A New Year: What Does that Mean to an Orthodox Christian?

A New Year: What Does that Mean to an Orthodox Christian?

In the Orthodox Church, the New Year actually begins on September 1.  And until centuries, most cultures celebrated the New Year on September 1.  That’s because they based their year on the farming calendar.  They began the year in September by planting seeds, and ended the year in summer by reaping the harvest.  Even though we now celebrate the New Year on January 1, we could apply the same principles to our lives, specifically our Christian lives, by planting some new seeds, nurturing them during the year, and then hopefully seeing a spiritual harvest by the close of the year.

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Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis

Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis has served as an Orthodox priest for nearly 23 years, and for the past 16 has served the parish of St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, Florida.  He and his wife Lisa have a 14 year old son named Nicholas.  In addition to his parish work, Fr. Stavros has worked as the co-director of St. Stephen’s Summer Camp since 2001.  For the past six years, Fr. Stavros has been writing a daily reflection called “The Prayer Team.”  These writings have resulted in four books:  Let All Creation Rejoice: Reflections on Advent.  The Road Back to Christ: Reflections on Lent and Pascha.  Blessed is the Kingdom: Reflections on the Divine Liturgy.  And Let us Be Attentive: Reflections on the Sunday and Feastday Scripture Readings.

What is the “real story” behind the Christmas?

What is the “real story” behind the Christmas?

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Let’s Talk Live: When Enough People Care to Make a Difference

Let’s Talk Live: When Enough People Care to Make a Difference

Paulette Poulos is Executive Director of the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Fund, Inc., a leading charitable membership organization, whose purpose is to support the Greek Orthodox Church in America and advance Orthodoxy and Hellenism. She has held the position since 2005, previously serving as Director of Development. Her career spans some 55 years of executive leadership, financial development, philanthropy, Church and community service.

Beginning in 1965 with the Department of Laity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, she moved rapidly to become Associate Director of Youth Ministry in 1970, Director of LOGOS, one of the main stewardship agencies of the Church in 1972, and Administrator for the late Archbishop Iakovos serving from 1984 to 2005 upon his retirement.

Ms. Poulos is credited with having raised significant funds for the Greek Orthodox Church of America, Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Learning Resource Center and Leadership 100.

Her expertise in administration, development, philanthropy, public speaking and membership cultivation in the United States and worldwide earned her recognition and honors from numerous organizations, including the 2006 Honoree of Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Committee (HANAC); the 2008 Commendation by the City of New York, Office of the Comptroller; 2008 Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology Women’s Vocational Ministry Award; and the 2014 Hellenic Heritage National Public Service Award  presented by the American Hellenic Institute.

Ms. Poulos has served on numerous committees and boards including the Governing Board of the National Council of Churches of Christ, National Committee for the Archbishop Iakovos Library and Resource Center at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts and the Archdiocese National Youth Commission. She is an active member in the Greek Orthodox Community and is a member of the following parishes: Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, New York City, Three Hierarchs, Brooklyn, New York, and St. Fanourios, Elizabeth, New Jersey.

Paulette grew up in Brooklyn, New York and is the daughter of the late Rebecca and Charles Poulos. She has a sister Carol residing in Yonkers, New York and a brother, Peter residing in Brooklyn, New York, a graduate of our Theological School. Paulette presently resides in White Plains, New York.

How Does Religion Influence Politics?

How Does Religion Influence Politics?

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Let’s Talk Live: Protestant Inquirers: What are their Biggest Stumbling Blocks?

Let’s Talk Live: Protestant Inquirers: What are their Biggest Stumbling Blocks?

Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide-ranging author, whose work has appeared in such diverse publications as the Washington Post, Christianity Today, Smithsonian, the Los Angeles Times, First Things, Books & Culture, Sojourners, Touchstone, and the Wall Street Journal. She has been a regular commentator for National Public Radio (NPR), on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, a commentator on the Hallmark TV network, a columnist for the Religion News Service, Beliefnet.com, and Christianity Today, wrote regular book reviews for the Los Angeles Times, movie reviews for National Review Online and Christianity Today Movies, recorded a podcast for Ancient Faith Radio, and was a consultant for Veggie Tales.

She has published 10 books, including Welcome to the Orthodox Church (Paraclete Press, 2015), The Jesus Prayer (Paraclete, 2009), Facing East: A Pilgrim’s Journey into the Mysteries of Orthodoxy (HarperCollins, 1997) and The Illumined Heart: The Ancient Christian Path of Transformation (Paraclete, 2001). Her essays were selected for Best Christian Writing in 2000, 2002, 2004, and 2006, and Best Spiritual Writing in 1998 and 2007. She has published over 700 essays.

She has also appeared as a speaker over 500 times, at places like Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Wellesley, Cornell, Calvin, Baylor, and Westmont; at the Smithsonian Institute, the Aspen Institute, Washington National Cathedral, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, the American Academy of Religion, the Veritas Forum, the Family Research Council, and the National Right to Life Committee. She received a Doctor of Letters (honorary) from King University.

She has been interviewed over 700 times, on venues including PrimeTime Live, the Diane Rehm Show, the 700 Club, NPR, PBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, and by Time, Newsweek, the New Republic, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the New York Times. She lives with her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green, in Johnson City, TN. Their three children are grown and married, and they have fourteen grandchildren.

Join the Conversation: For the Life of the World

Join the Conversation: For the Life of the World

The new document, entitled For the Life of the World:  Toward an Orthodox Social Ethos, was recently endorsed by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The culmination of work over two years by a special commission of theologians (clergy and laity, men and women), appointed by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in 2017, For the Life of the World takes on modern-day challenges from the rich Orthodox spiritual tradition and offers ways to navigate and respond to racism, poverty, injustice, human rights, reproductive technology, bioethics, climate change, and others.

For the Life of the World does not pronounce clear-cut response to social challenges, but instead proposes general guidelines to difficult questions.

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For the Life of the World. Series Calendar

10/22: A New Document in the Church. Fr. John Chryssavgis & Bishop Maxim 

11/5: Religion and Science. Dr. Gayle Woloschak & Dr. Tim Patitsas   

11/19: Marriage and Family. Carrie Frederick Frost & Dr. Philip Mamalakis

12/3: Religion and the Public Square. Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou  & Hank Hanegraaff 

12/10: War and Peace.  Fr. Perry Hamalis & Fr. Dimitrios Harper

12/17: Poverty and Wealth. Dr. George Demacopoulos & Fr.  Martin Johnson

1/14: Orthodoxy and Human Rights. Fr. Nicolas Kazarian & Dr. Elizabetha Kitanovic

Join a Digital Fellowship with Elder Ephraim

Join a Digital Fellowship with Elder Ephraim

You are invited to participate in the “1st Digital Fellowship with Elder Ephraim, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi Mount Athos and the Orthodox Christian Network OCN“, which will take place Wednesday Dec 11, 2020 08:00 PM Athens time (1:00pm EST). Join us by registering in advance for this meeting by clicking on the following link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsfuyhqDkiGtRDAN1fj8DENu7ftkHVXtcP

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Elder Ephraim will talk in Greek and we will offer real time English Interpretation for the entire session, including the homily as well as the questions & answers. The e-Synaxis is organized by the web magazine PEMPTOUSIA and the OCN.

Navigating Our Faith During Polarized Times

Navigating Our Faith During Polarized Times

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Learning from the Coronavirus Apocalypse

Learning from the Coronavirus Apocalypse

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.