How to Make Outreach Part of Your Family's Lenten Journey

A major challenge for Orthodox Christians today is to leverage the strengths of technology while understanding that our faith places a high value on external and personal relationships. ...

Icons of the Icon - Sunday of Orthodoxy

We celebrate icons on the Sunday of Orthodoxy because Christ is the Icon of God the Father, and we in turn are icons of Christ.

The Season of Lent: An Opportunity for Reflection

All of us lead lives so filled with the demands of work and family that little time is left to us to cultivate the garden of our soul. In our preoccupation with the ceaseless business of life,...

Racism Condemned as Heresy in 1872

We censure, condemn, and declare contrary to the teachings of the Gospel and the sacred canons of the holy Fathers the doctrine of phyletism, or the difference of races and national diversity in...

Thoughts on the Role of Orthodox Laity in Christian Unity

A week ago here in Wisconsin, the Sunday liturgy was cancelled at our local Greek Orthodox parish. Typically, we would have driven the hour and a half to an OCA parish in Milwaukee that we...

Death by Snow: Syrian Refugees Face Struggle to Survive in Winter

Death by snow: it’s a reality that receives little attention in the international media, but for the more than 11 million Syrians living as either internally displaced persons (IDPs) inside the...

The Omaha Anti-Greek Riot

The stories are rarely told, but in times past, many Orthodox Christians from the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe have been subject to bigotry and violence because of their ethnic background,...

The Human Dimensions of the Greek Crisis: Negotiations Update

In a recent article published online earlier this week with  The Huffington Post , Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou discussed the importance of tactical maneuvers and strategic choices in the...

The Historical and Orthodox Saint Valentine

Now a commercialized holiday celebrating modern Western courtship and romance, the ancient Christian origins of Saint Valentine’s Day are largely forgotten.  The actual Orthodox liturgical...

President Obama’s Recent Prayer Breakfast: Demagoguery and Denial

A demagogue is a politician who deliberately makes false claims and distorts facts by using arguments based on emotion, ideological choices, and manipulation rather than reason, logic, and...

Kayla Mueller's Letter

From the moment of our baptism each of us is illumined, not only receiving the Light of Christ, but becoming one with the Light. This most profound reality means that everything in our lives is...

The First Black Orthodox Priest in America

In 1907, a black Episcopalian deacon from Jamaica traveled to Constantinople, where he was ordained an Orthodox priest by a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. He was then sent to Philadelphia...

Orthodox Fundamentalism

One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were also the greatest intellectuals of their...

Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Remembering the Christian Origins of Nonviolent Resistance and Civil Disobedience

Every January, since its first federal observance in 1986, the national holiday honoring the life and legacy of the great civil rights leader and humanitarian, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.,...

The Sole Religion Charlie Hebdo Has Yet to Mock

Last week’s attack on the editors and staff of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo , carried out by Islamic extremists looking to avenge what they regarded as blasphemous depictions of...

Theophania and the Human Right to Water

By Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou, with Theodore Pritsis As we enter 2015 and celebrate the Feast of Theophany, Orthodox Christians are presented with an opportune moment to reflect on a...

Christian Genocide in the Middle East and Public Apathy in America: Looking Back on 2014 and Before

One of the last diplomats to leave Smyrna after the Turks set the great Anatolian port city ablaze in September 1922 was the United States’ Consul General, George Horton.  Reflecting on the...

Christopsomo: An Ancient Christmas Tradition and a Modern Recipe

Bread has always been a staple of the Greek table, inexorably associated with life and substance, the staff of life.  For Orthodox Christians, bread has always had symbolic, sacred...

Demre, Turkey: Santa Claus Will not Be Coming to this Town

“The first thing you see is barbed wire; a fence has been put up to keep looters out, although the gate is wide open, and there is very little left to loot.  Within the barbed wire...

The Incarnation and Interstellar

The start of the month of December this week reminded me that it’s time to sync my spiritual and mental clocks, so that I’m consciously focused on and preparing for the miracle that we remember...

Our Priorities

The Gospel of St. Luke tells of a visit that Jesus made in Bethany, to the home of Martha and Mary, the sisters of Lazarus. St. Luke writes that Martha became upset that her sister sat...

Four Dishes and a Thanksgiving: November 23, 1961

I had been in the United States only twelve weeks when I experienced my first, and most quintessentially American holiday: Thanksgiving.  My father, Kosmas, my mother, Eleni, my older...

Engaging Parents with Religious Education

I have the impression that most parents don’t have a good idea about how much work is involved in organizing a Sunday Church school class and, especially, what kind of learning is occurring in...

Presentation: Go Beyond Your Parish Website

See how some of the current online tools can enhance your internet ministry

Bring the Message Home

I was amused to read the story of an insurance company that sponsored a conference at its huge national headquarters building in New York City. Agents from all over the country attended the...
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