April 17, 2014

Ancient Faith Radio launches Byzantine chanting class

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From Kevin Allen: Let me introduce the new Ancient Faith Radio podcast Glory To Thee: A Chanter's Workshop, with host Dr. Stephen Kouri, of Saint Luke (Antiochian) Orthodox church in Garden Grove, California. Dr Kouri is a longtime chanter and chant instructor and a trained voice musician. One of the great needs in the Orthodox Church is the edification, encouragement and training (beginner and intermediate) of our Readers and Chanters in the Byzantine chant. This podcast takes a "workshop-like" format and will train prospective chanters as well as improve upon the skills of existing chanters within the Byzantine tradition of chant. All eight irmologic and sticheraric tones will be taught and work-shopped (IE practiced) as in a live workshop-seminar format. Each program will focus on one tone and its plagal (companion). Each program will build on the other, with some theory, lots of practice and some Q & A. These programs are designed to be interactive. They are especially … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter Preble interviews Fr. Jay Finelli, the iPadre

Fr. Peter Preble, host of the Ancient Faith Radio program Shepherd of Souls, webmaster of the Fr. Peter-Michael Preble website, occasional contributer to the AOI Observer and all around good guy has good discussion this week with a Roman Catholic priest on the role of the Church in politics and culture, in particular the obligation the Church to speak out on moral issues. Fr. Peter's guest is in the diocese where the Roman Catholic Bishop Tobin has been in a public conversation with Representative Patrick Kennedy about Kennedy's stand on abortion. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Preachers Institute runs Nativity sermon series

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Take a look over at Preachers Institute. Fr. John Peck, occasional contributor to the AOI blog and director of PI, is running a series of patristic sermons that is nothing short of stellar. Look at how they used to preach! The quality of Fr. John's postings is sure to make PI a repository of the best Orthodox sermons on the internet down the road. While you are there, look at some other offerings. It's no secret that Orthodox preaching could improve in some quarters, and Preachers Institute is doing its part to make that happen. … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity – Road to Unity (Audio)

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The 2009 Road to Unity conference held at Antiochian Village in October 2009. The format was “conversational” in nature with panels, questions, and interaction between the attendees. Recorded by Ancient Faith Radio. Metropolitan Jonah - Unity in Our Time (38:10) OCA Primate Met Jonah gives the keynote address at the OCL Road to Unity conference. ++++++++++ New Face of American Orthodoxy - Alexei Kindratch (36:04) Alexei Krindatch is a director for research with the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkley, CA. ++++++++++ Panel 1 - Orthodox Unity at Work and in Service (64:56) The moderator for all of the panels is Fr. John Cassar from Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Princeton, NJ. This panel focused on responding to real needs including educational and outreach programs that demonstrate the Unity of the Orthodox Christian Church in America. Panelists: Fr. Justin Matthews - Director of Focus North America Sister Sarah … [Read more...]

Ancient Faith Radio interviews George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity

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Bobby Maddex interviews George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), about the upcoming OCL conference titled “The Road to Unity: From Vision to Action—Orthodox Christianity in America.” The conference will take place from October 28th to the 31st at the Antiochian Village, and it will be broadcast on Ancient Faith Radio. Listen here: … [Read more...]

Unraveling Chambesy — Administrative Unity In Our Time

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Our canons call for there to be one bishop in one place but here in America as well as other countries of the so called “diaspora” immigration and pastoral concerns have served to violate those canons. To address this issue, the leaders and representatives of all of the autocephalous Mother Churches were convened by HIs All Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew first in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) and later in Chambesy, Geneva, Switzerland to commission certain Episcopal Assemblies who will in turn develop regional plans to correct this anomaly. To help you sort through this complicated process, Ancient Faith Radio has produced a 2-part documentary featuring Fr. Mark Arey, General Secretary of SCOBA (The Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America), Charles Ajalat, former chancellor of the Antiochian Archdiocese and long time champion of Administrative Unity, Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America, and Nick Katich, an attorney who … [Read more...]

When Bishops Disappoint

Fr. Thomas Hopko

It's very encouraging to hear an Orthodox leader speak to a problem many us are aware of but don't know how to frame in ways that we can responsibly speak about it. That problem is corruption, malfeasance, and plain old brokenness in clerical ranks. Fr. Tom starts with comments that corruption of this type is nothing new. True enough. All too often though, this statement is used to close discussion, as if the present calamity (not too strong a word in some areas of American Orthodoxy) ought not be broached and Fr. Tom thankfully does not take this approach. Instead, he delves into the scriptures to describe what proper Christian leadership consists of servanthood (not overlordship) and exhorts the faithful to help the priests and bishops to "tend the flock of God that is in (their) charge." … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah — The Necessity of Unity

At the Friday night Sept 4 first session of the Missions and Evangelism conference, OCA Primate Met Jonah makes a strong call for unity preceded in importance only by the preaching of the Gospel. Listen here:   … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah on Spiritual Maturity

Delivered in Atlanta, Georgia recently. … [Read more...]

Steve the Builder on Capital Punishment – Part 2

In the second part of the series Steve discusses the Flood as the dividing line in human history in regard to the meaning of death, fear and capital punishment. Did the Mosaic Law abrogate the covenant with Noah? What do the atheist and the Christian have in common in regard to capital punishment? Steve writes: I’ve already received quite a bit of listener feedback (for and against) and I’ve not even gotten into the meat of the issue. So before I begin, let me say this IS a work in progress. I am already revising future podcasts and adding more material based on comments I’ve received, so it is kind of taking on a life of its own. Depending on how it goes I may go through all my material and then do a Q and A and response to comments podcast at the end of the series. The other thing I need to say is, I am not past changing my mind on this topic even though I’ve wrestled with it for years. I’m too old and have changed my thinking too many times on too many important … [Read more...]

Steve the Builder on Capital Punishment – Part 1

In what is sure to raise consternation among some AOI readers, Steve the Builder begins a four-part series on capital punishment. In Part One he chronicles his work with emotionally disturbed children and the beginning of his shift from radical pacifism to a reconsideration of the death penalty. Steve writes, "My hazy philosophical views started shifting when I began living in the real world and not in the dazed and confused world of the hippie subculture and seeing the world from penthouse view of the ivory tower of theoretical theological speculation culture of my protestant seminary." "I know for certain the concrete shift in my thinking happened when I took a job running a residential treatment center for severely emotionally disturbed boys who had tendencies toward uncontrollable rage or calculated sociopathic violence." Let the discussions begin! Listen to the podcast: … [Read more...]

The American Orthodox ‘Historiographical Problem’

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Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time. — Frederick Jackson Turner Here's a new site worth a visit. The Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas has launched a new blog at OrthodoxHistory.org. The picture here, found in the archives of the Library of Congress, shows a meeting of Orthodox bishops in 1921. But, mysteriously, it's not clear what the meeting was about. As OrthodoxHistory.org explains: Few photos from the early 20th century history of American Orthodoxy are so rich in significance as this one. This was taken during the 1921 visit of then-deposed Abp. Meletios (Metaxakis) of Athens to America, beginning the process of founding the Greek Archdiocese. He came traveling with Bp. Alexander (Demoglou), who would become the first Greek Archbishop of America. Meletios and Alexander did a remarkable amount of work toward uniting the Greek … [Read more...]