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Source: Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Bulletin, Kankakee, IN Christ is Risen! Alithos Anesti! What a wonderful – against all apparent odds – Holy Week and Easter we had, connected in new and unusual ways – by icons in the pews, by Facebook live and Zoom, by our souls and by Christ’s love and sacrifice. I hope you were able to feel the transcendence of it all. Spiritual music helps, and our Church is loaded with it, and blessed with multiple traditions of sublime combinations of sacred text with melody, harmony, tone, and mood, to create moments that transcend everyday life…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting By Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck.” ~ Proverbs 1:8-9 The custom of salutation varies throughout the globe. While New Zealanders greet one another by touching noses, Tibetans stick out their tongues. Ethiopians touch shoulders, Asians bow, and Europeans embrace and kiss the cheek. The most common gesture of welcome around the world, however, is the handshake. As a symbol of peace, verifying that neither party is carrying a weapon, the handshake, referred…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “Theological seminaries determine the destinies of churches. As goes the seminary, so goes the church.” Harold Lindsell What does the 20th verse of the 20th chapter of 2 Chronicles have to say to the nation’s theological schools and seminaries as they enter the 20th year of the 21st Millennium? What, if anything, does the verse offer a theological examination of one of society’s most voguish catchphrases, namely “deep state?” According to Merriam-Webster, “deep state” was among the 533 new words added to its lexicon in 2019. Becoming part of the American…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A Crisis of Faith, Not of Theology, Very Rev George Florovsky, 40th Anniversary of his Falling Asleep in the Lord Excerpt from Orthodox Evangelist, Fall 2019, Vol. 53. No. 3:  Brotherhood of St. Symeon the New Theologian, Miramar, FL The “Historic Church” is always an “imperfect Church,” despite her inherent sanctity.    Every student of Church History knows it but well.  The “Golden Age” of the Church – the age of Chrysostom and the Cappadocians – was an age of schisms, rifts, treason and suspicions.  Did not St. Gregory of Nazianzus suggest that apparently Christ was asleep…

Source: The National Herald  By TNH Staff NEW YORK –  FAITH: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism (FAITH) is pleased to announce the launch of a new leadership training program, the “Executive Education Program in Strategic Leadership and Transformative Action” (SLTA), for members of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at the prestigious Fletcher School of Tufts University. SLTA is an intensive executive leadership training program designed to give clergy and laity a foundational set of technical, intellectual, and spiritual tools and ideas for strategic management and leadership that can produce transformative action in the Church and community. The pilot program will…

Source: St Philaret`s Christian Orthodox Institute (SFI) Participants of SFI’s Annual Theological Conference discuss the church’s ministry and her structure The question of exactly “what the Church is,” is no less relevant and pressing for the church herself today than it is for secular society, which can’t seem to find a place for the church in its system of coordinates. What is it? A social organization that helps the poor and the sick? A funeral service provider? An ideological department of the state government? A club for the virtuous and a moral policeman? Few would immediately guess that the Church…

Source: OCP Media Network For summertime reflection, we are pleased to offer three Orthodox resources engaging a wide range of topics related to the contributions of women in the life of the Church. First of all, we are delighted to launch our third volume in our Encountering Women of Faith, book series! With much information publicly appearing in English for the first time, this book is written with spiritual seekers and scholars in mind. Volume III offers much for those desiring to learn more about our mothers and sisters in Christ. Attached is our Volume III public announcement flyer.  Please, help us by downloading it…

Source: Russia Today by Jim Jatras Originally published on October 3, 2018 One of the most contentious and significant controversies in the world today is also one of the least-well understood. In part, this is because it involves matters of faith and church governance, the importance of which many people, especially some of a secular mind who scorn mere “religion,” tend to underestimate. That is a mistake, certainly with respect to the storm that seems on the verge of plunging Ukraine into a new cycle of violence. That may happen if, as seems quite possible, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople recognizes an “autocephalous” (completely self-ruling)…

Source: First Things by Luma Simms Originally published on September 18, 2018 In 1977 my parents came to the difficult conclusion that there was no future for them and their children in Iraq. Under the guise of vacation we left for Greece, where we lived as refugees for a year and a half. During our time there we met American Evangelical missionaries, who were kind to us. But they told us we would not be real Christians until we became “born again.” They informed us that my parents’ ancient faiths—Chaldean Catholic and Syriac Orthodox—were just dead traditions. My parents trusted…

Source: The National Herald By Antonis H. Diamataris This year’s National Prayer Breakfast, an important annual American tradition involving many hundreds of religious and political leaders and other officials from all over the world, was held on February 8. This year’s main speaker was President Trump, and so much importance is attached to that fact. The president said that “religion plays a central role in American life and freedom.” And so it does. Americans, on average, are religious people. They do not hesitate to express their faith in words and deeds, Their faith is a deeply rooted human need and…

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