Understanding and Living Our Faith: Overcomplicating Simplicity

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Overcomplicating Simplicity

“Walk before God in simplicity, and not in subtleties of the mind. Simplicity brings faith; but subtle and intricate speculations bring conceit; and conceit brings withdrawal from God.” (St. Isaac the Syrian) I remember when I was in middle school, my teacher gave us a short paper to read. It...

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Faith and Student Loans

Faith and Student Loans

What’s the riskiest financial decision you’ll have to make before you turn 18 years old? If you think it’s buying a car – wrong. If you think it’s the opportunity cost of backpacking for a year through the Greece – wrong. The answer is…drumroll please…taking out a student loan. But,...

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What I Learned From “The Greek Freak”

What I Learned From “The Greek Freak”

There are times I find it difficult to attend Church. As a Greek Orthodox parishioner and father of a multi-cultural family, I hear the words that are whispered. You’re not Greek, are you? The Church is for Greek people first. There are two types of people, Greeks and those who...

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The Value of Slowing Down and Listening

The Value of Slowing Down and Listening

Those who know me will realize this is from almost 20 years ago, but I read it from time to time, so I am reminded of the lesson I learned back then. I have been driving on the interstate highways too much lately, figuratively and realistically. I reached that conclusion...

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Faith and Personal Finance: Crossing the Christmas Finish Line

Faith and Personal Finance: Crossing the Christmas Finish Line

Do the holidays make you feel like you’re running a marathon, and January 1st is the finish line? You approach it exhausted, spent, out of gas. Come January 2, do you look in the mirror and say, “Hey, I made it, but why doesn’t it feel like I won?” Could...

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The Time for Orthodoxy in America?

The Time for Orthodoxy in America?

Circles of young women crying on one another’s shoulders—you’ve seen the pictures. As if a Tsunami had just struck the coast and wiped away every living person they knew, demolishing every personal possession they had. Young men aghast, photographed staring blankly at the TV screen, frightfully covering their noses with...

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Contemplating Thanksgiving and the Gifts of God’s Creation

Contemplating Thanksgiving and the Gifts of God’s Creation

Thanksgiving—the time when we reap the harvest of our hands, when the efforts over the spring and summer show all was not in vain as we feast on the fruit (and vegetables) of our labour. At least that’s the theory. My Thanksgiving table is usually supplemented by the store or...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2:  A Brief History of Time

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — What’s So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 2: A Brief History of Time

With Apologies to Stephen Hawking for the borrowed phrase, we now dive into what the Divine Liturgy is about, starting at the very beginning. The first declaration is the Priest’s intonation: “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” We’ll stop here because this...

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Faith and Personal Finance

Faith and Personal Finance

Just like many of you, I am a woman who wears more than one hat. The three heaviest hats – wife, mother, daughter – then banker, teacher and finally a special hat, Presvytera. I can probably opine on all of those roles because each one has its challenges and rewards....

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Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Whatʼs So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 1: What Is Liturgy?

Musings from a Grateful Convert by Roger Hunt — Whatʼs So Divine About The Divine Liturgy? — Part 1: What Is Liturgy?

In the Orthodox Christian Church, there are a good number of things you will see and experience no matter where you go in the world, be it Eastern Europe, Australia, North America, or Africa. One such thing is the Liturgy we celebrate each Sunday (or often daily in monasteries). The...

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