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February 2018 Edition of The Word Now Available

Antiochian Archdiocese - Thu, 2018/02/01 - 4:38pm
Click cover to download:  february_2018_word_for_archdiocese.pdf Magazine Date:  02/2018

The February 2018 issue of The Word is now available and contains the following articles:

I Got It All Wrong
by Bishop John

Reflections on Spiritual Formation in Youth Ministry
by Fr. Daniel Bethancourt

The Good News in Others' Words
by Fr. Joseph Huneycutt

St. John Chrysostom and Marriage
by Fr. Daniel Daly

Updates and Resources from Christian Education, Communities in Action reports, and much more!

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Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: A Parish Life Study

Antiochian Archdiocese - Wed, 2018/01/31 - 12:20pm

The report "Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America: a Parish Life Study" has been released by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA.

The report provides a comprehensive picture of today's lives of American Orthodox parishes, including such aspects as membership, worship, programs, religious education, youth, usage of electronic technologies, and much more. Of particular interest are subjects that have never been examined previously, such as:

  • The Vision of Parish Clergy for Orthodox Church Unity in America
  • Similarities and differences between American Orthodox parishes and Protestant congregations
  • The Use of Electronic Technologies in U.S. Orthodox Parishes

580 Orthodox parishes (about 30% of all U.S. Orthodox parishes) participated in this unique study. Five Orthodox jurisdictions had a significant number of participating parishes: the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Church in America, and the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The study report discusses the similarities and differences among the parishes of these five jurisdictions.

The study "Orthodox Christian Churches in 21st Century America" was part of a much larger national study of American religious congregations titled "Faith Communities Today" (FACT). One chapter of the report provides a glimpse into what are the most remarkable differences between Orthodox Christian parishes and the Mainline and Evangelical Protestant congregations.

The report was prepared by Alexei Krindatch, the Assembly's Research Coordinator.

Read the announcement on the Assembly's website.
Download the reports:
Executive Summary (PDF)
Full Report (PDF)

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Project Opens Doors to Jobs and Hope in Gaza

IOCC News - Fri, 2016/03/18 - 2:00pm
Growing up in the Gaza Strip, Sami, 24, was driven by a dream to ease the suffering of others. He pursued that dream by attending nursing school, from which he graduated with honors. Harsh reality quickly followed as he was unable to find a nursing job or a way to support his wife and two young daughters. Sami even volunteered long hours at public hospitals in the hope that doing so would lead to work, but the hospitals weren't hiring ...

Orthodox Christian Volunteers Serve Their Neighbors In St. Louis

IOCC News - Thu, 2016/03/17 - 4:00pm
With support from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Orthodox Christian parishes from suburban St. Louis, Missouri, responded to the needs of their neighbors by helping to clean out homes that were damaged following record-setting flooding this winter. During January and February, members of the young adult group of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town and Country, Missouri, as well as parishioners of Ss. Constantine and Helen in Swansea, Illinois, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in St. Louis, Missouri, helped clean out some of the more than 4,000 homes affected by the Christmastime flooding ...

IOCC Responds To Families Devastated By Cyclone In Fiji

IOCC News - Thu, 2016/03/10 - 4:00pm
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the devastation caused in the South Pacific island nation of Fiji by Tropical Cyclone Winston on February 20, 2016 with reconstruction assistance to families who have lost their homes. Houses, especially along the coast, were battered by both Category 5 cyclonic wind and tsunami-like storm surge. An estimated 40 percent of the population was affected by the cyclone and are now in need of assistance ...
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