Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Secular Privilege and Natural Law

Two of the best Orthodox Christian commentators on current events today are (in my view) John Kass, the main columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and Rod Dreher, columnist for the online American Conservative. Both are friends (John I have known in person from when I worked as a reporter for...

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Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

Festal “Life Cycle” Chart for Children

As the mother of two young daughters who love to do craft projects and art, I’m always looking for new project ideas, especially those that allow me to teach them a little more about our faith while they’re having fun. Over the years, I’ve found many small projects to help...

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Again and Again

Again and Again

She’d just turned three and I found her sitting in the middle of a bedroom floor, carefully building a tower of wooden blocks. She didn’t notice my gaze, me just taking her in, wondering at her. Her attention was fixed on stacking another piece and I held my breath as...

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Perspectives: Faith and Science

Perspectives: Faith and Science

Listen carefully as Dr. Stamatis Vokos, who is both a scientist and a man of faith, talks to Fr. Chris about miracles. Faith and science are frequently set at odds in secular culture, but are they really opposites? Is it possible to explore both faith and science deeply, without reservation? Dr....

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Apostles Fast Activities for Children

Apostles Fast Activities for Children

We are about to enter the Apostles fast, which is almost certainly the least appreciated fast of the church calendar. Sometimes it can feel like we just finished Great Lent and started celebrating Pascha when the Apostles’ fast arrives. Now when summer is just beginning, we have to fast again,...

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Is “Evaluation” even Orthodox?

Is “Evaluation” even Orthodox?

When the programs of the Office of Vocation & Ministry were just getting going, I was troubled at having to spend part of the annual budget on “evaluation.” I was skeptical about the whole task of evaluation itself. Isn’t it what businesses do, but is foreign to our vision of...

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Teaching the Annunciation

Teaching the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation is a glorious respite in the middle of Great Lent. For adults, there are numerous church services and fasting to prepare us for Pascha. Since children aren’t fasting and most are probably not paying attention completely when they are in church, it is important to...

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Why in the world do we go to school?

Why in the world do we go to school?

I was at my best friend’s house the other night. She had finals that week, and she was telling me how she was stressed, depressed, and just exhausted from studying and from school in general. She asked me a question that stirred my thinking. She asked me why we go...

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The Next Generation of Orthodox Christians

The Next Generation of Orthodox Christians

Where do you live? Do you live on a farm where you tend crops and animals? Do you live in a big city where you walk, ride a bus, or hop on the subway to reach your destination? Do you live in a remote area or a heavily populated area?...

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Choosing a School and Relaunching The Ark

Choosing a School and Relaunching The Ark

As our nation grapples with the tragedy of yet another school shooting, we hear from His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Antiochian Archdiocese about making schooling choices. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the benefits and risks of public schools, private schools, and homeschooling. But first, OCN is thrilled...

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