October 1, 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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

When Bishops Disappoint

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]