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Source: Saint Catherine’s Vision Saint Catherine’s Vision (SCV) has been developing a two-part, ground-breaking public service ministry or diakonima.  The first part consists of a survey designed to invite members of the ordained clergy and faithful to relate their practical experience concerning Orthodox Inter-Christian Marriages. The second part involves the creation of a time-limited pilot program intended to offer an initial, yet direct, pastoral, and educational response to these concerns. The survey is designed to give a qualitative Orthodox Christian overview of fundamental pastoral observations regarding OICM as acknowledged by members of the clergy and the faithful across the jurisdictions.…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative Space is limited, so claim your spot! SIGN UP TODAY! BACK BY DEMAND! Previous participants and those on the waiting list from last month’s Stewardship Series asked for another session! Fr. Nick Hubbard will be joined by two other financial advisors, Ryan Mohrmann and Eric Vowles, who are dedicated to Christian stewardship. Foundational Stewardship: Conversations About Money August 10 – We will begin this series by focusing on common challenges when discussing money, and the importance of having a healthy relationship with money. Financial Clarity: Untapped Opportunities August 17 – This session will identify financial…

Source: The Joplin Globe By Terry Mattingly The Byrds’ classic “Turn! Turn! Turn!” didn’t sound like anything on the radio when it hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1965. For starters, the lyrics came from Ecclesiastes, noting “there is a season, and a time for every purpose, under Heaven. A time to be born, a time to die. A time to plant, a time to reap. A time to kill, a time to heal. A time to laugh, a time to weep.” What critics failed to realize, said Byrds co-founder Chris Hillman, was that covering the late Pete…

Source: St. Catherine’s Vision Divine Compassion and Christ in the Everyday An SCV Pan-Orthodox Outreach Ministry via Teleconferencing Orthodox Christian and Inter-Christian Marriages Cultivating Koinonia in the Home Church and Beyond  Beginning in the late eighteenth century, Orthodox Christians have been establishing and nurturing parish communities throughout North America. Sociologically and psychologically speaking, as the faithful through the course of time began to self-identify more closely as American rather than being citizens from the foreign homelands through which their communities were established, it was inevitable that some of the descendants of parish founders would marry persons who were not Orthodox;…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative Screens are everywhere. Christian parents used to worry about movie screens. Then it was TV screens hooked to 100-plus cable TV channels. Then there were computers and computer games. Then came the Internet and everything changed. Then smartphones arrived and everything changed again. There’s evidence that this omnipresent screen culture is connected—especially among the young—to rising statistics for loneliness, anxiety, gender confusion and other issues. Then came the pandemic and church leaders struggled to make peace with digital screens in parish life. Journalist and mass communications professor Terry Mattingly has been wrestling with these kinds of questions for more than…

Source: Orthodox Servant Leaders  The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) Summer Leadership Institute trains nearly fifty college students each year to serve their local campuses through OCF.  Applicants to this program demonstrate a heart for service, desiring to “give back” to the OCF ministry that has had such a positive impact on them.  Students explore what it means to be an Orthodox Christian as a leader in OCF, the Church, and the world. They are challenged through Christ’s teaching to avoid ego-driven leadership, and instead take on the mindset of servant leadership, including a practice of generosity through the resources…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Friday, January 29, 2021 Today, as the annual March For Life is held digitally due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America reaffirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. All humans, whether in the womb or in the world, are made in the image and likeness of God, possessing God-given beauty and dignity. Therefore, we can never condone the willful and elective taking of a human life. At the same time, Christ…

Source: Helleniscope EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis):  How many seemingly unexpected facts in just the six words of our title!  To have a growing community in today’s Orthodoxy in America is a rather rare exception… But it is true as I found out by speaking to our friends of “Monomakhos”, George Michalopulos and Gail Sheppard… How is the Oklahoma community growing? Mostly from new converts, as I learned, and as we are informed by the news piece below… What is the major attraction of Orthodoxy? “The depth of the Church and the richness of the faith”, explains Gail, a convert…

Source: ICXC Life Introducing OrthoPrax With the help of the best developers worldwide, we created the first mobile media app for Orthodox Christians.  OrthoPrax—where Church comes to you! Experience this pathway to Orthodoxy guided by the Saints through the Orthodox old and new calendars. This app makes a perfect Christmas gift that will last much longer than any other one! OrthoPrax® is our first foray into mobile media for Orthodox Christians. Our focus is on the pathway to Orthodoxy, and to help you experience it in an easily accessible manner. Today, many people wrongly believe that their pathway to Christ starts and ends…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA NEW YORK – The Mental Health Task Force of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America accomplished its first major task by publishing a comprehensive and unified Directory of Orthodox Christian Mental Health Professionals. The Directory includes Eastern or Oriental Orthodox Christians verified to be in good sacramental standing by their parish priest or local bishop. The interactive directory allows users to search by zip code for Orthodox Christian mental health providers licensed to practice in their state. The directory offers useful details about each provider’s…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Keynote Address of Archbishop Elpidophoros to the October 2020 Assembly of Bishops Meeting Keynote Address by His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros to the October 2020 Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops October 6, 2020 Your Eminences and Graces, Beloved Brothers in Christ, Dear Co-celebrants in the Holy Spirit, Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice![*] I greet all of you, Holy Brothers, with these encouraging words of the Apostle, for we have so very much to be joyful for. I am particularly happy to be with all of you…

Source: Faith Communities Today by Sarah Brown Originally published on May 19, 2020 Two studies have been conducted over the past month and a half in an effort to assess the impact of COVID-19 on American Orthodox Christian Churches. Both are summarized below, with links to the full reports for detailed findings. Phase 1 The following summary is extracted from the “Orthodox Parish Life Study,” which is being undertaken as part of the larger Faith Communities Today 2020 study. This portion of the study was conducted online between April 6 and 13, 2020 (just prior to Easter) and is based on…

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