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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“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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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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The Incredible Impact of "Be the Bee"

As we count down to the last episode of "Be the Bee." Steve takes a look back and the incredible impact of the series.
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I’m Only Human

How often do we say or hear others say, “I’m only human”? Here are some reasons we probably shouldn’t.
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So You Say You Want a Miracle

When I hear about people who have experienced miracles, I can’t help but think, “I want that"...a super awesome miracle moment that changes my life forever.
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Hearing Our Story in a Parable

In the Parable of the Sower and the Seed, Jesus describes different ways that people receive His message. How might we see ourselves in this parable?
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“Why Good Priests Matter”

I lost my patience recently. Then, I lost my temper. These are two things that I rarely experience, and, as self-flattering as this pronouncement may appear, they are behaviors I would like to...
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Abducted Syrian Bishops Serve as Models of Christian Service

This month marked four years since two Christian hierarchs were abducted at gunpoint in Syria. While Metropolitan Paul of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and Bishop John, the...
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Holding on to the Joy of Pascha

Pascha has come and gone, but Christ is still risen! How can we hold on to that joy of the Risen Christ every day?
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Talk About Depression

Depression is the world’s leading cause of disability and is felt in all countries, both poor and rich. In many ways, this indiscriminate impact makes it unique, however many continue to...
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The Problem with Guilt and Shame

Awareness of our own sin can lead to guilt and shame. Instead, Christ calls us to a life of hope and joy in repentance.
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The Beauty of Taking the Blame

It’s all too easy to fall into a pattern where I blame everyone else for the way that I am feeling, for my actions, and for my behaviors.
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The Things That I Don't Know

In life, there’s a lot that I don’t know, and there’s a lot that I will never know. So...where’s the solace in all of this?
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Two Reminders about Youth Safety Training

Youth safety training can feel tedious and repetitive at times. Here are two things anyone in ministry needs to remember.
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How Lent Can Guide the Rest of the Year

Great Lent should inform the way we live throughout the year. Here are three principles or lessons that we can take with us even after Pascha.
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“Sins Before Our Eyes: A Forum on Modern Slavery”—Dispatches from the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The problem of slavery, one of humanity’s greatest evils, remains with us today. The overt chattel form of slavery, which Christian abolitionists raged against in the nineteenth century, has all...
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A Small Act of Sharing and Caring

I realized how stubborn I was being to not want to answer my mom in the first place. Like, “my faith is personal, and I don’t want to share it with her right now.” Yet I sucked up my pride and decided to share it anyway.
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Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

In this toxic, politics-ridden, dare I admit it- fallen- world, we all need to learn to listen to each other.
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Being a Lenten Apprentice

Great Lent is often called a time to return to basics because we focus on central dimensions of our Christian faith: we read from Scripture to remind us of the need for a Savior; we become more...
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