Archimandrite Chrysostom Onyekakeyah Project Coordinator for Mission & Outreach Development Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 6/15/22 The soul of America is pained by injustice. It is...
The entire world is witnessing Vladimir Putin invade Ukraine – unprovoked, unwarranted, and illegally. He targets civilians and hospitals, adults and children alike, in great acts of cowardice. He risks the lives of young Russian men, marching them openly in an attempt to terrorize the global community into a third world war. Propaganda out of Russia streams like a raging river, pulling at phantom threads of false justification. All the while Putin continues to pull at one thread in particular: religion. He and his co-pilot, Patriarch Kirill, are endeavoring to hijack Orthodox Christianity for their anti-Christian agenda.
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 2019, I...
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.
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. Our team...
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 you and...
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.
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.
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 Orthodox...
By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano In my peripheral vision I noticed 5-year-old Gabriel looking in my son’s direction during Divine Liturgy. He was curiously studying some behavior that I could not...
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established on June 21st, 1946 to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Commission, supported by UN Women, establishes multi-year...
Never has such a sensitive question agitated the religious landscape of Europe, and of the world at large, as this: how is humanity saved? In this debate, which in the 16th century deeply marked the religious and political scene of the European continent by opening the bloody chapter of the wars of religion, Orthodox Christianity has been little exposed for various reasons.
As you may all know, in 1989, then Patriarch Demetrios proclaimed September 1 as the annual day of prayer for the Care of Creation.  Since 1991, Patriarch Bartholomew has focused on the...
Imagine your country, the place you’ve lived your entire life, has been so effected by climate-driven disasters, such as extreme floods resulting in dangerous landslides, that not only is infrastructure ruined but it has become impossible to yield crops. Your livelihood has been destroyed and you have no way to provide food for your family.
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.
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 Orthodox...
On November 8th, 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 Annual...
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...
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 magisterial...
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese hosts annual Ecumenical Officers' Retreat.
  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 grades his...
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...
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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