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Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Dear Friends of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, For over five years, I have been privileged to serve as the part-time Executive Director of OCPM. As a priest and retired federal prison chaplain, I have dedicated much of my life and ministry to serving those in jails and prisons. It has been a blessing to see the impact OCPM has made in the lives of so many, through its noble mission: To serve those who are incarcerated and their…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Members of the Orthodox Church, clergy and faithful of all jurisdictions, are invited to participate in The Servant Parish Project, a research study concerned with strengthening our commitment as Orthodox Christians to compassionate ministry to the poor and suffering.  The study is conducted by Father Theophan Whitfield, rector of Saint Nicholas Church (Salem, MA), and the Project will fulfill a research requirement for the Doctor of Ministry degree at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. “This project is a contribution to the literature of encouragement,” says Father Theophan. “Jesus for certain said ‘Come and see!’  But…

Source: Orthodox Observer By Steven Christoforou Dorothy Day was a Catholic social activist. And a Cardinal once described her as trying “to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist. “This is the sort of description that should apply to every Christian’s life. Shouldn’t it? After all, as St. Paul wrote, the Gospel is something that doesn’t quite make sense in light of the wisdom of our time: “We  proclaim  Christ  crucified,  a  stumbling  block  to  Jews  and  foolishness  to  Gentiles.” (1 Cor. 1:23) Phrased even more simply: “the message about…

Source: OrthodoxJobs.com Job Description St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis is seeking a dedicated leader to oversee the Youth and Children’s ministry under the guidance of the Priests. This includes religious, cultural, and social activities. General duties: ·        Preparation and maintenance of the youth group calendar and events ·        Communication (includes social media) of events ·        Summer church camp task force director ·        Coordination of plans with other religious programming (Church school, Vacation church school) under guidance of Priests and other education leaders The essential functions and accountabilities of this position are as follows: Equipping people for ministry 1.     …

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Fr. Joseph Purpura Reflects on Eventful Summer for the Dept of Youth and Parish Ministries Originally posted in 2013. The Chairman of the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries, V. Rev. Dr. Joseph Purpura has been creating and implementing youth training programs across the United States and Canada since the late 1980’s. He has held numerous appointments over the years and is currently overseeing a number of programs, both established and new. Over the summer he coordinated SOYO Diocesan General Assemblies, elections, the Leadership Conference, Bible Bowl Festival, Oratorical Contest and Special Olympics…

Source: Archbishop Lazar Puhalo Truly, the Orthodox Church is anchored in the Apostles and Holy Fathers, with the Scripture as our touchstone. However, to simply be anchored in the past, and attempt to live in the past is a betrayal of the Gospel, of the Apostles and of the Holy Fathers. It is a betrayal of the Commission that Christ has placed upon us. There is no time and place in which we can now live and witness except in the 21st century. If we are not willing to encounter the realities of the 21st century with grace and without…