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Thousands March in US Capital Against Gay Marriage

Source: Outlook Several thousand people including religious leaders marched in Washington against same-sex marriage as the US Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on the deeply divisive issue in the coming days. Crowds rallied from the US Capitol to the Supreme Court yesterday, carrying placards reading, "A Child Needs a Father and a Mother" and "March for Truth." The gathering comes with the top court Tuesday set to consider whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to … [Read more...]

Two Years Ago, Two Christian Bishops Were Kidnapped. Has a ‘Silent’ World Forgotten Them?

Source: The Blaze It’s been two years since two top Christian clergymen were kidnapped by gunmen in Syria, prompting the brother of one of the victims – himself a senior cleric – to raise alarm that “the world is silent.” “We hope that the bishops are alive, but unfortunately the world is silent and nobody has provided physical evidence,” Orthodox Patriarch John X of Antioch said last week on the anniversary of their disappearance, the Catholic Herald reported. The two religious … [Read more...]

June 23 Seminar with His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos at Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL

Source: Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church CLICK HERE for a PDF version of the flyer. … [Read more...]

OCA represented at Church World Service annual meeting

Source: Orthodox Church in America ARLINGTON, VA [OCA]  Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America were among the participants representing 37 member faith traditions at the Church World Service [CWS] Annual Members’ Meeting here April 16-17, 2015. Representing the OCA were Arlene Kallaur, OCA Representative to CWS, and guests Archpriest John Vitko, member of the Metropolitan Council, Chancellor of the Diocese of Washington, and Rector of Saint Luke Church, McLean, VA, and Donna … [Read more...]

Conference in Preparation for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

Source: Fordham University Co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27, 2015 Fordham School of Law | 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)│ New York, N.Y. In 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated Council. This … [Read more...]

INTERVIEW OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH BARTHOLOMEW I

Source: La Civiltà Cattolica / Ecumenical Patriarchate La Civiltà Cattolica publishes exclusive and extensive interview with His All-Holiness In an exclusive interview with La Civiltà Cattolica, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew answers questions on the Orthodox Church’s administrative structure and its relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, his own personal interactions with Pope Francis, the encounters between previous Popes and Patriarchs, as well as other … [Read more...]

Holy Eparchial Synod Issues Statement on tragic Events in North Africa and Middle East

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, that convened for its regularly scheduled Spring meeting, Apr. 20-22, issued the following statement regarding recent tragic events in North Africa and the Middle East.       STATEMENT by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on Recent Tragic Events in North Africa and the Middle East Every day we learn of … [Read more...]

An Animated Version of Fr. Hopko’s 55 Maxims for Christian Living

Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Seraphim Danckaert in The Sounding     Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko reposed in the Lord on March 18 of this year. He was an influential figure in American Orthodoxy, in part due to his long tenure at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and in part due to the popular nature of his lectures, talks, and writings. He spoke well and spoke frequently, addressing himself most especially to lay people and clergy. He was a pastor by nature, concerned … [Read more...]

Why I Haven’t Spoken Out on Gay Marriage — till Now

Source: Frederica.com by Frederica Mathewes-Green With some kind of genius for stupidity, I said on my Facebook page recently that I am not particularly opposed to gay marriage. No, it was worse than that; what I said was, “I was asked why I don’t oppose gay marriage, and I’ll try to make this brief. It’s because I don’t agree that gay marriage harms society, or harms marriage.” I’m no big-time writer, but it caused an outsized stir. My readers are mostly Christian and conservative, and … [Read more...]

More Martyrs: ISIS Executes Dozens of Ethiopian Christians in Libya

Source: Christianity Today Propaganda video released the same day Justin Welby arrives in Cairo to honor the previous 21 victims. by Jayson Casper in Cairo Once again, ISIS has orchestrated and filmed the dramatic mass killing of African Christians who refuse to deny their faith. This time, the approximately 28 men targeted by the Libya affiliate of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as Daesh) were Ethiopian Christians. In February, the killing of 21 mostly Egyptian Christians … [Read more...]