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Family Matters

Summary: Empowering Marriages and Families in the Faith - A podcast from The Center for Family Care, a Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, focusing on equipping families to apply the teachings and practices of the Orthodox faith to every dimension of their lives.

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 Fully Human Edition: Asperger’s and Other Superpowers | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 20:19

Can Asperger's Syndrome be a superpower? Meet living proof! Presvytera Melanie speaks with recent high school graduate and class valedictorian, Trevor Wallace, about the his experiences as a young person with Aspberger's, and how he sees each person as uniquely endowed with superpowers.

 Book Review: Parenting in Repentance: Growing Together in Love, Gratefulness, and Joy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 28:27

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Fr Stephen Muse regarding his newly published book, which features narratives, wisdom, and encouragement for all parents.

 Spotlight on Orthodox Families: What We’ve Learned So Far | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:14

Despina and Mari discuss all of the couples they have interviewed so far and share their favorite lessons they have learned from each one.

 Childlike vs. Childish | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 06:07

Fr Alex Goussetis offers insights into the distinction between a childlike and a childish faith.

 A Second Chance | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:56

Presvytera Melanie speaks with her parents Pete and Alexis Tsikouris about learning from their past mistakes, what they want most for their grandson with disabilities, and what they cherish most about their relationship with him.

 A Memorial Day Message for Families | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 11:25

Fr Alex Goussetis offers a Memorial Day message on ways to share our family history with our children.

 Ministry Model Spotlight: UOC St. Nicholas Summer Camp for Families with Disabilities | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:06

Presvytera Melanie speaks with Natalie Kapeluck Nixon, the Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA and founder of the St. Nicholas Program, a church camp experience for persons with special needs of all ages, and their families. The 2022 St. Nicholas Camp session runs from August 5-8. See this website register:

 Born on Pascha | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 18:23

Presvytera Melanie speaks about her son Michael Seraphim, describing the lessons he has been teaching her family including through the details of his timely birth, and the unique way God enlightens people through Michael, when they "have eyes to see" him as a child of God.

 Palm Sunday Parade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 07:08

Fr Alex Goussetis describes the wide variety of people who will attend Divine Liturgy on Palm Sunday.

 Spotlight on Orthodox Families: Nate and Suetta Miller | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:25

Suetta and Nate discuss their Amish and Mennonite backgrounds, how they both entered marriage with the mindset that they were “extraordinary” and how that affected their marriage. They discuss the steps they took to save their relationship and how Orthodoxy provided a solution for the spiritual structure they were seeking and how their journey in life has showed them the beauty in being “ordinary."

 Strength in Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:20

Presvytera Melanie speaks with Eleni Anast about finding faith, hope, and direction through prayer, spiritual counsel, and community as she and her husband grew their family through open adoption and faced their daughter's Autism diagnosis. She and her husband focus on and cultivate their children's strengths, cherish daily routines together, and balance their active lives according to every family member's needs and interests.

 Fasting Ideas for Families | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 09:18

Fr Alex Goussetis offers practical suggestions for families as we approach the season of lent.

 The Impact of Grief on Family Life | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:43

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Chaplain Sarah Byrne-Martelli on the various types of loss we face in life, helpful coping skills, and how the Orthodox faith provides avenues to healing and renewal.

 Covid’s Effect on Family Systems | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:59

Fr Alex Goussetis speaks with Social Worker Rebecca Samra on the challenges and stressors that impact families - and healthy coping practices to consider.

 When Love Is Letting Go of Your Expected Path to Journey to the Kingdom of God | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 29:44

Presvytera Melanie speaks with her husband Father Joseph DiStefano about their lives together as a family navigating their son's intensive special needs over the years, how they address losses of their dreams for family life, and are finding new discoveries of meaning, deeper understandings of love, and simple joys of shared life together. It all comes together when the focus is on what is most important in life - God's Heavenly Kingdom.


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