The Silent Crisis of Childhood Hunger in America

The Silent Crisis of Childhood Hunger in America

Since 2007, family homelessness in the United States has skyrocketed by 20%. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, lack of affordable housing is the most pressing concern for every city and county in America. A family earning the poverty threshold of $24,000 annually cannot afford even a one-bedroom apartment...

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Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

Wealth, Greed, and the American Gospel

When Martin Shkreli, American Entrepreneur and Pharmaceutical Executive, recently acquired the rights to a drug used to fight AIDS and increased its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill, there were incredible cries of outrage.  In recent weeks, at least according to photos chosen by media outlets, that outrage increased,...

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Denver Philoptochos Helps Rescue Mission

Denver Philoptochos Helps Rescue Mission

Giving, fostering and nurturing Philoptochos chapters in the United States are working to alleviate the suffering of those around them.  So what makes the chapter of the Assumption of the Theotokos Cathedral in Denver, CO unique? Philoptochos shares God’s love I have learned from my conversations with Philoptochos members across the...

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Liturgy on the Streets: ‘Commandments’

Liturgy on the Streets: ‘Commandments’

Christ’s love for us all is something we can encounter not just on Sundays at the Divine Liturgy, but anytime and anywhere, like this story from the streets of Boston.   The Three Hierarch’s vigil was held in the Holy Cross Chapel. We finished the beautiful dedication to the great...

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Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve

Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve

  Inspired by FOCUS, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring the outstanding missionary outreach of this organization who, in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers Christian acts of almsgiving throughout North America, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church in responding to the missionary calling.  Please...

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Greek Lives in Crisis

Greek Lives in Crisis

  I have always wondered about the human limits of endurance during hardship so, ironically speaking of course, I am getting the chance to find out… in Greece. There is a “dark” joke circulating among the Greeks lately, that goes like this: If you are diagnosed with a fatal illness...

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How to Inherit Eternal Life

How to Inherit Eternal Life

A rich man approaches Jesus and asks the most fundamental question of life – “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” In other words, what must I do to know God; to dwell with God? What must I do to live under the reign of God, and to orient...

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IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

IOCC Book Distribution Promotes Learning To Underserved Youth In U.S.

Caption: Families and community leaders gather before St. Innocent Orthodox Cathedral in Anchorage, Alaska, as His Grace, Bishop David of the Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, blesses more than 8,000 new books donated by IOCC for the state’s underserved children. The books will be distributed to...

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Exposing My Poor Spirit

Exposing My Poor Spirit

Years ago, early in my Orthodox journey, I purchased Nicholas Cabasilas’ The Life in Christ. I remember enjoying it and being helped by it, but the details escape me. Recently, upon recommendation by a friend, I decided to pick it back up. Cabasilas spends the bulk of his work discussing...

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