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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK –  The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America has released the results of a National Survey that was commissioned by the Archdiocese in order to assist in the evaluation of the programs of the National Ministries. The results of the survey will help determine the Archdiocese’s current National Ministry priorities and where the Archdiocese’s financial and personnel resources should be targeted. Underwritten by the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, the Survey was conducted by the Barna Group, a nationally recognized research group that works with faith-based organizations. More than 560 anonymous participants responded to the on–line survey, including clergy,…

Source: The Christian Science Monitor Russia may lack much of a political opposition. But our reporter found evidence of community-level democracy, as citizens push back against land grabs by the Russian Orthodox Church. By Fred Weir Correspondent [MOSCOW] On a recent Sunday in Torfyanka Park, in a densely populated suburb near the northern edge of Moscow, a familiar ritual of confrontation is taking place. The sun shines in this small patch of greenery with a circular pond at its heart. Dozens of people have gathered at a fenced compound that houses a 24-hour guard station and a large wooden cross,…

Source: The National Herald By Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The three churches in charge of Jerusalem’s holiest Christian site say they have reached an agreement to begin a multi-million dollar renovation of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Leaders of the Greek Orthodox, Catholic and Armenian churches issued a statement Monday announcing the project to restore the foundations and flooring of the church, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified, entombed and resurrected. A Greek team headed the 2016 restoration project to preserve the aedicule, a large structure inside the church housing the tomb. The upcoming second rehabilitation project…

Source: The National Herald by TNH Staff GENEVA – World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr. Olav Fykse Tveit sent a welcoming letter to Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa after his election by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as the new Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Rev. Tveit wrote that “Within the joyful atmosphere of the Easter season, we welcome joyfully your election by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, one of the most prominent sees of the Church…

Source: Orthodox Christianity Interview by Olga Orlova with Metropolitan Nikolaos of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki Every one of us is a potential saint, even if we do not believe right now! Metropolitan Nicholas (Khadzhinkolai) of Mesogaia and Lavreotiki, a hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, considers disbelief the most valuable experience in the spiritual life. “I didn’t need someone’s stories and arguments about Christ; I was looking to experience His presence.” —Despota Nicholas, why does disbelief have meaning and value for you? It is, quite frankly, paradoxical to hear from a metropolitan… —Because the Lord reveals Himself only to those who…

Source: The Atlantic by EMMA GREEN PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALEXANDRA ROSE HOWLAND AND ELAINE CROMIE See the extensive photos here An ancient faith is disappearing from the lands in which it first took root. At stake is not just a religious community, but the fate of pluralism in the region. The call came in 2014, shortly after Easter. Four years earlier, Catrin Almako’s family had applied for special visas to the United States. Catrin’s husband, Evan, had cut hair for the U.S. military during the early years of its occupation of Iraq. Now a staffer from the International Organization for Migration…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary View the photo gallery [SVOTS Communications / YONKERS, NY]  At its Commencement Ceremonies Saturday, May 18, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) conferred degrees upon twenty-two graduates, including fourteen Master of Divinity, three Master of Arts, and five Master of Theology students, and the Seminary also awarded two honorary doctorates. On Saturday morning, His Beatitude the Most Blessed Tikhon, archbishop of Washington and metropolitan of All America and Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), presided at Divine Liturgy at Three Hierarchs Chapel. At the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude elevated Rev. Dr. David Mezynski,…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Yonkers, NY – The Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) has appointed Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield as president of the Seminary for another five years. The Board, chaired by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), made the decision at its semi-annual meeting on Friday, May 17, 2019. The trustees in attendance voted unanimously to appoint Fr. Chad to a new five-year term. His current term expires in June. “Father Chad has faithfully served the seminary now for twelve years, first as chancellor and then as president after the Seminary launched its new…

Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry OUR MISSION To share the love of Christ and His Church with those who are incarcerated and their families so that lives are transformed and God is glorified. To all the Clergy and the Laity of the Holy Orthodox Churches in the United States; Beloved Brothers and Sisters in Christ: CHRIST IS RISEN! The Hierarchs of The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America have approved the sixth Sunday of Pascha, Sunday, June 2nd, of this year, to be Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday in all Orthodox parishes of North America.  “Let there always be…

by Katie Kelaidis, PhD Over the past year, I have been engaged an effort to understand how and why Orthodox Christianity has increasingly become a bastion for far-right extremists of various stripes. This is both a professional and personal interest. As a scholar, I am interested in how history is deployed in the service of contemporary political discourse, particularly on the far-right. As a practicing Orthodox Christian, I want to challenge us to think about the ways in which our witness to the world suggests that the Orthodox faith might very well be a safe haven for those who would…

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