Has it ever been easy to raise balanced, God-fearing children who are wholeheartedly committed to Christ and His Church? Orthodox parents have labored under the yoke of pagan Rome, barbarian invasions, famine, the spread of Islam, Communist oppression. While this is not our context, my quick poll of fellow parents revealed that we too have our own challenges and we carry our own heavy burdens. The accelerating rate of change, the spinning pace people keep, and the lack of quiet is an enemy that contends for our souls and the hearts of our children. In our hectic lives, we multitask continually, and much of this activity has very little to do, at least overtly, with our lives in Christ.
Why I Am Not Orthodox
The Hub - Session 6: “Why have you forsaken me?” - Suicide - Orthodox Church in America
Aleksa Pavichevich, priest of St. Along with Father Aleksa and Dr. Constantinou, Rev. Father Jerry Hall, parish priest at Annunciation, and Rev. Father Andrew Lentz, assistant priest, led a discussion for the parents and young people who attended the showing of the documentary.
Building an Orthodox Christian Home
There is some value in providing such an outline, given the current rise in popularity in Orthodoxy, as witnessed by the many defections from more liberal denominations for example, churches that ordain women and, on a scholarly level, the interest and deference given to the medieval Greek patristic tradition especially such figures as Gregory of Nyssa and Maximus the Confessor and to various themes and ideas in Orthodox theology and spirituality such as theosis or deification, apophaticism and social trinitarianism. It is important, in other words, to counter some of this almost uncritical and romantic perception of Orthodoxy with a more rounded and realistic account. But I want to go much further than this.
A recent article on the challenge of interfaith marriage in Greek Orthodoxy has been circulating widely on Facebook. Similarly dismal statistics are likely true for most Orthodox jurisdictions in the United States, but the article in question concerns only the Greek Archdiocese. The article is vague when it comes to solutions for the obvious crisis of mass apostasy, so I may have misunderstood its argument, but it appears to suggest that if the Church were more sensitive, accepting of religious difference, and in tune with modern sensibilities, she would have a shot at retaining interfaith families in a secular age—and thereby find a means to stem the tide of apostasy.