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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Compassion Has No Price

Episode date: February 09, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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The mission is such a unique place. It’s amazing how the poor are our teachers and open our eyes to the realities of what our faith means. Not long after I was ordained to the diaconate, I was asked by a seminary to give a lecture on Orthodox mission and what our mission does. Unfortunately the group was only able to come on a day that the mission was closed. I thought to myself: How could I teach about mission without the community being present?

Though I found it a little strange, I did manage to muster up the skills from my teaching days and give them some understanding of what the mission is. We spent the greater part…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Unable to Love

Episode date: February 23, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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One day, while I was consumed with meeting a particular deadline and trying to reply to endless emails, I glanced up and noticed a man in his mid-thirties eating his lunch. His hair was long; his face was unshaven; his clothes were not too clean. But what I noticed most were his eyes. They were this bright blue color, but they were watery and puffy. He looked as though he had just stopped crying. Initially, I wanted to stop what I was doing and talk to him, but I was so caught up in my own issues I didn’t have time for him—at least, that’s what I thought.

At one point, I left the office to get some much-needed air and…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Re-Marriage in the Orthodox Church

Episode date: February 21, 2015
Transcript published: March 04, 2015

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There is a debate going on now in the Roman Catholic Church about the possibility of admitting divorced and civilly remarried persons to holy communion after a period of penance. This view is being upheld by Cardinal Kasper, and is and seems to be in conflict with the current teaching of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Kasper often points to the Orthodox Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and says, “Perhaps we should have a policy the same as the Eastern Orthodox Church has.”

Well, I’ve been asked to comment on this and to comment on the remarriage or re-admittance to holy communion of a divorced person. So I will just…

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On Social Justice

On Social Justice
St. Basil on Social Justice

Episode date: October 10, 2014
Transcript published: February 28, 2015

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Hi, everyone. Welcome back. I hope you’re all doing well. I wanted to share with you today a resource that you can use if you’re interested in learning more about social justice and particularly if you’re interested in learning more about what the Fathers and Mothers of the Church have to say about social justice. Like I touched on earlier, these are not new issues; this isn’t something that our generation is dealing with or that is just a modern circumstance. This is something that the early Church struggled with and engaged in regularly, so there are lots of really great patristic writings dealing with social justice.…

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The Life of Faith

The Life of Faith
Marriage, Celibacy, and Monasticism

Episode date: May 08, 2014
Transcript published: February 28, 2015

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Generally speaking, there are two ways of life in the Orthodox Church that are considered to be blessed: marriage and monasticism. The two of them are often considered to be opposite extremes, but they do have a great deal in common. Both involve life within a community, either the marital community, the family, or the monastic community; both involve a sacrifice of the will, obedience to others; and both are paths to holiness, and indeed both are callings. Unfortunately there is a tendency to think only of the latter, of monasticism, as a calling, a special vocation, while marriage is considered to be simply to be a normal or default position.


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