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As we enter the Christmas season, Dr. Randa Anderson, a member of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute in Chicago, talks with Fr. Chris about our infatuation with excess. With insight into our desire to indulge, they also discuss the benefits of prayer, fasting and almsgiving towards our preparation for Christ’s birth. This is sure to inspire your Advent experience and reveal the true meaning of Christmas. You can find the books Dr. Anderson mentions here:

7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess (The 7 Experiment) 

On Living Simply: The Golden Voice of John Chrysostom 

And stay tuned as Fr. Chris speaks with Fr. Paul Patitsas who is currently serving in Auckland, New Zealand. Fr. Paul reflects on the challenges of serving in a post-Christian society and the benefits of a media-based ministry like OCN. He also expresses his love for missions and how Archbishop Amphilochios is reaching the native Fijians with the love of Christ and Orthodoxy.

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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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