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Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick
Works at St. Paul Orthodox Church (Emmaus, PA)
Attended St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary
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My friend Seraphim Danckaert published an article today on the O&H site that I think every Christian (Orthodox or not) should read: Losing our Religion: On “Retaining” Young People in the Ortho...
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Personally, I think the entire enterprise of "youth" activities with the possible exception of some catechism is misled (and with so many adults needing to be catechized I wouldn't even make that separation).

The Body of Christ isn't divided between young folks and adults and we shouldn't artificially do so. Instead, get the kids involved in "adult" stuff as soon as they can behave themselves outside the arms-reach of their mothers. And perhaps some of the adults ought to consider making some of the "adult" things also enjoyable for members of the community who are younger. They might find that the effort of including the youth and seeing the work being done through their eyes will result in a change in their own appreciation for what they are doing.

Honestly, let's be done with "youth groups" and just be a community in everything we do. This will teach our children the Christianity we live rather than some artificially created sub-culture designed to compete with gameboys, popular music and their "school friends".
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From time to time, my friends and I get into a discussion about Christian unity.  Anglicans and Roman Catholics seem to be especially eager to reunite with the Orthodox and I have to explain why su...
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On the night of March 9th, 2014, countless pop-science buffs like myself waited with bated breath for the premier of the rebirth of the Carl Sagan’s beloved science series Cosmos. Produced by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy and hosted by the popular…
On the night of March 9th, 2014, countless pop-science buffs like myself waited with bated breath for the premier of the rebirth of the Carl Sagan's beloved science series Cosmos. Produced by Seth ...
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After a seemingly interminable delay, the results are finally in! According to many news outlets, the Coptic fragment named "The Gospel of Jesus' Wife" (GJW) has been shown to be a genuine text. Or...
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Yes, he did. We are his wife (his Church), and he is our bride-groom.
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A recent article on the challenge of interfaith marriage in Greek Orthodoxy has been circulating widely on Facebook.[1] One reason for the article’s popularity is its startling claim that 90% of Am...
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Thank you for sharing this. As a parent of a teenager I needed to hear this. 
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A short piece on the ecumenism of Fr. Georges Florovsky has been written by Florovsky scholars Fr. Matthew Baker and Seraphim Danckaert and published in Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism: Resources for Theological Education. It’s brief but fascinating it its…
A short piece on the ecumenism of Fr. Georges Florovsky has been written by Florovsky scholars Fr. Matthew Baker and Seraphim Danckaert and published in Orthodox Handbook on Ecumenism: Resources fo...
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Besides being a heretical hate-monger who pushed the envelope of the definition of constitutionally protected speech, Fred Phelps, the late leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, had a number of pe...
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Orthodox Christian priest
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  • St. Paul Orthodox Church (Emmaus, PA)
    Pastor, 2009 - present
  • Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
    Orthodox Christian priest, 2006 - present
  • St. George Orthodox Cathedral (Charleston, WV)
    Assistant Pastor, 2007 - 2009
  • Stewart Theatre (NCSU)
    Technical Supervisor, 1994 - 2004
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When theology is false, then Christianity is reduced to activities. - J.S. Romanides
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I'm a very tall hobbit.
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My name is entirely trochaic.
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  • St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary
    M.Div., Orthodox Christian Theology, 2004 - 2007
  • North Carolina State University
    B.A., English Language and Literature, 1994 - 2001
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