Spotlight: OCN's November Theme is Morality and Popular Culture


Fr. Chris Metropulos, Executive Director of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), is reminding Orthodox Christians that November is themed "Morality and Popular Culture" month on OCN.

Programming on OCN's flagship program, "Come Receive the Light," features:

Twilight Saga - Launching this month's theme on morality and popular culture, we'll be looking at the popular Twilight Saga with Fr. Frank Marangos and asking about the relationship between the Church and secular media trends. Click here to listen to this program.

Video Games - This past June, on the very last day of its 2011 term, the US Supreme Court ruled that minors have a right to purchase video games that include graphic violence. Fr. Demetrios Tonias shares his thoughts on what this means for youth and parents. Click here to listen to this program.

Almost Christian - One study after another tells us that our youth are drifting away from religious traditions, but what can we do to reverse the trend? First, we’ll hear from Kenda Creasy Dean, Associate Professor of Youth, Church and Culture at Princeton Theological Seminary. What does it mean to be Almost Christian, the title of her new book? Make sure you listen to this important interview. Click here to listen to this program.

Asks Fr. Chris, "Is there a difference between being 'good' and being 'moral?' Popular culture seems to cast a wide net on what it means to be a 'good person.' It goes a step further by suggesting that some things we as Orthodox consider to be unhealthy are actually what make a person 'normal.'"

He adds, "I believe part of the problem is that we are all not on the same footing...our foundations are different. Once we come to this realization we see that a discussion of morality in our country and frankly around the world is very difficult if not impossible. All the more reason for our faith to be reaching out and sharing the time tested truths of the Gospel."

Listen to OCN's programs here.