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Spirit.Body.Mind.The Holistic Christian Woman

Cynthia Damaskos highlights the physical, emotional, and spiritual in her work with The Holistic Christian Woman. You want recipes: she’s got ‘em! And her inspirational words, and the stories she shares of others’ life-learned lessons, will feed your body and soul.

Check out her site. And taste a blog on forgiveness.


Pres. Jeannie Constantinou on Scripture and Life, from an Orthodox Christian perspective

If you are interested in the Bible and Orthodox Christianity—Protestants aren’t alone in their love of Scripture!—check out the clear and real talk of Pres. Jeannie Constantinou on her podcast for Ancient Faith.

Constaninou has many interesting topics to discuss with groups. Check out her speaking interests—along with others’ on the OSB site!


Wesley J. Smith on Bioethics

Lawyer and award winning author, Wesley J. Smith, is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council. In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, Smith was named one of the nation’s premier expert thinkers in bioengineering by the National Journal. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Smith left the full-time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He is the author or co-author of thirteen books. His Human Exceptionalism blog, hosted by National Review, is one of the premier blogs dealing with human life and dignity.

Smith’s latest book is The War on Humans (Discovery Institute Press, 2014) in which he investigates the views of anti-human activists who want to grant legal rights to animals, plants, and “Mother Earth,” and who want to reduce the human population by up to 90 percent.

His previous book was A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, a searing critique of the ideology and tactics of the animal liberation movement and a rousing defense of the unique importance of human exceptionalism.

Smith’s book Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die (1997, Times Books), a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement, has become a classic in anti-euthanasia advocacy and is now in its third edition, published by Encounter Books in 2006. Smith’s Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards). Smith also wrote Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World, in which he explored the morality, science, and business aspects of human cloning, stem cell research, and genetic engineering. Smith is also a member of the editorial advisory board of Christian Bioethics, published by Oxford University Press.

He formerly collaborated with Ralph Nader, co-authoring four books with the consumer advocate. In addition, Smith co-authored (with Eric M. Chevlen, M.D.), Power Over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need.

Smith has published hundreds of articles and opinion columns on issues such as the importance of being human (human exceptionalism), assisted suicide, bioethics, the morality of human cloning, the dangers of the animal-rights movement, anti-humanism within radical environmentalist advocacy, legal ethics, medical ethics, and public affairs. His writing has appeared nationally and internationally in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, the Weekly Standard, National Review, The Age (Australia), The Telegraph (United Kingdom), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. He has also been published in regional publications throughout the U.S. and internationally in newspapers in the U.K., Italy, Australia, and Canada.

Throughout his career in public advocacy, Smith has appeared on thousands of television and radio talk/interview programs, including such national shows as ABC Nightline, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, CNN’s World Report, the CBS Evening News, EWTN, C-SPAN, and Fox News Network, as well as nationally syndicated radio programs, including Coast to Coast and shows hosted by Dennis Miller, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Al Kresta. He has appeared internationally on Voice of America, CNN International, and programs originating in Great Britain (BBC), Australia (ABC), Canada (CBC), Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, China, and Mexico.

Smith is often called upon by members of legislative and executive branches of government to advise on issues within his fields of expertise. He has testified as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and has counseled government leaders internationally about matters of mutual concern.

Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability-rights, bioethics, religious, industry, and community gatherings across the U.S., Europe, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, and Australia and at the United Nations.

Read more at: National Review


Welcome Lea Povozhaev!

Join me in welcoming Lea Povozhaev on board as an administor with the OSB!  Does the name sound familiar?  It’s because she is also a speaker and author!  Lea will be helping us get our blog going again, and will also ensure more consistancy with the newsletter.

We are proud to announce that the OSB will be carefully curating the best of the best from the work our speakers are putting out there!  We will be drawing from blogs, podcasts, books, and other sources…just to give you a little more exposure on what they are up to!

We hope you stay tuned to our new endeavors, and get to know us a little better!


Cynthia Damaskos

Director of the Orthodox Speakers Bureau


We're getting ready for the Antiochian Archdiocese Convention!

Today I’m finalizing the brochures and signs for our table at the convention.  I hope everyone stops by to say hi this week!  On Thursday at noon, Frederica Mathewes-Green will be at the table to sign books and meet everyone.  It should be an interesting week, and I’m looking forward to seeing new friends and old!


A Blessed Theophany to All!

It’s 2010 and I’m so glad to announce another great speaker for the OSB!  Father Alexander Goussetis is a very experienced speaker, presenter and retreat leader.  Also an accomplished author, he has three books published by Light and Life Publishing.  Please take a look at his speaker page, and let me know when you would like him to speak at your event!


October Blessings!

It’s only the 14th of October and I have three new speakers to share with you!

Welcome to Angela Damianakis.  A familiar last name, as she is married to our Iconographer/Speaker Elias Damianakis!  Angela is an Orthodox life coach and clinical social worker.  Please click on the link to her speaker page to learn more about her background and the subjects that she is passionate about.

Father Michael Oleksa joins us from Alaska where is has been now for over 40 years.  Father Michael is a well known speaker, and is most widely known for his acclaimed four part series “Communicating Across Cultures” on PBS.  He has been the honored recipient of so many awards…you’ll have to look at his speaker page!

Father John Oliver, author of the popular book “Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam” is our newest speaker, and hails from Tennessee.  He loves to give us practical ways of living out our Orthodox faith, and has quite an interesting and practical way of teaching.  You’ll enjoy getting to know Father John better.

Well, off to iconography school all of next week.  It looks like a couple more speakers will be coming on board as soon as I return.  Stay tuned!