Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (I Thessalonians 5:18)

Around this time of year, when the leaves start to fall off the trees, the fireplaces become filled with warm flames and families are brought together to celebrate what they’re thankful for – we are given a […]

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His words echoed in the room, as the youth delegates sat in silence. “You, the youth, are not the future. You are the now. You are the present day of our Orthodox Church.”

It was spoken to us in simple words: our Orthodox faith did not hinge on what I, or other Orthodox youth, may do […]

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Loss of a Loved One

On January 22, 2013 By

Recently, a friend of mine lost her mother to a short fought battle with cancer. Being exposed to the loss of a loved one always puts things into perspective and reminds me of how blessed and loved I am.

The funeral service was beautiful, just like the life of the wonderful woman. It reminded me […]

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New Year’s Resolutions

On January 17, 2013 By

Each year, new year’s resolutions are made by millions of people across the world. These resolutions are made in hopes of bettering ourselves for the upcoming year, and these changes are usually made with intentions of bettering ourselves. However, often times these changes in lifestyle are based on materialistic things or for own self-validation. A quick Google search will […]

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Make Sure the Flash is On

On January 8, 2013 By

I am truly an individual of recreation and rejuvenation when I get the chance to. So what is it that relaxes me and de-stresses me? That’s easy, grabbing my camera and hitting the streets of Ottawa to take pictures. Don’t get me wrong, I am not a professional, it’s a hobby and I love it. […]

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On December 30, 2012 By

Change; n. the act or instance of making or becoming different.

When I joined the Met Youth Board six years ago, I had one intention. To change. I’ll admit, I didn’t know how much I needed to change, only that I wanted to. Though I didn’t know how it would happen, I knew that I had […]

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Keeping Christ in Christmas

On December 24, 2012 By

All around the world, the holidays are celebrated differently. December is a month full of giving, receiving, recognition, appreciation and for some the hopes of new beginnings in the near future.

For Christians around the world, it is a time to celebrate the birth of Christ. Is this actually what we do? From a young […]

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With only two weeks left till Christmas, I got my inspiration for this recent blog post from A Charlie Brown Christmas. While watching the special, Charlie Brown and the gang struggle to figure out what the true meaning of Christmas is through all the commercialism taking place. It seems that every year, the true meaning […]

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My name is Christine French; I am an active member in our GOYA youth group at St. Demetrios, in Winnipeg, and want to share with you a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I had this past summer. I attended a camp called Ionian Village (IV) in Bartholomeon, Greece (in Peloponiso) and this extraordinary trip impacted my life […]

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As most of you are aware, every two years the Greek Orthodox Metropolis Youth Board hosts a national youth assembly over a 3-day period that accommodates roughly 100 Greek Orthodox youth from all over Canada. Over the three days, the youth can expect energetic and passionate guest speakers, entertainment and activities, and most of all, […]

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