Be a Man


Do you know what it means to be a man?

The definition of manhood has changed throughout history and varies throughout cultures.  Are “real” men hunters?  Are they protectors?  Do men nurture and allow themselves to be vulnerable?

I’ve recently seen an ad for Faithtree, a ministry of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, CA, describing a four-week curriculum designed to tackle how Orthodoxy defines manhood,  titled Lionheart Sessions: The Pursuit.

It was comforting to see familiar names and faces among the list of contributors: Bishop JOHN (Abdalah), Fr. Michael Nasser, Fr. George Kevorkian, Fr. George H. Shalhoub, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, and George Papageorge.

The Lionheart series also carries a Letter of Endorsement by HisEminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America.

In our oversexualized society I see boys and girls, young men and women, unsure of who they are and what is expected of them as they relate with one another.  After watching the demo, I can’t wait until they create a series for women as well.

 Hurry and check it out today.  Faithtree is offering 20% off until December 31, 2015.


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Presvytera Vassi Haros

Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.


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