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Source: Christian Science Monitor By Harry Bruinius, Staff writer An estimated 30 million Americans are former churchgoers who nevertheless keep faith in God. Here are some of their stories. Kyle Rice pretty much stopped going to church a few years ago. But the marriage and family therapist in Torrington, Wyo., has hardly abandoned his Christian faith – or his deep longing to share it with others and experience God’s love within a community of believers. Mr. Rice, who is in his late 20s, has simply found that what he calls “the Sunday morning experience” – that is, the traditional institutions…

Source: Pravmir.com ARCHPRIEST PANAYIOTIS PAPAGEORGIOU, PH.D. The issue of the time of the birth of Christ has been addressed by many people in the past, both scholars and theologians, so what I intend to do here is present an overview trying to bring some clarity to the topic for those who are really concerned that the 25th of December may not be the correct time to celebrate Christmas. Let me start by saying that there are two pieces of evidence, which people present in support of the position that Christ was not born in December: The first one is the…

Source: The National Herald ST. LOUIS – As Christmas approaches, with interfaith family gatherings part of the holiday for many, some well-informed Catholic and Orthodox guests might comment on the steady progress made in the relationship between their churches in recent years. A two day observance of the 50th Anniversary of the start of the historic consultation that was begun after Rome and Constantinople lifted their mutual 900 year-old anathemas was held at St. Louis University October 9-10 and featured speakers from the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Faiths. The university and the St. Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute were sponsors of…

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Internet Ministries has launched two new websites as part of the new .BIBLE top level domain (TLD) initiative. The .BIBLE TLD joined .com and .org this past year as a new option for website addresses on the Internet. The websites are: www.GreekOrthodox.bible and www.Septuagint.bible. The Department of Internet Ministries is one of only a select number of key ministry partners of the American Bible Society participating in this initiative in 2015. American Bible Society is administering the new .Bible TLD, with the aim to open up a new…

Source: Orthodox Observer NEW YORK – When the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine opens, it will also mark 100 years since the birth of a man named Buddy Cury. He is the father of Brian Cury, President and CEO of EarthCam, the global leader in delivering webcam content, technology and services. Brian Cury feels that this connection is much more than coincidence and is thrilled to now be connected to this new church and shrine. A number of months ago Cury was approached by the Archdiocese for assistance in visually documenting the day-to-day rebuilding of the new St.…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – The creation of the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox National Shrine is a labor of love, but it is also a complex endeavor involving construction, fund raising, and outreach, and each element is proceeding apace through the Christmas season. The Archdiocese’s Executive Director of Administration Jerry Dimitriou and Andrew Veniopoulos, who is the project assistant, are constantly conducting tours of the site and making presentations  for Greek and non-Greek individuals and organizations. The day before St. Nicholas’ December 6 Feast Day Veniopoulos escorted Congressmen Luke Messer from Indiana and Gus Bilirakis to the Church’…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  At its meeting held November 12–13, 2015, the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary elected three new members, including His Grace Bishop David of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Additionally, the Board honored two retiring Trustees for their distinguished service to the Seminary: Anne Mackoul, JD, D.H.L, and Anne van den Berg, JD. “It is an honor and indeed a privilege to be a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir Seminary,” remarked incoming Trustee Bishop David, who was consecrated in 2013 as the first Shepherd…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America announced recently that Judge E. R. Lanier of Monticello, GA has been appointed General Counsel of the Church. Judge Lanier, who assumed his duties on December 1, 2015, has been active over the past three decades in a variety of leadership and legal positions at the parish, diocesan, and national levels of the OCA, culminating more recently in his service over the past six years as Chair of the Legal Committee of theMetropolitan Council. In his new position as General Counsel of the Church,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon met with John Della Monica, President of the Orthodox Church Capital Improvement Fund [OCCIF] at the Chancery here on Friday, December 4, 2015. OCCIF is dedicated to providing low interest loans to assist Orthodox Christian parishes, missions, monastic communities and institutions acquire, build, remodel and refinance properties in order to further the mission of the Church.  The organization accomplishes its mission through donations, and especially through parishes pooling their resources and lending capital, for which they receive interest. The work of OCCIF, which was initiated as a project in…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ISTANBUL, TURKEY [OCA]  At the invitation of His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew and with the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and the John and Paraskeva Skvir Lecturer in Practical Theology at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, represented the Orthodox Church in America at the celebration of the Feast of the Apostle Andrew the First-Called, the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s thronal feast, on Monday, November 30, 2015. “It was a great honor that the Orthodox Church in America was able to be present for this feast and a personal…

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