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The Palamas Institute for Orthodox Christian Pastoral Studies  is a program of adult faith formation and lay ministry training that provides Orthodox Christians and other interested Christians with the intellectual and practical tools need to live a vibrant life in Christian.  This life begins with a solid foundation in Sacred Scripture, dogmatic theology, liturgical and ascetical theology, as well as …

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Real obedience is concerned with hearing the voice of God in the voice of our family members, fellow parishioners, brother clergy and even in those of good will with whom we share only a common humanity. In all cases, obedience must be in conformity with Holy Tradition. When obedience in this deeper sense is absence, community life is impossible. Without obedience there is no real community life. And without community life, we are left with a social life characterized by indifference or even open hostility and malice to others.

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The canons of the Church affirm the fundamental moral goodness of property. That doesn’t mean that all uses of property are equally virtuous (or sinful).

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A personal relationship with Jesus Christ presupposes not only the apostolic witness written in the New Testament but that same witness embodied in Holy Tradition, in the teaching passed down from generation to generation from the time of the apostles to our day.

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Given its status as local and not ecumenical, we ought not to make too much of the council’s comments on property which are, at best, tangential to the primary concern of reconciling apostates. Nevertheless, the off handed way in which property is mentioned suggests the moral importance of property.

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While they have much to recommend them, the free market and the global banking system aren’t without their shortcomings. The Orthodox Church in Russia has proposed a banking model that corrects what it sees as the most serious of that industry’s moral failings. However the system the Church purposes is unlikely to foster economic growth. It also overlooks the convergence of the free market with key elements of the Orthodox moral tradition.

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If you’ve ever wondered, “How do I connect good intentions with sound economic principles?” then Acton University is the perfect place for you to begin a lifelong journey of obtaining knowledge and skills regarding liberty, faith, and free-market economics. Ancient Faith Radio is pleased to present the Orthodox lectures from the 2015 Acton University, which took place this past June.

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We can understand something of the Kingdom of God by looking at everyday experience. To be sure, everyday life isn’t sufficient—we are always dependent on divine grace poured out in the sacraments, the Scriptures and Holy Tradition—but we ought not make the perfect the enemy of the good. And an understanding and obedience to the “laws of nature and nature’s God” dependent not on revelation but reason is a good, if imperfect, thing.

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Whatever the failures or successes of our earthly fathers—biological or spiritual—we have a Father in Heaven Who waits patiently and in love to receive us, ever eager to reveal His love and affection for us, to forgive us our sin and to heal us from all that binds us. To borrow from St Herman of Alaska whose memory we celebrate today, “let us make a vow to ourselves, that from this day, from this hour, from this very moment, we shall strive above all else to love God and to fulfill His Holy Will!”

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Adopted at the Sacred Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, this document sets forth the basic provisions of her teaching on church-state relations and a number of problems socially significant today. It also reflects the official position of Moscow Patriarchate on relations with state and secular society. In addition, it gives a number of guidelines to be applied in this field by the episcopate, clergy and laity.

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XLIV: Let a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who takes usury from those who borrow of him, give up doing so, or be deposed.   First Nicea (325) Canon XVII: Forasmuch as many enrolled among the Clergy, following covetousness and lust of gain, have forgotten the divine Scripture, which says, “He hath not given his …

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