pled guilty to a single consolidated charge of criminal mischief in the third degree, a Class C felony, on October 20, 2015.  In a non-jury trial on October 30, ruling Judge Pfiffner agreed with…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A DECLARATION OF AMERICAN ORTHODOX UNITY NOW [Draft] [A Case Study that will be discussed at the Annual Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Laity in San Diego, CA on November 7, 2015 – We invite your comments.] Amidst great spiritual and practical need, this declaration has been written to send out a clarion call for unity – unity in practice and unity within hearts – among American Orthodox Christian believers. Such unity is inevitable, it is the right thing, and it is based on the historic precedents of the Orthodox Church throughout the ages. It is…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement today on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The Consultation was the first official dialogue between theologians of the Orthodox and Catholic churches to be established in modern times. It held its first meeting in September 1965 under the leadership of Archbishop Iakovos (+2005) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America and Bishop Bernard Flanagan (+1998) of Worcester. For fifty years, the Consultation has brought Orthodox and Catholic theologians together to engage in theological dialogue and discuss issues of…

Source: BBC News By Dr Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of Canterbury Christianity has a history that most of us know little about. A history that spreads eastward as well as westward, writes former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams for BBC Newsnight. We would probably take it for granted that someone reading a religious text in Arabic would be a Muslim – but the truth is that you will find plenty of Christians reading their Bibles and books of prayers in the language. It is a sharp reminder of the diversity that once marked the Arabic-speaking world. It is a…

Source: Orthodox Church in America OCA Holy Synod of Bishops approves 2016 Planting Grant recipients SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, whose fall session draws to a close on Friday, October 23, 2015, the Department of Evangelization announced Planting Grant recipients for 2015. Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Pastor] will receive a grant for its third and final year, while Saint John the Evangelist Mission, Tempe, AZ [Priest Andre Paez, Priest-in-Charge] and Saint James Mission, Beaufort, SC [Priest James Bozeman, Priest-in-Charge], will will receive…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study report today. The study focuses on US educational institutions that offer programs in Orthodox theology. It is based on a survey of 12 Orthodox theological schools in the US. The report examines degrees and programs offered by these schools, questions of their accreditation, student body, and faculty. Data-gathering was finalized in September 2014; all data was accurate at that time. The study was initiated…

Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA]  Funeral services for the newly departed Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, Dean Emeritus of Holy Trinity Cathedral here, who fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Monday, October 19, 2015, have been announced. Visitation will begin at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt St., Chicago, IL at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22.  A Panikhida will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the cathedral at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23.  The Burial Service for a Priest, at which His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago will…

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America on October 13 made a unanimous decision to defrock George Passias due to the sexual scandal he is embroiled in with Ethel Bouzalas. Related Stories Archdiocese Issues Statement on Recent Scandal – Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America October 6, 2015 NEW YORK – In recent days, with heavy heart we have been confronted with a most regrettable matter involving a member of our Clergy, Rev. Fr. George Passias, and an adult female parishioner. We acknowledge the expected reaction of the…

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