“The Armenian Apostolic Church has been the heart and soul of the global Armenian nation for centuries. I pray that everyone around the world will have access to the incredible tradition, history, and teachings of the Armenian Church thanks to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.” – Eric Esrailian
Apostolic Evangelism for an Electronic World
His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, marked the 40th anniversary of Fr. Vazken Movsesian’s ordination with the launch of a new and dynamic ministry of the Western Diocese called “Epostle dot net.” pronounced ē-päsəl (apostle with a long “e”). It stands for apostolic evangelism for an electronic world.
Fr. Vazken has pioneered the use of electronic technologies for the dissemination of information about the Armenian Church and faith since the early 1980s. From electronic bulletin boards, to Armenian forums, to videos and podcast, his ministry has touched thousands throughout the world. To date, Epostle.net has served as the voice of the In His Shoes Ministry. With the initiative and encouragement of Dr. Eric Esrailian, Epostle.net is now broadening its scope. Now all of Fr. Vazken’s content from the last 40 years can be found in one place. With the use of the latest in technology, the Armenian Church experience is enhanced by offering daily prayers, meditations, and readings, which are already popular on many websites. However, with Epostle.net the limits are being pushed to bring engagement and interaction to and with the faithful.
Epostle is part of the expanding vision and mission of the Western Diocese and becomes the newest ministry of the Western Diocese, focusing on electronic transmission of the Gospel message for today’s world. The ministry works in concert with the current Diocesan Media Department, which boasts an extensive library of multimedia productions from the last two decades. Epostle.dot is the hub for new outreach, exploiting the potential of technology and will grow to house libraries of Armenian Christian literature, lesson plans and interactive submersive experiences.
Learn more about Fr. Vazken, his ministry and walking “In His Shoes” in an article written by Sophia Armen, SWANA feminist organizer, in “The People’s Priest” in Armenian America magazine — available on the Epostle.net site.
Epostle welcomes you to this new chapter in the life of the Armenian Church. To get involved, contribute, help, follow current happenings and to be up to date on the latest, sign up for our mailing list.
Epostle.net is also commission to document the live-presence of the Armenian Church, the Body of Jesus Christ, here on Earth. The simple questions, “What would Jesus do?” is answered with the simple response, “Love, care, have compassion and heal.”
In 2003, the In His Shoes Ministry was created in response to acts of Genocide perpetrated against the Armenian nation in 1915. We believe those who have suffered evil have a unique responsibility to take action against injustice to others. Our actions are based on Christ’s principles of love, compassion and repaying evil with good as expressed in Armodoxy.
Here is just a small sample of the documentation on our work through In His Shoees:
- Monthly feeding of the homeless & Madagh
- Sasnashen and the Shoot down of US Airforce C130 60528
- Standing with the people at Standing Rock
- So that Armenia may hear: Starkey Hearing Aid Project
- Domestic Violence issues in Armenia
- Domestic Violence in our community (Glendale)
We invite you to further explore Epostle.net.
Creative direction and web development of Epostle.net, the beautiful photographs of sacred Armenia and 360° immersive VR technology are by the studio of: Gregory Beylerian.
Epostle.net is a ministry of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America