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By Presvytera Melanie DiStefano A 20-year study conducted by the American Psychological Association found that chronically drug-addicted persons already had in place the personality characteristics which made them vulnerable to drug addiction by age eight. Their parents had pressured them to improve and succeed, without enjoying their children. They failed to notice what was worthwhile [...]
Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 1 pm EST. Fr. Alex Goussetis, the director of the Center for Family Care, will interview Bishop John, and participants will be able to ask questions at the end. As always, the webinar will last about 45 minutes and will be archived for viewing if you cannot participate in the live [...]
By Pres. Melanie DiStefano “If you see your neighbor in sin, don’t look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partially judging, you will find that he is better than you.” - St. Basil the Great, Conversations, 20 [...]
In this article, written by Jessica Young Brown and entitled "Who Cares for the Shepherds? The Secondary Trauma of Faith Leaders Must be Addressed," the common experience of secondary trauma, which clergy consistently encounter during the best of times is addressed in the context of our present cultural circumstances. It is an important read for [...]
New Archived Clergy Couple Webinar! "Premarital Preparation: Some Thoughts and Considerations" offered by Fr. Harry and Kerry Pappas The following webinars were funded by the Lilly Grant for Financial Literacy. They are intended for parish leadership and can be used in various settings, though primarily intended to be used as training videos in seminars for [...]
"Sabbath-Keeping for Pastors" In this article the author, Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, presents some compelling biblical, research-based and anecdotal evidence for "sabbath-keeping." The article can be found at: https://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2016/august-web-exclusives/sabbath-keeping-for-pastors.html
This article, "What I Can and Can't Discuss at Home," by Michael E. Phillips, addresses some of the matters clergy couples can consider in the ongoing challenge of what the husband and wife share with one another, particularly what the husband shares with the wife about the parish. The article is written from a Protestant [...]