What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

What a Wonderful World? A review of Lois Lowry’s The Giver

If you don’t like spoilers beforehand for your books or movies, then read no further in this post! Lois Lowry’s 1994 Newberry-winning novel for young adults, The Giver, tapped into the dystopian tradition of Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, long before the Hunger Games books and movies became the...

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Bishop Gregory: Connect College Students to Church Before It’s Too Late

Bishop Gregory: Connect College Students to Church Before It’s Too Late

A letter from His Grace Bishop Gregory of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, liaison from the Assembly of Bishops of the U.S.A. to the Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), concerning the Church’s joint ministry to our Orthodox college students: Dear Reverend Fathers: As many of you know, the loss of our...

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Resurrection

Resurrection

“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b) In one week, a person goes through every emotion possible. On Palm Sunday, we had the joy and excitement of the King entering into Jerusalem, and of little children recognizing Him. There was hope, also, for...

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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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Perspectives: Faith and Science

Perspectives: Faith and Science

Listen carefully as Dr. Stamatis Vokos, who is both a scientist and a man of faith, talks to Fr. Chris about miracles. Faith and science are frequently set at odds in secular culture, but are they really opposites? Is it possible to explore both faith and science deeply, without reservation? Dr....

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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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My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

My Not Greek, Not Russian Orthodoxy

Usually when people hear the word Orthodox, they either think “Greek” or “Russian,” and some even think Orthodox Jewish. However, my Orthodoxy is known as Serbian Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy itself is the oldest branch of Christianity, and it spread to Serbia from Greece. The Greeks played a great part in converting...

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Be Giving

Be Giving

In this Episode, we discuss how to consider someone who is less fortunate asking us for money on the street. Do we ignore them and assume they are going to use this money for something we don’t agree with, or just give it to them lovingly since they are in...

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The Selfless Selfie

The Selfless Selfie

In this episode, we challenge ourselves to analyze the real reasons we post pictures of ourselves and others. Are we posting this picture for fun, or for social acceptance and to be liked? Our motivation should always be to reveal the true person Christ calls us to be and who...

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