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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]