Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Should Orthodox Churches Have Armed Guards?

Our family discussed this question after attending liturgy one Sunday. The reason? The parish leadership chose to hire an armed security detail in response to the threats of a mentally ill person. A tense feeling was evident as uniformed guards patrolled the church property openly carrying their guns while a...

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Traditionalism, Conservatism and Change in the Orthodox Church

Traditionalism, Conservatism and Change in the Orthodox Church

We begin with a conversation between Fr. Chris and Fr. Oliver Herbel about change within the Orthodox Christian church. Fr.Oliver observes that the core truth of the Orthodox Church will never change, so how does the Orthodox Church continue to stay relevant in times while staying true to the core?...

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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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Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

Weathering the Political Season with Fatih

“Lord, send revival, and start with me!” This was a bumper sticker on many cars in Charleston, South Carolina, long ago. The little quip packed three important foundational points: “Lord”, “revival”, and “start with me.” First, the call on the Lord Jesus Christ indicated that the source of what we...

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Setting Higher Standards in Service and Politics 

Setting Higher Standards in Service and Politics 

    Our feature conversation is an archived recording with Michael Stanley Dukakis.  He shares his personal thoughts on maintaining a healthy family dynamic and moral stability for those wishing to dedicate themselves to public service.  Fr. Chris and he discuss roles of family and character that lead the way...

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Russian Orthodox Patriarch Wants to Cut ‘Horrifyingly High’ Abortion Rates

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Wants to Cut ‘Horrifyingly High’ Abortion Rates

As pro-life activists in the United States, including Orthodox clergy, demonstrated against abortion in the United States, the Patriarch of Moscow also made headlines for a speech delivered before Russian lawmakers. MOSCOW (Reuters) — Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill called on Thursday for a deep cut in the “horrifyingly high” number of...

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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 Light Shining in the Darkness

A Light Shining in the Darkness

One of the greatest neglects of those who defend the Sanctity of Life from its most rudimentary beginning to natural death is putting that belief into tangible, positive action. Countless scores of those of us who fight tooth and nail with word and placard fall terribly short when it comes...

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Church of Greece Issues Internet Restrictions for Clergy and Monks

Church of Greece Issues Internet Restrictions for Clergy and Monks

The Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Greece has issued a memorandum on Internet use by clergy and monks. According to Protothema, the document cautions clerics and monks, advising they consider refraining “from expressing themselves online” and “ensure that their behavior on cyberspace does not come into conflict with...

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