St. Vladimir’s Seminary Signs Agreement with Theological Institute in Russia

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Source: Orthodox Church in America YONKERS, NY [SVOTS Communications]- The Dean and Chancellor/CEO of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here—Archpriest Dr. John Behr and Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield—signed an agreement with Saints Cyril and Methodius Theological Institute of Post-Graduate Studies in Moscow, laying the foundation for the establishment of the “Saint Philaret of Moscow Russian House of Studies” at Saint Vladimir’s. The cooperative statement was signed at the culmination of the Dean … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod began fall session Tuesday, October 15

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The fall session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America opened on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, and will run through Thursday, October 17. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, on Monday, October 14, the eve of the meeting, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, will meet with members of the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisorary Committee (SMPAC), at which time a final revision of the new Policies, … [Read more...]

Transparency and the Finances of Metropolises

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Source: Estiator - The Restaurateur Peter S. Makrias, Publisher-Editor October 2013 In addition to all that we have already written about the hegemonic authority exercised by the Metropolitans of our Church in America, we must also note the fact that they do not offer an account for their actions and decisions.  Among other things, they do not offer any public accounting of their income and expenses, as the Archdiocese does at its Clergy-Laity Congresses.  It is there that the … [Read more...]

Attention OCL Members: Notice of 2013 Annual Business Meeting & Annual Meeting Proxy

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

Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church keeps growing

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Source: The Herald-Star By DAVE GOSSETT - Staff writer, The Herald-Star STEUBENVILLE - It is very quiet and peaceful inside the Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church. The faint sound of traffic can be heard on nearby Washington Street. A visitor to the church can often find the Rev. Gregory Thompson sitting in a front pew praying or reflecting on his day as a jobs coach at the county's Board of Developmental Disabilities. On a sunny day Thompson might be found painting the church's … [Read more...]

Constantine and current church politics

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Source: Ekklesia 2013 marks the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, when emperor Constantine ended the persecution of Christianity, to which he had converted. In early October, World Council of Churches General Secretary Dr Olav Fykse Tveit praised Constantine’s legacy in glowing terms. Yet in reality it has been a mixture of harm and good. Tveit sent his regrets to Serbian church leaders for being unable to attend anniversary ceremonies to which they had invited him, stating that … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox bell returned to Kodiak

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Source: San Jose Mercury News By NICOLE KLAUSS Kodiak Daily Mirror KODIAK, Alaska—A 200-year-old Russian Orthodox bell has been returned to Alaska after being held by Catholics for more than a century in Southern California. The bell, known as the San Fernando bell, was returned to Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral on Oct. 1 and is waiting to be placed in a permanent outside display. Rev. Innocent Dresdow, dean of Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral, said repatriation of the bell … [Read more...]

Local kids helping Syrian refugees with care packages

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WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports | Source: WXOW.com - ABC News 19 By Pete Zervakis, MMJ The United Nations estimates the continued tensions between the government and rebel forces will have displaced 3.5-million people by the end of 2013. Kids at La Crosse's St. Elias Orthodox Church are seeking to help the refugees displaced by the conflict. Children from the church's Sunday school program Sunday put together what teacher Stacey Kalas called "hygiene … [Read more...]

Readers: Orthodox Should Not Unite with all Churches

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Source: The National Herald Constantinos E. Scaros Special to The National Herald In our September 30 edition we unveiled our new “Question of the Week” format, which the readers, given the number of total votes, received favorably. The question was whether the Greek Orthodox Church should remain independent, combine only with the Catholic Church, or whether all Christian churches ought to unite. In last week’s issue (Oct. 5), we published the results: 52% (slightly more than half) … [Read more...]

Independent audit for 2012 now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2012, conducted by the auditors Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, has been completed and is available on-line. “For the third consecutive year the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion,” said Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer.  “The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an auditee can receive from the … [Read more...]