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Rowan Williams Promoting the Jesus Prayer as Answer to Modern Angst

Dr. Rowan Williams, who recently retired as Archbishop of Canterbury, was one of a group asked by the New Statesman to respond to the topic, “After…

Jul 19, 2014
Orthodox News

Al Jazeera: Iraq Christians get Islamic State’s warning

Source:  Al Jazeera Iraq Christians get Islamic State’s warning Islamic State group tells Christian community in Mosul they face death if they do…

Jul 19, 2014
The Sounding

The World’s Only Paratrooper Priests with “Flying Chapels” are Orthodox

Have you ever seen a “flying” church or a paratrooper priest? For some time now, Orthodox Christian chaplains serving in the Russian armed…

Jul 18, 2014
Orthodox News

Moscow Patriarchate: Decision to Ordain Female Bishops in Church of England Contrary to Apostolic Tradition

STATEMENT BY COMMUNICATION SERVICE OF THE MOSCOW PATRIARCHATE’S DEPARTMENT FOR EXTERNAL CHURCH RELATIONS REGARDING THE DECISION OF THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND…

Jul 18, 2014
The Sounding

Imagining the Holy

I grew up in a Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, hearing the stories of the Bible every Sunday just as I still do now as an Orthodox Christian. And my imagination…

Jul 17, 2014
Orthodox News

Saving an Ancient Cave Monastery in Georgia

Vardzia, July 10, 2014:  Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers…

Jul 17, 2014
Orthodox News

120,000 People Visit Grave of Elder Paisios

Source: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/72262.htm 20 years ago (on July 12, 1994) the Athonite elder Paisios (Eznipidis) reposed. On July 12-13, 2014,…

Jul 17, 2014
The Sounding

Message of Love

As a teenager, I came back from church camp and was asked to share my thoughts about my adventure with the congregation. It was, I suspect, a combination…

Jul 16, 2014
Orthodox News

ICN: Sudan: More Christians in Danger, Warns Bishop

The recent case of Meriam Ibrahim is not the only instance of Christian persecution in Sudan. In this article from Independent Catholic News, a Catholic…

Jul 15, 2014
The Sounding

Silence of Love: A Life Insurance Commercial Every Father (and Mother) Should See

Thai Life Insurance is a company with a history of producing powerful ads. For some time now, it has released long-form commercials that tell dramatic…

Jul 14, 2014
Orthodox News

WorldCrunch: High Stakes As Ukrainian Orthodox Must Choose New Leader

Editor’s Note: As noted in an earlier post, the Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church has died. Given the current political realities, there is…

Jul 14, 2014
The Sounding

Chiseled from Living Rock: The Lalibela Churches of Ethiopia

Last week, we featured a story from CNN, “Rock churches of Lalibela, the Jerusalem of Ethiopia.” We received many comments in response, asking…

Jul 14, 2014
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