Every age has its own errors, says Fr. Lawrence Farley, and in every age, therefore, the Church faces a different set of challenges, distortions, and lies. Today voices are raised calling for the landmarks regarding the nature of gender and sexuality to be moved.
This is the 300th episode of iSermon, recorded at the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto, Canada, and featuring guest Fr. Theologos Drakos of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Mississauga, Canada. Fr. Theo is the national camp director of Canada and a long time friend and colleague of Fr. Ted. In this special-edition episode, we both reflect on the last 300 episodes and how they have shaped our experience of ministry, preaching, social media, and technology.
Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green was the guest speaker at the 28th annual Midwest Clergy Wives’ Retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery from October 9-11, 2015. A pan-Orthodox event designed for clergy wives, this event has become a sacrosanct time for worship, fellowship, and sisterhood.
Fr. Josiah Trenham, the priest at St. Andrew Orthodox Church in Riverside, California, speaks at Orthodox Christian Synergy’s Annual Symposium. The gathering took place at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, on Saturday, October 17, 2015, and the topic was Islam.
Fr. Christophe Lepoutre, the Executive Director of the nonprofit ministry "The Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup," emphasizes the very important need to break the chains of addiction, which begins, he explains, with prayers for the repose of our ancestors.
It is an inescapable fact that suffering is a part of the fallen human condition. In a powerful message, Fr. Tom Soroka describes three important principles to help us form our perspective on suffering.
Each Lent, the Orthodox Churches of Greater Flint, Michigan, join each other for Great Vespers, a light lenten meal, and a lecture. Parishes include Assumption (Greek), St. George (Antiochian), St. Mary Magdalene (OCA), and St. Nicholas (OCA). This past Lent's speaker was Fr. Silviu N. Bunta, PhD, and his topic was "The Bible: An Orthodox Perspective."
From October 9-10, 2015, the St. Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute, in partnership with Saint Louis University, presented a conference to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the mutual lifting of excommunications by Pope Paul VI and Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I. Speakers included Metropolitan Tarasios, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America, and Fr. Brian E. Daley, the Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology at the Univeristy of Notre Dame.
The Very Rev. Dr. John Anthony McGuckin, renowned author of 25 books, several of which are published by SVS Press, presented the keynote address at this year's Education Day at St. Vladimir's Seminary. Fr. John outlined a brief history of St. Cyril, highlighting the point that the Oriental and Eastern Orthodox traditions agree with much of the saint's theology.
Fr. Philip LeMasters reminds us that Christ does not ask us to fix our own personal problems, much less to end wars or feed thousands. All that he asks us to do is offer what little we can to Him for blessing with the faith that He will do with it what is best.
Fr. John Strickland discusses an important and fateful development in the history of Russian Christendom before modern times—the Possessor Controversy—on a new "Paradise and Utopia."