An Accessible World For All

Urbanization is among the most impactful global trends of the past century, resulting in a growing share of the population living in urban areas. This transformative force impacts both the...
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Writing History With H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

History is a process which starts from an event, entering memory before being written down through a painstaking effort of abstraction. In the case of Fr. John Chryssavgis’s book, the event is a person, the memory is an inspiration, and history is the global destiny of H.A.H. Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, to whom this biography is consecrated. A quote from Churchill used in the book - “The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see” – echoes a central aspect of the Ecumenical Patriarch’s identity: he stands at the crossroads of past and future, leading the Orthodox Church into the third millennium, reminding the world of the eschatological nature of the Church: at the crossroads of time, but also of space, “being in the world, yet not of the world.”
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Greek-American Hierarchs Put HGC into Perspective

Being able to witness the historic gathering of Orthodox hierarchs and other representatives of our Faith at Holy and Great Council (HGC) last summer is one of the things I express thanks for at Thanksgiving dinner.
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Finally, A Blog Post About Zelda - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Video games are fun, but not only because they provide great entertainment. They speak to our desire to participate in a story that is bigger than we are: God's Story.
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Giving Thanks Even During the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenge for many of us. Here are three things that we can do to give thanks when we struggle to find the words.
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Break the Taboo: A Call for Access to Clean Water and Sanitation Facilities for All

We all take things for granted. Take a second and think about the daily activities that occur or exist without thought, or with scant attention being paid to them. This might be the ability to...
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"Sit Up Straight" and Other Reminders

Has anyone ever jabbed their hand in between your shoulder blades as a not-so-subtle reminder to stand up straighter? If not, then congratulations, you probably have good posture. ...
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Orthodox Christians, Politics, and Life After Election 2016

How do Orthodox Christians relate to our political leaders, and how do we move on after a divisive presidential election?
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Dancing Anxiously at Life's Circumference

Often we get distracted by the outside circumstances of our lives, and we lose focus on Christ at the Center.
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Sisterhood of Presbyteres Meeting Reveals a Spiritual Family

The National Sisterhood of Presbyteres (NSP) held their biennial meeting on July 4 at the Clergy - Laity Congress in Nashville, TN.
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HCHC Alumni Reception at the Clergy-Laity Congress: Warmth and Illumination

Led by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, one speaker after another expressed his pride in the dedication and achievements of the Archdiocese's clergy at the reception for alumni of Hellenic College/Holy Cross on July 5
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The Dedication and Work of the Archons is More Important than Ever

During the reception hostged by the Archons before the opening of the 2016 Clergy-Laity-Congresss, Archbishop Demetrios of America called upon God to continue to bless the Archons for their “terrific work” of supporting and defending the Mother Church."
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Gifts of Christmas Remind of Philoptochos Giving

Archbishop Demetrios was among those who sang the praises of the leading lights of the Philoptochos society during the 2016 Clergy-Laity Congress, The theme of the Agape breakfast where nine outstanding women were honored was “All Generations Accomplishing Philanthropic Endeavors.”
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On God and Gilmore Girls

"So, it's a show?" "It's a lifestyle." "It's a religion."
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Young Stewards Shined LIke the Star of Bethlehem at the Holy and Great Council

Some of the remarkable young men and women who served as stewards at the Holy and Great Council share their experiences and tell of what it meant for them to be part of Orthodox Church history on Crete.
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A Church for Healing

Jesus was known as a healer, but does He still heal today?
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"Cubs Win!" and Other Election Day Thoughts - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

The Cubs won! And today, someone will win the presidency. Let's hold fast to the hope that our King is coming, no matter what happens in the polls.
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The Benefits of Time Travel

When I first heard about the app “Timehop,” I had really mixed feelings.   If you haven’t heard of it, it does what it sounds like: hops through time. It pools together a...
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When People Hurt Us

When someone hurts us – whether physically or emotionally – we have a choice of how to respond and to move forward. How do we forgive and let go of this pain?
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How We Achieve A Truly Healthy Life

In the Orthodox Christian understanding of a healthy life, both spiritual and physical healing have long been considered complimentary. This begs the question: can we truly be healthy if we focus...
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How Hamilton Taught Me to Love the Scriptures - Pop Culture Espresso Shots

Have you heard or seen the Broadway hit, Hamilton? Do you find yourself suddenly caring about history again? Perhaps Hamilton has something to teach Christians about how to view and approach the scriptures.
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A Home Away from Home Parish

How can you find a parish that feels like home once you've moved away from your home parish?
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The Role of Parents in Youth Ministry

Having programs and ministries for youth and young adults can never replace the role of the parent in cultivating and modeling a love for Christ.
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Talking is Important: The Formation of the United Nations

The United Nations began operating 71 years ago today, following the second of two world wars that killed up to 100 million people around the globe. As those conflicts dwindle further and...
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On Raising Children

What is it that we, as a community of faith, want for our children?  This seemingly simple question is riddled with complexity.  The social environment allures us with a carnival of...
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