Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

Teaching the 12 Great Feasts and Pascha

This topic is on my mind at the moment because our church school program is focusing on the feasts for this year’s curriculum. I’m working with the youngest class, encompassing of preschool through first grade, so these ideas are geared to them, but could certainly be adapted for older elementary...

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Love Your Enemies

Love Your Enemies

It was June, and for Alaska, it was warm. The snow had mostly melted, and some parts of the ground were actually thawed. The sun rose at around 5 in the morning and didn’t set until after midnight, which gave lots of time to do things before it was too...

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Holy Orders

Holy Orders

As you have probably noticed, the Church has clergy—that is, men set apart for certain functions and who are held accountable for the exercise of those functions. Some (such as readers and subdeacons) are set apart for the exercise of their function through a blessing and the laying on of...

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Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

Saint Silouan the Athonite and His Relevance Today: Part 2

The Saints challenge us to reach beyond the common conception of salvation that predominates in the West. For the Orthodox Church, salvation is more than the pardon of sins and transgressions. Salvation is more than being justified or acquitted for offenses committed against God. According to Orthodox teaching, salvation certainly...

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Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

Cowboy Religion and Orthodoxy

My cousin Patrick was a cowboy. Actually, he wasn’t a real cowboy, because we grew up in town, and when he worked he was a truck-driver and repaired outboard boat motors. But he dressed like a cowboy, talked like a cowboy, and spent too much time in cowboy bars. Some...

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