• You are a Royal Priesthood (feat. Fr. Stephen Freeman)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 26, 2017

    As Christians, we're all priests of creation. We're all called to live liturgically: to offer ourselves, each other, and all our lives to Christ our God. Read More

  • What Vestments Reveal About our Relationship with God

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 19, 2017

    Vestments are more than decorations: they reveal something important about our relationship with God and the role of our clergy. Read More

  • Our Sacred Order

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 12, 2017

    Hierarchy isn't about status or being important. In the Church, hierarchy is our sacred order, the way we fit together as One Body. Read More

  • The Invisible Church: A Doctrine That Has Come of Age

    Orthodox Observer

    January 1, 2017

    Have you been around people who proclaim a faith in Christ, yet totally reject the idea of Church? It seems to be a growing belief among folks in our country. It really has its beginnings with a doctrine that came out of the Reformation: “The Invisible Body of Believers.” Read More

  • What We Love Matters

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    December 19, 2016

    In the final episode of The Trench, Christian explores how what we love orients our way of being in the world and how what we love is shaped by what we do. Join Christian as he says goodbye to the series by asking, "What do we truly love?" Read More

  • Our Mission Is from Christ

    Orthodox Observer

    September 1, 2016

    Christ’s message to the world spread quickly in the first century through the work and sacrifice of the Apostles. It was a message of hope to a world suffering from inequality and abuse, hard labor and sickness and the ultimate death to darkness and nothingness. Read More

  • Why Do We Die?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 5, 2016

    Christ is Risen! Yet, if Christ really has conquered death, why do we still die? With a little help from St. Paul the Apostle and Fr. John Behr, we'll take a closer look at our relationship with God and explore how we perfect our union with Christ. Read More

  • Regarding Suicides and Cremation

    Orthodox Observer

    April 1, 2016

    Over the past several years it appears that a number of persons who have been recognized as Orthodox Christians have taken their lives, as well as some who leave in their wills that they wish to be cremated. On the basis of these two realities, it is obvious that many of our people have no understanding of the sanctity of the human body and have not been educated on the seriousness of these matters relative to the fact that they consider themselves members of the Church. 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

  • Who Do You Say That I Am? (ft. Christian Gonzalez)

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 14, 2016

    Christ asked His disciples something personal: "Who do you say that I am?" It's an invitation to do more than answer a question: He's asking us to share our relationship with Him. So who do you say that Christ is? And how is He active in your life? Share your answer and this video! Read More

  • Caring For Those Who Are Poor

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 11, 2016

    Join Christian this week as he discusses the responsibility that every Christian has in serving those who are poor and in need. Christian suggests that like any other of our relationships, serving those in need demands our reflection on its priority. Read More

  • How Christ Unites Us

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    January 7, 2016

    Technology helps bring us together, sort of. The world is full of divisions that our sins reinforce. True unity only comes in Christ, who overcomes everything that divides us and brings all creation to God. Read More

  • Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

    GOTelecom

    December 2, 2015

    V. Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides talks about the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The Ministry Updates series of videos highlights the work of the Metropolises and the Archdiocesan Ministries. Read More

  • Why Relics?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    September 24, 2015

    Why are relics so important in the Church? Saints are sanctified in both body and soul, and in Scripture we see how their bodies continue to be temples of the Holy Spirit even after death. The relics of the martyrs are especially important, from early liturgies in the catacombs to their place in altars today. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Is Orthodoxy Anti Intellectual?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    July 16, 2015

    Does a love of theology and academic study somehow contradict the mysticism of the Faith? We approach God as complete human persons, and that includes our minds. Reading and studying theology can be a great thing, but it should also be a part of our larger life in Christ. God is more than an idea we think about: He's a person we encounter. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Cradle or Convert?

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 15, 2015

    We sometimes describe people as cradles or converts; but instead of describing people, that can divide us. And they're a bit misleading: we aren't born into the Church, and there isn't a specific moment in the past when we enter the Church. We're actually pilgrims, making our way to Christ, growing closer to Him everyday. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Children of God

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    May 7, 2015

    Christ took on all that is ours so that we can have all that is His. One of those blessings is the ability to call God the Father our Father. That doesn't just affect the way we relate to God; it affects how we relate to all people, our brothers and sisters in Christ. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Heaven and Hell

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    April 2, 2015

    Many people think that heaven and hell are the places God sends us to either reward or punish us. But Orthodox Christians don't believe in this "two story" model of the universe. We believe that God is "present in all places and filling all things," and that what we interpret as salvation or damnation is actually our response to, and experience of, God's unconditional love. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Creation and Fall

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 26, 2015

    Jesus Christ is our savior, but what does He save us from? To answer that, we need to take a closer look at Creation and the Fall. God made us neither mortal nor immortal, but with freedom: we could choose to either move closer to God, the source of life, or away from Him, and find death. When Adam and Eve sinned they separated themselves from God and each other, creating the wounded, sick humanity that they passed down to us. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More

  • Who is Jesus Christ

    Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (Y2AM)

    March 12, 2015

    Who is Jesus Christ? He's the God-man, the eternal Son of God who, in the fullness of time, took on flesh and became fully human--while remaining fully God. This is so important because of what it means for our salvation. If we understand who Christ really is, we can understand who we really are. Be the Bee is a series about finding God everywhere, all the time, just like a honey bee finds nectar hidden in flowers. Read More