Orthodox Summer Camp

Orthodox Summer Camp

Summer may seem far away but as many parents know it comes faster than we think! A great number of you will be sending your kids to Orthodox Camp and they can fill up fast. We have put together a list of Orthodox Camps in the US by region. If...

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Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

Trusting the Gifts of Unanswered Prayers

It was not for this I prayed at the holy shrines That she would become As pitiless and cold As the storm on Hase’s Hills –Minamoto no Toshiyori (10th Century Japanese Poet) Have you ever prayed with great sincerity and fervor for something only to feel like those prayers have...

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Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

Celebrating St. Nicholas: When Santa Went to Jail

The Nativity Fast has begun, and Christmas is just around the corner. Trees are soon to be decorated. Children around the world will make lists, check them twice and anxiously await the arrival of Santa Claus. However, parents beware! Jolly old St. Nick served time in prison. I’m not kidding!...

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Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

Session Two: “Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions” Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom#EndPersecutionOfChristians The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate are hosting The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. this week, December 4-6, 2017.   The Archons of the...

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Jonathan Jackson reflects on Christian Persecution

Jonathan Jackson reflects on Christian Persecution

Interview with Jonathan Jackson, Actor, recipient of 5 Emmy Awards and an Orthodox Christian Live from Washington DC at the 3rd Annual Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom #EndPersecutionOfChristians.  Jonathan Jackson talks with Nicholas Savas and reflects on the first day of the Annual International Conference on Religious Freedom. The...

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Finding Prayer Past the Smoke

Finding Prayer Past the Smoke

The struggle to pray is real. And it is as real for us as it was for all the Desert Fathers and Saints who came before us. Amma Syncletica, one of the Desert Mothers describes our struggle to pray in this way. “In the beginning there are a great many...

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Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

Musings from a Grateful Convert: Baby in the House!

The following is a departure from my usual MO. Here is a poem in free verse that represents a personal glimpse into the miraculous event known as having a baby. I hope you enjoy it. Baby in the House! We had been married only a month and she was pregnant...

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Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Finding Courage in a Culture of Fear

Recent headlines proclaim: a mass shooting in Texas, a tragedy in Manhattan, terrorist attacks in London, political unrest in Spain, hunger in Venezuela, devastating hurricanes, a mass shooting in Las Vegas, earthquakes in Mexico, an increased possibility of nuclear war with North Korea. On top of all that—it was tossed...

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Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Education: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society

Adult Religious Education Class Orthodoxy and Modernity: Experiencing the Faith in Our Place and Our Time October 15th Lesson: Loneliness and Isolation: Silent Tormentors in a Social Society Many experts among scientists, mental health professionals, theologians, clergy, and others, believe there is a growing problem of loneliness and isolation in...

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Fasting and Prayer

Fasting and Prayer

The Great Canon of St. Andrew says, “When the Lord had fasted for forty days in the wilderness, He at last became hungry, showing His human nature. Do not be despondent, my soul, if the enemy attacks you, but let him be beaten off by prayer and fasting.” [Matthew 4:1-11;...

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An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

An Interview with Monsignor McPartlan

Blogger Ryan Hunter sits down with Monsignor Paul McPartlan, Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism, The Catholic University of America. Photo courtesy of The Catholic University of America.  Ryan Hunter (RH): This is Ryan Hunter reporting with the Orthodox Christian Network. My guest is Monsignor Paul McPartlan, the...

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Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

Understanding and Living Our Faith: Spiritual Reflections on 30 Under Thirty

“As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people.” (St. Basil the Great) I had the privilege on Saturday, September 9, to attend the first annual 30 Under 30...

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