Helping Teens Understand Love

Helping Teens Understand Love

  Love.  This gift of God is expressed in joy, patience, service…  But our modern society has also distorted it, devalued it to a feeling for objects or to be expressed inappropriately towards people.  Listen as Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis, of St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, FL, speaks with...

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Reaching Younger Orthodox Christians Online

Reaching Younger Orthodox Christians Online

Did you know that the US Census Bureau reports that American young people spend 11 hours per day in front of screens, much of it online? For better or worse, the Internet is a MAJOR part of people’s lives. As a Church, we need to preach the Gospel and extend...

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Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

Vampires and Teens – Reinventing the Tale

“The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place. The vampire is always presented as someone who is living a heightened existence and that is very seductive. He is also someone who is able to satisfy all of his cravings. Vampires are...

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Jedi vs Sith: How to Agree to Disagree

Jedi vs Sith: How to Agree to Disagree

In this episode, we receive a quick lesson in how to find Christ in pop culture through a scene in the movie “Star Wars Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith.” In the battle of good versus evil, we see a link to the definition of love in the Christian mindset,...

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Saint Anna, Grandmother of Christ

Saint Anna, Grandmother of Christ

Fr. Christopher Flesoras speaks about Saint Anna, whose memory we commemorate on July 25th. Saint Anna was Christ’s grandmother, and is held up as an example for all mothers and wives. And, as families prepare to send their children back to school, Mike Tischel shares with us how we can...

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Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Teen Review: St. George and the Dragon

Elena Praggastis and her mother Brenda both read Michael Lotti’s new book, St. George and the Dragon. They agreed to read the book separately and write separate reviews, so that we could share with you both parent and teen perspectives on the book.  Here’s Elena’s response to the book. Click...

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In a New York State of Mind

In a New York State of Mind

Jessie Beddoe, one of our teen contributors at OCN, shares the story of a special experience she had during a visit to New York City. What started out as a day of vacation adventure became a chance to explore the deepest instincts of her living faith. Posted by the Orthodox...

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Have Today’s Kids Forgotten How to Play?

Have Today’s Kids Forgotten How to Play?

“I miss my TV,” my daughter’s classmate lamented to me. We were on our third day of an elementary school camp. Though we had luxuries like heated cabins, running water, and our days were occupied with endless outdoor activities, there were no TVs in sight. “Do you have a TV...

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Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Disturbing Legends: Behind the Wisconsin Stabbing

Just when you think you’ve heard everything, there’s a new story in the news to shock you. One week ago, two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls, Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier, lured a friend to the woods and stabbed her 19 times. Miraculously, she survived. When arrested, Geyser and Weier displayed a...

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The Tao Of “Whatever” And The Abolition Of Man

The Tao Of “Whatever” And The Abolition Of Man

Living in a multi-cultural, post-modern world brought to us by the new era of rapid communication, we are more and more exposed to cultures that are, or at least seem to be, very remote from our own. Although many of them are in fact foreign, there are times when we...

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