• Fasting: Is It Really Necessary?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the years, many people have asked me what the Church’s fasting requirements are during Great Lent. Some questioned the value of this ancient practice, and others looked at it with intimidation as they found themselves unable to keep the fast in its strictest forms. As you can imagine, I have spent countless hours trying to explain the tradition of fasting and convince others of its value, dissuade them from looking at it in a legalistic manner and guide them to a proper view of the fast so that it may bear spiritual fruits in them. Read More

  • Facebook as a Lenten Discipline : An Orthodox Pilot Study

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    March 24, 2017

    Over the last few years, clergy and others have begun preaching about restricting one’s use of technology, encouraging a “technology fast” as a Lenten discipline. The goal of fasting and ascetic discipline during Lent is “to make us conscious of our dependence upon God,” as Metropolitan Kallistos Ware writes. Limiting our use of electronic devices to break our dependence on (or even addiction to) technology and focus instead on our interior life, even for a short period, has entered a new awareness within the context of fasting. But are people changing their use of technology in real ways? Is their use of technology affecting the way they observe Great Lent? Read More

  • New Year, New Focus

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    December 29, 2016

    The ways we spend our time and money say a lot about what we actually love. And our actions may reveal we don't love God as much as we'd like to think. Let's take an honest look at our lives so we can make some much-needed changes in the year ahead. Read More

  • You Can't Share What You Don't Have

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    December 12, 2016

    Join Christian this week as he explores the reality that we cannot share a real love for Christ if we don't possess it ourselves. Read More

  • Don't Think About Your Thoughts

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    November 3, 2016

    "Thoughts" are the imaginings and fantasies that can distract us from God. And they can turn into action after they enter our hearts. So how do we deal with the thoughts that bother us? Instead of fighting them, we can turn away from them. Read More

  • Four Ways to Forgive

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    October 6, 2016

    We all know forgiveness is a holy and important thing, yet it's easier said than done. When you're having trouble, here are four things to help soften your heart and open the door to forgiveness. Read More

  • So, What's Your Story?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 22, 2016

    Our lives are chapters in a greater story. What part are you playing: the all-star athlete, the Greek American, the top of your class? What about the disciple of Christ? This week, let's refocus our lives in God's story, the greater story of salvation. Read More

  • Five Ways to Jumpstart Your Spiritual Life

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 8, 2016

    You probably know what you need to do to grow closer to Christ, but you're having trouble getting started. Here are 5 ways to jumpstart your spiritual life and start connecting with the Lord today! Read More

  • Reflections on John 20:21

    Orthodox Observer

    September 1, 2016

    Are you a good and faithful servant? As Orthodox Christians, we have been given a sacred trust. We have received the treasure of the Gospel – the Good News of Jesus Christ. With this sacred trust comes the great responsibility to share it. Read More

  • 2016 St. John Chrysostom Oratorical Festival Junior Division Winning Speech

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    September 1, 2016

    In the Old Testament we read that there is “a time to keep silence and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:7). What is the value of silence and quiet time in a time when we are always “plugged in”? Read More

  • The Fruits of True Prayer

    Prayer & Spiritual Life

    August 8, 2016

    Prayer is doxology, praise, thanksgiving, confession, supplication and intercession to God. "When I prayed I was new," wrote a great theologian of Christian antiquity, "but when I stopped praying I became old." Prayer is the way to renewal and spiritual life. Prayer is aliveness to God. 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

  • Make Me Feel Your Presence

    Archbishop Demetrios

    June 1, 2016

    Lord, I have to tell You that prayer is a problem for me. How should I collect my spirit, which is split and squandered in a thousand pieces? How should I concentrate; how can I close off from all around me and within me each entrance from the outside world, appearances, and sensations? Read More

  • The Lord's Prayer

    Prayers

    May 24, 2016

    The official GOA English translation of the Lord's Prayer Read More

  • Hold On to Hope

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 12, 2016

    Life is full of ups and downs. Even though things are going well, it can suddenly feel like your spiritual life is crashing to the ground. Whatever the reason, here are three tips to help you hold onto hope. God bless you! Read More

  • From the Director: Why Supporting Doubt Helps Develop Faith

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 1, 2016

    If my travels across the country have taught me anything, it’s that deep fear and anxiety sit at the foundation of most ministry work, especially ministry with youth and young adults. Clergy, parents, and youth workers are terrified that young people will leave the Church. Read More

  • Be the Conversant I Am Looking For

    Archbishop Demetrios

    May 1, 2016

    My God, conversation with You is something simple. But at the same time it is also difficult. A dialogue with You, I feel, constitutes the highest art, the most profound science, and the most authentic life. Oh, how I feel the pressure of being without any training, education, or effort in this direction! Read More

  • Love and Happiness

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    April 28, 2016

    Many of us seek wealth, or stuff, or other temporary pleasures. Yet God wants us to seek something more. Christ chose the Cross. What do you choose? Read More

  • Praying for a President 

    Orthodox Observer

    April 1, 2016

    How should we as Orthodox Christians think about the political process which secures our liberties and is therefore in some sense sacred? Read More

  • ‘I Don’t Know How to Pray’

    Archbishop Demetrios

    April 1, 2016

    My God, I don’t know how to pray. Yet I so deeply feel in myself the need for prayer. I want to pray. Hour by hour the intense longing to talk with You altogether comes over me. The longing to come into contact with You, the Ineffable and Unfathomable. But I lose the words. I cannot piece together what I mean. Read More

  • You Are What You Eat

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    April 1, 2016

    As we make our way through Great Lent, our attention constantly shifts to food. Every hamburger commercial is a reminder of food we’re abstaining from, of delicious treats we’re setting aside for a few weeks. Read More

  • Is Your Glass Clean?

    Orthodox Observer

    April 1, 2016

    If you want to see God and experience His presence you have to present to Him a clean soul. How many times have you picked up a glass at a restaurant and looked at it carefully before you poured in your beverage to drink. You certainly do that because you want to make sure that the glass is clean! Read More

  • Rewarding the Effort

    Center for Family Care

    March 31, 2016

    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

  • The Key to Prayer

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 31, 2016

    It's one thing to talk about why Church services and prayer are important, and another to do them. How do we start? The key is something simple, and something very easy to overlook: silence. Read More