July 31, 2014

IOCC Stands Ready to Offer Aid Following Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan

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Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has assembled its emergency response personnel to assess the humanitarian needs and possible response to a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake that struck the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan on March 11. Initial reports indicate that hundreds of people perished in a powerful tsunami and that the quake caused damage with blackouts and fire. The large earthquake triggered a tsunami warning for countries all around the Pacific Ocean ranging from Russia to Hawaii to South America. IOCC, in consultation with local Orthodox and ecumenical partners in Japan and other countries affected in the Pacific, is assessing the current situation and the need for a potential response. "We mourn the loss of life and pray for those who were taken so suddenly by this disaster," said Constantine M. Triantafilou, IOCC executive director. “We are all keenly aware of the devastation that can be caused by powerful tsunamis and … [Read more...]

Some broad reflections on the SVS seminar

First of all, thank you to St. Vladimir Seminary, St. Andrew House, and Orthodox Christian Laity for sponsoring the webcast. Thank you to Ancient Faith Radio, and Executive Producer Dean Calvert and crew for making the webcast possible. I saw perhaps a quarter of it. The first seminars dealt with historical themes, important and interesting (had to concentrate though) but I won't comment on them here. I found the lecture on the "myth of autocephaly" very interesting, particular how the narrative of how autocephaly was obtained shapes contemporary self-understanding in the autocephalous Churches. This deals more with how historical narrative functions in a community, than the veracity of the actual narrative. (Of course, veracity is contentious term since history is, at bottom, narrative. Nevertheless, some history is "truer" than others, witness the attempts by the Marxists and other culture barbarians to rewrite it.) Back to the subject... Dr. Paul Meyendorff, professor of … [Read more...]