A Letter to the Parents, from the Sunday School

This weekend is Labor Day weekend — the last weekend of summer — and next week, we’ll begin Sunday School! The teachers met this week to talk about the upcoming curriculum change as we move to a parish-wide curriculum. Please: – register your kids online for Sunday School, if you haven’t already. – consider purchasing some non-perishable snacks (the more they are nut-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, the more helpful they’ll be!) and…

Talking about Death & Grieving with Children

When we were in our early twenties, my husband’s godfather passed away.  As Marko struggled with grief and sadness and the loss of his beloved kum, he also struggled with the idea of death itself — why do we die, what happens to us after death, and how do we hold on to the faith that we will truly meet again in the Kingdom of Heaven. As he worked through it all,…

A Year of Good Ideas for your Youth Group, Young Adult & Family Ministries

If you’re finding that it’s hard to figure out what exactly to do with your youth group (whether they’re younger kids, teens, college students or young adults) Y2AM (the Department of Youth & Young Adult Ministry at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese) has a free set of plans for you!  They’ve considered what the ideal ministry program would be: it would create a loving and comfortable space in which people can discuss their spiritual…

Keynote Speaker at Family Ministry Conference in September

I will be one of three Keynote Speakers at the upcoming Family Ministry Conference, hosted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese!  Joining me are Met. Savvas of Pittsburgh, and Steve Christoforou of Y2AM. I’m looking forward to the various workshops and intensive sessions, and I can’t wait to spend some time with a huge group of people as interested in building Orthodox families as I am. We even have a FOCUS North America…

America Ablaze: The Holy Fire & The Future of Orthodoxy in America

The most beautiful thing happened in America this year. As it does every year, on Pascha the Holy Fire burst out of Christ’s Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, to the jubilant cheers of thousands of pilgrims. The Holy Fire spread through the crowd and was carried home — down the street, across town, over borders… as far as Greece and Russia, and this year, as far as New York. With the support of…

How do we honor the Apostles?

We are in the midst of the Apostles Fast, which is surely the least popular or observed fast in the Orthodox Church. It’s not that we don’t love the Apostles, but that summer can be an especially undisciplined and travel-heavy time of year. Whether you are in the midst of traveling and find that locating lenten food is too much, or you’re home and fasting faithfully, however this season is shaping up…