Category : Formation

Written on Sep, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

I thought of you when I read this quote from “Spiritual Friendship (Cistercian Fathers)” by Aelred of Rievaulx, Marsha L. Dutton, Lawrence C. Braceland – What plot of land or what stream turns up only one stone of a single kind? Or what forest produces only one tree of a single species? Thus among non-sentient beings, a kind of love …

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Written on Sep, 12, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Utopianism may be a species of optimism, but it is always born of discontent. Chris Jennings, Paradise Now: The Story of American Utopianism. Underestimating, or worse ignoring, the American tendency toward Utopianism of one kind or another is one of the central reasons that Orthodox evangelism is frequently unsuccessful in the long-term. Americans aren’t spiritually discontent, we are often not …

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Written on Sep, 04, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

…you are a Christian. This means you cannot go to college just to get a better job. These days, people talk about college as an investment because they think of education as a bank account: You deposit the knowledge and expertise you’ve earned, and when it comes time to get a job, you make a withdrawal, putting all that stuff …

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Written on Aug, 22, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Thinking of all the divisions and disagreements we are currently experiencing in America puts me in mind of the prayer “Bless My Enemies O Lord,” written by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich a Serbian bishop who spoke out courageously against Nazism until he was arrested and taken to Dachau. Taking the bishop’s prayer to heart, I have to ask what lessons are …

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Written on Aug, 01, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

While theology, Church history, liturgy and the rest of what is taught in seminary is important, these are all secondary. What we teach in our seminaries isn’t an end in itself but at the service of helping future clergy and lay leaders in their vocation to help others follow Christ in the ordinary circumstances of their lives.

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Written on Jun, 14, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Each of us is also gifted with “charismata” designated for a specific purpose. The Holy Spirit empowers each of us to build up the body of Christ in some special manner. Some of these gifts are teaching, prophecy, healing, administration, leadership, mercy, etc. What are your gifts and how might God be calling you to serve the Living Church of Christ – our Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA?

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Written on May, 10, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

Currently, I’m reading Clayton Christensen‘s book on marketing Competing Against  Luck: the Story of Innovation and Customer Choice. The book’s basic argument is that consumers don’t so much buy goods or service but hire them to do a specific job. Successful product development and marketing requires the seller understand what job the consumer needs to have done. Complicating this is that …

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Written on Apr, 25, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

The moral and pastoral problem is that we’ve lost sight of the fact that the parish exists for a particular reason: to help people discern and live their vocation. For the vast majority of Orthodox Christians, our vocation is not to ministry within the Church–much less the local parish–but to the world outside the walls of the Church.

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Written on Apr, 16, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

If any be a devout lover of God, let him partake with gladness from this fair and radiant feast. If any be a faithful servant, let him enter rejoicing into the joy of his Lord. If any have wearied himself with fasting, let him now enjoy his reward. If any have labored from the first hour, let him receive today …

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Written on Apr, 15, 2017 by in | Leave a comment

April 14, 2017: Vespers of the Disposition Nicodemus. Joseph Of Arimathea. The Myrrh-bearing Women. Mary Magdalene. Because they love Jesus, all of these find the courage to defy both the Roman Empire and the Jewish authorities. It is this love that causes them to bury the body of Jesus and so openly bear witness to their love for Jesus. God …

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