“Son of Man”: Jesus, a Fully Human Being

We at the Center for Family Care coined our ministry for people with disabilities and their caregivers, “Fully Human.” This title is an intentional connecting point to the Orthodox Christian...
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Apostle Mark: From Idolater to Evangelist

For the feast day of Saint Mark the Evangelist.
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Saint George and the Dragon

For the feast day of Saint George the Great Martyr.
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The Miracle of Saint Marina

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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