06/05/2015
Author: Antonis H. Diamataris

We rarely undertake studies on questions related to our community. Perhaps we avoid them for economic or other reasons that have to do with accountability. Thus, we are grateful to the well known Pew Research Center for conducting a study on the future of religion, which naturally includes our own: Orthodox Christianity. The results are […]

05/15/2015
Author: Boz Tchividjian

“I’m ready to be put this all behind me and to continue reaching for my dreams of filmmaking and in music.” Those were the recent words of Brandon Milburn, a former youth minister, as he pleaded with a judge for a lenient sentence after being convicted of seven counts of child sexual abuse involving two […]

05/02/2015
Author: Staff

A graduate student at Central Washington University in the Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies program is conducting a research study investigating childhood traumatic experiences and later parenting practices. To participate in the study, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 18 yrs. or older, Female caregiver (mother, step-mother, foster mother, etc.), At least one […]

04/02/2015
Author: Victor Vieth

As Good Friday approaches, many hurting people deeply struggle with its meaning and its God.  It is my hope that we will be challenged as we find hope and comfort in the words written by a dear friend.  A friend who has so often been the ‘flash of light’ in my life that reflects the […]

03/30/2015
Author: Staff

SNAP It’s time to register for the 2015 SNAP Conference. Give yourself the gift of being surrounded by people who understand. Who: Survivors of clergy sex abuse What:  SNAP Conference 2015 When: July 31 – August 2, 2015 Where: Washington D.C. SNAP, the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests, is the largest international support group for […]

03/11/2015
Author: Colin Cosier

The Orthodox Church dominates life in Ethiopia, and its priests are some of the country’s most respected figures. So when priests take child brides, often age 15 or younger, it’s not something that’s questioned by the community. Rather, it’s expected. Tradition dictates that a priest must marry a virgin. “Before, the priests used to think […]

03/09/2015
Author: Tim Challies

It is terrible but true—sexual predators target churches. In the mind of a predator, a church offers a compelling target and, too often, an easy target. I recently worked my way through On Guard by Deepak Reju and learned that there are at least 6 reasons why sexual predators specifically target churches. Christians Are Naïve Some sexual […]

02/13/2015
Author: Boz Tchividjian

Have you ever been afraid to say something that needed to be said? Not long ago, a friend was staying overnight with a family during an out of town visit. That evening, the family had a group of friends and acquaintances over for dinner and conversation. Sometime during the dinner, one of the male guests […]

01/20/2015
Author: Jennifer Haselberger

Today, the United States Supreme Court denied the petition for certiorari in the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Baton Rouge v. Mayeux. This means that our nation’s highest court will not consider the issue of whether the courts can determine what constitutes a ‘confession per se‘ or whether such courts must ‘respect the […]