Glory Be to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! Looking at the Orthodox Church in America

George Matsoukas, Executive Director of OCL

Source: The National Herald For the last two decades the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and other Orthodox Christian groupings have been tested by internal and external forces. The OCA has been humbled by its testing. It remains to be seen if it will be able to rise up with wisdom. The OCA’s internal problems have been presented impartially by Dr. Andrew Walsh in the Spring 2012 issue of Religion in the News. Vol. 14, No. 1. Dr. Walsh asks an important question: “Does or should anyone … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Committee for Legal Affairs Holds Meeting

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Logo

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America The Legal Affairs Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops held its first face to face meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on July 10, 2012. Chaired by Bishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, the committee is composed of attorney consultants from the Orthodox jurisdictions participating in Assembly. At this meeting the committee began legal planning to meet the immediate needs of the Assembly. This … [Read more...]

Ethno-Phyletism: A Problem for the American Church

The Apostle Paul preaching in Athens

The article "The 1872 Council of Constantinople and Phyletism" by Rev. Fr. Stephane Bigham provides helpful background to the Council of 1872. Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Archdiocese has often raised this issue in the past, asking "Why is a heresy in 1872 no longer a heresy today?" I think we would find with a careful study that the Council of 1872 was not very successful in putting down the heresy, and that there were many instances of ethno-phyletism being tolerated on a smaller … [Read more...]

Pan-Orthodox Ministries / Grassroots Unity

The Apostle Paul preaching in Athens

I am interested in what pan-Orthodox ministries there are out there. I know of very few TRULY pan-Orthodox ministries—those ministries that are incorporated as a pan-Orthodox entity or, at least, have a board that is truly pan-Orthodox. Most ministries that we might consider to be pan-Orthodox (at least on the local level) are really more (what I would call) "cooperative ministries." They are spearheaded by a particular parish with some help from the surrounding parishes. While this … [Read more...]

Bishop Michael named Interim Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary

St. Tikhon's Seminary

Source: Orthodox Church in America SOUTH CANAAN, PA [NY/NJ Diocesan Communications] On April 25, 2012, His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon submitted a letter of resignation as Rector of Saint Tikhon’s Seminary here to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah and members of the Holy Synod of Bishops. During the Spring Session of the Holy Synod May 7-10, 2012, Metropolitan Jonah, with the concurrence of all the hierarchs, accepted His Eminence’s resignation, effective August 1, 2012. At the most recent … [Read more...]

A Vision of A Unified Church In North America – Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos [VIDEO]

Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orthodox Christian Laity, we present to you a two part interview: A Vision of A Unified Church In North America with Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos. Recorded at the 20th Annual Meeting of OCL, November 2007. Part 1. Overcoming the Impediments that Inhibit Orthodox Unity in the United States Part 2. What Can the Laity Do To Advance the Cause of Unity? … [Read more...]

Planning for 17th All-American Council Begins

Orthodox Church in America (OCA)

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] On Thursday, August 2, 2012, the All-American Council Management Team, the members of which were appointed by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, met to begin planning the 17th All-American Council. Chairing the meeting was His Grace, Bishop Michael, Temporary Administrator of the Orthodox Church in America. Archpriest Myron D. Manzuk, Council Manager, and Mr. Peter Ilchuk, Council Logistic Manager, discussed … [Read more...]