• Be the Bee #157 | 3 Reasons to Fast from Social Media

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    November 19, 2020

    Why do we fast from good things like tasty food? A the start of the Nativity Fast, we'll share three basic reasons why fasting helps transform our spiritual lives. But then we'll go a little deeper and explore why these same reasons suggest you should fast, not just from food, but from social media as well. Read More

  • Be the Bee #154 | Why People Stop Being Christians (and What We Can Do About It)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    October 20, 2020

    Adults fear that young people will grow up and stop being Christians. But no one ever fears that a kid will stop rooting for their favorite sports team. Why? Read More

  • Be the Bee #152 | How Christians Can Save Politics

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    October 2, 2020

    Politics are toxic and the world seems full of darkness. Is our job, as Christians, to fight that darkness? We'll review the advice of two greats saints (St Isaac the Syrian and St Poprhyrios of Kavsokalyvia) to see how we can bring the Light of Christ into a world darkened by toxic politics. Read More

  • A Delightful Surprise Part II: Prayer in Family Life

    Center for Family Care

    September 28, 2020

    What can we learn about family prayer life from a monastery? Read More

  • St. Sophia's Holy Paradox: Loving God First is Loving Your Children More

    Center for Family Care

    September 16, 2020

    Saint Sophia’s witness has gifted loving mothers throughout the ages with a special Wisdom to emulate: loving Christ more than the temporary happiness of our own children is actually loving them more. Read More

  • Be the Bee #150 | Are You Struggling to Pray?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 14, 2020

    Sticking to our daily prayer rule can be tough! But why? We'll explore the simple reason prayer can feel crammed into our day rather than a natural part of it. And we'll offer a simple way to help you transform wasted moments into opportunities for connection with God. Read More

  • Be the Bee #149 | Why We Judge Others (and How to Stop)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 7, 2020

    It's easy to point our finger at someone else's mistakes, rather than focus on our own. Why? We'll explore the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant and the two big things that make it easy to judge others. Read More

  • Be the Bee #148 | Do We Act Like Christians?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 3, 2020

    If your parish suddenly disappeared, would anyone notice? Are we living out the Gospel in our neighborhoods and communities? Because we believe the same things that the first Christians taught. But do we act like them? Read More

  • Be the Bee #147 | How to Start (and Keep) a Prayer Rule

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 1, 2020

    Struggling to say your prayers? We want to help you connect with God! Read More

  • Metropolis of San Francisco Paraklesis Service

    GOA News Release

    June 16, 2020

    Young Adults are welcome to join in prayer and chant and online Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This gathering will be held using Zoom, with participants being able to sign up in advance to help chant parts of the service. Rev. Father Christian Burkhard, Assistant Priest from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA will preside over the service. Read More

  • Metropolis of San Francisco Paraklesis Service

    GOA News Release

    June 5, 2020

    Young Adults are welcome to join in prayer and chant and online Paraklesis service to the Theotokos, Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. This gathering will be held using Zoom, with participants being able to sign up in advance to help chant parts of the service. Rev. Father Christian Burkhard, Assistant Priest from Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Fresno, CA will preside over the service. Read More

  • Be the Bee #142 | Why I'm an Orthodox Christian (w/ Fr Andrew Stephen Damick)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 11, 2020

    As an Orthodox Christian, you're often the only one in the room. How do you share your faith in Christ with others? Why are you an Orthodox Christian (rather than part of some other tradition)? Father Andrew Stephen Damick joins Steve again as they share 4 basics reasons they're Orthodox Christians. Read More

  • Balancing Great Lent

    Center for Family Care

    March 30, 2020

    Our approach to Great Lent should include three equal supports that will to give us the balance we need in our spiritual climb—fasting, prayer, and almsgiving. As families, we should look at all three of these elements in order to put into practice a broader and more fulfilling approach to Great Lent. Read More

  • The Disconnected Cross: Philanthropy and Almsgiving

    Adults

    March 26, 2020

    Almsgiving plays an indispensable role in the spiritual growth of the individual Christian and the local and diocesan Church. Read More

  • Raising Kids Who Care

    Center for Family Care

    March 19, 2020

    How do we teach empathy to our children? Read More

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

    Center for Family Care

    August 31, 2019

    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

  • A Relationship to be Emulated: The Maternal Kinship Between the Mother of God and Her Cousin Elizabeth

    Religious Education

    July 12, 2019

    The tale of the Visitation, and its depictions in Orthodox iconography, has much to say about the Church’s esteem for expectant motherhood. Read More

  • Summer Vacation: Renewing the Powers of the Soul

    Center for Family Care

    June 3, 2019

    "I'm bored… there's nothing to do… are we there yet… play with me." These are the calls of our children during summer vacation. Rather than hearing these statements as pesky intruders, it is possible to think of them as voices crying out from the wilderness of the young soul, seeking activity, connection, and stimulation within the safe environment of the family vacation. Read More

  • Forgiveness in the Light of the Resurrection

    Center for Family Care

    May 20, 2019

    We are made in the image and likeness of God, which means we are made to be like God. As Trinity, God is three persons, meaning He Himself is in perfect relationship—with Himself. Since we are made to be like God, we are also called to have perfect relationships with each other and with God. We attain perfect relationships by loving each other. When we fail to act in love, we sin, and when we sin we have the opportunity to reconcile with God and each other through forgiveness. Read More

  • A Family’s Spiritual Toolbox

    Center for Family Care

    May 15, 2019

    As we are filled with the radiant light of the Resurrection, we look forward and also look back. By looking back on our Lenten journey, we realize our family has grown in strength and endurance through the struggles we overcame together. As we look forward to the future, we strive to continue using the tools that Lent has given us to grow in spiritual maturity, together as a family, in our continued journey ahead. Read More

  • Christ Is Risen! Have We Forgiven?

    Center for Family Care

    May 1, 2019

    You are sitting in church during the Resurrection service. It is virtually pitch black; the most notable exception is a single flicker of light from the altar. The warm sound of hymns fills the air, and the anticipation is building. You have been waiting for this moment for almost seven weeks—maybe, all year. Now the priest emerges from the sanctuary with a lit candle, chanting “Come, receive the light…” The once-dark space rapidly becomes aglow as the faithful eagerly accept and pass on the light. Read More

  • Rewarding the Effort

    Center for Family Care

    March 23, 2019

    In God’s eyes, the effort is equal to the achievement. Our bishop said that last week, and it’s been on my mind ever since. Our Lord rewards our efforts regardless of whether they are effective. Whether or not we achieve our worthy goals, God sees and rewards the effort. Read More

  • And When You Fast

    Great Lent

    March 1, 2019

    When people think of the word "Lent," the word "fasting" is one of the first things that comes to mind. The cornerstone of Lent is not fasting, but repentance and growing in our faith. Fasting is a tool that is used to assist in spiritual growth. Fasting is also mischarac­terized as a form of deprivation, rather than a spiritual discipline. Because fasting is so misun­derstood, it is many times done incorrectly. Read More

  • It Came Naturally to Them

    Great Lent

    February 28, 2019

    In loving others, do we realize that we also love the Lord? When we are indifferent, do we realize we are indifferent to Him as well? Do we make it a goal each day to try to help someone? Is our ministering to other people more "natural" or does it seem "forced" or "contrived"? Read More

  • I Never Left! Not True

    Great Lent

    February 15, 2019

    If God our Father is ready and happy to restore us, we should be happy to restore one another. After all, no one has sinned against me more than I have sinned against God. If I expect God to forgive all of my sins, then I should be willing to forgive the sins of others. I should rejoice, rather than resent, when someone "comes back" and "makes it right." Read More