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Source: OINOS Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.” Theodore Roosevelt The polar vortex is a large upper-level zone of cold air that hovers over the northern artic region of the globe during the winter season. When the polar vortex is pushed further south, this frigid air pocket can occasionally reach portions of the United States. According to AccuWeather’s Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, “such a vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures for several days at a time.” The recent polar vortex of 2019 has created…

Source: Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio (DOOR) Interview with OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas about his impressions of the recent International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Conference held in Iasi, Romania Program 193 | February 3, 2019 Impressions of the Recent International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Conference, OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas; FOCUS Detroit’s Winning of the Detroit News Cheer for Charity Competition, FOCUS Detroit Director Eric Shanburn

I have had a number of faithful find fault with my op-ed essays regarding the actions or non-actions of members of the hierarchy and the Archdiocesan Council. When one observes the egregious errors committed by church officials in observing the rules and policies promulgated by themselves, how could any faithful remain quiet? My thoughtful, yet provocative criticisms are meant to be constructive as well as poignant reminders to the church administration to follow their own decrees. By concealing, disregarding and objecting to any criticism to our faith, we are making it more difficult or impossible for any reforms to occur,…

Source: The National Herald By Dennis Menos It’s been almost a month since Patriarch Kirill of Moscow suspended Eucharistic Communion between the Church of Russia and the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in response to the granting by Patriarch Bartholomew of the Tomos of Autocephaly to the Church of the Ukraine. By his action, the Russian Patriarch set into motion a schism within Orthodoxy with a potential for harming not only the relations between Moscow and Constantinople, but also between other Churches within the Orthodox family. One would assume that because of the seriousness of the Russian action and its potential for damage,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The following video is from OCL’s 31st Annual Conference held on October 20, 2018, at St. Mary Romanian Orthodox Cathedral Cultural Center, Cleveland, Ohio, highlighting Pan-Orthodoxy in Cleveland. We thank Andrew & Katherine Kartalis, OCL board member participants who organized the event on the local level, and Fr. Remus & Preoteasa Elena Grama and St. Mary’s Cathedral for hosting this important event, witnessing to the powerful impact a united Orthodox Christian witness can make in a local community.  Click above or view the video here. Full videos of each speaker at the Conference are available on…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Happy New Year to all our supporters and friends! I had the privilege of representing Orthodox Christian Laity at the Inaugural Conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA). The meeting was entitled “Pan-Orthodox Unity and Conciliarity.” It took place in the City of International Orthodox Academic Dialogue, Iasi, Romania, from January 9-12, 2019. What a prayerful and positive way to start the New Year! Over 470 Orthodox theologians, clergy, professionals and ecumenical observers participated, representing 40 countries. About 73 workshops were offered by at least 300 presenters. It has been called the largest gathering of…

Source: OrthoChristian.com by Kirill Alexandrov A comparison of the relationship of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with the Moscow Patriarchate and the “Holy Church of Ukraine” with the Phanar. Petro Poroshenko and Epiphany Dumenko have received their desired tomos. Already well before that, the majority of religious experts argued that the Phanar would never give the Ukrainian Church true autocephaly, and that’s what happened. Even the most ardent supporters of autocephaly have to admit that the Ukrainian so-called autocephaly has a number of very significant restrictions. They also expressed the opinion that the new Ukrainian Church, which will be called autocephalous, will in…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association Dear IOTA Conference Attendees, We hope that you have returned home safely. The video-recordings of select conference events are being uploaded on IOTA’s YouTube channel here. Metropolitan Kallistos’ Keynote Address has been watched over 2,000 times. Many conference presentations will be published as podcasts in due course. For regular updates, visit IOTA’s website here. Conference Proceedings will include a small number of the papers related to the main theme of the conference. Given the volume of the papers, IOTA’s publication plan will be finalized towards the end of 2019. Please consider writing and posting blogs about the…

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