• 2020 Three Hierarchs Greek Office of Education Celebration

    Department of Greek Education

    February 3, 2020

    Hellenic Culture and Philosophy Event: “Sing to the Lord a New Song: The Three Hierarchs and the Theology of Music” a lecture by the V. Rev. Dr. Maximos Constas, Interim Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Read More

  • Remarks at the Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

    Politics and Government

    January 8, 2020

    For Greece stands at the cusp of Europe and Asia, not as a wall of separation, but as a doorway of opportunity to the treasure-house of wisdom and inspiration that she has been for these many thousands of years. Under your guidance, we expect Greece will achieve prodigious progress and prosperity. Read More

  • Encyclical for the Ecclesiastical New Year and the Day for the Protection of our Natural Environment (09/01/2019)


    August 29, 2019

    Thirty years ago, the Ecumenical Patriarchate issued an appeal to Orthodox Christians, urging prayer and care for God’s creation. Since 1989, each year on September 1st, at the inspiration of His All-Holiness Demetrios, the Ecumenical Patriarchate has opened the liturgical year with prayers for all God’s creation. Since 1992, at the exhortation of His All-Holiness Bartholomew, all Orthodox Churches have implemented the same tradition. Read More

  • Encyclical of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the Feast of Indiction and the First Day of the Ecclesiastical Year and the Day of Environmental Protection

    Ecology and Environment

    August 29, 2019

    The ecological activities of the Ecumenical Patriarchate served as the inspiration for theology to advance prominently the truth of Christian anthropology and cosmology, the Eucharistic worldview and treatment of creation, along with the spirit of Orthodox asceticism as the basis for understanding the reason for and response to the ecological crisis. Read More

  • 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)


    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