I'm Just Gonna Shave, Shave, Shave...Shave It Off – Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

When God comes close to us, it may make us a bit uncomfortable. Is it perhaps because He shows us a bit too much about being ourselves?

The Lame Blame Game - Sunday of the Blind Man

Bad things happen, and sometimes we can't know why. But God promises that He will act one day, even if we have to wait a while.

Thank the Teachers!

How will you thank the teachers? It’s still that time of year. Another Sunday Church school year is about to end. There will be programs to recognize the achievements of the children. They will...

Blinded by the Light - Sunday of the Samaritan Woman

Meeting Christ turns on the light in our hearts, which is great...but then we find the mess that needs some attention.

The Potential of Religious Education, even Sunday School

On any given Sunday from about September to May, I conservatively estimate that at least 10,500 young people attend a parish religious education program, with at least 2,625 adult volunteer...

I'm a Great Guy...Right? - Sunday of the Paralytic

This Sunday, Christ stands before us and asks us a direct question – Do you want to be healed? – and sometimes our answer to that might surprise us.

More Than A Feeling - Sunday of the Myrrh-Bearing Women

Sometimes our passionate love for God fades, but the call is to the steadfast ministry of the Myrrh-Bearing Women, who we commemorate this Sunday.

Overcoming Emptiness - Holy Week and Pascha

In the Resurrection, we can look back on the Cross (and the pain of our own lives) and find meaning.

Mission: Impossible - Saturday of Lazarus and Palm Sunday

Christ could have healed Lazarus. Instead, He waited until He was dead, and did something no one could have predicted.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Functions of Religion, and the Symbolism of a Myrtle Tree

The Izmir University of Economics honored His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and New Rome Bartholomew with the title of Honorary Doctor of Sociology on February 9,...

Changing our Point of View

Anyone who reads the New Testament seriously is almost always surpised to learn how often Christ saw life differently than we do. One example of that is to be found in Christ's teaching...

So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want - Sunday of St Mary of Egypt

As Great Lent begins drawing to a close, the Sunday of St Mary of Egypt brings together what we've learned so.

I Started at the Bottom...I'm Nowhere Near the Top - Sunday of St John Climacus

We're more than halfway through the Great Fast, and we probably haven't made as much progress as we'd like.

Sometimes the World is Black and White: Archbishop Iakovos and the Lesson of Selma

March 15 marks the half-century anniversary of the culmination of a dramatic series of events in American Civil Rights history that have been seared into the country’s national consciousness,...

Let the #Hangry Rejoice! - Sunday of the Holy Cross

We can be led astray and make fasting about ourselves. The Sunday of the Cross helps point us back in the right direction.

Selma at 50: No Longer Master and Servants, but Friends

Inclement weather throughout the country, hours of traffic, long lines and hours of waiting couldn’t keep tens of thousands of U.S. citizens from convening in Selma, Alabama on March 7-8,...

Ridley Scott’s Biblical Film—"Exodus: Gods and Kings"—and Its Discontents

Holy Moses, what a God-awful film—I promise that this essay contains no other insipid puns.  I am fascinated by film, ancient history, and Biblical stories.  Quite rarely since the...

MLK & Iakovos: Living Icons of Christ

On the first Sunday of Great and Holy Lent Orthodox Christians around the world celebrate the “Triumph of Orthodoxy,” a feast that commemorates the Church’s victory over iconoclasm. For over...

Knowing God - Sunday of Saint Gregory Palamas

As St Gregory Palamas taught, it is possible to know God in an intimate and mysterious way. And thank God for it!

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, our...

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...
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