Orthodoxy’s offering to America

Orthodoxy’s offering to America

Watch Now.  Metropolitan of Atlanta, Alexios, explains what Orthodoxy has to offer in a western society. Source: pemptousia.com ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and...

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Saint Raphael of Brooklyn

Saint Raphael of Brooklyn

Sometimes there seems to be a saint who doesn’t really stand out, believe it or not. They are laborers in God’s vineyard, and their ‘claim to fame’ is for something other than what they’ve done. They just seem to have been in the right place at the right time. At...

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Throwback Thursday: A Voice from the past on the Importance of Orthodoxy in America

Throwback Thursday: A Voice from the past on the Importance of Orthodoxy in America

Is America ready for Orthodoxy?  In this Week’s Throwback Thursday, we go back to the 2001 Antiochian Archdiocese Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  Listen as Fr. Chris Metropulos and His Eminence Metropolitan PHILIP, now of blessed memory, discuss Orthodoxy in America and the bold step of the Antiochian Archdiocese’s request...

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Building Musical Bridges in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

Building Musical Bridges in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese

A couple of summers ago, I was participating in a regional choir federation’s convention. I was there to teach a workshop on Byzantine chant, but I was also singing in the convention choir. The Sunday of the convention, I helped to chant Orthros; as soon as the final “Ἅγιος Ἀθάνατος,...

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Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

Man of Steel, Man of Faith? Part 5: “And the American Way”

How does one define “Americana?” Anything that represents American culture? Baseball, apple pie, and the Fourth of July? Whatever’s decorating the walls at Applebee’s? No doubt, there are images, music, and movies that everyone would agree are considered “Americana.” Elvis Presley. Norman Rockwell. Gone with the Wind. That famous black-and-white...

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New Report Published on Orthodox Monasteries in the United States

New Report Published on Orthodox Monasteries in the United States

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has published a new report on its website. The report, “Orthodox Monastic Communities in the United States,” is the result of a survey of the 70-plus Orthodox monasteries in the country. According to the Assembly’s site: There are...

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“We are called to act on our beliefs.”

“We are called to act on our beliefs.”

Have you seen the movie “Selma” yet? Were you moved by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Christian conviction about non-violent protest? Here is a candid conversation between Fr. Chris and His Eminence Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh on the movie “Selma”, the church’s need to be involved in politics, and their...

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A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

A CBS Documentary about Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Several years ago, Orthodox peoples in America were happy to see coverage of our faith on broadcast television when CBS aired a documentary about life on Mt. Athos. Although such mainstream coverage is rare, it is not entirely without precedent. Decades earlier, Fr. Alexander Schmemann, the long-time dean of St....

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Traditionalism vs. Tradition

Traditionalism vs. Tradition

The late great scholar Jaroslav Pelikan once observed: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living. And, I suppose I should add, it is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” In Orthodox Christianity, to which the former Lutheran scholar Pelikan...

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Cultural Persecution of Displaced Christians

Cultural Persecution of Displaced Christians

In this episode, Chris Vlahonasios takes on the topic of the persecution of Christians around the world, but especially in the Middle East. He discusses the issue by way of his review, first, of the 2009 indie file, “Amreeka,” which tells the story of Palestinian Christians as they leave their...

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