OCL Board Encourages Prayers for the Holy Synod, Clergy and Faithful of the OCA in Difficult Times

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL)

OCL  is an educational and an advocacy ministry, which has, for a quarter of a century advocated for Orthodox Unity and transparency and accountability in Church Governance.  OCL welcomes the statement issued by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America regarding the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah, which appears to strike a balance between the sensitivity of the matters contained in the statement and the legitimate needs of the faithful to be informed about issues of … [Read more...]

Statement from the Holy Synod Regarding the Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America To the Clergy and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: We have hesitated to release further details surrounding the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah as Primate of our Church, this in a desire to preserve his dignity and to prevent further harm to an innocent party. We did this knowing there would be appeals for additional information regarding our decision. We also harbored some hope that Metropolitan Jonah would show a willingness to accept … [Read more...]

OCA Leadership Must Respect Principles of Accountability and Transparency

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL)

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) calls upon the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) during this most difficult period to be transparent about the reasons for the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. We call upon the Synod and the Metropolitan Council to be open and transparent in all matters relating to Church Governance in order to retain the confidence of the people whose support they must have in order for the Church to grow and serve the needs of the … [Read more...]

OCA Leadership Must Respect Principles of Accountability and Transparency

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL)

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) calls upon the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) during this most difficult period to be transparent about the reasons for the resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. We call upon the Synod and the Metropolitan Council to be open and transparent in all matters relating to Church Governance in order to retain the confidence of the people whose support they must have in order for the Church to grow and serve the needs of the faithful. … [Read more...]

Patriarch: Church Will Never Agree to Surrender of Kosovo

Patriarch Irenij

Source: TANJUG BELGRADE -- Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej called for unity among Serbs, adding that the Church (SPC) would never agree or come to terms with Kosovo "being given away". Irinej called on the people to be united in politics and everything else, because the Serbs are a small people and the only way to survive was through unity and some values the world would understand and support. "It is unrealistic to us, and I think the Serbs and the SPC, which has always been with … [Read more...]

Holy Synod, OCA Officers, Metropolitan Council Meet

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America On Tuesday evening, July 10, 2012, members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, officers of the Church, and members of the Metropolitan Council met via conference call to discuss the recent resignation of Metropolitan Jonah. His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, Locum Tenens, chaired the conference call, in which most members of the Holy Synod participated. Also participating in the meeting were General Counsel Thaddeus Wojcik and … [Read more...]

St. Tikhon’s Seminary Receives Accreditation Extension, Holds Trustee Seminar

St. Tikhon's Seminary

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [STOTS] STOTS board members participate in DC seminar. At its June meeting, the Board of Commissioners of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada [ATS] voted to extend Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary’s next accreditation visit by two years, from Fall 2014 to Fall of 2016. In their decision, the Board of Commissioners accepted the recommendations of an ATS site team that visited the seminary … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod appoints Archbishop Nathaniel Locum Tenens, Bishop Michael Temporary Administrator

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Monday, July 9, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops met via conference call to further discuss His Beatitude’s resignation, as reported earlier on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America. The hierarchs issued the following statement at the conclusion of their meeting. “To the Venerable Clergy, Devout Monastics, and Pious Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: “Beloved in … [Read more...]

Agia Sophia Coffee Shop Harrisburg, PA and Colorado Springs, CO

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We inaugurate this feature by highlighting Agia Sophia Coffee Shop, Harrisburg, at 225 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA which is an offshoot of Agia Sophia Coffee Shop, Colorado Springs. It is located at 2902 W Colorado Avenue Suite 100, Colorado Springs. All profits from these coffee shops go to local charities in their geographic areas. The original coffee shop in Colorado Springs is the brainchild of Father Anthony Karbo (OCA). Father Stephen Verak, Pastor of Christ the Savior, … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Tenders Resignation

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] In a letter addressed to the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops dated Friday, July 6, 2012, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah tendered his resignation as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.His Beatitude composed and signed the letter at his residence in Washington, DC, in the presence of Archpriest John Jillions, OCA Chancellor. On Saturday, July 7, the letter was presented to the Holy Synod in the course of a conference call in … [Read more...]