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Working in Synergy with the Holy Spirit and Each Other for a canonical, autocephalous Orthodox Church of America!

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The members of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL are prayerfully grateful for the dedicated and exhaustive work of the Assembly of Bishops and its Committees in developing the blueprint for a canonical, self-governing Orthodox Church in the United States. We are hopeful that the time, talent and resources that have been expended these past five years to establish such a canonical Church will result in a blueprint that meets the spiritual and religious needs of the faithful People of God who live in … [Read more...]

Fr. Tom Hopko Reflects on Kevin Allen’s Retirement and State of American Orthodoxy

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio September 18, 2014 Length: 37:51 As many know, Kevin Allen recently announced his retirement from his interview program, Ancient Faith Today. After listening to an interview Ancient Faith Radio did with Kevin announcing his departure, Fr. Tom shares his own thoughts on the state of American Orthodoxy. Direct link Play in Popup Download Send Feedback … [Read more...]

Clergy Misconduct: How Low Can Men of God Go?

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Source: The National Herald To the Editor: The article about felony theft charges against the Priest who served in my Parish over the past two years raises questions about ethics taught to seminarians in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The interview given to TNH by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, provides a window into his personal ethical compass. While his responses are disappointing to the point of being embarrassing, his defense that … [Read more...]

CHURCH SURVIVAL: The Real Crisis

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by Steven P. Stamatis  Repeated calls from Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) for Orthodox Unity often results in gatherings to discuss Unity and the need for a Great and Holy Church Council. The participating hierarchy who usually attend include the Serbian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and other dignitaries from the Orthodox landscape. Conspicuously absent almost every time are the Greeks. The Greek Orthodox hierarchy continues to abstain from these … [Read more...]

Clergy Laity Congresses: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Philadelphia 2000-2014 – THE FAMILY IS THE SOLUTION

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The theme of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress, “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and A Witness of His Gospel,” is very appropriate for us in this time of transition.   For it is truly within the home that the Orthodox faith will be learned, survive and grow by the example and actions of each of us.  However, for many, parish life and archdiocesan settings are an antithesis to the theme of the 42nd Congress.  HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE On … [Read more...]

Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Andrew Estocin in The Sounding In all of God’s earthly creation, only the human person has the ability to ask questions and seek answers. Asking questions reflects the fact that men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. Asking questions is also part of the gift of reason and therefore needs to be cultivated with virtue and compassion. In America’s highly charged political climate, every question asked is considered suspect for its … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress Viewed from Greece – The Spun Spin: The Reek of Tweak

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By C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. "Would an event ‒ let's say a baseball game ‒ played in a 50,000-seat stadium, attended by 30,000 ticket holders, be a 'successful' one?" "That would depend on how the game ends." "What if, in the bottom of the second inning, the electronic billboard is flashing, 'Success'?" "The franchise-owned concessionaire is trying to get people to drink more beer." "What's wrong with drinking more beer?" "It has nothing to do with what's flashing when the … [Read more...]

Letter to President of Chicago Area Brotherhood regarding the persecution of Fr. Angelo Artemas

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July 22, 2014 Rev. Fr. James Greanias, President Metropolis of Chicago Clergy Syndesmos c/o St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church 602 E. Monroe Street Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 Fr. Jim, You are listed as the current leader of the Clergy Brotherhood of our Metropolis.  I have been a steward of the Parish of Saints Peter & Paul for almost 40 years.  Twenty years on the Council, three of them as President.  I served as a delegate to several Diocesan Assemblies and ten Clergy-Laity … [Read more...]

Issues Related to a Great and Holy Council

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Are you interested in the issues related to the Great and Holy Council which is scheduled to convene sometime in 2016? You should be. It is your Church too! Why do we not get relevant updates about the work of the Assemblies of Bishops worldwide and updates pertaining to the preparations for the Council on the Assembly of Bishops website? The Church, like the Liturgy, is the work of all the People of God according to their gifts. Creating canonical order is a … [Read more...]

What’s Going On at OCF?

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The position of Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), an Assembly of Bishops Agency that focuses on the needs of Orthodox Christian College students, has been eliminated which terminates the work of the present director.  Why?  A copy of the director’s letter to the Board dated June 13 indicates a disagreement with the accounting principles employed by the Board of Directors.  OCF has issued a statement regarding the departure of the … [Read more...]