May 23, 2014

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Sixth Sunday After Pascha
The Sunday of the Blind Man
The sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Blind Man. The day commemorates the miracle of Christ healing the man who was blind since birth. The biblical story of this event is found in the Gospel of Saint John 9:1-41. 
Orthodox Bishops Designate 
Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday
The Orthodox Church has dedicated the 6th Sunday of Pascha as the official day to recognize prison ministry in every Orthodox parish around the nation!. This year the official date is May 25th. If you would like to be the prison ministry contact person for your church and become involved on this day, here are some easy steps!
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Episode 20: Faith and Pop Culture with His Eminence 
Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh 

Diplomas and Certificates Available for Greek Schools

Diplomas and Certificates are available from the Greek Education shop at The Orthodox Marketplace.  Order your materials now and begin planning for next year with quality resources for teachers and students.  Click on the image to visit, plan, and shop. Included with each order is Three Hierarchs Award of Excellence for the best in the Greek language graduate.

Divine Compassion and Women of the Church:
Theological Perspectives
June 20-21,2014
This conference seeks to cultivate a deeper theological appreciation regarding ways Divine Compassion, the eleos of God, affects the participation of women and men in the life of the Church today. The conference builds upon the work of last year’s inaugural conference Divine Compassion: Orthodox Christians in Service of Perfect Love. Keynote Address Given by Honored Guest His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos Ware "Divine Compassion and the Ministry of Women"
Theologians reflecting on contemporary communication 
June 22-24, 2014 - Santa Clara University
Building on the reflections and papers from past years (see Communication Research Trends, volume 32, no. 3 for a sample), the 2014 conference will explore the theological questions of authority, presence, and community in the digital world. We invite theologians to reflect on these key questions in the light of the scriptural and theological tradition in ways that open up contemporary communication to ongoing theological reflection.
The conference will feature presentations by individuals of their current thinking and discussions among the participants on the major topics.
The organizing and sponsoring groups for the conference are the Pontifical Council for Social Communication, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Communication Office, and Santa Clara University.
On Sunday, May 25, 2014, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Francis will meet at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to commemorate a meeting in the Holy Land fifty years ago by their revered predecessors, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras and Pope Paul VI. The historic meeting in 1964 marked the beginning of a new era in the relations between the Churches of Rome and Constantinople, and indirectly between Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy as a whole. The significance of that event can only be fully appreciated if placed in the context of a millenium dominated by theological estrangement and mutual mistrust between the two great traditions of the Church.
St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and Enlightener of North America, was a pious, kind and wise archpastor, not only here in North America, but also once he’d returned to Russia and took his place on the Holy Synod, during the worst time in Russia’s long and tumultuous history.
On May 6, the USA Today featured a front page article – ‘Public Prayer Gets a Boost’ that noted that “the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling in the case - Town of Greece, NY vs. Galloway.   Coverage was broad in major newspapers from coast-to-coast including the Wall Street Journal (‘Supreme Court Permits Prayer at Greece, N.Y., Board Meetings’).
History of the New Testament

Dr. Eugenia Constantinou of the University of San Diego explores how the different books of the New Testament were compiled.
Questions include:
* When did we start to have the collection of books we now call the New Testament?
* Were there always 4 Gospels or did that number vary at any time?

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