Confession vs. Counseling

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI)

Confession? Counseling?  How do you choose?  We’ve invited Dr. Randa Anderson with the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI)  to talk about a healthy balance of the two and the unique roles each holds.  Depending on your needs, you may be seeking accountability, forgiveness, or a sounding board. In each case, we are confident that talking about problems really helps!

But first, listen as Fr. Chris speaks with Seraphim Danckaert, OCN’s Director of Development, and Sampson Kasapakis, our Parish Relations Coordinator, about our summer initiatives, including the OCN HERO program. The Orthodox Christian Network has a worldwide reach and serves the canonical Orthodox parishes as a ministry under the Assembly of Bishops of the United States of America.  http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/


Photo courtesy of Joe Houghton |

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    Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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    Dr. Randa Anderson is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who treats adults, adolescents, and children in her private practice located in Gurnee and Park Ridge, IL. She is a member of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute, a network of mental health professionals providing services to Orthodox Christians in the Chicagoland area. Dr. Anderson completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at The University of Chicago and her clinical psychology training at The University of Chicago Hospitals and Michael Reese Medical Center. Dr. Anderson feels passionate about integrating concepts from psychology and Orthodoxy in ways that can be practically applied to everyday life and therefore has presented workshops at parishes across the Pan Orthodox Community in Chicago, as well as recorded podcasts for the Orthodox Christian Network and Ancient Faith Radio. She currently co-chairs a working group for the Task Force on Mental Health of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion.


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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

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