• Athenagoras: Ecumenical Patriarch (1948–1972)

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    On November 1, 1948, Athenagoras (Spyrou), then Archbishop of North and South America, was elected Ecumenical Patriarch. Read More

  • Listening, Learning and Slowing Down: An Interview with Dr. Mary Hess

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    The first thing we need to do is learn where our communities are communicating and then be present there and listen. It might be Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or any number of places. Long before you try to speak in these media, you should be listening in them, which will also help you learn how they work. Read More

  • Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    The first step and key to understanding the youth generations begins with understanding digital media as a meeting place and community for Orthodox individuals and youth from all over the world. Read More

  • Toward Thoughtfully Critiquing and Creating Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    There’s a meme that attributes the quote, “Don’t believe everything you read online,” to Abraham Lincoln. This is a funny reminder that we should bring careful critical thinking skills to any online search. And as we use electronic media to learn more about our Orthodox Christian Faith, these same skills are also very important. Read More

  • Details for 2019 National Oratorical Festival Announced

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 18, 2018

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  • New Leadership for the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    October 1, 2018

    The Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is pleased to announce the appointing of Katherine Orfanakos Demacopoulos as the new Archdiocese Chairperson and Betty Broogos Pizzi as the new Assistant Archdiocese Chairperson of the St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival. Read More

  • 2019 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Topics

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    September 4, 2018

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  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Book Review)

    Adults

    January 31, 2018

    In Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Turkle starts with the premise that face-to-face conversation creates the capacity for empathy, which is what bonds us as people and as communities. She points out that studies have shown a decrease in empathy in people today. Read More

  • Captain America's Portrayal in Cinema: What's Wrong with Being a Boy Scout?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 24, 2018

    Role models are hugely imprtant. Even in our Church, we place a strong emphasis on the spiritual father relationship, mentioned in St. Paul’s letters and cultivated heavily in the Orthodox monastic tradition, because we believe that there should be someone in our lives whom we can look up to as a mentor. Read More

  • Mystery and Meaning in Unanswered Questions

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 18, 2018

    Recognition of suffering requires vulnerability, often accompanied by unanswerable questions. Anyone who has been present with a child in a time of loss has heard these difficult questions. As parents, grandparents, youth workers, teachers, clergy, aunts and uncles, etc., we need to invite these questions. Read More

  • Professional Development Seminar 2017

    Education Office ­ Direct Archdiocesan District

    October 13, 2017

    The Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will present its annual Staff Development Seminar on November 7, 2017. Read More

  • A New Year, a New Harvest: Renewal through Orthodox Christian Community

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2017

    It’s about that time…the time for New Year’s resolutions: new beginnings, new goals and new inspiration. I am not talking about watching the ball drop in Times Square or counting down to midnight with your friends and family. I am talking about the Ecclesiastical New Year we just celebrated on September 1. Read More

  • "Bring It On Home" - God's Creation, That Is! Using Nature to Enhance Your "Little Church"

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    August 31, 2017

    We all have moments that stick with us. Some of them remain ingrained in our hearts and minds for dramatic reasons—these are the life changers, for better or worse. Some are subtle yet profound. Those remain with us in a different way, shaping our perspective, causing us to reflect from time to time. Read More

  • We Offer These Gifts: The Proskomide Service

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will watch the Proskomide (Prothesis) service, when a priest prepares the bread (prosphoro) and wine for a Divine Liturgy. Each action will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite with each action will be shown. Read More

  • Vested in Grace: The Liturgical Dress of Orthodox Clergy

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    May 1, 2017

    In this video, viewers will see a deacon, priest, and bishop vest for a Divine Liturgy. Each vestment will be seen, its significance and history briefly discussed, and the prayers the clergy recite when placing the garment on will be shown. Read More

  • Starter Meals for Fasting Seasons

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Here are some more meal ideas to help carry you through fasting seasons, courtesy of Rita Madden. Read More

  • Nourishing Body and Soul: Tips and Tricks for Meal Planning During a Fast

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    During certain fasting periods and on most Wednesdays and Fridays, the Orthodox Church guides us to abstain from meat, dairy products, oil and wine. Here are a few recipes and menu inspirations that can be adapted as needed according to the Church’s practices and your fasting plan. For a complete fasting calendar, visit goarch.org/chapel. Read More

  • To Eat or Not to Eat? How Is the Question

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    As Orthodox Christians, we have our own private nutrition consultant. The Physician of our souls and bodies inspired the liturgical calendar that outlines our plan for when to fast and when to feast and prescribes for us food to care for both body and soul alike. Read More

  • Days that Remember: Feasts, Memory and Faith

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Live in the present! It’s a panacea for stress that resounds from virtually all corners of our culture. Yet anyone who has tried to put this advice into practice finds the task all but impossible. Even if we manage to still the distractions of our minds, the present is inconceivably finite, a point recognized long before modernity. Read More

  • Fasting: Is It Really Necessary?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the years, many people have asked me what the Church’s fasting requirements are during Great Lent. Some questioned the value of this ancient practice, and others looked at it with intimidation as they found themselves unable to keep the fast in its strictest forms. As you can imagine, I have spent countless hours trying to explain the tradition of fasting and convince others of its value, dissuade them from looking at it in a legalistic manner and guide them to a proper view of the fast so that it may bear spiritual fruits in them. Read More

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