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Sunday, June 27, 2010
Many of us do not know about the whereabouts of the Armenians in Turkey, and the conditions under which they are living. Very few, following the news, may know that today, in Istanbul, Armenians from Armenia have migrated to Turkey, looking for work. Many have taken their families with them, which creates difficult conditions, where the parents will have to work and the children will have to go to school.
The Armenian citizens of Turkey, and the Armenian schools do their best to help the Armenian children learn the Armenian language, despite the restrictions in Turkey.
Below are few of the photos that we received from Mr. G. Orunöz. They are the photos of Armenian children, who are being reared as Armenian, learning the language, the history and the culture.
Athens, June 2010: The words on the memorial dedicated to Rev. Krikor Demirjian’s 55 years of service in the Armenian Evangelical Church in Kokkinia, Greece, caught my attention as soon as I set foot in the premises. The inscription described the dedicated life of the visually impaired Rev. Demirjian as the clergy who “lived and worked with Christ’s love, the spirit of St. Mesrob’s Armenian alphabet, and the legacy of the victims of the Armenian genocide”.
Indeed, the Armenian Evangelical Church in Kokkinia, established in 1924, is a demonstration of the achievements of an Armenian community that had just survived the first genocide perpetrated in the 20th century. Unrelenting faith, vision, and perseverance in the face of countless calamities also served to found the Armenian Evangelical School in 1928 on the same premises. The School still renders its educational, social, and religious services to the Armenian community in Greece. Presently, the School has 38 students at the Kindergarten level.
As I preached during the service on Sunday, June 13, 2010, I could see the legacy of the forefathers’ dreams and aspirations on the faces of the congregation.
The ministry has multiplied and intensified under the leadership of its pastor, Rev. Vicken Cholakian, a devoted, inspiring servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, who has made the Armenian
Evangelical Church, the Armenian Evangelical community, and the Armenian Evangelical School living testimonies of the unremitting continuation of the Armenian heritage through the
celebration of its culture, Christian identity, national pride, and dedicated service.
After the 1920s, the Armenians in Greece counted 70,000 to 80,000 survivors who had fled from
Cilicia, Smyrna, Constantinople and other regions of Asia Minor. Today, immigration to North
America has diminished the Armenian population of Greece. The number now counts roughly 10,000. According to unofficial records, there are also around 25,000 or more from Armenia. Around 2000 Armenians from the Middle East may be added to the total number.
As I visited with the religious leaders, Ambassador of Armenia to Greece and Cyprus, and editors of the daily Azad Or and the weekly Nor Ashkhar I was convinced that it was the same powerful,
undefeated, and unbeatable Armenian spirit that operated in each and every leader and institution. The Armenian community is alive and kicking through the preservation of its language, Christian faith, and unique culture.
At the same time, though, the Armenian diaspora in Greece, like other diaspora communities worldwide, faces the ever-increasing challenges of globalization, mounting number of mixed marriages, and growing pressures of integration. Fortunately, the latter are met head-on by enthusiastic, committed, and visionary religious leaders, political parties, and cultural organizations that are adamant in transmitting faith and pride in everything Armenian.
The Armenian community in the Hellenic land is a vivid example of the struggles and aspirations of the Armenian community in Europe. Indeed, it is the same struggle for all Armenians in the diaspora. What really matters, though, is to maintain, foster, and transmit positive attitudes towards the Armenian faith, language, culture, identity, belongingness, and homeland to future generations of Armenians in Greece and worldwide.
The soccer team of the Armenian Evangelical Church participated in the AIA (Athletes in Action) Soccer Tournament, for a period of three months, at the Beirut Municipality playground.
Around 10 Christian church teams participated and much to our surprise it was great news to know that the top 2 winners of the championship were Armenian teams.
The idea of the AIA is to reach out to the youth through soccer tournaments. Before every match, the competing teams would circle around and pray together.
The Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church team handed the trophy to the pastor, during a celebration gathering after the Sunday Church service.
C. E. Junior: 12 - 18 July @ Anjar
Children: 19 - 25 July @ Anjar
Ladies: 28 Jul. - 1 Aug. @ Anjar
C. E. Youth: 23 - 29 Aug. @ Kchag
Please Pray for the Camps =)
Sunday, June 20, 2010
The only way to connect the young generation to a place is by involving them in community services and projects where hands would work together to make a lasting change, minds would be filled with great memories and a positive mark would be left behind.
After many years of neglect, on May 29, 2010, the badaneez of the Armenian Evangelical Marash Church and Trad Social Center joined hands and put on marvelous efforts plucking out the decade-long weeds that had sprouted all over the open-air basketball court of Kchag Summer Camp. Another group of boys emptied two cluttered cottage rooms, located on the left of Kchag perimeter, of rusty beds, an antique cooker, tarnished drawers, and a weighty refrigerator that had still been kept intact. A third group of seniors cut down tree branches around the court that had been unattended for so long.
Even though what was achieved was only a fraction of the huge renovation plan, we believe in a living God who has conquered over calamity and despair and has given us an enduring strength to rebuild that which was destroyed and to persevere when all hope had vanished.
The main objective of the Kchag committee for this year is to have the campus geared up with the necessary number of cottages in time to have our first revival hamakoomar on the very premises of our beloved Kchag Summer Camp!
Photos courtesy of H. Assilian and M. Chilingirian
Beirut, May 17, 2010 – From April 30 to May 1, the Haigazian University Board of Trustees, coming together from the United States and Lebanon, conducted their annual meeting in Beirut, which this year coincided with the grand inauguration ceremony of the new Heritage Building as a valuable addition to the university campus.
During the intensive two days meetings, the Board listened to reports presented by the President, the deans and department heads. Many issues were discussed, such as continuous fundraising for the major capital projects including the new heritage building, the restructuring of the Board committees and sub-committees, in addition to the budget. In terms of steps towards academic development, the Board decided to boost and support University research and publications.
A day prior to the meetings, the members, most of them accompanied by their spouses, were able to witness the fruition of three years of hard work in the grand inauguration ceremony of the new Heritage Building of the University. The inauguration was under the high patronage of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, represented by the Minister of Culture Mr. Selim Warde. The event also featured the unveiling of the plaque that revealed Sirpuhe Philibosian Conte Hall as the name of the multipurpose hall.
Following the ceremony, University President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian hosted a dinner for board members and friends at the Golden Tulip Serenada Hotel in Hamra and on this special occasion the special recognition was made of Mr. Herair Mouradian for his long years of service and dedication as member and former chairman of the board.
The newly appointed Executive Director of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) Mr. Levon Filian spoke of the mission of Haigazian University which upholds the academic, personal, national and spiritual aspects of education.
The Armenian Ambassador to Lebanon, H.E. Mr. Ashod Kocharian, highlighted the continued cooperation between Haigazian University and various universities in Armenia. He also expressed his heartfelt congratulations and offered an art book as a gesture of his appreciation to President Haidostian.
The US Ambassador to Lebanon, Ms. Michele Sison, shared her fondness for Haigazian University and proclaimed its efforts “truly worthy of admiration.” Emphasizing on the liberal arts education which promotes training of the mind, Sison praised Haigazian University as a place of “nurture and care.”
In his turn, President Haidostian thanked the board for their dedication and focused on the multidimensional identity of Haigazian University. He expressed his pride at the university’s goal of cultivating people in general, and supporting the Armenians in the Diaspora and the Lebanese community in particular. He also stressed on the university’s values and its Christian vocation to serve people of all backgrounds and denominations.
The board members and their spouses also had the chance to enjoy an outing and visit the statue of St. Mary in Harissa. The outing concluded with a wonderful dinner at the new high end Lebanese restaurant Babel.
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The artistic works of six young men and women of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church will be exhibited in the Torosian school hall. The church has organized this event in order to encourage and support the works of these young talents.
Let's support their endeavors by attending this exhibition.
What: Art Exhibition
Where: Armenian Evangelical Torosian School hall, first floor
When: Thursday, 24 June till Tuesday, 29, 2010, 5.00-9.00 pm
Opening: Thursday, 24 June, at 7.30 pm