Lessons Learned from a Service Retreat

Here are three lessons a group of young adults in Virginia learned after their recent service retreat.
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Being a Compassionate Presence

How can Orthodox Christians better be a compassionate presence in this world of confusion, fear, and anger?
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A New Way to Learn the Bible

Y2AM is happy to announce a new tool to help you better understand the Bible and connect with Christ.
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“Hagia Sophia: Turkey’s Neo-Ottoman Icon”

Until the recent rise of Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) to political prominence, Turkey’s secular Kemalist order had for decades remained largely...
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“Hagia Sophia: Turkey’s Ottoman Icon”

It is no small irony that across the globe the edifice and image most widely associated with Turkey, Istanbul, and even perhaps Islam, is a sixth-century Orthodox Christian church—the...
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In Praise of Sunday Church School

Sunday school is perhaps the single largest program in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. On a national level, assuming 550 parishes with an average of 30 students per Sunday school...
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Questions, Questions, Questions

“After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions; and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.”...
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Holding on to God in Hard Times

Experiencing hard times, especially natural disasters, can challenge our faith as we struggle to hold on to God.
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Balancing Our Inner Mary and Martha

Mary and Martha often personify the roles of prayer and action. How do we balance these in our own lives?
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3 Things "Game of Thrones" Gets Right

"Pop Culture Coffee Hour" is back with a new episode on "Game of Thrones."
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The Ecumenical Way

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese hosts annual Ecumenical Officers' Retreat.
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The Evil of Ignoring Evil

The Church, grounded in a knowledge of spiritual health, sometimes needs to speak against spiritual illness.
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How Service Changes Lives

Service is more than just a nice thing to do. Here are two reasons it changes lives.
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Yes, I Read *The Benedict Option*

Lately, Rod Dreher's *The Benedict Option* has been showing up on people's bookshelves; Christian read it and it brought up some deep longings for community.
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Another Church School Year Begins

While it’s still early August, and many families are on vacation, and parishes are still on their “summer schedules” or still working on their Festivals, another Sunday Church School year is just...
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What Domino's Pizza Taught Me About Church Leadership

A few years ago, Domino's Pizza admitted a huge mistake. And then they fixed it. That's a powerful lesson for Church leaders everywhere.
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Trapped Between War and Nationalism: the Precarious Situation of Millions on the Move

  Imagine you’re sitting at home on a peaceful Wednesday evening, relaxing after a long day at your medical practice. Your children are working on their homework and your husband...
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All In Our Perspective

The Orthodox Church gives us a fresh perspective to face life’s many challenges.
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Help! I’m a People-Pleaser

The compulsion to make others happy affects many of us. But what’s at the core of this problem, and how do we get out of it?
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Recapping the Season-Ending Briefing: Our Recent Work at the UN

On June 22, the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Archdiocese participated in the UN’s Department of Public Information season-ending briefing, where members...
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Reaching Across Borders to Stop Human Trafficking

On June 23, 2017, governments and non-governmental organizations (NGO) assembled at the United Nations for a multi-stakeholder hearing on the review of the global plan of action to combat trafficking in persons.
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Running from Life

We all try to escape being uncomfortable. Instead, the Church guides us to face life with Christ.
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