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...]

What is the first responsibility of a Bishop? To preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Apostolic Mission of Bishops: A Short Reflection By Bradley Nassif, Ph.D. The purpose of this brief, and incomplete, reflection is to focus on the centrality of the gospel in the ministry of a bishop. It is not intended to promote a partisan perspective on any issue facing the contemporary Orthodox Church – Antiochian, Greek or O.C.A. It simply spotlights what the calling of a bishop is … [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...]

OCL hosts Unity Conference

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DATE: October 29-31, 2009 LOCATION: Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA American Orthodox Christianity is already unified in doctrine and fellowship but we are not unified as jurisdictions. Orthodox Christianity can flourish in America and our Orthodox faith can give much to our nation in return. The timining of the OCL Fall Meeting is between the pre-conciliar meetings taking place in Europe. … [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 First Orthodox Liturgy in New York City

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Matthew Namee provides an interesting account at Orthodox History about the first Orthodox Divine Liturgy ever held in New York City over a century ago on March 12, 1865 at Trinity Episcopal Church. Some highlights: The occasion for the service was the anniversary of Tsar Alexander II’s coronation; this appears to have been suggested not by Honcharenko but by Dr Morgan Dix, the rector of … [Read more...]

Chambesy statement posted on the GOARCH website

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese has just posted the official English version of the Chambesy statement, the decision to form conciliar committees in the churches of the diaspora (.pdf file). … [Read more...]

Pope: the Christian idea of the person a model for a cohesive society

Ed. It is indisputable that some of the best thinking on man and society is coming from the Roman Catholic Church. The Russian Orthodox Church is making important headway in this area as well. Unless there is thinking not making it into English, it appears the Church of Greece doesn't address the secularism of culture with any great deliberation. Here Pope Benedict draws from the Orthodox … [Read more...]

The Halki Seminary and the Patriarchate’s Existential Crisis

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Azbarez.com AFP reported on Thursday that the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul, Bartholomew I, was hopeful Turkey would re-open a historic seminary it shut down nearly four decades ago. The Halki Orthodox Theological Seminary, located on the island of Halki off the coast of Istanbul, was the key Patriarchical institution for educating the Greek Orthodox Community and training its future … [Read more...]

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