Teach the Faith

Now that we are a couple of months into our Sunday Church school year, I want to ask, “Are we teaching the Faith?” Our task is to hand on the contents of the Orthodox Christian Faith to another...
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Test your Phishing skills

Phishing emails come in all shapes and sizes, but fortunately there are some “tells” you can look for to help suss out potential scams.
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Think Outside the Box for a Renewed Sunday Church School Year

  It’s that time of year again! The time of year where you are starting to realize that summer vacation is over and that the Sunday Church School year is starting up any day now!...
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What is a Phishing Attack and Tips for Protecting Yourself

Cybercriminals are using social engineering to craft emails that appear as though they have been sent from a legitimate organization or known individual. The purpose of these emails is to either...
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What Young Adults Are Really Saying About Church

After season one of We Are Orthodoxy, we're starting to notice some trends in what young adults are really saying about their experience in the Church.
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4 Tips for Preaching the Gospel Online

Steve and Father Andrew Stephen Damick share 4 tips for preaching the Gospel online.
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The Environment and the Greek Orthodox Church

As you may all know, in 1989, then Patriarch Demetrios proclaimed September 1 as the annual day of prayer for the Care of Creation.  Since 1991, Patriarch Bartholomew has focused on the...
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The Christian Home

While parish priests, religious educators, and youth workers share in the responsibility of bringing our children closer to Christ and the Church, the primary responsibility rests within the “home church.” Countless studies reveal that the single most important factor in the religious development of a child is the example set by parents.
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Planning your Parish Adult Education Program

Because so much of parish life functions like the school year (September through May, or whatever it is in your area!) now’s the time of year to start planning and organizing the program ideas and...
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The Principle of Non-refoulement in the Context of Migration

Imagine your country, the place you’ve lived your entire life, has been so effected by climate-driven disasters, such as extreme floods resulting in dangerous landslides, that not only is infrastructure ruined but it has become impossible to yield crops. Your livelihood has been destroyed and you have no way to provide food for your family.
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Childlike vs. Childish

What is it about children that Jesus wants us to emulate?
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Adult Education in Practice: The Case of Emerging Adults

Let’s consider a concrete example of what’s been written so far about adult education. To summarize, the earlier posts discussed that there are different ways of organizing content in adult...
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Is Ministry Preparing Kids for Life in the Church?

Why do so many kids who are active in youth ministry grow up and disconnect from the Church?
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Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners

Meeting the Needs of Adult Learners: One Size Does Not Fit All In my previous post, I discussed three different ways to develop an adult education program in a parish. They were Learning the...
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What is Love?

“I love your new SUV!” “I love this restaurant!” “I love that movie’s soundtrack.” Countless times, I have expressed these types of sentiments. Perhaps in my eagerness to describe a sincere ...
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Water We Doing!?

Locally and internationally, debates regarding best practices to save the world’s diminishing clean water supply swell between two main camps: those who support the human right to water and those who promote privatization. Realizing the complexity of the issue, this blog intends only to provide a very boiled-down overview of each position as well as resources on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s work on the topic.
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What is Adult Education?

With Great Lent approaching, many parishes will offer a Lenten lecture series or other educational programs for the faithful. These are often held after Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Wednesday night...
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Faith and Football

Photo credit: St. Paul Pioneer Press   At the center of my Sundays since the mid-90s has been the act of praising and thanking God (for almost fifteen years now, in Eastern...
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Who Brought You to Christ?

Growing up I was blessed to have many mentors and guides in the Faith...
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Moving Past Regret

Our regrets keep us bound to the past. How do we let go and move past regret?
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An Orthodox Voice on Sexual Assault

Orthodox Christians are called to walk alongside survivors of sexual assault. Here are a few things we can do today to work against this great societal ill.
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Interfaith Dialogue: A Call to Respond to Millions on the Move

On November 8 th , the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America (the Assembly) and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) held the Tenth...
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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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