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I Tricked The Greek Church Into Letting Me Baptize a Baby

Chris Semertzidis | Posted 03.20.2017 | Queer Voices
Chris Semertzidis

My whole life I’ve wanted a Godchild but no one would let me baptize their kid. However all that changed when one of my best friends asked me to bap...

Trump's Religion Problem: Studies Find Tolerance Increases the More Faith Matters

David Briggs | Posted 03.22.2017 | Religion
David Briggs

A study of 13 European countries found that supporters of populist radical right parties were relatively non-religious. With the exception of Poland, higher levels of Christian religiosity were weakly or negatively associated with voting for the populist radical right.

Jonathan Jackson on Converting to Orthodox Christianity

Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Norris J. Chumley, Ph.D.

We became instant friends because we had so much in common: we both love God and Jesus Christ, work in film and television, he's also an author, love music -- he performs and I listen, and we both recently converted to Christian Orthodoxy and love Church.

Greece Today: Safe, Affordable -- and More Beautiful Than Ever

Jim Luce | Posted 07.13.2016 | Travel
Jim Luce

I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly.

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Why The Greek Orthodox Church Is Weighing In On The Referendum | Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 07.03.2015 | Religion

The sermon at the Church St. Paul Thessaloniki ended abruptly one day recently when one of Greece’s most important religious leaders informed the co...

An Atheist in Athos -- Part 3: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.22.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

All in all, a fascinating time in magnificent scenery amid spectacular architecture, even if the faith thing doesn't really work for me.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 2: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.17.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Megisti Lavra perches majestically atop a cliff 520 feet above the crashing foam and rocks, more like a small walled town. On the outside, you have the regulation square tower and the jutting painted wooden balconies. Within, there are a whole series of buildings.

An Atheist in Athos - Part 1: Greece's Most Famous Monasteries on the Looney Front

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.14.2016 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Overwhelmed by the savagely wild beauty of its forested mountains, precipitously rugged cliffs and plunging emerald valleys, she asked her son, who just happened to be God, to make it her garden which, true to filial piety, he did.

Final Greek Easter Insights

Rick Steves | Posted 06.21.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our crew is heading home after two busy weeks of filming (first in Italy, then in Greece -- since Orthodox Easter was a week later than Western Christ...

Easter Finale: Duck!

Rick Steves | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Rick Steves

Just before midnight on Easter Saturday, Nafplio's main square fills with people. The bishop gives a blessing and declares that Christ is risen. Then the candlelight (which came to Nafplio from Jerusalem via Athens, as it does each Easter) is brought out and sparks a sea of flickering flames, as it spreads from candle to candle.

Jesus' Funeral March

Rick Steves | Posted 06.16.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Here are a few more photos from my recent TV shoot in Greece -- one of several countries included in my upcoming Rick Steves' European Easter public t...

Participating in a Somber Greek Orthodox Good Friday

Rick Steves | Posted 06.15.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

In the Greek Orthodox tradition, the events of Good Friday begin late Thursday night, and proceed step by step with elaborate rituals and incense-fill...

The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 04.15.2015 | Religion

Thousands of Orthodox Christians attended Holy Week services in Greek Orthodox churches in Central and South America this year -- but most were not of...

Getting Friendly With Greek Orthodoxy

Rick Steves | Posted 06.14.2015 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our Easter special for public television is in the can. We finished shooting on Eastern Orthodox Easter -- which was this past Sunday -- in Nafplio, Greece. A fun part of my work is to give another culture meaning so it becomes less foreign to an American visitor.

Jim Morphesis: 'Wounds of Existence' at the Pasadena Museum of California Art

John Seed | Posted 06.06.2015 | Arts
John Seed

Based on themes inspired by the Greek Orthodox faith and the paintings of Old Masters, Morphesis' works of the past four decades communicate the artist's ideas about both human vulnerability and transcendence.

Giving Up Something, Or Not Giving Up Something, for Lent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.23.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

I am not suggesting that we just suppose that everyone around us can be trusted and we need not worry about our personal safety or the security of personal belongings. But I do propose giving up the practice of focusing on the faults of other people and, instead, looking for their good qualities.

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

When Religion Goes Wrong

Georgia Kolias | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Georgia Kolias

I believe that religion can be comforting and enlightening and bring order to a world that feels chaotic. However, that only works when all people feel welcomed. It works when the basic principle is love and finding community through kindness and acceptance. In cases when acceptance is not offered, religion can scar a person's soul.

Greek And Turkish Cypriots Find Common Ground In Effort To Restore Dilapidated Monastery

Reuters | MICHELE KAMBAS | Posted 11.29.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - On a remote outcrop in divided Cyprus, Greeks and Turks have put aside decades of enmity to restore their shared cultural heritage, batter...

Ground Zero Greek Orthodox Church Begins Rebuilding, 13 Years After 9/11 Attack

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicho...

Greek Orthodox Church Welcomes Muslims Fleeing From Gaza Violence

Reuters | Nidal Al-Mughrabi | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - About 1,000 Palestinian Muslims fleeing Israeli shells devastating their Gaza neighborhood have found shelter in a building they otherwise...

Catholic And Orthodox Church Plan Historic Gathering

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 06.03.2014 | Religion

UPDATE 6/3/14: Vatican spokesman Rev. Thomas Rosica said in a statement that the event has not been confirmed, and it is "very early to jump to conclu...

Orthodox Church Plans First Council In 1,200 Years At Historic Location

Reuters | Dasha Afanasieva and Tom Heneghan | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion

ISTANBUL, March 9 (Reuters) - Patriarchs of the world's 250 million Orthodox Christians ended a rare summit in Istanbul on Sunday calling for a peac...

Political Issues On Hold So Urgent Repairs On Church Of Nativity Can Proceed

Religion News Service | Michelle Chabin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (RNS) Two weeks before Christmas, one of the most powerful storms to hit the Middle East in a century dumped several inches of sn...

Prayer for Ukraine

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | Posted 02.07.2014 | Religion
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

We appeal to God's mercy and grace that He may protect and illumine all people involved so that no further hurt might be inflicted