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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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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