Family Life

An Orthodox vision of the family.
Family relationships.
Christian education in the family.
Family enrichment.

Zoe for Life!

Volume IV - 2011

(ZOE is the Greek word for Life)

In 1977, a group of Orthodox women in Ohio began meeting to see how we could make a life-saving difference in today’s society. A survey was sent to the women in the area aged…

Family as Garden

Volume III - 2010

Our God-given family is our great source of joy and satisfaction. Our God-given family is our source of great frustration and anguish. In this sense, our family is our garden, giving delicious fruit and nutrition as…

October: Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Volume III - 2010

“Thy departure from this earthly life is a cause of grief and sorrow for your parents and all who love you, O little child; but in truth you have been saved by the Lord from sufferings and snares of many kinds.  O…

Church and the Child with Invisible Disabilities

Volume III - 2006

[Updated, Department of Christian Service, 2015]

The Invisibly Challenged Child

The name “invisible child” is both a descriptor of and a dedication to our children, who are invisible in the sense that their…

Resources in Preparation for Dying, Death, & Burial

Volume III - 2006

Several years ago while at St. Tikhon’s Monastery, I became separated from the friend with whom I had traveled. Eventually he returned and announced that he now owned “property” in Pennsylvania. In other words, he…

Teaching Self-Esteem

Volume III - 2003

The eyes are the windows of the soul. I used to tell my Beth, when she was five, that I could look into her beautiful blue eyes and see all the way to eternity. She smiled softly. Perhaps she merely understood that…

Parents Evening Out

Volume III - 2003

Our church community, like so many others, includes a number of families who have moved from various areas and find themselves lacking nearby relatives or a reliable babysitter. The church becomes their…

Establishing an Orthodox Christian School

Volume III - 2002

A network of Orthodox Christian parochial schools has been successfully established in northeast Ohio as a multi-city, cross-jurisdictional ministry. A brief history of Orthodox Christian Schools of Northeast Ohio,…