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 on: Today at 06:28:55 AM 
Started by hecma925 - Last post by hecma925
Enraptured by Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev's speech after receiving his honorary Doctorate at SVS or by simply sitting next to Mor?

 on: Today at 06:05:49 AM 
Started by Minnesotan - Last post by Cyrillic
Later this year, The Equalizer (with Denzel Washington) came out and it features a Russian mafia led by an oligarch whose name is Vladimir Pushkin (does that name sound like anyone you know?)

It does sound like the writer Pushkin.

 on: Today at 05:55:08 AM 
Started by 1am3rd - Last post by 1am3rd
Thank you.   Smiley  I've been toying with the same thing.  I'd be the one opening my home, though.  It's not been done here.  It's a big step, though, being the only single among married's with families, and the new person in town.

 on: Today at 05:53:42 AM 
Started by biro - Last post by hecma925
Lord, have mercy.

 on: Today at 05:53:09 AM 
Started by scamandrius - Last post by hecma925
Lord, have mercy.

 on: Today at 05:52:37 AM 
Started by 1am3rd - Last post by hecma925
Of the many people there, no one can open there home so a few can do typica together?  Then share a tasty meal afterwards. 

 on: Today at 05:46:06 AM 
Started by scamandrius - Last post by hecma925
Lord, have mercy.

 on: Today at 05:43:52 AM 
Started by LarryP2 - Last post by hecma925

 on: Today at 05:39:19 AM 
Started by Adela - Last post by Gebre Menfes Kidus
This deserves it third posting here by me.

An edited version of a talk by Zizek about charity with brilliant animation.


That was interesting. It does well in highlighting the problem, but I didn't see a concrete solution being offered.


The demand for solutions is the best way to stop necessary questioning.

The demand for necessary questioning is the greatest obstacle to authentic solutions. (Not really. I'm just giving you the business.  Wink )

Seriously though, I do agree with you for the most part. The first step in true revolution is the destruction of idols that obstruct the path to social justice and spiritual liberation. The only thing that I didn't like about the comments in this video was the implication that it's better to let the poor and suffering die than to save their lives only so they can continue to live in misery. I know it wasn't stated this way outright, but it seemed to imply it. I'm always wary about philosophies that determine the sanctity of life based on the quality of life. The poor and the suffering may be closer to God than anyone. But I do agree that we shouldn't simply focus on charity to the exclusion of working to change a social structure that makes charity necessary. As Peter Maurin often said, "We need to work to create a society where it is easier for people to be good."


 on: Today at 05:14:12 AM 
Started by 1am3rd - Last post by 1am3rd
I'm looking for advice and/or others who may be in the same situation, please.

I am living in abroad and have no access to a Church -- hence no Liturgy and/or (small c) communion with other Orthodox believers.  There are many others here, but there is no place to come together or worship together.  

I enjoy the time alone to pray and read, etc., but it gets awfully lonely and I feel very isolated, especially when I try to watch a service online -- which I have given up because it is just too painful.

How do you/I get through these feelings and not let them get in the way of the joy of Orthodoxy?  That sounds Pollyanna-ish, but the question stands.  Smiley

I do have a Church at home (I can get there once or twice a year) and a neighbouring country where I have found a monastery I am very grateful for.  But how to fill the void -- the gaping void -- in the meantime?

In Christ,

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