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Welcome to the OCN Blog and News center! Here you will find posts by our wonderful community of bloggers, on The Sounding, and the latest church news and events on our Orthodox News page. Comments are welcome! We look forward to knowing what you think.
The Prayer Team

A Summary of Four Existential Questions

THE ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT May the God of peace Himself sanctify you wholly; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming…

Nov 08, 2016
The Sounding Blog

The Nature of Hell from a Talking Skull

The question regarding the nature of hell was perhaps best answered in the Tradition of the Orthodox Church by the great elder St. Makarios of Egypt (300-391…

Nov 07, 2016
The Prayer Team

Stick with the Good, Stay Away from the Bad

THE ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophesying, but test everything; hold fast what is good, abstain from every form of…

Nov 07, 2016
The Prayer Team

Broken, but Undivided

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ?  The bread which we break, is it not a participation in the body…

Nov 07, 2016
The Prayer Team

Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise Him in the heights!  Psalm 148:1   Good morning Prayer Team! Praise the Lord from the heavens;…

Nov 07, 2016
Orthodox Seminary News

Holy Cross MDiv Student Wins Best Foreign Film Award

Elizabeth Thomas, a second-year Master of Divinity student at Holy Cross, won the Best Foreign Film Award at the Universal Film Festival in Kansas City,…

Nov 06, 2016
The Sounding Blog

Domestic Violence

October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  You can watch this video of a webinar, “Domestic Violence: Identifying and Responding to Intimate Partner…

Nov 06, 2016
The Sounding Blog

Ancient Christian Prayer, Beyond “Christian Yoga”: Part 2

Both yoga and prayer can be spiritual and physical disciplines, but prayer is more than what I can do with my body and in my mind. Prayer centers me in…

Nov 05, 2016
The Prayer Team

Your First Words Should Be Words of Thanks

THE ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  I Thessalonians 5: 17   Good morning…

Nov 04, 2016
The Prayer Team

Little Bits Add Up to A Lot

THE ENCOURAGEMENT PROJECT Pray Constantly  I Thessalonians 5:17   Good morning Prayer Team! I work constantly.  I write constantly. Are these true statements? …

Nov 03, 2016
Orthodox News

Plan of Action, Part I

Preparation for the Stewardship Year Prior to launching the parish stewardship year, a number of initial steps may be taken to inform and inspire parish…

Nov 02, 2016
The Children's Word

Who touched me?

Have you ever wished you could stay home on Sunday morning? Maybe you thought to yourself, “I could just pray on my own. God will listen to me from there.”…

Nov 02, 2016