Una carta de un cristiano ortodoxo a nuestros Hermanos Nativos Americanos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish

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LATIN AMERICA OF MY HEART

Una carta de un cristiano ortodoxo

a nuestros Hermanos Nativos Americanos

El 16 de septiembre de 2009, vi un documental en la televisión que presenta la vida de una de las tribus indígenas que viven en la región amazónica. En Grecia, sabemos muy poco por estas tribus: sólo que son antiguos, que sus antepasados eran sabios y valientes guerreros, con naciones bien organizadas y civilizaciones notables, y que desde el siglo 15 en adelante, varios señores de la guerra blancos llevaron guerreros vestidos de armadura fuerte que vino del mar y que masacraron a los habitantes de estas tribus, saquearon sus tesoros, destruyeron sus ciudades y aldeas, y se apoderaron de sus tierras. Es en esta tierra que fue arrebatada a los indios que ahora nos encontramos con todos los países que están en el continente conocido como “América”: Norte, Centro y Sur.

Nosotros, los griegos han pasado por más o menos lo mismo. Nosotros también teníamos guerreros sabios y valientes, con estados bien organizados y civilizaciones importantes, y, a partir del siglo 13, varios señores de la guerra blancos llevaron guerreros vestidos de armadura fuerte que vino de la tierra y el mar y masacraron nuestro pueblo, saquearon nuestros tesoros, destruyeron nuestras ciudades y aldeas y tomaron nuestra tierra. Estos señores de la guerra tenían exactamente las mismas banderas como los que destruyeron las vidas de nuestros hermanos, los nativos de América.

A partir del siglo 15, lo que sobró de nuestra tierra fue tomado por otros guerreros bárbaros que vinieron de Oriente, y que, nuestros hermanos nativos de América no habían enfrentado. Ellos también se había apoderado de nuestra tierra, a pesar de que constantemente rebelamos contra ellos, hasta 1830, cuando una gran porción de ella fue liberada, poco a poco. Sin embargo, todavía éramos débiles y desgarrados por las guerras civiles entre nuestros propios señores de la guerra (valientes, pero no sabios; por suerte hubo algunos sabios), y así, en vez de ser verdaderamente libres y fuertes, caímos en las manos de nuestros soberanos anteriores, que nos colocaron bajo su autoridad- no con las armas en esta ocasión, pero con astucia conocida como política y diplomacia.

Incluso en nuestros días, todavía estamos luchando para liberarnos y para recuperar la sabiduría y la valentía de nuestros antepasados.

Por lo tanto, mis hermanos indígenas, creo que puedo entender sus tribulaciones, suficientemente para dirigir unas palabras a ustedes. De alguna manera, yo soy uno de ustedes.

En el documental que he mencionado anteriormente, vi algo que profundamente herido mi corazón: algunos indios estaban de pie en la orilla del mar, en el lugar donde los invasores blancos habían desembarcado del mar y habían plantado allí una Cruz gigante, justo antes de comenzar su “trabajo” de exterminio de los indios. Los indios de hoy le dijeron a los cineastas que estaban preparando el documental: “Este es el lugar donde los hombres blancos comenzaron a apoderarse de nuestra tierra. La Cruz es el espíritu de Continue reading “Una carta de un cristiano ortodoxo a nuestros Hermanos Nativos Americanos ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Spanish”

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A Letter from an Orthodox Christian to our Native Americans Brothers

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HEAVEN ON EARTH – ORTHODOXY

A Letter from an Orthodox Christian to

our Native Americans Brothers

On September 16, 2009, I saw a documentary on television presenting the life of one of the indigenous tribes living in the Amazon region. In Greece we know very little about these tribes: only that they are ancient, that their ancestors were wise and brave warriors, with well-organized nations and noteworthy civilizations, and that from the 15th century onwards, various white warlords led armor-clad warriors who came from the sea and who slaughtered the people of these tribes, ransacked their treasures, destroyed their cities and villages, and seized their land. It is on this land which was seized from the Indians that we now find all the countries that are on the continent known as “America”: North, Central, and South.

We Greeks have gone through more or less the same. We too had wise and brave warriors, with well-organized states and important civilizations, and from the 13th century onwards, various white warlords leading armor-clad warriors came from both land and sea and slaughtered our people, ransacked our treasures, destroyed our cities and villages and seized our land. These warlords had exactly the same flags as those who destroyed the lives of our brothers, the natives of America.

From the 15th century onwards, what was left of our land was seized by other barbarian warriors who came from the East, whose like our native American brothers had not confronted. These had likewise seized our land, even though we constantly revolted against them, until 1830, when a large portion of it was liberated, little by little. However, we were still weak and torn by civil wars among our own warlords (brave, but not wise ones; fortunately there were a few wise ones), and so, instead of becoming truly free and strong, we fell into the hands of our previous overlords, who placed us under their authority – not with weapons this time, but with cunning known as politics and diplomacy.
Even in our day, we are still struggling to free ourselves and to regain the wisdom and bravery of our ancestors.

So, my Native Americans brothers, I think I can understand your tribulations, enough to address a few words to you. In a manner of sorts, I am, so to speak, “one of you”.

In the documentary that I mentioned previously, I saw something that deeply wounded my heart: some Native Americans were standing on the ocean shore, at the place where the white invaders had disembarked from the sea and had planted a giant Cross, just before beginning their “labour” of Continue reading “A Letter from an Orthodox Christian to our Native Americans Brothers”

Επιστολή Ορθόδοξου Χριστιανού προς τους αδελφούς μας Ινδιάνους

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HAVE FAITH – ORTHODOXY

Επιστολή Ορθόδοξου Χριστιανού

προς τους αδελφούς μας Ινδιάνους

Απόψε, στις 16 Σεπτεμβρίου 2009, είδα στην τηλεόραση ένα ντοκιμανταίρ, που παρουσίαζε τη ζωή μιας από τις αυτόχθονες φυλές, που ζουν στην περιοχή του Αμαζόνιου. Για τις φυλές αυτές στην Ελλάδα ξέρουμε πολύ λίγα: ότι είναι αρχαίες, ότι οι πρόγονοί τους ήταν σοφοί και γενναίοι πολεμιστές, με καλά οργανωμένα κράτη και σπουδαίους πολιτισμούς, και ότι από το 15ο αιώνα διάφοροι λευκοί πολέμαρχοι οδήγησαν σιδηρόφρακτους πολεμιστές που ήρθαν από τη θάλασσα και έσφαξαν τους ανθρώπους των φυλών αυτών, λεηλάτησαν τους θησαυρούς τους, κατέστρεψαν τις πόλεις και τα χωριά τους και άρπαξαν τη γη τους. Σ’ αυτή τη γη, την αρπαγμένη από τους Ινδιάνους, βρίσκονται τώρα όλα τα κράτη της ηπείρου που ονομάζεται Αμερική, Βόρεια, Κεντρική και Νότια.

Εμείς οι Έλληνες έχουμε περάσει περίπου τα ίδια. Κι εμείς είχαμε προγόνους σοφούς και γενναίους πολεμιστές, με καλά οργανωμένα κράτη και σπουδαίους πολιτισμούς, και από το 13ο αιώνα διάφοροι λευκοί πολέμαρχοι οδήγησαν σιδηρόφρακτους πολεμιστές που ήρθαν από τη στεριά και τη θάλασσα και έσφαξαν τους ανθρώπους μας, λεηλάτησαν τους θησαυρούς μας, κατέστρεψαν τις πόλεις και τα χωριά μας και άρπαξαν τη γη μας. Οι πολέμαρχοι αυτοί είχαν ακριβώς τις ίδιες σημαίες με εκείνους που κατέστρεψαν τη ζωή των αδελφών μας, των ιθαγενών της Αμερικής.

Από το 15ο αιώνα ό,τι είχε απομείνει από τη γη μας το άρπαξαν άλλοι βάρβαροι πολεμιστές, που ήρθαν από την ανατολή και που δεν τους γνώρισαν οι Ινδιάνοι αδελφοί μας. Και κράτησαν τη γη μας, παρόλο που επαναστατούσαμε συνεχώς εναντίον τους, μέχρι που, από το 1830, κομμάτι κομμάτι, απελευθερώθηκε ένα μεγάλο μέρος της. Αλλά και πάλι ήμασταν αδύναμοι και σπαραγμένοι από εμφύλιους πολέμους ανάμεσα σε δικούς μας πολέμαρχους (γενναίους αλλά όχι σοφούς – ευτυχώς υπήρχαν και αρκετοί σοφοί), κι έτσι, αντί να γίνουμε αληθινά ελεύθεροι και δυνατοί, πέσαμε στα χέρια των προηγούμενων κυρίαρχων, που μας Continue reading “Επιστολή Ορθόδοξου Χριστιανού προς τους αδελφούς μας Ινδιάνους”

Find an Orthodox Parish in Canada, USA & Mexico

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Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA: From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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USA OF MY HEART

NATIVE AMERICANS OF MY HEART

HAWAII OF MY HEART

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Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA:

From Unchurched Hawaiian to Local Orthodox

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JOURNEY TO ORTHODOXY

I grew up unchurched. I became a Christian in high school through reading the Living Bible. I was active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Hawaii. My home church was Kalihi Union Church (KUC), a fine evangelical congregation that was part of the United Church of Christ (UCC).

I was deeply troubled by the UCC’s liberal theology and wanted to help it return to its biblical roots. This led me to study at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary for the purpose of preparing to become an evangelical seminary professor in the liberal United Church of Christ to help the UCC return to its biblical roots.

However, in a surprising turn of events, I became Orthodox!

It was my first week at seminary. As I walked down the hallway of Main Dorm I saw on the door of one of the student’s room an icon of Christ. I thought to myself,

“An icon in a Calvinist seminary!?!”

This was to be the first of many encounters with Eastern Orthodoxy.

After receiving my M.A. in Church History, I did doctoral studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. While there I attended Saints Kyril and Methodios Bulgarian Orthodox Church. I was drawn to the deep mystical worship of liturgical worship that was rooted in the historic Christian Faith. I also felt comfortable with its all-English services and a congregation that was made up mostly of converts. Orthodox worship presents a stark contrast to the emotionally driven entertainment that passes for contemporary Evangelical worship.

My journey to Orthodoxy began when little questions about Protestant theology turned into big questions, and the big questions turned into a theological crisis. Protestant theology holds up so long as one accepts certain premises but becomes problematic when considered from the standpoint of church history and the early Church Fathers. As a church history major I became painfully aware that much of what passes for Evangelicalism: the altar call, the symbolic understanding of the Lord’s Supper, the inductive bible study method, minimalist creed, the rapture, all have their origins in the 1800s.

This means that Evangelicalism is a modern innovation as is Liberalism.

But more troubling was my investigation of classical Reformation theology, e.g., Martin Luther and John Calvin. Two foundational tenets of Protestantism: sola fide (faith alone) and sola scriptura (Bible alone), were not part of the early Church and rely upon reading the Bible in a certain way. Moreover, these two tenets originated out of the theological debates of Medieval Scholasticism. In other words, the Protestant Reformation marks not a return to the historic Christian Faith, but rather a late innovation.

What makes Orthodoxy so daunting to an Evangelical is its understanding that to have the true Faith means belonging to the one, holy catholic and apostolic Church. If the Orthodox Church is the true Church, then that meant that I needed to resign my membership from Kalihi Union Church and become Orthodox. I was received into the Orthodox Church on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 1999 at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Honolulu. I am very grateful for what I have learned from Evangelicalism but there is so much more to Christianity. Orthodoxy is the fulfillment of Evangelical theology and worship.

Robert Arakaki, Hawaii, USA

Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God in Alaska

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ALASKA OF MY HEART

Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon in Alaska

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ORTHODOX HAWAII

During the last two weeks of July 2014 the Hawaiian Myrrh Streaming Iveron Icon of Holy Virgin Mary Mother of God traveled throughout Alaska. Numerous miracles and blessings were bestowed on the faithful. Her travels by land, sea and air were marked by unusually consistent fair weather. In addition to traveling to every parish and monastic community on Kodiak Island, she traveled throughout the greater Anchorage area and the Kenai Peninsula.