There are some days where I’ve just had enough of one thing. I’ve been inside all day. Time to go do something outside, I think. Nature rejuvenates me. I’ve been sitting stationary, staring at a screen. Time to go do something with my hands, I think. My mind likes my[…} Read more….
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Many of you are familiar with St Stephen’s Summer Camp, our Diakonia Retreat Center, and the traditions that surround this important ministry within our Metropolis. Some of you may have attended St Stephen’s as a camper, some of you sent your children to us this summer, some of you may[…} Read more….
We are pleased to present a new episode of the very popular video series created by the Archdiocese, “Be the Bee”! This episode, entitled “I Love Camp!”, shows the importance of Orthodox Christian Summer camps, and tells us how campers can avoid “the post-camp slump” that often arrives in the fall and[…} Read more….
By Paula Marchman, M.A., L.P.C. In my experience as a counselor, I am blessed to be present with many individuals and families on their journey to getting healthier in relationship not only with others but with themselves and with God. During my internship, I counseled a family that included their[…} Read more….
The following is the second part of our newest blog series, Creating a Gentler Summer in Our Orthodox Home Love I teach in a school where many of my students come from stressful environments such as homeless shelters. One of my more challenging students was angry, resentful, manipulative. Even so, I persevered[…} Read more….
We welcome Nick Kostopoulos on board the Family Life Ministry Team. Nick graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012 with a BFA in Writing for Screen and Television. When I arrived in Los Angeles before the start of my first semester at the University of Southern California, I[…} Read more….
CLEAN MONDAY My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, “The arena of the virtues has been opened. Let all who wish to struggle for the prize now enter, girding themselves for the noble contest of the Fast; for those that strive lawfully are justly crowned. Taking up the armor of the[…} Read more….
CHRISTMAS 2013 “For this He assumed my body, that I may become capable of His Word; Taking my flesh, He gives me His spirit; and so He bestowing and I receiving, He prepares for me the treasure of Life. He takes my flesh, to sanctify me; He gives me His[…} Read more….
From this week’s “Metropolis Messenger“: Did you know your spiritual practice can change your Brain? Recent scientific research shows: • Prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress and anxiety. • Just twelve minutes of focused prayer per day may slow down the aging process. • Contemplating a loving God as taught[…} Read more….
Lying in the cool grass, contemplating the stars above, I remember being a child and watching the dance of the fireflies, feeling that the summer night was full of mystery. Sometimes in my busy life, I forget to take the time to experience the simple joy of being peaceful in[…} Read more….
With a bright smile Father Jacob lifted our crowns, placed them on our heads and sung thrice, “O Lord our God, crown them with glory and honor,” and with each making the sign of the cross over us both as one, uniting in God what previously was separate. Then pouring[…} Read more….
Prayer is an essential element of our Orthodox Christian life. As Orthodox parents, it is paramount that we teach our children to pray and to include our children in family prayer. Most people will ask, “What do you mean, teach my child to pray? We say ‘Now I lay me[…} Read more….