Metropolitan Tikhon issues Archpastoral Letter, Public Statement on the Orlando shootings

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Monday, June 13, 2016, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon issued anArchpastoral Letter to the hierarchs, clergy, monastics and faithful of the Orthodox Church in America and a Public Statement in the wake of the tragic shootings that occurred in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12. The complete texts of the Archpastoral Letter and Statement are available in PDF format and appear below. Archpastoral Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Armenian Patriarch Welcomes Deans of St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess Seminaries

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary On June 13, 2016, the Very Reverend Dr. John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, together with the Reverend Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, departed for Armenia at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, supreme patriarch and catholicos of All Armenians. Fathers John and Mardiros will be visiting the seat of the worldwide Armenian Apostolic Church, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, to … [Read more...]


Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America expresses its deepest regret for the unexpected and continuing daily reading of the Koran in Hagia Sophia. The United States, as well as Germany and Greece have already officially expressed very clear protests which emphasize verbatim: “We would encourage Turkey to preserve Hagia Sophia in a way that respects its tradition and also its complex history” and also stress that “Hagia Sophia is a … [Read more...]

Petitioning Pan-Orthodox Council of Crete: A Plea for Pan-Orthodox Unity

Source: June 9, 2016 An Open Letter of the Orthodox Christian Scholars around the World to the Holy and Great Council of Crete -  Sign this petition We, the undersigned international group of Orthodox scholars, address this letter to the leadership of the Orthodox Church, to all Orthodox Christians around the world, and to all people of good will. We write out of profound concern for our Church, whose unity makes the new life in Christ visible to all humanity. We pray that the … [Read more...]

Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Convenes

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops met on May 22-24, 2016 at the Saint Methodios Faith and Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. The Joint Committee was established in 1981 by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America, now the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Joint Committee is the first … [Read more...]

Churches Must Oppose Female Conscription

Source: Crisis Magazine FR. ALEXANDER F. C. WEBSTER AND BOB MILLER Fifty years ago, tens of thousands of young American men burned draft cards in public protests against the Vietnam War, while throngs of American women were burning certain items of clothing to encourage “women’s liberation.” If young women from 18 to 26 are compelled this summer by the U.S. Congress and president to register for Selective Service in another military draft someday, then a new resistance movement would be in … [Read more...]

Why are women banned from Mount Athos?

Source: BBC News Magazine If you want to visit Mount Athos the first step is to submit a copy of your passport to the Mount Athos Pilgrims' Bureau. Each day, 100 Orthodox and 10 non-Orthodox male pilgrims are admitted for a three-night stay in one of the peninsula's 20 monasteries. Women will not be granted a permit and must stay behind as their male friends board the ferry at one of the two closest ports. Mount Athos has barred women for more than 1,000 years - they are not allowed … [Read more...]

It’s time for the Greek Orthodox Church to Look Inwardly

Source: The National Herald Originally published on May 14, 2016, page 14. By Chris Chiames I have worked for over 30 years in the field of public relations, including high profile assignments in government and industry. Effective communication is a two-way model. It often starts with listening before speaking in order to assess, understand, and connect with your audience. Not simply to say what someone wants to hear, but to be able to engage and create a conversation and build the … [Read more...]

Regarding Suicides and Cremation

Source: Orthodox Observer by Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver Over the past several years it appears that a number of persons who have been recognized as Orthodox Christians have taken their lives, as well as some who leave in their wills that they wish to be cremated. On the basis of these two realities, it is obvious that many of our people have no understanding of the sanctity of the human body and have not been educated on the seriousness of these matters relative to the fact that they … [Read more...]

SVOTS Trustees implement new governance model, seek CEO

Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, has announced that the Board of Trustees of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here voted to implement a new model for governance at the seminary.  The new model, adopted by the Board at its semi-annual meeting on May 19–20, 2016, will be effective as of May 27, 2016, and will include a newly defined Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position at the top of its organizational … [Read more...]