The way this website came about

When I was the Pastor at a California Central Valley Armenian Church, I enjoyed presenting information from other settings in order to help the community get a sense of how the Christian Way of Life can help live a better life here and now.

During one of the presentations I spoke about my service in Armenia after the 1988 earthquake where over 25,000 people had died. I pointed that in the midst of the all the temporary housing setup, subzero temperatures, and lack of basic resources, I found many people who were extremely hopeful. This was inspiring for me because it showed the power of hope.

All the parishioners were listening very intently and looking at the pictures that I had taken of these locations and people, a parishioner asked a very thoughtful question. He said: “Der Hayr (the title used for a married priest in the Armenian Church), is hope a matter of attitude or does it have a real concrete root in our life?”

I had helped bring hope to many in the earthquake stricken area, I had helped patience as a chaplain, I had helped individual persons and families find hope in life, and I was working on my Ph.D. in theology and psychology of human development, so I felt compelled to look at more deeply at the source of hope. True, I had used it and seen that it can help bring about a better life, and now I needed to gain even in greater understanding of what is referred to as ‘hope.’

Soon afterwards, a great deal of my work became more focused on hope, and my Ph.D. dissertation addressed the theology and psychology of hope. In my clinical counseling work I gained greater understanding of the role of the family in bringing about and nurturing hope. I was also able to observe parishioners from various walks of life finding hope in the Church Divine Liturgy and as we discussed the Scriptures based upon the teachings of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

Soon after this event in 1995, I started a periodical Hope for the Family and later a website entitled ‘www.hopeforfamily.org.’ The intent was to share my findings with those interested so there can be a sense of dialogue and we can all grow and benefit from the effort.

My intent was to share my findings based upon my experiences and aspirations, relationships within the family and outside, within the community life, theology, the Scriptures, and the Church Sacraments. I discuss these topics in various pages of this website. In addition though, as a trained engineer and scientist, I knew that I needed to understand these topics within a reasonable dialogue with other fields such as science and technology. In addition, since career is such an integral part of every person’s and family’s life, this too had to be addressed. All these are addressed in subsequent pages.

Now, there are some insights that I would like to share for the reader’s benefit. First, what is presented here is my own experiences and what I have seen or heard. Others may have different experiences and perspectives. Second, the intent is not to discuss matters in great depth, but rather the intent is to provide overviews in order to help the reader get a new or an added perspective of a subject. Third, although what I present here is based upon the teachings of the Armenian Apostolic Church, it is not necessarily the ‘official’ teaching of the Church. That is reserved for others who are tasked with that responsibility. Fourth, I have found that topics such as these are best explored with trusted family members, friends, specialists in the Church community, and even health care professionals. There reason is that as we explore our life and relationships, it is always helpful to have another trusted understanding person to share our experiences and views with. Fifth, last but not least, there are no two people or life experiences that are alike. On the one hand, majority of our human aspirations, efforts and experiences are alike. Yet, some of the finer differences are those that give us different perspectives, unique experiences, and can make living and sharing a hopeful, joyful, and fulfilling experience for every one of us.

Now, there are some insights that I would like to share for the reader’s benefit. First, what is presented here is my own experiences and what I have seen or heard. Others may have different experiences and perspectives. Second, the intent is not to discuss matters in great depth, but rather the intent is to provide overviews in order to help the reader get a new or an added perspective of a subject. Third, although what I present here is based upon the teachings of the Armenian Apostolic Church, it is not necessarily the ‘official’ teaching of the Church. That is reserved for others who are tasked with that responsibility. Fourth, I have found that topics such as these are best explored with trusted family members, friends, and even health care professionals. There reason is that as we explore our life and relationships, it is always helpful to have another trusted understanding person to share our experiences and views with. Fifth, last but not least, there are no two people or life experiences that are alike. On the one hand, majority of our human aspirations, efforts and experiences are alike. Yet, some of the finer differences that give us different perspectives, unique experiences, and can make living and sharing a hopeful, joyful, and fulfilling experience for every one of us.

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