Ex-treasurer pleads guilty to stealing from Knoxville Greek Orthodox Church

Source: WBIR.com (WBIR - KNOXVILLE) A former church treasurer pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Criminal Court to stealing more than $400,000 from his Knoxville church. Under the plea agreement, Dimitri Christodoulou must serve one year in jail with the remainder of the sentence under state probation. He also has to pay back the $224,675 restitution still owed to the church. Constantine Dimitri Christodoulou, 48, served as treasurer for Saint George Greek Orthodox Church from … [Read more...]

Henry Luce Foundation Awards Seminary $250,000 for Sacred Arts Study

Source: St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY   On November 20, 2015, the Henry Luce Foundation announced a grant award of $250,000 to St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, to fund a three-year study of the Sacred Arts, with an emphasis on “material spirituality.” Through a series of conferences, workshops, and seminars to be held fall 2016 through spring 2018, the grant award will allow seminary faculty to survey the current landscape of the … [Read more...]

Registration opens for annual youth/camp workers’ conference

Source: Orthodox Church in America The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry will host the annual Pan-Orthodox Youth and Camp Workers’ Conference at Saint Seraphim Cathedral, Dallas, TX January 21-23, 2016. According to Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director, the conference theme—“Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma and Everyday Life”—will be addressed in the keynote address by Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary.  Several workshops … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian end-of-life resources now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [CSHA]  Many family life experiences are common for people in all places.  Births, graduations, marriages and other milestones are expected and anticipated.  Inevitably, sorrow comes at a loved one’s passing from this earthly life.  We have expectations for long life and wholeheartedly sing “Many Years!” to one another.  But the day comes when our elderly family members experience the progression of those years.  The aging process and disease may … [Read more...]

Mortal Kombat’s Shang Tsung goes Orthodox in Russia

Source: Russia Today The soul of Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, best known for the part of evil sorcerer Shang Tsung in the Mortal Kombat movies, has been captured by Russia – he has apparently decided to be baptized into the Orthodox Church. Tagawa, an American actor of Japanese descent, who took part in a new Russian film called The Priest-San, decided to abandon his faith and become a true follower of Jesus Christ’s orthodox teachings, Interfax reports. The news was spread via Facebook by one … [Read more...]

Antioch On The Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America

Source: Ancient Faith Radio Antioch On The Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America October 21, 2015  Length: 52:42 In this special edition of Ancient Faith Today, the V.R. Patrick O' Grady of St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pomona, California represents the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America in explaining the reasons behind its recent statement at the 6th Assembly of Bishops and why it appeared to many that its long-held support of Orthodox … [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...]

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 forever.fordham.edu/orthodoxyconference. While the very meaning of the “secular” remains contested, Christians globally are self-identifying in different ways in relation to an imagined … [Read more...]

Ex-Clergyman, Sexually Abused at 17 by His Priest, Attempted Suicide

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK – Alex Prodes, a 53-year-old former Greek Orthodox priest (defrocked by choice), lives on his Social Security disability income, two years ago tried to kill himself. The divorced father of two – he sees his children only twice a year – referring to his failed suicide attempt, he asked his doctor: “why didn’t I die?” Prodes didn’t want to live anymore. He says that in 1979, 17 years old and the leader of the altar boys at the Evangelismos Church in … [Read more...]

Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction In light of the aftermath of the meeting of the Assembly of Bishops September 2015, certain questions have been brought to mind about where we are at this point in time and how we got here.  In an effort to help people understand the situation, we are responding to questions that have been presented to us.  We hope that these questions and responses will help … [Read more...]