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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Valerie Blomberg writes: “As Orthodox young people gather, personal isolation ceases to influence the development of their Orthodox identity.” These are the words Archimandrite Gerasim, dean of St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Dallas and our keynote speaker, gave us before the start of the Orthodox Young Professionals Retreat held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from October 16-18, 2015. We felt his words to be true as a community of Orthodox young adults formed over the course of the three day retreat. Most of us were strangers to one another at the start, but soon…

Source: Pew Research Center BY ALEKSANDRA SANDSTROM AND BECKA A. ALPER While most Americans still identify as Christian, there are big differences when it comes to how involved they are with a congregation – or whether they’re involved at all. Indeed, some of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S. have relatively low levels of involvement among their members. Among all Christian religious traditions in the U.S., Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses have the largest shares of members who are highly involved in their congregations, according to a new analysis of data from Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study. Our analysis…

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 take away their independence and they become incapacitated.  Other circumstances may arise when an unforeseeable accident or illness occurs and someone “too young to…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George Matsoukas The case for Unity among the Orthodox Jurisdictions is made more manifest by the sabotaging of the Assembly of Bishops by the Antiochian Archdiocese.  The dispute between Old World Patriarchs undermines the establishment of canonical order in the USA.  The dispute over Qatar appears to be the reason why the Patriarchate of  Antioch changed its mind and negated its signature on the Chambésy  Accord of 2008.   The act and statement presented to the Assembly of Bishops are contrary to the integrity and history of the Antiochian Archdiocese that brought seekers home to the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is holding its 28th Annual Meeting and Community Forum in San Diego, California, November 4-7, 2015.  “Orthodox Working Together” will be the theme of the event with a special emphasis on Project Mexico.  Conference hotel is the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. The Business Meeting will take place at the Catamaran at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6.  That evening, beginning at 7 p.m., a community forum will be held at St. John of Damascus Orthodox Church (OCA), 16902 Espola Road in Poway, a San Diego suburb. The first part of…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio / Ancient Faith Today Podcast: Orthodox Christian Fundamentalism: what is it and does it exist? Length: 1:07:37 Earlier in the year, one of Kevin’s guests, Dr George E Demacopoulos, wrote on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese blog that through the increasing expansion of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’ in ordinary parishes, “the entire Orthodox Church is at risk of being hijacked by extremists”. Father John Whiteford, ROCOR priest and blogger wrote a robust rebuttal to this article. On this episode of Ancient Faith Today Kevin discusses with his guests their views of ‘Orthodox fundamentalism’: what it is, whether it truly…

Source: Share the Faith Ministries Share the Faith Ministries has a new web site.  The purpose of the ministry is to assist clergy who do not have parish assignments or who hold low paying secular jobs to network with each other and to develop a funding source to assist them with their part-time ministries. [subscribe2]

Source: Fordham University Co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center Friday, June 26 – Saturday, June 27, 2015 Fordham School of Law | 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)│ New York, N.Y. In 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated Council. This conference is a series of papers, panel discussions, and a research poster competition addressing several themes from the Agenda for the Great and Holy Council: Autocephaly and Diaspora The Canonical…

Source: Change.org Facebook has recently begun demanding that Orthodox Christian clergy and monastics; i.e., those known as Priest, Abbot, Monk, Nun, Abbess, Brother, Sister, and so forth, cease using their ecclesiastical (church) names and use only their given names from the time of their birth. In one well known case, Abbot Tryphon – who is known only as Abbot Tryphon among the tens of thousands of people who read his blog, listen to his podcast, read his book, and are his friends or followers on Facebook, has recently been locked out of his Facebook account (and the account for the monastery…

Source: Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing & Counseling A recipient’s reconciliation journey with SEEDS of HOPE, Orthodox Healing & Counseling. Looking out the window one day she saw a red cardinal bird pecking at the glass. It harkened her back to youthful days. As a child, she was told that the red bird was rarely seen in the area. If one says a prayer when infrequently spotted, that bird was Christ’s helper and would take those prayers directly to HIM. The bird is red because it represents the blood of Christ. As a child, it sounded plausible to…

Source: Patheos By Jennifer Nahas What is best about the Orthodox Church—holding true to early teachings and traditions—also presents its greatest challenge: making sure tradition doesn’t trump appropriate treatment of others. While many prize the richness of the Orthodox Church, our traditions can lead to exclusion of some from fully participating in the community of Christ.  It’s a fine line, preserving ancient rites without marginalizing particular groups, within a patriarchal structure, and is ripe for discussion, particularly as it pertains to women. Orthodoxy arrived in the early 20th century, at a time when the United States experienced unprecedented social, economic,…

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