Wild Fires and Church Bells

From the Telegraph: Around 1,000 firefighters and soldiers were able to take advantage of a lull in strong winds that had fanned the blaze for four days to bring some of the areas under control. The high winds were expected to ease further on Tuesday, Greece's National Weather Service said, although the risk of flare-ups remained. The government faced accusations that its handling of … [Read more...]

‘Stalin’s Ghost Still Walks’

Writing in History Today, Catherine Merridale examines "competing versions of Russia's troubled past in the light of present politics." The excerpt below from "Haunted by Stalin" discusses the decline of interest in the Soviet past, and especially the work of Memorial, the research organization dedicated to keeping the memory of Communism's victims alive. For some Russians, Merridale observes, … [Read more...]

Church of Greece Seeks State Help for Charitable Work

From Kathimerini: The Church of Greece is hoping that the government will take seriously the request it made this week for help in making best use of some of the thousands of properties it owns so it can fund a number of charity projects. Sources told Kathimerini yesterday that the Church is hopeful that Public Works Minister Giorgos Souflias, who met with Archbishop Ieronymos on Wednesday, … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Methodios: Urgent Need for a Missionary Effort

Thoughts for the New Ecclesiastical Year By Metropolitan Methodios As we begin the new ecclesiastical year, I urge you to reflect upon the theme chosen for the last Clergy Laity Congress, "Gather My People to My Home." It is critically important for us all -- clergy and laity -- to respond to the call of the Church to undertake a Missionary effort in our parishes. We must to open the embrace … [Read more...]

Bureaucratic Church and Imperial State

In response to comments here on this blog about whether the Byzantines will one day "save" the American Church, the answer to that, as has been observed, is that there are no Byzantines remaining to save us. What's more, there would be little support among American Orthodox Christians for the sort of deep involvement by the state in Church affairs that was typical of Byzantium. The American … [Read more...]

Review: How the Byzantines Saved Europe

The Surprising Life of  Medieval Empire

The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies. Edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack. Oxford University Press (2008) Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire by Judith Herrin. Princeton University Press (2008) Ask the average college student to identify the 1,100 year old empire that was, at various points in its history, the political, commercial, artistic and … [Read more...]

Archbishop Hilarion: Stalin a ‘Monster’

HT: ONet blog Russian archbishop's censure of Stalin as “a monster” makes waves By Sophia Kishkovsky Tuesday, 04 August 2009 23:00 MOSCOW (ENI) -— Comments by a senior official of the Russian Orthodox Church condemning Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, accusing him of genocide, shortly before a European security forum equated the crimes of Stalin and Hitler, have stirred heated debate in … [Read more...]

Detroit service for St. Moses the Black

St. Moses the Black

Prayer service honoring patron saint of African-Americans to be held Aug. 27 DETROIT - The Metropolitan Detroit Chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black will hold an akathist prayer service honoring the saint at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at St. Innocent Orthodox Church, 23300 W. Chicago Road, Redford, Mich. St. Moses the Black is the Orthodox Christian patron saint of African-Americans. He … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah on Spiritual Maturity

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

Are We A Profitable Church? And Shouldn’t We Be?

“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather … [Read more...]

FOCUS North America bolsters ministry to poor

August 6, 2009: FOCUS North America Extends Domestic Aid with Hundreds of Orthodox Youth Outreach Volunteers FOCUS North America is excited to announce the extension of its domestic outreach to the poor by receiving the highly acclaimed “Orthodox Youth Outreach” (OYO) program from the Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Youth Ministry and Teen SOYO. Added to FOCUS North America’s diverse … [Read more...]

Spengler: The Closing of the Christian Womb

The columnist for Asia Times addresses the decline of Arab Christianity and the causes of the "extreme rancor" that Arab Christians often express towards the Jewish State. "One of the big lies in the Middle East is that Israel somehow is responsible for the problems of Arab Christians," Spengler writes. He also looks at a "prejudicial document" circulated by the most prominent Arab Christian in … [Read more...]

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