July 22, 2014

Harry Coin: Wag the Dog

big-and-small

By Harry Coin How much grand significance and control is due the old world churches? Consider these few arial photography offerings by the BCC offering a unique perspective by superimposing the old world places aiming to direct the future of Orthodoxy ...onto .... well ... see for yourself (link opens new tab): Rome's boundaries laid over Duluth, Minnesota: How big really? Rome over Duluth, Minnesota Constantinople's boundaries laid over Bettendorf, Iowa: How big really? Constantinople over Bettendorf, Iowa Alexandria's boundaries laid over Dallas, Texas. Well, if putting one blanket on the beach can be called 'laid over': How big really? Alexandria over Dallas, Texas Seriously people. Foreign controlled churches or 'episcopal assemblies'? Doing that will lead to our growth, why? The mayor of Minneapolis has more people to oversee than the above ever had in a good century-- combined. Wakey Wakey, as they say in England. … [Read more...]

Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa Alexandria: Easter message

Easter message by Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa Alexandria, 15.04.2009 My beloved spiritual children, Greeks of the Diaspora, Arab-speaking Christians and Orthodox Africans, This year too, from all the corners of the earth, from the Most Holy Tomb of our Lord, from every Altar that symbolizes that Tomb, will resound the joyous message that “Christ is Risen”. The hymns will announce to us, as the Angel did to the Myrrh bearers that “He whom you seek, Jesus of Nazareth, who was Crucified, is not here but has risen as He had said”. It is this message that we have to take to heart and have it characterize our lives. We have to transmit it as an event and as a trumpet-call of victory to all those being blessed with feelings of defeat and loneliness in this world. … [Read more...]

Fr. Harakas: St. Athanasius the ‘supreme model’

St. Athanasius

Orthodox Christians have "a message and a way of life" that they must present as "an alternative to the morally and spiritually down-spiraling contemporary American lifestyle," says Fr. Stanley Harakas, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology Emeritus at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Fr. Harakas was the keynote speaker at Fordham University’s Orthodoxy in America lecture on Feb. 17. He said that St. Athanasius is a useful model for Orthodox Christians as they anticipate their future in this country because "his battles for the Orthodox faith, his acceptance of repeated exiles and his unrestrained resistance against opposing forces in high places earned him in history a description as Athanasius contra mundum, or 'Athanasius against the world.'" Also, Alexandria, the city in which St. Athanasius was born and raised, was, in the first few centuries of Christianity, "a pluralistic place, full of variety and within the Christianfold of a wide range of … [Read more...]