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From Sinner to Saint

For the Fifth Sunday of Great Lent
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Just Do It!

Many of us probably remember the slogan for Nike, “Just Do It” which encouraged us to get active in sports. With the hopeful news about the pandemic, with vaccinations, with dropping...
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The Pioneer who dared to brave the Spanish Flu and Racism

1918 and 2020, Race, Faith, and America’s Response to Epidemics By Rev. Samuel Davis, rector of St. Simon the Cyrene Orthodox Mission in Somerset, NJ (Orthodox Church in America) In May...
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COVID-19 AND CLIMATE CHANGE Living with and Learning from a Pandemic

There are undoubtedly many striking parallels between the ecological crisis and the current pandemic. In many ways, however, the greatest threat to our planet at this time is actually not the novel coronavirus, but the urgency of climate change.
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Body of Christ

Body of Christ By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano In 2002 I was blessed to participate in an OCMC short-term mission trip to Chevogere, Kenya. It was an intensely life-changing experience....
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Learning Requires A Text

Religious Education in a Virtual World 6 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. Most likely you will offer an...
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Expand the Staff

Religious Education in a Virtual World 5 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...
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Focus the Time and Content

Religious Education in a Virtual World 4 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...
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Focus the Time and Content

Religious Education in a Virtual World 4 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...
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If Possible, Gather Wisely and Safely

Religious Education in a Virtual World 3 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. While virtual meetings will still be...
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Musings on 1 Corinthians 13, Today…

Love is free and it multiplies the more you share it. It doesn’t run out unless you squander it or measure it. Love doesn’t say, “You’re perfect just the way you are,” but rather “I love...
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Ask Good Questions

Here’s a second installment of Religious Education in a Virtual World. A Good Question Will Start the Conversation In the New Testament, one of the central elements of the encounters that...
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Relationships Are Central to Religious Education

Religious Education in a Virtual World There is a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. In particular, what might happen to...
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The Pastor as Teacher

 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts of the Apostles 2:42). In the New Testament and throughout the life of...
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The Apostles’ Life: No Pain No Gain

Presvytera Melanie DiStefano It is arguably one of the most “under-rated” Feast days of our Ecclesiastical Year – The Feast of the Apostles; and yet, it is through these 12 men and the line...
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What Three Days Without Running Water Taught Me About Being Thankful

I never realized what a luxury it is to be able to flip on the water to wash our hands or dishes, to be able to flush a toilet, or step into the shower...until a pipe burst in our basement!
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Racism and Orthodox Christianity in America: A Modern Commentary

In light of recent tragic acts of racism and brutality — including the heinous execution of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, the murder of a black man simply for jogging in Georgia, and the weaponizing of the police against a black man in New York City, I humbly offer this blog entry, taken from a speech I presented in October 2019, which highlights racism and the Orthodox Christian Church in the USA today.
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That's a Wrap! Celebrating the Sunday Church School Year

Suggestions for ending the 2020 Church School and Parish Ministry year...
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TOWARD A SOCIAL ETHOS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH A New Document of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

In January 2020, the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved a social document crafted by a theological commission that was charged with formulating general parameters and guiding principles for the role of the Orthodox Church as well as the responsibility of Orthodox Christians in the modern world.
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Ascension and Pentecost

As we get closer to observing the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost, a closer look at their origins is timely. If you like solving puzzles, the upcoming feasts of Ascension and Pentecost...
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Orthodox Perspective on the Ministry of the Church Online

Rev. Dr. Nicolas Kazarian * New York City is still the epicenter of the pandemic and people continue to “shelter in place.” Our churches remain closed. However, parishes of the Greek...
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