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  1. FinnJames

    Mull Monastery (Scotland)

    Can anyone here share experiences of visiting the Orthodox Monastery of All Celtic Saints on the Isle of Mull in Scotland? Assuming these corona lockdowns can't last forever, I'm making vacation plans.
  2. FinnJames

    Organ/body donation?

    A thread on cremation got me wondering what others' views of organ donation and donating one's body after death to a medical training institution are. Since I've been considering the latter, I know my priest's position. But it would be instructive to hear from others as well.
  3. FinnJames

    How to receive Communion

    This seems like a good video for recent converts, and many of us who have been attending Liturgy for some time will probably learn something new as well. (Video in Russian with English subtitles.) How to receive Communion (Reverence for the Real Presence) By His High-Eminence Orthodox...
  4. FinnJames

    Vatican document on Gender Theory in education

    "Male and Female He Created Them" document pdf (28 pages): http://www.educatio.va/content/dam/cec/Documenti/19_0997_INGLESE.pdf Video discussing the document (15 minutes): https://youtu.be/vIxcgPAbvac Not authored by Pope Francis, but released by the Vatican. Of special interest for the...
  5. FinnJames

    Philippine church attacked

    "Two bombs at a Roman Catholic cathedral in southern Philippines have killed at least 19 people and injured dozens more, officials say." More at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47018747
  6. FinnJames

    OC of Finland elects new bishop

    On 29 November 2018 assistant bishop(?) of Joensuu Arseni was elected as the new Metropolitan of Kuopio and Karelia by those gathered at Valamo Monastery for this year's church conference. Many years! Monia vuosia!
  7. FinnJames

    Why did you choose your icon?

    I've often wondered why the people who post here chose the icon that accompanies their posts. That might be a topic for us to share. To start things off, my current icon here is a photo of a tsasouna (chapel?) in Muhos, a village near where I live, that was recently torn down. The sky in the...
  8. FinnJames

    Fasting food

    Discussions about the Apostles Fast got me wondering, why is it considered more important (pious?) to give up eating meat/dairy/oil during a fasting period than to give up, say, looking at the internet, reading the newspaper, working out at the gym, washing one's hair?
  9. FinnJames

    $100,000 damage to Greek Orthodox church in Columbus, Ohio

    A vandal was apprehended by police while causing $100,000 worth of damage Saturday 26 May 2018 at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox cathedral in Columbus, Ohio (the town I grew up in). According to reports, "The items damaged included; a church pew, gospel stand, gospel book, vestment, altar...
  10. FinnJames

    shoes off?

    Do Coptic churches in North America and Europe expect worshipers/visitors to remove their shoes? I'm asking this because Eritreans from the refugee center on the edge of town were invited to hold a prayer service after the regular OE service at the church I attend. About 30 came for the EO...
  11. FinnJames

    Persecution of Christians and other minority religions

    "This will be the seventh consecutive Christmas mother-of-five Asia Bibi will spend in solitary confinement within the Islamic Republic of Pakistan - a country that has what the United Nations describes as "one of the worst situations in the world for religious freedom". "A member of the...
  12. FinnJames

    RT interview with Patriarch Kirill

    RT posted an 18 minute interview with Moscow Patriarch Kirill (dubbed in English) on 21 November 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpe5oOjfgXk Just a reminder that this is the Christian News forum. If you want to start a discussion critical of what the Patriarch says, do so in another of...
  13. FinnJames

    Orthodoxy and (faith) healing

    A Quaker friend of mine who is involved in a group that channels healing (viewed as mentally holding people in God's Presence/the Light and allowing this 'energy' to flow through the healer to the person in need of healing) asked me what the Orthodox position on healing is. What should I tell her?
  14. FinnJames

    Pope Francis in Tbilisi

    From BBC News (1 Oct 2016): "Pope Francis has said Mass in a largely empty stadium on a visit to Georgia after the majority Orthodox Christian Church asked followers to stay away. "Orthodox believers were asked not to take part in Roman Catholic services and a Church delegation due to attend...
  15. FinnJames

    Reputable biblical scholarship

    "Liberal" biblical scholarship came in for criticism in another thread, which got me to wondering who some of the reputable contemporary Orthodox biblical scholars who could be read by laymen/women are. I assume Paul Naim Tarazi must be on the list, but who else?
  16. FinnJames

    Internet posting and anger

    Sr Vassa's Daily Reflection post today (Saturday, September 10, 2016) would be good reading for us all. I hope she will forgive me for reposting it here. “You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you...
  17. FinnJames

    fasting before communion

    I know that Orthodox Christians are supposed to fast before receiving the Eucharist, but why do we do it? Related questions for church historians: Has the per-communion fast always been a part of Orthodoxy, or is it an innovation agreed on at one of the councils or later? Was there once a time...
  18. FinnJames

    learning Church Slavonic

    Does anyone have any suggestions for learning to understand and sing Church Slavonic? I have a copy of Archbishop Alypy's Grammar of the Church Slavonic Language, but it assumes much more knowledge than I have and isn't really a textbook/primer. Unfortunately, my Russian is minimal at best, and...
  19. FinnJames

    Moderator introduction (sticky) thread?

    Many of the user profiles on OC.net are incomplete or rather fanciful so not particularly helpful if a forum reader wishes to know the background of the writer of a post. That leads me to ask: Is there a thread where those who have been granted moderator status (re)introduce themselves, telling...
  20. FinnJames

    BBC Report on Orthodox Christmas

    This BBC report contains an interesting video and many photos. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-35246763