Sharing Faith, Worship, and Fellowship Online (Part II)

Clergy, ministry workers, seminarians, and faithful Armenian Christians across the Eastern Diocese have been finding creative ways to connect with each other and join together in prayer, worship, and spiritual reflection.

On VEMKAR—the website of the Eastern Diocese’s ministries departments—this week’s “Back to the Sources” column features a valuable rundown of resources for the layperson who wants to delve more deeply into online Armenian Christian studies. The listing offers something for every level of instruction and interest. Take a look for yourself by clicking to the VEMKAR website.

The Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center will host on online lecture titled “The Rest of Fasting,” by Dr. Roberta Ervine of St. Nersess Seminary. It will be broadcast on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. over the Zoom platform and the Zohrab Center’s Facebook page. Find details, and instructions on how to join and watch, by clicking here.

Zohrab Center director Dr. Christopher Sheklian led an online course this week, titled “The Anthropology of Religion for Christian Leaders.” St. Nersess Seminary students and a number of Diocesan clergy remotely attended the intensive, 16-hour course spread over four days (March 23-26). Though its campus in Armonk, NY, is closed due to the pandemic, St. Nersess Seminary’s academic programs remain active, with students receiving instruction daily from St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries, via various online platforms. The students and dean have also begun remote daily worship services. Read more, and learn how to join some of these offerings, on St. Nersess Seminary’s website.

Pastors have digging deep creatively to devise new platforms for ministry. This week saw the second episode of “Faith in the Fiery Furnace,” a video/audio program by three Diocesan clergymen who discuss the power of faith in times of trial. It’s also available as an audio podcast.

Local parish websites and Facebook pages are active with online services and outreach ministries. Clergy have been prolific offering inspirational messages, opening archives of online sermons, and organizing online bible studies. Many other parishes are doing similar broadcasts.

The Eastern Diocese’s Facebook page continues to see activity and growth as it shares local parish posts and links to original content. On Sundays, the page has become a portal to worship broadcasts from more than a dozen local parishes. Tune in again this Sunday, and throughout the week, for updates.

On the Eastern Diocese’s Youtube platform, you can browse an entire library on videos on a variety of Armenian Church topics. There you can also find full-length badaraks filmed at St. Vartan Cathedral.

Please share these links and resources with others who might benefit from our “virtual community” of faith, encouragement, and mutual support.

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