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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 […]

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July 4th: The Best of Orthodoxy is in America

  “Orthodoxy is a freedom-loving, democratic faith it is at its best in our free America. Our people are part and parcel of America, gladly giving their treasure and the blood of their sons to safeguard its free institutions which are the reflection of the freedom they find in their faith. If the best of Byzantium has survived, it is in the United States, and if there is an Orthodox political ideal, it is enshrined in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. “Thus, while we must still minister to many who remember the ways and customs of another land, it is our policy to make our Church in the United States, an American Church. In […]

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Elie Wiesel, May your Memory Be Eternal!

Elie Wiesel has passed away. No doubt much will said about him in the days ahead but Orthodox Christians should pause and remember that Elie Wiesel was the 1999 Recipient of the Patriarch Athenagoras Human Rights Award.   Nothing speaks more to the goodness of Orthodox Christianity than to see such a witness to humanity honored by the Church.  Here are some words to live by: “There is divine beauty in learning… To learn means to accept the postulate that life did not begin at my birth. Others have been here before me, and I walk in their footsteps. The books […]

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Orthodox Campus Ministry Follow-up

George Orwell wrote: “Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations.”  With that in mind, I would like to thank everyone for their comments on the topic of Orthodox Campus Ministry.   For once, it is nice to have a spirited discussion on such issues.   Special thanks also to the folks over at the Orthodox Reddit Page.  The discussion was fruitful. As a follow-up to the comments and interest in this topic, I invite interested people to submit well considered articles on this subject.  This discussion can be further elevated by moving it out […]