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Gregory Pappas: I was denied communion because I am gay

Gregory C. Pappas is a film producer, publisher of The Pappas Post and CEO of the Pappas Media Group, a Chicago-based public relations firm.

(via The Washington Post, June, 12, 2014)

Orthodoxy, Putin and the West

an article by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Anglican Orthodox Relations: In Search of the Common Cup

Dimitris Salapatas on the Ecumenical Movement and dialogue between East and West

(This article was published in the Anglican magazine new directions, Vol. 17, No. 227, April 2014)

(via Londinoupolis, May 1, 2014)

Strangers in a Foreign Land: Nationalism and the Orthodox Church

I thought I would post this thoughtful article in the wake of the internet storm regarding Matthew Heimbach’s reception into the church and his subsequent excommunication.

“Christ is Risen! You Too!”

An anecdote from a fellow parishioner:

Neighborly Unction

As a graduate student, I had to be on campus all day, so I could not attend my regular parish. I attended the nearby Greek Orthodox cathedral instead. I followed the protocol of introducing myself to the priest beforehand and letting him know my parish affiliation. I received a warm welcome from the priest, but the fact that I did not feel comfortable simply showing up unannounced and presenting myself for holy unction is telling

WIT

Tonight, many Orthodox will gather as a community to receive the Sacrament of Unction. A late addition to Holy Week services, unction “is offered to all who are sick in body, mind, or spirit.”

Holy UnctionThe seven Gospel readings reflect the open invitation of God. Jesus’ answer to the question, ‘who is my neighbor’ is that your neighbor is the one you treat as such (Luke 10:25-37). Jesus picks Zacchaeus out of the crowd, the tax collector whose sin is evident to all (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus sends his disciples out to freely give healing and teaching to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:1 & 10:5-8). Jesus calls us to unlimited forgiveness (Matthew 8:14-23, and, in St. John Chrysostom’s interpretation of the wise and foolish virgins, condemns our failure to use our gifts for the benefit of others…

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Fr. John McGuckin-The Church of Today

At the end of January the

At the end of January the Fr. Alexander Schmemann lecture was given this year (2014) by Fr. John McGuckin. Fr. John spoke about the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church and the following excerpt was his conclusion to the talk. He concluded on what the church is today and tomorrow.

Fr. At the end of January the Fr. Alexander Schmemann lecture was given this year (2014) by Fr. John McGuckin. Fr. John spoke about the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church and the following excerpt was his conclusion to the talk. He concluded on what the church is today and tomorrow.Alexander Schmemann lecture was given this year (2014) by Fr. John McGuckin. Fr. John spoke about the Mystical TheologAt the end of January the Fr. Alexander Schmemann lecture was given this year (2014) by Fr. John McGuckin. Fr. John spoke about the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church and the following excerpt was his conclusion to the talk. He concluded on what the church is today and tomorrow.y of the Eastern Church and the following excerpt was his conclusion to the talk. He concluded on what the church is today and tomorrow.