Russian lawmakers call for jail for “blasphemous acts”

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Source: Reuters By Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian lawmakers are calling for jail sentences for people guilty of offending religious feelings, in a move that could tighten the bonds between President Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Orthodox Church. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, adopted a declaration on Tuesday saying the killing of spiritual leaders, vandalism against church property and "blasphemous acts of hooliganism" posed a threat to Russia and must … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Council begins fall session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The fall session of the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America opened with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel at the OCA Chancery here on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. His Grace, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, Administrator of the OCA, will chair the meeting. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops will also be in attendance. On Monday, September 24, Finance Committee … [Read more...]

Fete to hail first Malayalam Bible – Orthodox Church will celebrate its 200th anniversary on September 25

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Source:  The Hindu The 200th anniversary of the first translation of the Bible into Malayalam will be celebrated by the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Church historians say Philipose Ramban, a scholar from Kayamkulam, translated the Bible from Syriac into Malayalam in 1811 to help the faithful get a better understanding of the scripture. Claudius Buchannan, a missionary who toured South India in the early 19th century, persuaded the Ramban to … [Read more...]

Former Mansfield priest arrested in sex sting

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Source: Mansfield News Journal By Anthony Conchel COLUMBUS -- A Greek Orthodox Church priest who served in Mansfield as late as 2009 has been arrested by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office on sex charges. Patrick Hughes, also known as the Rev. Nicholas Hughes, was arrested Wednesday night. Police said he was arrested by the Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children task force on suspicion of attempted rape and attempted unlawful sexual conduct with a minor. Hughes, a native … [Read more...]

A Possible Scenario – “The Celebration of the First Anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of the United States of America”

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[Text of a presentation delivered by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel at the Orthodox Christian Laity Conference, October 20, 2001] “The Celebration of the First Anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of the United States of America & The Establishment of the Patriarchate” It has been one year since the recognition of the autocephaly of The Orthodox Church of The United States of America. The Church now has a unified voice in the person of His Holiness, The Patriarch, … [Read more...]

Assembly Secretary Bishop Basil Interviewed by OCN

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America His Grace Bishop Basil, Secretary of the Assembly, has been interviewed by Fr. Christopher Metropulos of Orthodox Christian Network. Listen to the interview here. … [Read more...]

Eastern Orthodox Lose Two Evangelical Bridges – Resignation of Metropolitan Jonah Follows Death of Peter Gillquist

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Source: Christianity Today by Weston Gentry [originally posted 8/27/2012] Metropolitan Jonah, by most accounts the highest-ranking, evangelical-friendly archpriest in North America's Eastern Orthodox Church, resigned under duress in July. His removal has observers less concerned about his leadership shortcomings, which allegedly led to his removal, than about the widening gap between conservatives and the Orthodox Church. "His efforts were the most explicit attempt by any Orthodox … [Read more...]

Youth and Young Adults: Respond to the first-ever “YouTube Challenge!”

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Department of Youth, Young, Adult, and Campus Ministries of the Orthodox Church in America announces its 2012 YouTube Challenge for high school and college students. “A new program of the department, the YouTube Challenge invites high school and college students to respond to scriptural questions with a short video,” said Andrew Boyd, department chair. “A team of judges, lead by Priest Sergius Halvorsen, Homelitics Professor at … [Read more...]

Attention OCL Members: Notice of Annual Business Meeting & Annual Meeting Proxy

Attention: OCL Members CLICK HERE to view the OCL Annual Business Meeting Notice & Proxy Form. … [Read more...]

Where Have Our Orthodox Youth Gone?

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Research by Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, Ph.D., LMFT indicates an alarming demographic trend in American Orthodoxy that applies to all jurisdictions: we are losing our youth. Below are presentations and links to more articles where Fr. Joanides quantifies these trends and suggest how ministry to interfaith couples is essential for the future viability of Orthodoxy in America. Most of the information can be found on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website and deals with trends in the GOA. … [Read more...]