Metropolitan Tikhon, seminary Deans participate in Malankara Church celebrations

Source: Orthodox Church in America At the invitation of His Holiness, Marthoma Paulose II, Catholicos of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church [also known as the Indian Orthodox Church], His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon journeyed to India during Thanksgiving week 2015 to participate in celebrations marking the 200th Anniversary of the Orthodox Theological Seminary here. The ancient Malankara Church traces its origin to the Apostle Thomas. Headquartered in the southern Indian province of … [Read more...]


Source: [Athens, November 17, 2015] Since the Church and state in Greece are not separated and priests are government employees, the Church of Greece was affected by the reduction of the state sector policy, reports The state has dramatically reduced the number of ordinations of new priests, and that is why many parishes are currently without pastors. According to the present legislation, a new public servant (in our case: a cleric) can be accepted for … [Read more...]

The head of Committee of the state Duma supported the return of Hagia Sophia Orthodox Church

Source: Last News from Russia Deputies of the state Duma supported the idea to return the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul Turkish Orthodox Church. As reported by RIA «Novosti», said the head of the Duma Committee on property issues,coordinator of the Interfactional parliamentary group for the protection of Christian valuables Sergey Gavrilov. International campaign for the return of the Cathedral of the Patriarchate of Constantinople has been held for several years. The temple currently has the … [Read more...]

Henry Luce Foundation Awards Seminary $250,000 for Sacred Arts Study

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY   On November 20, 2015, the Henry Luce Foundation announced a grant award of $250,000 to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, to fund a three-year study of the Sacred Arts, with an emphasis on “material spirituality.” Through a series of conferences, workshops, and seminars to be held fall 2016 through spring 2018, the grant award will allow seminary faculty to survey the current landscape of the … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Emmanuel of France Tells TNH about Terrorist Attacks

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS PARIS, FRANCE – Metropolitan Emmanuel of France in a telephone interview with The National Herald spoke extensively about the November 14 terrorist attacks in Paris and said that to the best of his knowledge there were no Greek-Orthodox among the victims. He is constant communication with the French authorities, especially with the Ministry of Interior. Metropolitan Emmanuel is among the most prominent Orthodox hierarchs and presides … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon, seminary deans guests of Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At the invitation of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will deliver an address during the bicentenary valedictory celebrations of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kottayam, Kerala, India on Thursday, November 26, 2015.  [Read related story]. Traveling with Metropolitan Tikhon are Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, and Archpriest Dr. John Behr, … [Read more...]

Young Orthodox Professionals Gather in Santa Fe, NM

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Valerie Blomberg writes: "As Orthodox young people gather, personal isolation ceases to influence the development of their Orthodox identity." These are the words Archimandrite Gerasim, dean of St. Seraphim's Cathedral in Dallas and our keynote speaker, gave us before the start of the Orthodox Young Professionals Retreat held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from October 16-18, 2015. We felt his words to be true as a community of … [Read more...]

Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Offers Prayers for the People of France

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Orthodox Bishops Offers Prayers for the People of France Saturday, November 14, 2015 With heavy hearts, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops offer their prayers for the people of France who mourn the tragic loss of life that resulted from last night’s terrorist attacks in Paris. We convey our deep condolences to those who have lost loved ones, and we beseech the Lord Jesus Christ to grant a speedy … [Read more...]

GOA Internet Ministries Launches Two New Websites for the Study of the Bible and Liturgical Texts

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites, and, as part of the new .BIBLE top-level domain (TLD) initiative. The .BIBLE TLD and .org this past year as a new option for web site addresses on the Internet.  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s Department of Internet Ministries is one of only a select number of key ministry … [Read more...]

Church involvement varies widely among U.S. Christians

Source: Pew Research Center BY ALEKSANDRA SANDSTROM AND BECKA A. ALPER While most Americans still identify as Christian, there are big differences when it comes to how involved they are with a congregation – or whether they’re involved at all. Indeed, some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members. Among all Christian religious traditions in the U.S., Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have the largest shares of members who … [Read more...]