The Children’s Word: How Long Will I Be With You?

The Children’s Word: How Long Will I Be With You?

Welcome to The Children’s Word, a weekly ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network brought to you by Presvytera Alexandra Houck! This week, Presvytera Alexandra tells about a time when the disciples kept asking Jesus for help. Do you ask for help? Maybe more than once? Find out why you can...

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Reaching Out to Every Tom, Dick, and Muhammad

Reaching Out to Every Tom, Dick, and Muhammad

Mission, like charity, begins at home. Christ calls us to share the saving Good News with all creation, starting with the creation next door and down the block. Sometimes, the neighbour’s name is Tom or Dick. Sometimes, it is Muhammad—or perhaps his sister Fatimah. St. Paul bids us become all...

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Finding Strength at Camp

Finding Strength at Camp

​This year, I went to camp for the first time. Knowing I was going to be in a cabin with girls my age and a little older made me a bit nervous, especially because all of my friends from our church were in a different cabin. Being nervous was probably...

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Of the Making of Many Books

Of the Making of Many Books

I’m that grownup. The one who gives the same gift for every occasion: A book. A baptism? Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, or The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. Unless it’s a grownup being baptized, of course. Then it might be the life of St. Innocent or of...

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Change Your Life: Go to Camp!

Change Your Life: Go to Camp!

I didn’t really know what to expect when I arrived for my first time at the Diakonia Center in rural South Carolina. I had heard from friends at church how amazing camp was, but I was nervous about meeting new people and facing a week away from my family and the comforts of...

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Orthodox Fundamentalism

Orthodox Fundamentalism

One of the cornerstones of Orthodox Christianity is its reverence for the great Fathers of the Church who were not only exemplars of holiness but were also the greatest intellectuals of their age.  The writings of men like St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. Maximos the...

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Family Ministry Online

Family Ministry Online

Family Life Ministry helps families in Orthodox communities lead Christ-centered lives through a dynamic website, dedicated seminars and retreats, in addition to print and online materials available to all our parishes. One such offering is Joyful Noise: Through both short blogs and online videos, Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes takes us on the delightful,...

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The Power of Love

The Power of Love

When God asks us to do something, we often respond with doubt because we’re not sure we have what it takes to get the job done. Just as the Disciples believed they didn’t have enough food to feed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and a couple fish,...

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This Week in Orthodoxy, July 24, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy, July 24, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy, July 24th, 2015 Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.  I’m Emmy Louvaris. These are the stories making headlines this week: “No one should be killed for drinking a glass of...

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Chrismation: A Rambling Path to Orthodoxy

Chrismation: A Rambling Path to Orthodoxy

A reverent fear of God and relationship with Jesus served as the spiritual foundation in my parent’s household, and I am eternally grateful for their devotion – especially the unwavering hope of my mother. But children don’t forever remain in their parent’s home (at least that’s the usual plan), and...

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