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Source: Abilene Reporter News Doug Mendenhall, Special to the Reporter-News You’ve been so caught up in worrying about the Trump-Putin fiasco that now you’ve got just two weeks to plan a party. Looming ahead is the 10th anniversary of the death of one of the 10 most influential Christians of the 20th century. Who is it? I’ll give you a hint. Two. Half a dozen. It’s not a pope. Not Mother Teresa. Not C.S. Lewis. Not Billy Graham. Not Martin Luther King Jr. All those folks are also on the Top 10 that Church History magazine compiled as the century…

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: The Washington Post By Juliet Eilperin BOARD THE SHIP MORE SPACIOUS THAN THE HEAVENS — Off the island of Spetses, the leader of 300 million Christians worldwide told a group of nearly 200 religious leaders, academics and activists that they needed to move beyond intellectualism when it came to the environment. “What remains for us is to preach what we practice,” said Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople. “Now we must begin the long and difficult way from the mind to the heart . . . May God guide you in your service to his people and the care of his creation.”…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary So many brilliant and renowned theologians and teachers have graced the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary over its 80-year history. We are so pleased that now you can literally hear their voices in hundreds of lectures and talks that had been in danger of being lost or forgotten. A new website,digi.svots.edu, launched this week to preserve and resurrect these precious recordings for a new generation. The project is a combined effort by St. Vladimir’s Seminary and the Virginia H. Farah Foundation. The website makes available for the first time in digital format, older, analog recordings of renowned professors…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary This week we remember Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (March 28, 1939-March 18, 2015), and give thanks for the enormous impact of his ministry and teaching in North America and beyond. As Archpriest John Behr said so powerfully during his homily at Fr. Thomas’s funeral three years ago, “How can one find the words—the appropriate words—to speak of one who was such a master of words? Fr. Thomas could speak so eloquently and so inspiringly—at length—in homilies and lectures, anecdotes and reminiscences; but he was a master story-teller as well as a master preacher and teacher.” I did not have the blessing…

Source: Orthodox Toronto The path of an Indian – a chief of the Mohawk tribe – led him to the bosom of the Orthodox Church. A modern – day story of orthodox “lunacy” in the Indian reservations of Canada. Saturday night. Very few lights were on. In the Russian Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Vespers have just started. The shadowy silhouettes of the few faithful who were attending the service became more defined, as the candles were lit, one by one, in the candle stand. The iconostasis of the altar was very imposing; it was something that was carved…

Source: Catalogue of St. Elisabeth Convent Most people are aware that the Norse explorer Leif Eriksson was the first European to reach America, some 500 years before Christopher Columbus, but very few know he arrived as part of a Christian mission. Fewer still realize Leif Eriksson was an Orthodox Christian. Having become a hirdman (guard) of the royal army of King Olaf Tryggvason in Norway, Leif had himself accepted baptism into the Christian faith, and had received from the King orders to travel to Greenland with a priest in order to convert the Norse settlements there. When their ships were…

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Paul Ladouceur Editor’s Note: The following is a review of The Departure of the Soul According to the Teaching of the Orthodox Church, published April 2017 by St. Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery, Florence, Arizona. It was sent to us by Dr. Paul Ladouceur originally as four separate posts, but we have combined them here into one, since they are closely related and also since our readers are not unaccustomed to longer pieces here. The Departure of the Soul The Orthodox tradition contains several strands of thinking on the afterlife, based primarily on indications in Scripture, especially Jesus’…

Source: The Christian Century Being religious is not about following rules. It’s more like dancing. by Aristotle Papanikolaou When I was hired at Fordham University in 2000, I was told that I was to teach the core freshman theology course, Faith and Critical Reason. I guessed that many students in the class would resent being forced to take a theology course as a core requirement, for two reasons: (1) many students would be burned out on the theology courses they might have taken in a private Catholic high school; and (2) some students would question how theology could be taught…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio January 16, 2017 Length: 21:06 We interview Alexei Krindatch, the Research Coordinator of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, about a new map posted to the Assembly website titled “Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States.” CLICK HERE to listen to the interview.

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