October 21, 2014

New Year’s doesn’t do much for me but this is cool…

Fireworks over St. Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin

H/T Byzantine Tx (an excellent blog, BTW) I'm not much of a New Year's fan (just can't get my head around celebrating a new year) but it sure makes for some nice pictures. Oh yes, Happy New Year (that part I get)! … [Read more...]

We’ve moved!

Easier than we thought too!

Many thanks to Fr. John Schroedel of Orthodox Internet Services (the man behind the wheel) who loaded the truck and moved us into our new home -- all the way from Hawaii! What will you see? In addition to the great commentary and timely news you have come to expect from the AOI Observer, you should see faster load times, the elimination of time-outs (the dreaded "internal server errors") and a … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble interviews Fr. Hans Jacobse about the Ecumenical Patriarchate

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Fr. Peter-Michael Preble, host of the Shepherd of Souls radio program on Ancient Faith radio, Pastor of St. Michael's Orthodox Christian Church, and occasional contributor to the AOI blog, recently interviewed Fr. Hans Jacobse on the subject of the Ecumenical Patriarch. Listen to the interview: Fr. Peter blogs at the Fr. Peter-Michael Preble blog. … [Read more...]

Help us help you strengthen Orthodoxy in America!

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Last chance to donate for 2009! December 18, 2009 Dear Friend: Thank you for joining the rapidly growing number of people in the United States and abroad who have made the Web site and blog of the American Orthodox Institute a “must read” for news and analysis on Orthodox Christianity. One grateful contributer writes: "AOI is providing the kind of in depth analysis and commentary that … [Read more...]

Fr. Chad Hatfield: Introductory Remarks at Manhattan Declaration unveiling

Fr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary, was an original co-signer of the Manhattan Declaration. Below are his introductory remarks at the unveiling of the document at the National Press Club on November, 20, 2009. … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy and Obama’s conscience clause

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A friend sent me an email earlier today. Search Google, he said, with the terms conscience rule obama catholic bishops and conscience rule obama orthodox bishops and then compare the two. Not very impressive. (Actually, the AOI blog article on Abp. Demetrios' awkward praise of Pres. Obama ranks first in Google, but that's beside the point.) It got me to thinking. If there is ever a need for … [Read more...]

Recalibrating the Conversation

One of the great things about a blog is that it's a conversation, not a monologue. The Observer is a moderated blog, but we keep it fairly open to encourage this conversation and the learning that goes on here. Those of us associated with AOI are grateful for your readership and the constant feedback. I have noticed, however, that in recent weeks some of the comments on this blog have veered … [Read more...]

Mattingly: What do the Converts Want?

In light of the recent exchanges on The Observer about converts, cradle Orthodox and the future of American Orthodoxy, we are republishing Terry Mattingly's essay that touches on these important issues. This article was adapted from an address titled "So What Do the Converts Want, Anyway?" given at the 2006 Orthodox Christian Laity conference in Baltimore. Terry Mattingly, an advisor to AOI, is … [Read more...]

AOI debuts new website for “The Clarion Review”

Clarion Review launches all-new Web site with new content Turning Cows into IdeasRoger Scruton, philosopher & farmer, tells us how to make farms profitable even if no one buys a thing: Very few farms are profitable, and ours exists more...as a rural consultancy and ideas factory. Our neighbors turn grass into milk and make a loss; we turn grass into ideas and make a profit. We keep horses of … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy: A Fertile Faith

When a recent coffee hour conversation turned, unexpectedly, to politics and what if anything the Church has to say about public issues and then all of the "God talk" in the current presidential contest, a friend said, "Oh, that's politics. The Orthodox Church shouldn't get involved in politics. Nothing good can come of it." Well, yes and no. If we're talking about partisan politics then … [Read more...]