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Young Adult Blog Post – Learning to Walk on Water
In a recent post on The Ladder, Sam Williams explains that sometimes we can feel like we’re drowning in a sea of stress, anxiety, and temptation. But with Christ, we have a solution Who helps us do the impossible.
We all know the feeling. We’re doing great spiritually, we’ve got our focus on Jesus and then boom – we fall down. We go from cloud nine to sinking in the waters of self-criticism, overcome by the feeling that we’re not good enough.
It’s all too easy to fluctuate between spiritual highs and lows, between the feeling that we’ve got it together and the feeling that we will never get out of our bad habits. When I’m feeling this way, I find encouragement by remembering that the saints wrestled with this, too. Even the Apostles, Jesus’ closest friends, struggled with keeping their focus on Him. Saint Peter had an especially close relationship with Jesus, but even he denied the Lord. Three times!
Rather than focus on that, I’d like to reflect on another event in the life of Saint Peter: when he walked on water. Most of us remember that Jesus walked on water (He’s God, after all!) but do we remember that Saint Peter did, too? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE
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The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site highlights the mission of the “Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is to strengthen the relationship between God and the Greek Orthodox youth and young adults through supportive Christ-centered resources aimed to sustain youth leaders as well as Orthodox individuals.”
“The Department works with the following ministries of our Church: HOPE (Holy Orthodox Primary Education, JOY (Junior Orthodox Youth), GOYA (Greek Orthodox Youth of America), Altar Boys, Young Adult Ministries, OCF (Orthodox Christian Fellowship), EOCS (Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting), and Camping Ministries.”
To learn more about the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here. To visit the Be the Bee resource page on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site, click here.
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ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH & YOUNG ADULT MINISTRIES DIRECTOR – STEVEN CHRISTOFOROU
Steven Christoforou, is Director of the Youth & Young Adult Ministries Department and the Office of Camping Ministries of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Originally from Astoria, New York, Steve graduated from Yale University and Fordham University School of Law. He received a Masters of Divinity in 2013 from the Holy Cross School of Theology. He has served as Lay Coordinator for the Harvard and MIT chapters of Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and has extensive parish experience as a former Parish Council member, Sunday School teacher, and youth volunteer. He also has extensive experience in youth and camping ministries, having led retreats around the country as a member of the Hellenic College/Holy Cross Ambassadors Program, and having served at the Direct Archdiocesan District’s Camp Saint Paul, both as a Counselor and Boys Director.
To read Steven’s full biography on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese web site, click here.