Body of Christ

Body of Christ By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano In 2002 I was blessed to participate in an OCMC short-term mission trip to Chevogere, Kenya. It was an intensely life-changing experience....

Learning Requires A Text

Religious Education in a Virtual World 6 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. Most likely you will offer an...

Expand the Staff

Religious Education in a Virtual World 5 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...

Focus the Time and Content

Religious Education in a Virtual World 4 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...

Focus the Time and Content

Religious Education in a Virtual World 4 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. As you plan your on-line religious...

If Possible, Gather Wisely and Safely

Religious Education in a Virtual World 3 There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. While virtual meetings will still be...

Musings on 1 Corinthians 13, Today…

Love is free and it multiplies the more you share it. It doesn’t run out unless you squander it or measure it. Love doesn’t say, “You’re perfect just the way you are,” but rather “I love...

Ask Good Questions

Here’s a second installment of Religious Education in a Virtual World. A Good Question Will Start the Conversation In the New Testament, one of the central elements of the encounters that...

Relationships Are Central to Religious Education

Religious Education in a Virtual World There is a great deal of uncertainty about what parish life will look like this fall because of the pandemic. In particular, what might happen to...

The Pastor as Teacher

 “And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.” (Acts of the Apostles 2:42). In the New Testament and throughout the life of...

The Apostles’ Life: No Pain No Gain

Presvytera Melanie DiStefano It is arguably one of the most “under-rated” Feast days of our Ecclesiastical Year – The Feast of the Apostles; and yet, it is through these 12 men and the line...

What Three Days Without Running Water Taught Me About Being Thankful

I never realized what a luxury it is to be able to flip on the water to wash our hands or dishes, to be able to flush a toilet, or step into the shower...until a pipe burst in our basement!

Racism and Orthodox Christianity in America: A Modern Commentary

In light of recent tragic acts of racism and brutality — including the heinous execution of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, the murder of a black man simply for jogging...

That's a Wrap! Celebrating the Sunday Church School Year

Suggestions for ending the 2020 Church School and Parish Ministry year...

TOWARD A SOCIAL ETHOS OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH A New Document of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

In January 2020, the Ecumenical Patriarchate approved a social document crafted by a theological commission that was charged with formulating general parameters and guiding principles for the role...

Ascension and Pentecost

As we get closer to observing the Feasts of the Ascension and Pentecost, a closer look at their origins is timely. If you like solving puzzles, the upcoming feasts of Ascension and Pentecost...

Orthodox Perspective on the Ministry of the Church Online

Rev. Dr. Nicolas Kazarian * New York City is still the epicenter of the pandemic and people continue to “shelter in place.” Our churches remain closed. However, parishes of the Greek...

What Does God Have in Store for Us?

What might the Lord have in store for us as we seek him through our prayerful rhythms in the privacy of our own homes? Be ready: we could be in for something we don’t expect.

Isaiah the Prophet

The Orthodox Church commemorates Isaiah the Prophet on May 9. Isaiah is often considered the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. Christians often refer to the Book of Isaiah as the “fifth...

Who Were Joseph and Nicodemus

At the beginning of the Gospel lesson for the Sunday of the Myrrh-bearers we hear how Joseph of Arimathea went to Pilate to request the body of Jesus so it could receive burial. In the Gospel of...