How Christianity’s Eastern history has been forgotten

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 … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod of Bishops approves 2016 Planting Grant recipients

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 … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US

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 … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal: Archpriest Sergei Garklavs

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 … [Read more...]

Holy Eparchial Synod Defrocks Passias in Unanimous Vote

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 … [Read more...]

Divers building ‘underwater church’ in Crimea, cross already in place

Source: RT News Divers in Crimea have erected a large cross in the shape of an anchor off the Crimean coast. It heralds the start of construction work on building what they promise will be a full blown underwater church. The three-ton cross is just the beginning of an ambitious plan by Archimandrite Tikhon, a diving enthusiast and the project’s initiator. “The underwater church will look like a church. There will be icons inside – just like in a real church. Most probably they will be … [Read more...]

How will we move forward to renew the Orthodox Church in the USA?

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity How will we move forward to renew the Orthodox Church in the USA? Now that the hierarchy has demonstrated that it cannot move ahead in consensus, it is time for the spiritually mature laity and clergy to cooperate together and see how we can be a critical mass to move ahead as the Apostolic missionary church that is the Orthodox way. Where do we begin to make our Church in the USA canonical? A good place to start is to reread or read for the first time … [Read more...]

Mass Orthodox Christian Baptism in Rwanda

Source: Journey to Orthodoxy Mass Orthodox Christian Baptism in Rwanda By Fr. John Through the blessings of His Grace Innocentios, the Bishop of Orthodox Diocese of Burundi and Rwanda; on 10th October 2015, the parish priest of Holy Trinity/Nyamata Rev. Petros Bicamumpaka has baptized 32 people in a small lake called Kamatana located in Nyamata Sector, Bugesera District in Eastern Province of Rwanda. Please keep these neophytes to grow spiritually. From the Bishop’s Desk in Kigali. … [Read more...]

Why religion still matters

Source: Christian Science Monitor by Mary Beth McCauley, Correspondent Church attendance is down, but those who go are more devout. Here’s what draws them. NEW YORK — It could be hard to make your way to pray at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan on Sunday mornings. There’s the distraction of New York City pulling you elsewhere – the pace, the intensity, the famousness of it all. Then there are the thoughtful, sometimes vital, diversions of the St. Bart’s community itself: the … [Read more...]

Register now for the Patterson Conference: Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism: Orthodox/Catholic Encounters

Source: Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University 2016: Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism Thursday, June 23 - Saturday, June 25, 2016 | Fordham University School of Law | 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues) | New York, NY Register for the conference at While the very meaning of the “secular” remains contested, Christians globally are self-identifying in different ways in relation to an imagined … [Read more...]

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