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    St Isaacc of Syria Skete

    Has anyone ever been to this skete (St. Isaac of Syria in Wisconsin) or know about their mission? I know they produce reproduction and original icons, that's about all I know.
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    Manhattan Declaration

    Has anyone read the Manhattan Declaration? http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/the-declaration If you have, do you plan to (or have you done so already) sign it?
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    Representatvie democracy, free markets & the demise of feudalism

    Could representatvie democracy, free markets, the demise of feudalism, the rise of the middle class and the development of a case law legal system have arisen, had there been no Protestant Reformation? I personally do not think such ideas could have gained ascendancy in a Catholic...
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    Black Spirituals

    If anyone watched the Michael Jackson memorial yesterday, the opening song, sung by the choir {Soon and Very Soon, by contemporary gospel artist, Andre Crouch: Soon and very soon, we are going to see the King 3x; Hallelujah, hallelujah, we're going to see the King. No more crying there, we are...
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    Is Orthodoxy Old Fashined?

    I have been thinking about this since the recent OCA financial scandal (I am a member of the OCA). I truly thank God that episode is now over with and also for the election of Met. Jonah (God grant him many years). But this is a wider consideration for all jurisdictions. Could that recent past...
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    The Blues

    This is pretty amusing! How to Sing the BluesA Primer for Beginners Most Blues begin with "Woke up this mornin'." It is usually bad to start the Blues with "I got a good woman" unless you stick something mean in the next line.  Example: "I got a good woman with the meanest dog in town."Blues are...
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    Favorite Cheesy Eighties Pop Songs

    :D Okay, I'll start. And it's not really cheesy. Der Kommisar (I forget who recorded it)
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    World Series

    Who do you pick? I'll take the Rockies in 6 games!
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    I wish I could read lips

    I wish I could read lips because when Troy Polamolu of the Steelers got hurt today and they showed him on the sideline he was reciting some prayer I am sure (his lips were moving). He is a very devout Orthodox convert. He was a non-denominational devout Christian before and now he is Orthodox...
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    1967 the Summer of Love

    This summer is the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Rolling Stone magazine had an informative retrospective in July. I know some of us here are old enough, so... What were you doing during the Summer of Love? I was 12 and in my first band - we played at the monthly pool parties at the...
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    Piroghis are not Orthodox

    So I am taking a walk on Sunday afternoon. I pass the Lutheran church and hear people coming out of it (about 4 in the afternoon) talking in accented English and over-hear a couple of individuals discussing how many piroghis they made. I stop to talk and find it is a congregation of immigrant...
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    Strictness for Priests?

    I think all jurisdictions, as well as various Christian denominations should limit "conversions" to once per decade and not receive anyone, though they beg, cry, volunteer fortunes, threaten self-destruction, and most importantly, though they be talented individuals that the church bodies could...
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    Christian stewardship and moderation

    If every Christian of every denomination and church practiced moderation and stewardship, and if their example inspired non-religious people to do more of the same, so as to consume fewer resources, eat less food, buy fewer things, partake less of the disposable culture and actually preserve...
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    4 year anniversary in Orthodoxy

    Four years ago today I began this journey. On New Year's Eve 2002 I went to Borders with my Christmas gift card to buy a CD and book; that night I began reading and listening, to enjoy a quiet NYEve. The book was, AT THE CORNER OF EAST AND NOW, by Frederica Mathews-Green. I probably read the...
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    Thank you Tamara for your refreshing and enlightening posts. A new post-er with fresh insights is welcome (relief!) :P
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    Eastern "Christmas carols"

    I was pretty excited the other day. I was out at lunch and, as I entered a building that has a giant, life-size creche in its courtyard, I heard Eastern chant on its recorded music soundtrack. And, I RECOGNIZED IT!!! I kept going 360 degrees through the revolving glass door and went back...
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    orthodox-catholic-conservative protestant-oo ecumenicity

    The world is going to hell. Just look at the culture surrounding us. Yet we sit around casting stones (or worse, flinging s*%#) at other Christians who all affirm the Nicene Creed. Or, just as bad, at other Orthodox because they observe a different day for Christmas, or use pews, or don't bow...
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    ECFA possible model for Orthodox finances

    The ECFA - Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability was founded to give donors assurance that their funds were being spent wisely: not too much overhead going to executives, office staff and fundraising appeals, rather most money getting out "into the field"; no "bait and switching" in...
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    Olympic Hockey

    Who do you think will win the gold? My pick is Slovakia, although the Finns have looked pretty awesome too. oh, and BTW, how bout Evgeni Malkin on the Russian team?
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    Russian figure skater

    I am watching the Olympics and the Russian figure skater that just turned in a near perfect program crossed himself after his program (thumb and two fingers) Vashenko I think is his name. An Orthodox Olympian!