Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

On June 16, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will travel to Istanbul in order to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who will receive them at the Phanar. The meeting is scheduled prior to the annual meeting of...

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The Samaritan Woman, The Acts of the Holy Apostles, The Holy Ascension, Pentecost, and the Pew Report

The Samaritan Woman, The Acts of the Holy Apostles, The Holy Ascension, Pentecost, and the Pew Report

Just a few Sundays ago, we read the account of the Samaritan Woman, that marvelous encounter with Jesus, at the same hour as his crucifixion, the 6th hour.  The scene was a scandal for everyone.  Jesus, alone with a half-breed woman in the middle of the day. The Lord pierced...

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Re-Aligning the Wheels of Prayer: Body-to-Spirit

Re-Aligning the Wheels of Prayer: Body-to-Spirit

In “How Should I Pray,” it is suggested to begin praying by “focusing your consciousness in your heart and forcibly gathering there all powers of the soul and body. Take the time at the beginning of your prayer time to quiet your body and to concentrate your energies in your...

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Put Your Hope in God, for I Will yet Praise Him

Put Your Hope in God, for I Will yet Praise Him

Nearly twenty-five years ago, on the cusp of my graduation from college, I had a nervous breakdown. My longstanding identity as a student was being stripped away, and I couldn’t find a deeper identity beneath it. (There were additional, more complex factors as well.) I came back from commencement, locked...

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Overcoming Bias and Intolerance

Overcoming Bias and Intolerance

In a recent study published in Psychological Science, evidence was given to show that the human brain categorizes people within the first second after seeing a face. In other words, our brain very quickly will separate people according to groups, typically in the “us vs. them” category. This separation most...

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