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    Metropolitan Tikhon presides at reinterment of Archbishop Dmitri

    Official announcement:http://oca.org/news/headline-news/metropolitan-tikhon-presides-at-reinterment-of-archbishop-dmitri Photographs: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1050747808297188.1073742040.105632889475356 "Dallas Has A Saint" by Rod...
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    Unbelievably vast difference between jurisdictions

    I hope I got your attention by that subject title. The difference I am talking about is the differences between giving between the OCA/Antiochian Archdiocese on the on hand and the GOA on the other hand. It is not only the amounts and rates, but also the attitudes that are poles apart. How in...
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    OCA 18th All-American Council Minutes and PowerPoint presentations posted

    "Approved minutes of the 18th All-American Council are now available on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America.  Also available are the AAC PowerPoint presentations. The Council was held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.  Its theme was “How to Expand the Mission.”...
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    St. Vladimir’s Seminary to honor Metropolitans Tikhon and Joseph

    St. Vladimir’s Seminary to honor Metropolitan Tikhon (OCA) and Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian Archdiocese) at Meyendorff Memorial Lecture September 14. "Metropolitan Tikhon serves as the seminary’s President and chairs its Board of Trustees, while Metropolitan Joseph serves as Vice Chair of...
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    OCA News: Serbian Patriarch Irinej to speak at St. Vladimir’s Seminary Sept 11

    I thought I would bring members up to date on positive developments in our Church in North America. "On Friday, September 11, 2015, the Board of Trustees and Faculty of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here will bestow a Doctor of Divinity degree, honoris causa, upon His...
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    Dr. James Tabor

    I would appreciate to learn the reaction, preferably of Orthodox theologians, to James Tabor's "Paul and Jesus: How the Apostle Transformed Christianity." In a nutshell, Tabor claims that St Paul reinvented Christianity. Here is Amazon' starred review: "There have been a number of books written...
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    Recipes for Coffee Hour/Agape Meal

    To Moderators: Please feel free to pin this, especially if it attracts many inputs. To fellow Board Members: I am starting this topic to pass on some recipes for your consideration. I have made the topic broad enough to cover traditionally Orthodox fasting and feasting foods. Here is the...
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    Church/State Relationships in Russia and other Traditionally Orthodox Countries

    To moderators: I am putting this topic here with two hopes: (a) that it will be a place to collect and store an increasing amount of literature on the subject and (b) that it will not turn into crass political to and fro but a place where the topic may be addressed from an Orthodox Christian...
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    Metropolitan Tikhon Addresses Global Forum on Armenian Genocide

    I am very glad that somebody from the Assembly of Bishops participated in the Global Forum that was held on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Among other things, Metropolitan Tikhon said: "On behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, the clergy and the faithful of the Orthodox Church...
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    Patriarch Kirill's Weird Understanding of the USSR

    In his Pascha 2015 address, Patriarch Kirill said: "When spiritual heroism becomes the substance not only of the individual but of an entire people, when in striving for the celestial world the hearts of millions of people are united, ready to defend their homeland and vindicate lofty ideals...
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    Mission Nary Impossible--The Unevangelized May Be Better & Worse than Savages

    I am truly hoping that we can avoid partisan politics and address civilizational and philosophical aspects of this topic, even if they touch upon broader governmental or political principles. But not partisan politics please! I recently read an article that said what I had been thinking, but...
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    The religious implications of Collaboartion with the State

    I realize that there are political aspects to this topic. I hope that we can restrict our discussion on the effects, if any, of church-state collaboration on the Church. Does such collaboration affect the well being of a local church, and if that is so, what are the positive and negative...
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    Archbishop Nikon's Timetable for new DOS Bishop

    In his recent address to his New England Diocese, Archbishop Nikon, who is the Locum Tenens od the Diocese of the South, said the following: "I anticipate holding a nomination assembly for the Diocese of the South in February (2015) in conjunction with their annual clergy conference. It is my...
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    Midwest Diocesan Assembly nominates Archpriest Paul Gassios for Chicago See

    Axios! "For several months, Father Paul has served as Administrator of the Diocese of the Midwest. Raised in a Greek Orthodox family, Father Paul became a member of the Orthodox Church in America in the mid-1980s.  He received a Master of Social Work degree from Wayne State University and was...
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    Bulgaria’s capital Sofia hosts the Festival of Religions

    From the article: "It is expected six faith groups to open stalls where visitors can learn more about the religious groups’ beliefs and practices. Those to be represented are the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Muslim religion, the religious community of Jews in Bulgaria, the Armenian Apostolic...
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    Two New Faculty Members at SVOTS

    "Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary here has hired two new faculty members to teach Biblical studies—Dr. George L. Parsenios, Professor of New Testament, and Archpriest Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc, Professor of Scripture and Semitic Languages. Highly regarded in their fields of study, both...
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    Hierarchs Endorse Book of Homilies by Seminary Dean

    "Two prominent hierarchs have given their episcopal endorsement to a newly released volume of homilies by The Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, dean of St. Vladimir's. Both Archbishop Demetrios (Trakatellis), primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, and also Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) bishop of...
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    Problem with the upcoming "ecumenical" do in Jerusalem?

    I found this You Tube video on Facebook and the GOARCH site, where Archimandrite Dr. Symeonides discusses the Apostolic Pilgrimage to Jerusalem, May 24-26, 2014. Interesting approach, but he lost me when he referred to it as ""the meeting between two great men of THE church..." I had thought...
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    Is the government of Russia part of the Holy Rus?

    Although the setting is political, I believe that we could address here the religious implications of the Ukrainian crisis. Setting: Great Lent/Holy Week 2014. Russia has invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea, is causing unrest in Easter Ukraine and has massed troops on Ukraine's border. Religious...
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    Monks of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra Stand between the Protesters and Riot Police

    A rough Google translation: "This morning the monks of the Kiev -Pechersk Lavra Father Gabriel , Father Melchizedek and Father Ephraim began on the street. Hrushevskoho in Kiev with a cross and icons between protesters and " Berkut " and stop the confrontation . They came out as peacemakers ...
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