• What is Love?

    Center for Family Care

    November 17, 2020

    “I love your new SUV!” “I love this restaurant!” “I love that movie’s soundtrack.” Countless times, I have expressed these types of sentiments. Perhaps in my eagerness to describe a sincere appreciation for things, I casually say I love them. As innocent as this may appear, I begin to suspect that the careless and repeated misapplication of a word tends to dull its rich meaning. Read More

  • Light in Times of Darkness Webinar

    Center for Family Care

    October 27, 2020

    How can we find light in times of darkness? How can we be a light? How can we help our families become lights in darkness? Join us as we discuss these questions and more in this GOA Center for Family Care webinar. Read More

  • The Beauty of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    October 26, 2020

    Everyone can appreciate the various expressions of nature; hiking in the mountains, a walk along the shoreline, a visit to a botanical garden. Nature has a way of calming our souls. We are awed by the complexities and detail of creation. It revitalizes and restores our whole being. Yet there are two contrasting extremes that are being played out in the world today; two radical paths happening concurrently. One is the exploitation of creation and nature, and the other is the worship of creation and nature. Read More

  • Fully Human: The Special Call of Special Needs

    Center for Family Care

    October 22, 2020

    The Center for Family Care's newest ministry, "Fully Human," is designed to lift up the unique gifts of individuals and families with special needs. Read More

  • Why Those Who Mourn Are Blessed

    Center for Family Care

    October 12, 2020

    This beatitude always perplexed me. If you’re sad about something you would expect to be comforted but why are those who mourn blessed? Read More

  • Domestic Violence in the Greek Orthodox Community

    Center for Family Care

    October 5, 2020

    Many people in the Greek Orthodox community – both clergy and active parishioners alike – believe we do not have a problem with domestic violence. Among those who state there may be a problem, most believe it occurs only among immigrant or less educated women. When asked how they reached this conclusion, most state that as no victims or hardly any ever reveal the problem to them, domestic violence must not occur. Why are our women silent? Perhaps because we are. Read More

  • A Delightful Surprise Part II: Prayer in Family Life

    Center for Family Care

    September 28, 2020

    What can we learn about family prayer life from a monastery? Read More

  • Becoming One

    Center for Family Care

    September 1, 2020

    Becoming One is an ongoing offering for marriage enrichment. Each Becoming One presents a brief quotation or teaching on marriage along with an exercise or challenge for the couple. Read More

  • Childlike vs. Childish

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2020

    We must make a distinction between the terms childlike and childish. Those of you who have children or grandchildren know that childish behavior includes conduct that is self-centered and disobedient. Those with childlike qualities, on the other hand, reveal basic Christian characteristics. Read More

  • Recovering from Divorce

    Center for Family Care

    August 20, 2020

    Over the past thirty years, approximately 40% percent of marriages in the United States have ended in divorce.1 In the wake of this staggeringly high statistic is a trail of pain and suffering that has negatively impacted hundreds of thousands of souls. I sincerely hope that the information that follows provides some encouragement, and guidance to those seeking to recover from the painfully difficult process of divorce. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: The Wonder of Creation

    Center for Family Care

    June 12, 2020

    Join the GOA Center for Family Care this summer as we explore the beauty of God's creation. New episodes premiere every Monday at 12PM EST! Read More

  • Marriage During a Pandemic: Blessings & Challenges

    Center for Family Care

    May 12, 2020

    In this webinar, Fr. Tom and Pres. Pat Tsagalakis discuss opportunities and blessings for marriage to grow and thrive during this time through the challenges couples are encountering together. Read More

  • Holy Week Hymns for Families

    Center for Family Care

    April 8, 2020

    A selection of Holy Week hymns for families to focus on at home. Read More

  • Family Fellowship - Superglue to the Church

    Center for Family Care

    February 28, 2020

    Fifteen years ago, a Greek Orthodox parish began small fellowship groups that met regularly in parishioner homes. Today, the ministry continues and the benefits are worth hearing! Read More

  • Looking for the Love of Your Life: Dating Tips That Lead to Good Choices

    Center for Family Care

    February 28, 2020

    good marriages do not simply materialize out of thin air. Good marriages are highly dependent on the decisions people make prior to marriage, and during the dating process. If you are of marriageable age, I suspect you will find the information that follows useful in your efforts to date successfully, and ultimately lay a sound foundation from which to cultivate a Christ-centered, good marriage. Read More

  • Why Life?

    Center for Family Care

    February 24, 2020

    The question I am asking and attempting to partly answer in this reflection is “Why?” What exactly is at the heart of the way we deem some human beings more valuable - more fully human - than others? Why do we despise certain groups and see them as threats to our wellbeing? Why do we see our own children as enemies waiting to steal our lives from us? Read More

  • 2020 Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference Media

    Center for Family Care

    February 16, 2020

    Media from the Center for Family Care's Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference. Read More

  • Marriage, Mirrors, and the Path to Salvation

    Center for Family Care

    September 19, 2019

    When we are joined in matrimony, the Church places us side by side so that we may carry the cross of life together. But what does this journey look like as we face the day-to-day struggles of marital life? Read More

  • Forgiveness in the Light of the Resurrection

    Center for Family Care

    May 20, 2019

    We are made in the image and likeness of God, which means we are made to be like God. As Trinity, God is three persons, meaning He Himself is in perfect relationship—with Himself. Since we are made to be like God, we are also called to have perfect relationships with each other and with God. We attain perfect relationships by loving each other. When we fail to act in love, we sin, and when we sin we have the opportunity to reconcile with God and each other through forgiveness. Read More

  • It's Not About You

    Center for Family Care

    May 16, 2019

    This webinar discusses how past relationships, from childhood onward, impact our marriages. Read More

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