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When Kids Don’t Like Church

10/9/2017
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Elissa takes a look at a question from a friend: How do we handle it when an older child doesn't want to go to church? Can't we just worship from home? Why does it matter and how do you teach that?

Duration:00:19:00

Let There Be Light: Science, Orthodoxy, and our Youth

5/5/2017
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Elissa talks with Alisa Rakich-Brooks, author of Let There Be Light, the first in a new series of Orthodox children's books, about how our children are experiencing the relationship between religion and science and steps we might take to frame scientific inquiry in an Orthodox light.

Duration:00:33:04

Holy Week: Entering into Grief

4/6/2017
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Our culture shies away from death, but every year, as we Orthodox participate in Holy Week and Pascha, we recalibrate our relationship with death. We face death squarely, and we enter into grief and find that Christ conquers death.

Duration:00:10:23

Parenting: Struggling Toward Salvation

3/3/2017
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In honor of Parenting Month at Ancient Faith, Raising Saints is flipping it around: instead of talking about how adults can feed the faith of children, we're considering the impact this process has on the parents, and the many ways in which raising saints can transform one into a saint.

Duration:00:16:47

Orthodox Christian Fellowship: Ministry as Family

9/29/2016
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Elissa talks with Dan Bein from Orthodox Christian Fellowship about this important ministry for college students.

Duration:01:01:58

Blueprints for the Little Church

9/1/2016
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Elissa's co-author, Caleb Shoemaker, joins her for a conversation about their new book, Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home, discussing the challenges and benefits of bringing an Orthodox rhythm to the family.

Duration:00:30:28

Tongues of Fire: Teaching the Holy Spirit

6/16/2016
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The Holy Spirit can be a difficult and abstract concept to explain to young people, so in honor of the feast of Pentecost, Elissa explores the story of the tongues of fire, as well as the prayer "O Heavenly King," to find ways to describe this most mysterious person of the Holy Trinity.

Duration:00:13:28

Christ is Risen! (Now What?)

5/6/2016
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Some years, Bright Week is filled with joy, but there are other years when we are just worn out. Have we done Pascha wrong? What do we do next?

Duration:00:10:27

Christ Speaks from the Cross

4/22/2016
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The four Gospels offer different perspectives and even different stories on our Lord. Elissa uses this situation as the basis for a family retreat during Great and Holy Friday.

Duration:00:20:19

Bombings, Bloodshed, and the God We Show Our Children

3/24/2016
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Sometimes, the God we imagine is not at all who He really is. We need to let our children see faith that is alive and real—which reflects the True God who exists apart from our imaginations.

Duration:00:09:00

Leading the Family Through Great Lent

2/25/2016
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Elissa discusses how the parish and Sunday school can help support the family throughout Lent.

Duration:00:16:55

Consecration

2/11/2016
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Elissa describes how she and her fellow Sunday school teachers are involving the children in the consecration of the altar at her church parish in Austin, Texas.

Duration:00:17:53

Praying Before Communion with Children

1/14/2016
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Elissa encourages us to teach our children some prayers to say to themselves while they're standing in line for Communion.

Duration:00:14:24

Merry Christmas!

12/11/2015
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Elissa is tired of being caught between Christmas and Nativity. Are you?

Duration:00:09:53

Stillness

11/12/2015
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If we are always busy and noisy, we cannot hear the voice of God.

Duration:00:11:05

Whole-Hearted Stewardship

10/15/2015
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Elissa reminds us that good stewardship heals our relationship to money and other possessions.

Duration:00:20:46

Being Pilgrims

9/21/2015
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Elissa encourages us to engage in spiritual pilgrimages and approach all of life as pilgrims.

Duration:00:14:48

Setting Up a Small Sunday School: Stepping Outside the Box

7/9/2015
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Rather than picture a perfect, established, normal Sunday school and try to fit yourself into that plan, maybe it's better to start by looking at what you do have and find a flexible, innovative way to make it work.

Duration:00:23:26

The Apostles Fast: Articulating the Faith

6/25/2015
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How will we help our children find a respectful and good way to offer Orthodoxy to this world? Elissa emphasizes the importance of being able to articulate the Orthodox faith in emulation of the twelve Holy Apostles.

Duration:00:25:15

What the Numbers Tell Us

5/14/2015
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Elissa takes a look at the recent Pew Research Center report on religious affiliation in the United States and speculates on some of the possible causes of the decline in Orthodox Christian believers.

Duration:00:14:52

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