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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
More Lessons from the Wall

Episode date: February 16, 2015
Transcript published: February 23, 2015

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If you were to go into the office on the main floor of the mission, one of the first things you would notice is that one wall is covered with photographs.  I spoke of this wall in Corina’s story, but this wall is more than the story of one person, it is in some ways, the story of the Mission itself.  As I mentioned before, these are the photographs of those who no longer alive, but still part of the community here.  The photographs span almost thirty years of mission life.  Thirty years — no great time in human history, but a descent time in a human life never the less.

One question we are always asking…

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Speaking the Truth

Speaking the Truth
Pain and Suffering

Episode date: September 11, 2008
Transcript published: February 12, 2015

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Hardly a day passes when you don’t hear about another tragedy: a personal tragedy of some sickness or disease, or a personal tragedy of some kind of rift or rupture in people’s lives; sometimes on a grand scale, like this conflict between Russia and Georgia that we experienced this month, or the ongoing Iraq or the Afghanistan or the Palestine or Darfur—whatever it might be on the grandest, largest scales of almost staggering statistical suffering that you see. But that suffering is always the suffering of persons. We are speaking on Ancient Faith Radio, thinking about Alexander Solzhenitsyn. When you think of him, you think…

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From the Amvon

From the Amvon
What is the Significance of the Feast of the New Martyrs of Russia?

Episode date: February 09, 2015
Transcript published: February 12, 2015

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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Particularly if you’re not from a Russian background, you might ask, “What is the significance of celebrating the new martyrs and confessors of Russia to us here today in Houston, Texas?” The answer to that question is found in one of the earliest accounts of the martyrs, actually the very earliest account of the martyrs outside of the New Testament: the martyrdom of Polycarp. It says, after it recounts how the hieromartyr Polycarp was martyred and then his body was burned because the unChristian or the unbelieving Jews that had rejected Christ incited…

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iSermon

iSermon
Taking the Journey

Episode date: February 03, 2015
Transcript published: February 07, 2015

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Many people have the—I guess you could say—common assumption that Lent begins with Clean Monday, which this year falls on February 23, and that that is the beginning of the Fast which leads to the Great Feast, the center of our faith, which is Holy Resurrection—Pascha, Easter. But really, if we look at the ecclesiastical year, and we look at the cycle of services and the themes that are being introduced to us, that journey towards the resurrection of Christ begins today, with the beginning of the cycle called the Triodion. The Triodion, it’s named after a book that we use—the psaltis use and the priests…

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Parables of Community

Parables of Community
Arguing About Freedom

Episode date: February 03, 2015
Transcript published: February 07, 2015

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Arguing About Freedom.

A lot of the stress comes nowadays from within, from within ourselves, but today this stress is sometimes totally theoreticized. Our world has names or other words for everything: concepts that people use to identify or to be identified by others with them; first identified and consequently diagnosed. That, it is said, should help us to better understand ourselves and so to support our constant need for change. The mental health field is a reality that simply cannot be disregarded. When professionals show us the statistics, they are overwhelming, especially when we see the children and youth, or the young population…

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