December installment of OCA’s young adult “Wonder Blog” now available

In light of the Nativity Fast and upcoming celebration of the birth of Our Saviour, “Our Consumer Culture” is the theme of the December 2011 installment of the Orthodox Church in America’s young adult blog, “Wonder,” now available at

Four articles address the intersection between our faith and our consumer-driven culture. ” ‘Mo Money, ‘Mo Problems: Faith in a Consumerist Society” is a part of a recent address given by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, at the American Enterprise Institute.  “The Manger and the Mall” by Priest Joel Weir offers practical suggestions for Christians during this hectic holiday season.  “Our Greatest Gift is on the Tree” by Deacon David Wooten provides an Orthodox response to the increasingly popular “Prosperity Gospel.”  “The Life of the World Revisited: Christmas - Not Material Enough” by Ms. Andreea B─âlan examines the theological problems of consumerism.

“Wonder,” an on-line publication of the OCA’s Department of Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry, provides thought-provoking articles for young adults and college students and those who minister to them.

The theme of the January edition of “Wonder” “Why are we still here?” will offer reflections by adults who decided to remain in the Church, even when others had left it. Submissions are always welcome.  Deadline for submission is January 10, 2012.

Readers are invited to submit articles, creative writing, artwork, poetry, photos, and videos for future installments.  Suggested topics are always welcome, especially as we plan for the coming year.  Send all materials and comments to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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