Treasuring Simplicity

Treasuring Simplicity

Orthodox Christians treasure simplicity. We venerate St Anthony the Great, and the countless monastics who followed him into the desert, forsaking the distractions of a sophisticated lifestyle for a place where they had nothing to worry about except following Christ and fighting the devil. We venerate the holy martyrs, who...

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Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

Holy Nativity Antiochian Orthodox Church in Langley, British Columbia

Have you ever worshiped in a barn? What would you name a church that worships in a barn? My church began in 2002 as readers’ services conducted in a converted sheep barn in Langley, British Columbia just north of the American border. Our congregation had been worshiping at a nearby...

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A Baby-Friendly Parish

A Baby-Friendly Parish

“Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 10:14) Does your parish welcome little children? Of course you love kids. Like mine, yours is a probably a church where adults rejoice to worship with young ones, and...

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Orthodoxy in South Africa Before and After Apartheid

Orthodoxy in South Africa Before and After Apartheid

Nelson “Madiba” Mandela, the first democratically-elected President of South Africa, has been a beloved figure for decades, and his recent death drew an outpouring of grief all over the world. But few of us know much about the South Africa that he helped to radically change. Wanting to learn more...

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Foxholes and Bird Nests

Foxholes and Bird Nests

“Welcome to Canada.” The immigration official stapled a visitor record into my passport and waved the three of us on into the arms of awaiting family. Our six-month-old son met his maternal grandparents for the first time. We had our first bite of sushi in a year. And we slept...

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