Governance and Jurisdictional Unity Essays

 

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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...]

Do They See the Difference in Our Lives?: Encyclical on Ecumenism, the Pope and the Patriarch

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Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy by Metropolitan Nicholas (Hatzinikolaou) of Mesogaia and Lavriotiki CLICK HERE for the text of the Encyclical. … [Read more...]

The Christian Diaspora in America

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by Roy L. Snyder There are almost 200 million Christian Diaspora in America.  However, none of them are Orthodox Christians.  The Christian Diaspora in America are the denominational (Roman Catholic, Liturgical, and Evangelical) and non-denominational Christians who need to return to their Mother – the One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.  They need to come home. Most do not know where their home is – but they are looking.  Most do not even know … [Read more...]

On the Recent Events in Jerusalem and their Ecclesiological Underpinnings

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Source: Orthodox Heritage By a Greek Orthodox priest "But if," they say, "we had devised some middle ground between the dogmas (of the Papists and the Orthodox), then thanks to this we would have united with them and accomplished our business superbly, without at all having been forced to say anything except what corresponds to custom and has been handed down (by the Fathers)." This is precisely the means by which many, from of old, have been deceived and persuaded to follow those who have … [Read more...]

“A Sign of Contradiction”: A Forgotten Reflection by Florovsky on the Pope and the Patriarch

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Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy CLICK HERE to read the essay. … [Read more...]

Blueprint for a Unified Orthodox Christian Church in the United States: Where are We? A Layperson’s Overview

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George E. Matsoukas In 2008, a Meeting of Patriarchs of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches convened in Switzerland under the auspices of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and charged the Bishops, in the lands outside of the traditional Roman Empire, to meet together in Assemblies of Bishops.  The purpose of these meetings of Assemblies of Bishops is to develop blueprints to establish canonical order within their geographic areas.   The Churches … [Read more...]

Which Path to Church Unity? Recognition vs. Reception

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CLICK HERE to view the article by Robert Arakaki. … [Read more...]

Death of an Orthodox visionary — in America

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Source: Terry Mattingly On Religion When major religious leaders die, it's traditional that public figures -- secular and sacred -- release letters expressing sorrow and sending their condolences to the spiritual sheep who have suddenly found themselves without a shepherd. This is precisely what Greek Orthodox Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis did, acting as chairman of the assembly of America's Eastern Orthodox bishops, after he heard about the death of Metropolitan Philip Saliba -- the … [Read more...]