Wednesday, April 29, 2009

After a Famine/After a Genocide: A Shift in Perspective

Next Step #47: April is filled with remembrances of Genocide, from the Armenian to the Jewish to the Rwandan and now Darfur; the In His Shoes Ministries finishes a fast for world hunger. $28,000 later, a group of Genocide survivor-descendants prove that the power of love and good can overcome evil. It’s a lesson and inspiration for life. Whether to overcome personal difficulties or global calamities, there’s a message of victory- a switch of perspective, to believe crucifixions are preludes to resurrections.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Green Bible and Creation Care

Ani’s Bubbles: A different perspective

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spiritual Warfare against Genocide

Next Step #46: Rape is discussed as one of the absolutes – there’s no justification or rationalization whether we destroy the planet, human life or the gene pool. The topic is a big one and Fr. Vazken takes the route of spiritual warfare – using themes of fasting and prayer – he calls on a generation to opt for love in battling the great menace of Genocide. Is it possible? Listen as even a spiritual bubble gives clues to making our efforts matter.

Spiritual Bubble by Ani: Does it Really Matter?

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian: Armenians in Turkey Today, another part of the story.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Arise from the Dark into the Light

Next Step #45 – The Easter message continues as Resurrection finds its way out of Jerusalem to each heart. Warren Goodman is granted parole and a new Gregory Beylerian artwork gets a “Rise” in the midst of our doubt. April 15 – Tax Day in the US, but no matter where you’re listening, those taxes are bothersome, until you get a new look at a familiar problem. No need to juggle God and money, your checkbook is probably the only thing that requires these acrobatics. Jew, Christian and Muslim – where does faith intersect for them? Hratch’s Global Perspective will surprise you. And a crackpot for the Bubbles from Ani.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Next Step Easter Message 2009

Special Edition - Next Step with Fr. Vazken - (#44) Easter Message. Where do we look for Jesus after the resurrection? Jesus died for me, is that it? Anything else? Here's a very special message with a call to action and responsibility in the Christian life. God is not wound up only on Sundays. Jesus is not at the grave. Listen in to this 18 minute clip with some great tunes as well.
Vazkenian Seminary students sing "Govya Yerousaghem"
Produced by Suzie Shatarevyan for

Holy Week Passions: "The Eve of the Last Supper"

A Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Orthodox Church at the Armenian Church Youth Ministries Center in Glendale, California

Celebrant Priest: Father Vazken Movsesian
Musical Selection: Gor Mkhitarian from the Spirit Album
Camera: Christaphor Movsesian
Sign Language: Ashot Tadevosian
Produced by: Suzie Shatarevyan for

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Holy Week 2009 – 99¢ Store Miracle

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the focal point of Holy Week. And during this period, we don’t just remember the events of Holy Week, but we actually live them through our services. In this podcast Fr. Vazken leads us through an experience at the 99¢ store worth a million dollar miracle. Tune in to make the miracle your own. Overcome your crosses by understanding Jesus’ desire to walk in our shoes. Here’s a last minute sprint to the Resurrection.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr reading an excerpt from a meditation on the Resurrection called “Condemned to Immortality” by Abbot Father Justin Popovic.

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian turns his attention towards the UN’s Alliance on Civilizations, which this week held its Second Forum in Istanbul, Turkey, and aimed at advancing intercultural understanding.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Second Coming: It’s No April Fool’s Joke

Which way do you look to see Jesus’ second coming? East? West? And how far? 2 years? 20 years? 2000 years? The answer might surprise some and even irritate others, but to the Next Stepper, it’s one more way that Armenian orthodoxy gives a practical answer to life’s imponderables. What happens at the end? Are the sheep the only Curly ones? Or is Curly sheepish today? Check out this last-of-Lent podcast for many more answers!

Global Perspective with Hratch Tchilingirian discusses major world gatherings including NATOs annual meeting and the Arab League Summit, with particular attention on Omar al Bashir and the Arab League’s rejection of the ICC.

Spiritual Bubbles with Ani Burr completes the final 4 verses of Nerses Shnorhali’s Havadov Khosdovanimk.