• Decisions, Decisions, Decisions: Equipping our Teenagers to Navigate Life

    Center for Family Care

    August 1, 2019

    Over the past several decades the external pressures and challenges associated with parenting teenagers have been varied. As Christian parents we recognize the importance of raising Godly-minded children and we must take appropriate steps to help them in their journey toward Him. Read More

  • Soak Up the Son: Week 6

    Center for Family Care

    June 23, 2019

    On June 23, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Sunday of All Saints, which honors the eternal memory of every man, woman, and child, throughout the ages, that “finished the race” having “fought the good fight” and received “the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). Read More

  • Cultivating Lives of Service with Our Children

    Center for Family Care

    March 25, 2019

    How do we plant seeds of selfless love and sacrificial service in our children’s lives? In this webinar, we discuss how to stand alongside our children and seek, together, to serve others in all aspects of our lives. Read More

  • Listening, Learning and Slowing Down: An Interview with Dr. Mary Hess

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 28, 2018

    The first thing we need to do is learn where our communities are communicating and then be present there and listen. It might be Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram or any number of places. Long before you try to speak in these media, you should be listening in them, which will also help you learn how they work. Read More

  • Navigating Youth Engagement in Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    The first step and key to understanding the youth generations begins with understanding digital media as a meeting place and community for Orthodox individuals and youth from all over the world. Read More

  • Toward Thoughtfully Critiquing and Creating Digital Media

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    December 27, 2018

    There’s a meme that attributes the quote, “Don’t believe everything you read online,” to Abraham Lincoln. This is a funny reminder that we should bring careful critical thinking skills to any online search. And as we use electronic media to learn more about our Orthodox Christian Faith, these same skills are also very important. Read More

  • Kiosk Convenience Increases Stewardship

    Stewardship Ministries

    September 24, 2018

    Is a donation kiosk right for your parish? In a recent study of church giving conducted between 2015 and 2017, the traditional methods of donating (cash and check) are declining whereas electronic giving (online, credit/debit card, via bank transfer) is on the rise. The study indicates that the availability of electronic giving extends the opportunity to donate to your church to occasional attendees and those who are absent. Read More

  • Jazz and Orthodoxy: An Interview with Rev. Fr. Gregory Floor

    Society & Culture

    June 25, 2018

    The Floor family name has long been synonymous with music—literally, as “Floor” is a condensed version of the name “Flogeras,” which means “flute” in Greek. Rev. Fr. Gregory Floor’s grandfather, Bill, was a clarinetist; the first in his family born in the United States, he fell in love with jazz. Read More

  • Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Book Review)

    Adults

    January 31, 2018

    In Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Turkle starts with the premise that face-to-face conversation creates the capacity for empathy, which is what bonds us as people and as communities. She points out that studies have shown a decrease in empathy in people today. Read More

  • Captain America's Portrayal in Cinema: What's Wrong with Being a Boy Scout?

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    January 24, 2018

    Role models are hugely imprtant. Even in our Church, we place a strong emphasis on the spiritual father relationship, mentioned in St. Paul’s letters and cultivated heavily in the Orthodox monastic tradition, because we believe that there should be someone in our lives whom we can look up to as a mentor. Read More

  • Bartholomew: Apostle and Visionary (Book Preview)

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    October 26, 2017

    This first-ever detailed biography of one of the world's foremost Christian leaders, His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, was released on October 11, 2016, with the W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson. Read More

  • One in Christ: Orthodox Christian Diakonia to Aid Survivors of Human Trafficking

    Society & Culture

    October 24, 2017

    All Saints Monastery, a women’s monastery in Calverton, New York, is in the midst of developing a support and rehabilitation program for women who are survivors of human trafficking. It’s called HOPE Project—HOPE here stands for housing, occupation, potential and education—and there is much we can learn about the meaning of Christian diakonia (service) from programs like this. Read More

  • How to Survive the Apocalypse (Book Review)

    Society & Culture

    October 23, 2017

    How can Orthodox Christians, who have hope in Christ, respond to a culture obsessed with the end of the world? Read More

  • "Bring It On Home" - God's Creation, That Is! Using Nature to Enhance Your "Little Church"

    Department of Religious Education (DRE)

    August 31, 2017

    We all have moments that stick with us. Some of them remain ingrained in our hearts and minds for dramatic reasons—these are the life changers, for better or worse. Some are subtle yet profound. Those remain with us in a different way, shaping our perspective, causing us to reflect from time to time. 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

  • Sharing God’s Love One Scarf at a Time

    Orthodox Observer

    May 1, 2017

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – St. John the Divine Church is located just over a bridge from the city’s downtown. But its parishioners come from all over northeast Florida making quite an impact on one of the parish’s newest ministries, Handmade for the Homeless. Read More

  • Archons to Present Nicholas J. Bouras Award to John A. Catsimatidis

    Archons

    May 1, 2017

    The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle will present this year’s Nicholas J. Bouras Award for Extraordinary Archon Stewardship to Archon John A. Catsimatidis, chairman of the Order’s Religious Freedom Initiative and a member of the Order’s governing body, the National Council, for many years. Read More

  • Armenian Commemoration

    Orthodox Observer

    April 22, 2017

    Methodios of Boston hosted “An Ecumenical Commemoration of the Holy Saints and Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. Remembrance, Witness and Resurrection” at Annunciation Cathedral of New England on April, 22. Read More

  • Archdiocese Joins Other Faith Organizations to Oppose Politicalization of Houses of Worship

    Department of Inter­-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

    April 4, 2017

    A diverse group of 99 religious and denominational organizations are urging Congress to maintain current law that protects houses of worship and other religious nonprofit organizations from political pressure and additional dangers that come with endorsing and opposing candidates. Read More

  • New GOARCH Website Impresses on the Screen and Behind the Scenes

    Department of Information Technologies

    April 1, 2017

    An institution’s new website often heralds changes behind the scenes that are even more momentous than what the viewer sees. Visitors who go the website of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese at goarch.org will encounter a new more attractive, functional, and resource-rich, environment, but according to Chief Information Officer Theo Nicolakis, “When we refer to the new website, what we are really talking about is the introduction of an entirely new global communications system for the Church.” Read More