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Source:  Bangor Daily News By Renee Ordway, Special to the BDN Community support is often talked about but can be difficult to measure until you need it. The son of a career military man, Lee Speronis moved a lot, and he has relocated a few times as an adult as well. In 2003, however, Speronis and his wife, Cathy, and their two children settled in Bangor and have stuck around for the last 11 years. In the past couple of weeks, Speronis has come to appreciate his chosen community more than he thought possible. Two weeks ago Speronis, president of…

Source: Anglican Communion News Service (ACNS) In the name of the Triune God, and with the blessing and guidance of our Churches, the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) met at St George’s Anglican Cathedral, Jerusalem, from 17 to 24 September 2014. The Commission is grateful for the generous hospitality extended by Bishop Suheil Dawani and the Diocese of Jerusalem. His Beatitude Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, and Bishop Suheil welcomed the Commission and affirmed their prayerful support for the dialogue. The Commission was presented with resources both Anglican and Orthodox on issues concerning the beginning…

Source: The Detroit News by Marney Rich Keenan In the ’80s, Janet Damian was drawn to Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral on Gilbert Street because services were said in English instead of the customary mother tongue of her Romanian Orthodox church. When her grandmother objected, she reasoned: “The scriptures never said you must worship in a foreign language.” Now, 30 years later, the short-in-stature, but tell-it-like-it-is powerhouse is heaven-bent on making her church, the oldest orthodox church in Detroit, relevant again because of what the scriptures do say. Specifically: “… as ye have done unto one of the least of…

Source: CNW OTTAWA, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW/ – The 118th Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church will visit three congregations inOttawa and Kingston, as well as Canada’s first Coptic monastery in Perth, ON The Coptic Orthodox communities in Ottawa and Kingston celebrate the first official visit to their respective cities by His Holiness, Pope Tawadros II, Patriarch of All Africa on the Holy Apostolic See of St. Mark the Evangelist of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria. Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development greeted His Holiness, upon his arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 5, and…

Source: 10 News – Tampa Bay / Sarasota by Grayson Kamm, WTSP Palm Harbor, Florida — Divine providence. A priest says that’s what led a newspaper delivery driver to spot and save a burning church Tuesday morning. Her 911 call got firefighters there in time to save something extraordinary inside. Carol Dyer started driving her paper route late, in another part of town. But she says something steered her to Riviere Road, right past St. Raphael Greek Orthodox Church. “It was the Holy Spirit of God. Point blank,” Dyer told me. “I started doing that neighborhood down there, and I just…

Source: Business Review – Romania The Metropolitan Church of Moldova and Bucovina funded a Credit Union for Clerics and Laity (CARCM) where priests and Christian followers can take out loans with an interest rate of 6 percent, writes Mediafax. Priest Grigore Timoftescu, president of CARCM, believes that the institution will receive many loan solicitations, given the low interest rates. 14 people have already signed up to CARCM to receive their credits of a maximum of RON 5,000, which will be handed out starting next week. In order to be eligible, the applicant must fulfill two conditions: to have a steady source…

Source: World Council of Churches Dr Tamara Grdzelidze, an Orthodox theologian and former staff member of the World Council of Churches (WCC), has been received as the nation of Georgia’s new ambassador to the Holy See, presenting her credentials to Pope Francis at the Vatican this September. From January 2001 through December 2013, Grdzelidze served in Geneva, Switzerland, as a programme executive for the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, which coordinates dialogue among Christian leaders on matters related to theology, doctrine and the nature of the church. Among the gifts she presented to Pope Francis was a copy of…

Source: Orthodox Church in America DURRES, ALBANIA [OCA] – At the invitation of the Lausanne Orthodox Initiative, Archpriest Eric G Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, offered a presentation at the organization’s gathering at the Saint Vlash Monastery here on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. The gathering, which concludes on September 19, is being hosted by His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church.  Representatives of Orthodox and Evangelical churches from around the world are in attendance. Father Eric, a Doctor of Ministry candidate at the University of Toronto, Trinity College and the Toronto School of Theology,…

Source: First Things by George Weigel On the evening of Sept. 12, 2006, my wife and I were dining in Cracow with Polish friends when an agitated Italian Vaticanista (pardon the redundancy in adjectives) called, demanding to know what I thought of “Zees crazee speech of zee pope about zee Muslims.” That was my first hint that the herd of independent minds in the world press was about to go ballistic on the subject of Benedict XVI’s Regensburg Lecture: a “gaffe”-bone on which the media continued to gnaw until the end of Benedict’s pontificate. Eight years later, the Regensburg Lecture…

Source: The New York Times by Ross Douthat WHEN the long, grim history of Christianity’s disappearance from the Middle East is written, Ted Cruz’s performance last week at a conference organized to highlight the persecution of his co-religionists will merit at most a footnote. But sometimes a footnote can help illuminate a tragedy’s unhappy whole. For decades, the Middle East’s increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world. And their plight has been particularly invisible in the United States, which as a majority-Christian superpower might have been expected to provide particular support. There are…

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