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Author Wesley J. Smith at St. Stephen's on September 28, 2010
Bioethics: Creating a Culture of Death

In her liturgical services, the Eastern Orthodox Church prays for “a Christian ending to our life, painless, blameless and peaceful.”  Modern society is increasingly unprepared to face the reality of death and the uncertainty and confusion which surrounds it. The Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania (Orthodox Church in America) is pleased to inaugurate an on-going discussion on some of the is­sues surrounding life, death and the sacredness of human life. Please join us for this important discussion led by Award winning author Wesley J. Smith.  Mr. Smith is a Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, a consultant to the International Task Force on Euthana­sia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His book Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Eth­ics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstand­ing Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001. 

Fr. Peter Gillquist speaks at St. Stephen\'s
Why Evangelical Christians are Becoming Orthodox

Thank you to Fr. Peter Gillquist who presented a lecture “Why Evangelical Christians Are Becoming Orthodox” at our Cathedral on April 30, 2009.  Here are the recordings of this presentation in mp3 format.  To listen, double click on the links below:


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The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

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St. Stephen Orthodox Cathedral is part of the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania, which is presided over by The Most Reverend Mark (Maymon), Archbishop of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Philadelphia and the local area. 

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The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.

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Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.

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