• Parish Council Nominee Training Video Series Launched

    Center for Family Care

    January 7, 2020

    The Clergy Initiative, a ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Center for Family Care, is pleased to announce the launch of the first-ever Parish Council Nominee Training Video Series. 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

  • Tools for Promoting Mental Wellness in Orthodox Families

    Center for Family Care

    November 30, 2018

    This webinar focuses on the challenges families face surrounding mental wellness and how we as a church can provide support. Read More

  • Healthy Fasting: A Practice for All Ages

    Center for Family Care

    November 6, 2018

    This webinar connects the physical and spiritual elements of fasting for contemporary life by appealing to what the Church has always understood—our physical fast supports godly thoughts, words, and actions. Read More

  • What to do to Prevent and Detect Child Abuse

    Center for Family Care

    October 17, 2018

    As Orthodox Christian parents, we may find it difficult to address the topic of child abuse, especially regarding our own children’s well-being and safety. We may like to believe that our children are protected by our prayers and our Orthodox community, but in reality child abuse can happen to any child, anywhere. Read More

  • Sharing in the Pain of Losing a Loved One

    Center for Family Care

    September 19, 2018

    The loss of a loved one—whether a parent, a spouse, a child or a good friend—can be one of the most devastating and painful experiences in life. It is an unavoidable reality that all of us will experience at some point in our life’s journey. As the old saying goes, time heals. Yet my observation through the years is that time itself is not the solution. Read More

  • Anxiety and Our Life in Christ

    Center for Family Care

    August 14, 2018

    Christ and His Church offer salvation, eternal life, and the hope of the Resurrection. The church is not a type of psychiatric medication or a fabrication meant to calm our existential crises. It is the place where we experience the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s love for mankind through the ultimate expression of gratitude in the Eucharist. It is in this experience, in conjunction with the best of what modern medicine and therapy have to offer, that we find rest from the worry of this world. And, as we find peace, those around us will encounter Christ’s saving rest as well. Read More

  • Not Afraid To Talk About...Poison

    Center for Family Care

    June 1, 2017

    The word pornography is scary. No, the word porn is dirty. Even in its shortened form, porn is just a word–a word that simply describes something that is demeaning, causes objectification, makes us feel funny, drives the largest slavery operation in the history of the world, and changes the ways we think and act. Porn, simply put, is poison. 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

  • Care Teams Help Families With Problems

    Center for Family Care

    January 1, 2017

    “Please help me,” plead the 32-year old Christian woman, frantic after finding her 50 year old mother suffering a brain hemorrhage due to an aneurism. Secretly, her mother has been addicted to opiates; legal prescription pain medication prescribed by her physician, and illegal narcotics including heroin. This secret probably would have remained under wraps much longer if her bleeding brain didn’t send off a distress signal indicating that something was terribly wrong. Read More

  • Orthodox Church: A Pathway through Mourning

    Center for Family Care

    November 1, 2016

    Life is a sacred journey and a gift of God. Fr. Alexander Schmeman writes in his book For the Life of the World “All that exists is God’s gift to man, and it all exists to make God known to man, and to make man’s life communion with God.” As such, our lives change constantly. Along with these changes we may experience a sense of loss. Read More

  • The Trench | "How Our Thoughts Impact Others" | Episode 20

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    June 19, 2016

    Ever noticed how your thoughts seem to impact your day in a big way? This week, Christian explores this phenomenon, pointing toward how our thoughts also impact other people. Read More

  • The Trench | "How Your Brain Works" | Episode 19

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    June 2, 2016

    After a long hiatus, Christian returns to discuss neurobiology and some of its implications for how we live our lives as Christians. Read More

  • What Christians Can Learn From CrossFit

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 7, 2016

    As Christians seek to form a community, the fitness phenomenon, CrossFit, has a great deal to teach us! Join Christian this week in exploring how CrossFit can show the Church what it means to be a community. Read More

  • Golden Rules for the Golden Years: Resources for Caregiver Burnout in Older Adults

    Center for Family Care

    January 15, 2016

    The Center for Family Care presents "Golden Rules for the Golden Years: Resources to Help Reduce Symptom Burden and Caregiver Burnout in Older Adults", a webinar featuring Dr. Evgenia Litrivis. Read More

  • Mental Health 101: Caring for Emotional Distress in Pastoral Ministry

    Center for Family Care

    December 9, 2015

    This webinar featuring George Stavros, PhD, MDiv, Executive Director of the Danielson Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology at Boston University provides examples of actual mental health issues as they have been presented in Greek Orthodox parishes, discusses the prevelance of mental health issues in America, outlines the importance of pastoral ministry to those with mental health problems, outlines the need for training for clergy and parish leadership around mental health issues, and provides a structure and strategy for developing strong mental health referral resources for your community. Read More

  • The Spiritual & Physical Heart: What's the Connection?

    Center for Family Care

    December 9, 2015

    Learn about the connection between the spiritual and physical heart through a webinar featuring Trent Orfanos MD, Functional Cardiologist. Read More

  • The Church and Families of Children with Special Needs

    Center for Family Care

    December 9, 2015

    This webinar discusses the role of the church in meeting the needs of parents and caregivers with children that have special needs. This was the first of hopefully many conversations addressing the many issues families/caregivers of children with special needs face as they seek to engage in their Orthodox Christian Community. Read More

  • What is the Best Age?


    December 1, 2015

    The passing years, after all, do bring a decline in physical strength and endurance, as well as in the enthusiasms and idealism of youth. The fact remains, however, that older people also have advantages that the young cannot enjoy. I think that many would share in my conviction that the older years can be the most fulfilling of all. Read More

  • The Seasons of Our Life


    December 1, 2015

    We can do this when we live with the assurance that God offers what we need so that we can realize our fullest potential, no matter what our age might be. If this is to happen in our lives, however, it requires our commitment to faith, as well as our acceptance of what God allows of struggle and what He provides of strength. Read More

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