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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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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