How Lent Can Guide the Rest of the Year

Great Lent should inform the way we live throughout the year. Here are three principles or lessons that we can take with us even after Pascha.

“Sins Before Our Eyes: A Forum on Modern Slavery”—Dispatches from the Ecumenical Patriarchate

The problem of slavery, one of humanity’s greatest evils, remains with us today. The overt chattel form of slavery, which Christian abolitionists raged against in the nineteenth century, has all...

A Small Act of Sharing and Caring

I realized how stubborn I was being to not want to answer my mom in the first place. Like, “my faith is personal, and I don’t want to share it with her right now.” Yet I sucked up my pride and...

Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn

In this toxic, politics-ridden, dare I admit it- fallen- world, we all need to learn to listen to each other.

Being a Lenten Apprentice

Great Lent is often called a time to return to basics because we focus on central dimensions of our Christian faith: we read from Scripture to remind us of the need for a Savior; we become more...

Prepping for Our Journey to Pascha

The Triodion period before Great Lent helps us prepare for our long journey to Pascha and, ultimately, the Kingdom.

Prayer of Saint Philaret

The Morning Prayer of Saint Philaret of Moscow brings our attention to our inner life, to the will of God, and to how we treat our neighbor.

Christ Comes First

As long as our ministry efforts have different starting points than our Life in Christ, they will never be fully united, nor will they be of Christ.

Faith Witness in Albania

Albania serves as an international example on inter-religious cooperation.

Demonstrating Faith Through Works: Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017

Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high...

Reflections from Yad Vashem: Israel’s Official Holocaust Memorial

The United Nations is remembering the Holocaust this week through a series of programs and activities related to the theme of “educating for a better future.”   Coincidentally, I was...

Why Orthodox Christians Should Do Their Genealogy

The theology of the Orthodox Church makes a good case for why every Orthodox Christian should study his or her family history.

Health and Human Rights in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS: A Modern-Day Civil Rights Struggle

As Orthodox Christians, we are charged with viewing people of all races equally, both under God as well as societally. This stems not from political opinion, but rather our shared view that we are...

Sowing Kernels of Truth

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

When it Comes to Racism, Start with the Person in the Mirror

“Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First, remove the...

An Orthodox Guide to New Year’s Resolutions

Each year, we make lofty resolutions we hope to keep. What should Orthodox Christians keep in mind at the start of the new year?

Stop Saying it's Okay: A Lesson in Forgiveness

As St. Dionysios showed us, forgiveness does not have to come with the reassurance of saying “it’s okay.” Forgiveness is enough in itself.

Why Jesus Came at Christmas

Why do we celebrate Christmas every year? Jesus gives several reasons why He came into the world.

Arduous Journeys Across Seas and Deserts

Let’s say you had to move away. Actually, let’s say you had to move far away—like, outside-of-your-country far away. In this scenario, the economy has gotten so bad that nobody—not...

Three Lessons from Saint Porphyrios

Saint Porphyrios is a modern saint who speaks to our society today. Here are three lessons that can help us in our relationship with Christ.