OCL Marks 25 Years in DC Meeting

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff WASHINGTON, DC – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) an organization that promotes “Orthodox unity and lay involvement in Church life” in the US and Canada, held its 25th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. October 25-27 with a focus on the Orthodox Christian experience in America and the pressing need for Orthodox unity among its various jurisdictions. William Souvall, out-going President of OCL, explained, “we have assembled a wide arrange of Orthodox … [Read more...]

How parishes can help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA CSHA] The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid (CSHA) is encouraging all parishes to assist International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in providing emergency assistance to those suffering as a result of Hurricane Sandy. According to Mrs. Donna Karabin, department chair, IOCC has received initial requests for anticipated shipments of emergency relief items from its ecumenical partners … [Read more...]

Greek Archdiocese Assessing Damages Following Hurricane Sandy, Archbishop Affirms Prayers And Assistance

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has expressed the concern, prayers and care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America for the life, safety and well being of the millions of people in the affected areas of the northeastern United States. The Archbishop, through his chancellor, has been in contact with clergy of the Direct Archdiocesan District to assess and determine the extent of … [Read more...]

OCA Chancery remains closed, while parish updates are slowly being received

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Downed tree damages rectory of St. Nicholas Church, Whitestone, NY. As of Thursday, November 1, 2012, electrical power at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here had yet to be restored, while 20 or so trees—including those blocking the entrance drive—have yet to be removed as the east coast slowly recovers from Hurricane Sandy. The Chancery will remain closed through the weekend, as will Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and … [Read more...]

In Memorium: Dr. James Steve Counelis

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June 26, 1927 – July 25, 2012 Dr. James Counelis, a distinguished academician, a respected Orthodox Christian Scholar and a good friend and supporter of the Orthodox Christian Laity since its founding 25 years ago, recently passed way at the family home in Orinda, California. Upon learning of his passing, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Metropolis of San Francisco stated; “Dr. Counelis was a devout Orthodox Christian who was loved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for his … [Read more...]

Piety of the Laity in Byzantium

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Nicholas Marinides gave a short talk on Piety of the Laity in Byzantium at the Library of Congress as part of the 25th Anniversary Program honoring the founding of Orthodox Christian Laity.   The paper offers insights that are of interest to all concerned about the renewal of the Church in America.  OCL invites thoughtful responses from the People of God who want to respond to this essay. … [Read more...]