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    Volume 19, Issue 3 (2020): Orthodox Youth around the World

    June 16, 2020

    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew declared 2020 as the “year of pastoral renewal and due concern for the youth." We have yearned to engage with our youth, as His All-Holiness encourages us, “with imagination and vision, with unshakable faith in the eternally flowing grace of God and confidence in the power of human freedom.” The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great harm and distress across the globe and interrupted every facet of our lives, especially educational pursuits. We await the time when we may re-engage with one another, but until then, we need to use our “imagination and vision” in new and maybe unheard of ways. Read More

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    Volume 19, Issue 2: Freedom from Isolation

    June 15, 2020

    This issue of PRAXIS focuses on a very challenging topic in our contemporary world—the understanding of individualism and loneliness. An understanding of both of these and how our Orthodox Faith addresses them is essential in our role as religious educators, teachers and clergy, as well as critical in confronting the spiritual, emotional and mental struggles of so many. We see all around us people who are connected more than ever, but they are connected by technology, not in the relational way that affirms our individual uniqueness and our essential need for a relationship with God. Read More

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    Volume 19, Issue 1: Halki Summit III

    June 12, 2020

    In June 2019, Halki Summit III was held in Constantinople (Istanbul), hosted by the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The topic of the summit was Theological Formation and Ecological Awareness: A Conversation on Education and the Environment. The summit brought together theological educators and environmental thinkers and activists for the sustained conversation about how we might integrate ecological issues in our seminaries, schools and parish religious education programs. This issue of PRAXIS includes a few of presentations from the summit for your study. Read More

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    Volume 18, Issue 3 (2019): Parish Vitality

    June 12, 2020

    The foundation and goal of parish vitality is our Lord Jesus Christ and our faith in Him. As the Apostle Paul stated, Christ is “our wisdom, our righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). He gives us life more abundantly ( John 10:10). He is the source of our strength and growth; and as the Apostle Paul also states, “speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Read More

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    Volume 18, Issue 2 (2019): The Clergy Family

    March 5, 2019

    This issue of PRAXIS gives us an opportunity to contemplate the blessings that have come through the parents, wives and children that surround our deacons, priests and bishops. These precious people give love and support to those who communicate God’s love and support to all. Their familial ministry of comfort to our clergy is therefore a service towards all. For them we give thanks to God, and for them we pray for mercies to be multiplied, in this world and in the Kingdom to come. Read More

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    Volume 18, Issue 1 (2018): Digital Media

    November 1, 2018

    Through the spread and prevalence of technology in our contemporary world, especially digital media, we live in an environment where we are constantly presented with information. We are challenged, due to the volume and types of information, to discern what is important and helpful, and we are also challenged to be good stewards of our time while using technology in our daily lives. The focus of this issue of PRAXIS on the topic of digital media is important in our ministry as teachers and leaders in our parishes. Read More

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    Volume 17, Issue 3 (2018): Faith and Art

    May 23, 2018

    This issue of PRAXIS on arts in the Church helps us consider elements of our worship and faith—iconography, unique architecture, chanting and singing, vibrant vestments, the smell of incense, the iconostasis—designed and crafted with skill and art for our worship. It also features interviews with Orthodox Christians working as artists in various fields: music, opera, theatre, writing, painting and illustration. Read More

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    Volume 17, Issue 2 (2018): Women in the Church

    February 9, 2018

    The focus of this issue of PRAXIS on the topic of “Women in the Church” directs our attention as Orthodox Christians and religious educators to many of our basic theological teachings about personhood, holiness, service and the Church. Read More

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    Volume 17, Issue 1 (2017): Listening to Suffering

    January 22, 2018

    Due to the prevalence of news and information, our children and youth are aware of local, national and global issues that confront us with the plight and needs of many. The complexity of life and the resulting challenges of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering are all around us in our homes and communities. Read More

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    Volume 16, Issue 3 (2017): Sacred Childhood

    June 1, 2017

    The theme of this issue of PRAXIS is a timely focus on “Sacred Childhood” following the designation of 2017 as the Year of Protection of the Sacredness of Childhood by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. In his proclamation on the feast of the Nativity of Christ, he affirms the need for this emphasis and our calling to “respect the identity and sacredness of childhood” Read More

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    Volume 16, Issue 2 (2017): Fasts and Feasts

    January 1, 2017

    Praxis Magazine for Winter 2017 discussing the upcoming Lenten season. Read More

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    Volume 16, Issue 1 (2016): Parish as Educator

    October 1, 2016

    The theme of this issue of PRAXIS, “Parish as Educator,” directs our reflection and discussion to one of the essential roles of the parish and of religious educators in the life of the Church. Read More

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    Volume 15, Issue 3 (2016): Preparing for the Holy and Great Council

    March 1, 2016

    This issue of PRAXIS is devoted to the Holy and Great Council, convened by the primates of the Orthodox Church from June 16–27, 2016, in Crete. Read More

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    Volume 15, Issue 1/2 (2016): Speaking to Secular America

    January 1, 2016

    Following a very successful and timely conference at Hellenic College – Holy Cross School of Theology on the topic of “Speaking to Secular America,” this issue of PRAXIS is dedicated to offering the engaging presentations from this event. Sponsored by the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, the conference brought together clergy and lay leaders to address a very challenging and critical issue as we continue the work of ministry and sharing of the Gospel in the name of Christ. Read More

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    Volume 14, Issue 3 (2015): Spiritual Disciplines

    May 1, 2015

    For Orthodox Christians the spiritual disciplines are essential to our relationship with God, our well-being, and our journey of faith throughout our lives. Prayer and worship, fasting, reading and studying the Holy Scriptures and the writings of the Fathers of the Church, and serving and giving to those in need are practices that help us connect with God. They are guides that nurture our souls in divine wisdom and truth. They renew our strength and fill us with power, assurance and hope. In our daily lives the spiritual disciplines connect us to our Creator, our Source of life, and our Redeemer. Read More

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    Volume 14, Issue 2 (2015): Iakovos and Selma

    January 1, 2015

    This issue of PRAXIS is dedicated to the memory and blessed work of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, who led the Greek Orthodox Church in America from 1959 to 1996. It is difficult in one page to offer a fitting tribute to his lifetime of service to Christ and the Church. However, this issue provides a glimpse of his ministry and the impact of his leadership and vision on many communities, programs and institutions of our Holy Archdiocese. In relation to the focus of this publication and the ministry of religious education, His Eminence was a teacher who guided the faithful in many ways. Read More

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    Volume 14, Issue 1 (2014): Teaching Strategies

    October 1, 2014

    The quality of religious education programs and teaching in the local parish is essential to our mission of nurturing the people of God in the Orthodox Christian Faith. Just as we strive to bring honor and glory to God through our worship, we should also labor to do so and fulfill our calling to the teaching ministry of the Church by evaluating and enhancing our teaching skills and methods. The focus of this issue of PRAXIS on "Teaching Strategies" assists with this by directing your attention to the importance of faith, effectiveness and quality in this sacred work. Read More

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    Volume 13, Issue 3 (2014): Bishops, Priests, and Deacons

    April 1, 2014

    The role of our clergy in the ministry of religious education is essential. In addition to being called as preachers and pastors, our beloved priests and deacons are called to be teachers (Ephesians 4:11) in all that they do in their service to God and their ministry to His people. Our clergy are teachers in their sacred task of leading in worship. Through the ministry of sacrament and word in the divine services of the Church, they guide the faithful in relating the Holy Eucharist to their lives. Through the reading and exposition of the Holy Scriptures, truth is proclaimed and taught. Through prayers and sermons, our clergy connect faith and praxis. Read More

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    Volume 13, Issue 2 (2014): Ministry to the Elderly

    January 1, 2014

    As the Body of Christ, we are called to offer ministry in so many significant ways. One of the most important callings we have is to care for the elderly. This was a priority of the early Church when, among other actions, the Apostles appointed deacons to care for widows (Acts 6:1–5). This ministry continued to be a focus of many communities of believers and of saints such as St. Basil, who organized hospices and resources for the care of the elderly. Down through the centuries, this service has continued through local parishes, in the organization of retirement and assisted living centers and a variety of special programs and activities that have offered the compassion and strength of Christ. Read More

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    Volume 13, Issue 1 (2013): Science and Religion

    September 1, 2013

    This issue of PRAXIS offers the theme of “Science and Religion." This is a very timely topic in a day and age when we are continuously presented with new discoveries, technological advancements and the ongoing quest for scientific solutions to many contemporary challenges. Because these aspects of our modern world influence our lives in so many ways, we must be mindful of how we engage with science as Orthodox Christians and people of faith. We also must be mindful of the fact that frequently science is presented as hostile to faith, or even faith as hostile to science. Read More

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