What Orthodox Single Parents Wish You Knew

As part of an outreach project at Ancient Faith Ministries, I recently started a private Facebook group for Orthodox single parents. As our conversation began, it quickly became apparent that it is as hard to be a single parent in the Orthodox church as out of it. One member described the life as a kind of asceticism that’s between marriage and monasticism, with elements of both vocations but without the religious or…

Edith M. Humphrey: Beyond the White Fence and Learning to “See”

“Read me a story, Unca Doug!” was probably one of my first sentences, directed repeatedly to my longsuffering and beloved second cousin who visited us, while he was in seminary, when I was two. Books were a very important part of our household since my dad was a teacher. They became absolutely essential when I was in kindergarten and isolated at home with mono for several months.  Then I grew into a…

Love at Lent: Daily family activities for kindness, positivity, and love during Great Lent

Available now for preorder is the perfect gift for your family this Lenten season: Love at Lent is a colorful box filled with activity cards to be drawn at random each day of Great Lent, designed to encourage kindness, humility, and mindfulness for the whole family during this special time in our faith.  Orthodox Christians are asked to fast, pray, repent, and give as we prepare for the Resurrection of our Lord…

Mom and Kids review Rooted in Prayer Virtual Vacation Church Camp

The most surprising result of the week of church camp was this deepening sense of prayer.  My children have all grown up in the church and have been saying family prayers since they were born and attend church on a regular basis, etc., so you would think they would have a very firm grasp of what prayer is and its importance. 

Happy Father’s Day

Today, I will dwell on the issue of what makes a man a dad. A father can become a dad only in a school called, “the academy of marriage,” where he learns what to say and do. A good dad most often has a good father to learn from.

Facing Forward: Who Is This Conference For?

This conference is for you! If you are in your 40s and struggling with teenage children, this conference is for you. If you’re in your 50s and caring for ailing parents, this conference is for you. If you’re in your 60s and deciding if you want to retire or not, this conference is for you. If you’re in your 70s and looking for a fresh project in retirement, this conference is for you. If you’re coming with your spouse, this conference is for you. If you’re coming by yourself, this conference is for you. Ancient Faith Ministries events at Antiochian Village are known and loved for their friendly atmosphere. Come enjoy good people in a special place. You will be welcome.

Schedule for Facing Forward: An Ancient Faith Conference for the Second Half of Life

The middle years of life – the 40s, 50s, and beyond – are a season of change and realization, and they can be a time of great joy and great suffering. Ancient Faith Ministries cordially invites you to a weekend of thought-provoking conversation, worship, and fellowship as we study the specific issues and blessings that confront us in mature adulthood.

Journey to Pascha 2020 Chart

The Journey to Pascha chart is a wonderful resource that has become a popular annual tradition. Created by Fr. Jonathan Bannon and generously shared with Ancient Faith and the world at large, this chart can be used like a map of Lent, marking off the milestones through this holy season and providing a suggestion for personal spiritual practice for each week.

Speakers and Topics for Facing Forward: An Ancient Faith Conference for the Second Half of Life

The middle season of life marks itself in our experiences as an ending and a beginning. It is a season of change and realization and can be a time of great joy and great suffering. There are many questions to ask as we seek to reinvent ourselves, to stay connected with grown children, to care for aging parents, and to think practically about the end of natural life. We invite you to…