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Five Ideas for Orthodox Christian College Students

Keeping college students connected to the Church has been the focus of campus ministry for decades. However, the question must be asked: What kind of Church are we keeping college students connected to? Is it an ethnic Church that frequently worships in a language most do not understand? Is it a social Church of meetings, conferences, and festivals? Or is it the Church founded by Jesus Christ –-a church that since Apostolic times has “turned the world upside down”? (Acts 17:5-7) Orthodox leaders have underestimated college students for well over thirty years, often avoiding the great questions that society asks […]

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Is It Time to Rethink Orthodox Campus Ministry?

May is the month for college graduations. It is a time of new beginnings for Orthodox Christian college students across the country as they transition out of campus life and into adulthood.   Graduation season is also an opportunity to look at Orthodox campus ministry in America and its well-being.   The health of campus ministry is a key indicator of the future health of Orthodoxy in America. College students are by far one of the most at-risk groups in the Orthodox Church today.  Young men and women on college campuses are confronted with an environment that is increasingly hostile to Orthodox […]

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Is It Time To Do Away With Sunday School?

Will our children choose to live as Orthodox Christians? This is the most pressing question facing the Church today. Over the years, the conventional path followed to form young people in the Orthodox Faith has included a Sunday school program.  Today, it is a given that every parish needs a Sunday school in order to be considered successful.  However, as more and more parishes face serious questions about their future, one must ask whether or not Sunday school has served our children well. The answer to this question goes well beyond money. It should be noted that at no time […]

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OCN: What Makes Orthodoxy Great?

It’s easy to get confused when it comes to the greatness of Orthodoxy. One of the tragedies of modern times is that Orthodox Christians constantly argue over power and status rather than service to the weakest among us. Church leaders and academic theologians debate who is first and who is last. Clergy argue about the physical boundaries of Churches and who is entitled to govern them. They debate ancient titles that only have their place in a world that vanished thousands of years ago. Amidst all of these arguments, Orthodox Christians need to pause and remember that greatness in the […]