Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

Great Lent: A Refining Crucible

After a time of emotional and spiritual unrest, culminating in a conscious feeling during the Nativity season that my spiritual life needed attention, this Lenten journey heralded in a “new beginning” for me. The details of life are unique for each of us, but the goal for Christians is simple...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Kingdom is in Good Hands

It belongs to the children. During this Great Lent, I have the privilege of chanting during some of the services. Weeknight services are not really well-attended in general, but there is almost always a special visitor. My priest is very young and has a beautiful family, which includes a two-year-old...

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Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

Respecting the Divine: Why Australia and All Democracies Should Care About Blasphemy Laws

In the past several months, there has been a significant increase in the number of vicious and insensitive anti-Christian public ‘artworks’ and vandalism of churches across Australia. It would be naïve to think Christianity is not frequently insulted or targeted by artists and the media, however, this spike occurred during...

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Orthodox Voices of America: Peter’s Story

Orthodox Voices of America: Peter’s Story

Watch Now.  What keeps you connected to the church?  Why do some young adults leave the Church, while others stay engaged?  Pan Orthodox United tell’s Peter’s Story.  Do you have a story to tell be sure to email us: social@myocn.net ABOUT THE ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN NETWORK Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is...

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Loving Others: Be Ye Doers of the Word

Loving Others: Be Ye Doers of the Word

In his poem “The Second Coming,” the Irish poet William Butler Yeats describes the post-World War I atmosphere in 1919. His first stanza is not only gripping, it speaks of so much of what we have seen during the past year. “Turning and turning in the widening gyre, the falcon...

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Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

Super Bowl Ads—Can I Change the Music?

I hope you shouted out loud, “really!?” and covered your children’s eyes and ears in the Super Bowl Commercials this year. Well, I guess that is true every year, but wow, this year was insidious and persistent! I confess that I only watched the last quarter of the game—great game!—so...

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Millennials and the Future of the Faith

Millennials and the Future of the Faith

My name is Charissa, and I’m a millennial. As a millennial, my generation and I are constantly being accused of ruining everything. I’ve read article after article exclaiming with frustration that millennials aren’t doing things the way their parents did, and it’s collapsing the world as we know it! Are...

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Approaching God for the Right Reason

Approaching God for the Right Reason

At Vespers last Saturday evening, the Orthodox Church began the use of the Lenten Triodion–a service book that provides the texts for the Divine Services for the pre-Lenten weeks of preparation, for Great Lent and for Holy Week. Last Sunday was that of the Publican and the Pharisee, quite familiar...

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Reviewing <i>Woven</i>, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Reviewing Woven, An Interactive Book for Teenage Girls

Woven, written by by Edna King and Zoe Pappas, is an interactive book for the modern teenage girl interested in learning more about Orthodox Christianity. Being 22 and a senior in college, I am a few years older than the target audience for this book. However, I still related to the...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

Musings from a Grateful Convert: The Spiritual Edge of Journaling

What is journaling?  By dictionary, it is: a daily record, as of occurrences, experiences, or observations For most of us, it can be a frequent record, if we will put a priority on it. I have had the experience of making more than one entry in a day, but who cares,...

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