From Hearsay to Social Media – A Tale of Rumor Spreading

From Hearsay to Social Media – A Tale of Rumor Spreading

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates There is a story that circulates in Christian and Jewish circles about gossip. I was not able to track its origins, but the story goes like this. There was a woman that liked to talk about...

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The Icon of the Kingdom

The Icon of the Kingdom

Every year, on the first Sunday of Lent, we celebrate our Orthodox heritage. It is a wonderful festivity involving a touching procession with icons, lifted up high, around the church and ending in the declamatory proclamation of the Synodikon of Orthodoxy. Since we do it every year, it became so...

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What is Christmas to You?

What is Christmas to You?

I went on a quest the other day to find out what Christmas truly was. From my usual sources, I got conflicting information. I could not discern if it was a religious commemoration, or another official national holiday, or quality family time, or a very good occasion for shopping. There...

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Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

“The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place. The vampire is always presented as someone who is living a heightened existence and that is very seductive. He is also someone who is able to satisfy all of his cravings. Vampires are...

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When All Becomes Too Easy

When All Becomes Too Easy

There are many places in the world where the fear of not being able to make ends meet, leaving your family without food, shelter, and other means of subsistence, or the fear of a ravaging war, is intensely present. With the golden era of prosperity, in the Western world at...

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Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Apostles To The Apostles – Feminism As It Should Be Understood

Generally speaking, there is discomfort about the feminist movement in the Orthodox Church. Here is what His Beatitude Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church affirmed, speaking to a meeting of the Union of Orthodox Ukrainian Women in Moscow: “I consider this phenomenon called feminism very dangerous, because feminist organizations...

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Church and Nationality

Church and Nationality

On the Sunday following the Sunday of all Saint, the national Orthodox Churches around the world celebrate their local saints. Greece celebrates its saints, Romania its own, even Mont Athos has its own celebration. The question I am asking myself, is what saints should we celebrate in our Greek Orthodox...

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The Great Confusion

The Great Confusion

Recently, I went to a talent show at my kids’ school. It was enjoyable to watch an entirely random blend of performances unfolding in front of a room full of parents eager to applaud at the slightest hint of aptitude showing on the stage. I know this because I was...

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Drive-Through Christianity

Drive-Through Christianity

Drive-through Communion lines and drive-by home blessings with a super-soaker were standing jokes during Orthodox clergy retreats, as the priests vented a little about their busy liturgical and sacramental schedules. Recent news excerpts have robbed us of these punch lines forever. According to a recent newscast, a church in Massachusetts...

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Me, My “Selfie,” and I

Me, My “Selfie,” and I

“They say—and I am willing to believe it—that it is difficult to know yourself—but it isn’t easy to paint yourself either.” Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, September 1889 The self-portrait genre has been around from the very beginning of art. It was used to identify the artist, when...

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The Tao Of “Whatever” And The Abolition Of Man

The Tao Of “Whatever” And The Abolition Of Man

Living in a multi-cultural, post-modern world brought to us by the new era of rapid communication, we are more and more exposed to cultures that are, or at least seem to be, very remote from our own. Although many of them are in fact foreign, there are times when we...

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What do I want for Christmas?

What do I want for Christmas?

As we approach the holy night of Nativity, comes a time when we ask ourselves the timeless question: what do I want for Christmas? If one looks around, generally electronics are popular with men, jewelry with women, gaming consoles with teens, and so on; as we could expect, mostly material...

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