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THE ESSENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru by Met. Hierotheos Vlachos The Great and Holy Council, which is due to gather in June of 2016 in Crete, was "the expectation" of many whose vision it was, and who tired in order to prepare for it, and now the Council finally moves towards its convocation. The question here put forth is whether the Holy and Great Council really is the one awaited by those who originally envisioned it. Much has been written and said about this subject. Some express their joy, … [Read more...]

Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?

Source: Orthodox England Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar (just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian Church has called for the meeting to be postponed and the Russian … [Read more...]

ADDRESS OF THE BROTHERS OF THE HOLY DORMITION POCHAEV LAVRA AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT SKETE OF THE LAVRA IN CONNECTION WITH THE FORTHCOMING PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Beloved fathers, brothers, and sisters in Christ! From June 16 to 27, 2016 on the island of Crete will transpire the Pan-Orthodox Council, which, unfortunately, has not been canceled. At the Council they will examine the following documents: -Autonomy and the Means of Proclaiming It -The Importance of Fasting and Its Observance Today -Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World -The Mission of the Orthodox Church in the Modern … [Read more...]

An Essay with Concerns, Suggestions, and Proposals submitted to the Holy and Great Pan-Orthodox Synod of Chaniá, Crete—19-25-June-2016

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity From the Editor - excerpt from complete, excellent essay which follows:   The Role of the Laity and women.  The final point I wish to touch upon is the issue of the Role of the Laity in the Church. I am fully aware of the distinction between the clergy and the laity (έχοντες ούν υμείς χαρίσματα κατά την χάριν την δοθείσαν υμίν διάφορα) but  Ι have not seen the role of the laity given approriate weight in the Orthodox Church (in fact, I have seen more … [Read more...]

It’s Not Just Politics That’s Haywire: a Look at today’s Greek Orthodox Church in the US

Source: The National Herald By Yianni Pappas The 2016 presidential election cycle in America has been wild. Pundits on all networks have said that the old rules just don’t apply anymore. Many have stated that “this is not the America we knew.” A lightbulb may have finally lit up. The pulse of the people is beginning to register. It is too late for most of the candidates, but perhaps in observing the political climate we can better understand the lay of the land within the Greek Orthodox … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Georges Khodr on the Coming Great and Holy Council

Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy Arabic original here. Note that in Arabic, the word for "synod" and "council" is the same. For a succinct expression of a similar understanding of primacy by a medieval patriarch of Antioch, seehere. For more discussions of Antiochian ecclesiology, see here andhere. The Holy Synod It is the gathering  of the regional church, which they call the local church, and in most churches it is made up of their bishops. For example, the churches gathered around the … [Read more...]

Create a special delegation of women as consultants at the Pan-Orthodox Council

Source: Change.org Petitioning Secretariat for the Preparation of the Great and Holy Council Centre Orthodoxe, Chambesy The Pan-Orthodox Council will meet in Crete at Pentecost. Its voting members will consist of hierarchs from each of the fourteen autocephalous churches. Those delegates will be accompanied by non-voting consultants that may include clergy, monastic, and/or lay participants, with no guarantee that any of them will be female. As a result, the Council is structured in such a … [Read more...]

Is it Time to Rethink Orthodox Campus Ministry?

Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com By Andrew Estocin May is the month for college graduations. It is a time of new beginnings for Orthodox Christian college students across the country as they transition out of campus life and into adulthood.   Graduation season is also an opportunity to look at Orthodox campus ministry in America and its well-being.   The health of campus ministry is a key indicator of the future health of Orthodoxy in America. College students are by far one of the most … [Read more...]

The Great Council of the Orthodox Church with Fr. Dn. John Chryssavgis and Fr. Alexander Rentel

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Live Call-in Programs Live call-in shows are broadcast most Sundays at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific Call in to 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346) during the show. Ancient Faith Radio is almost entirely listener-supported. Your monetary assistance is vital to our ongoing existence. Please consider making a donation today. Upcoming program: May 8 Faith Enouraged Live - Program archives The Great Council of the Orthodox Church with Fr. Dn. John Chryssavgis … [Read more...]

THE ORTHODOX “DIASPORA”: MOTHER CHURCHES, MISSION, AND THE FUTURE

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Will Cohen, Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Brandon Gallaher, Rev. Dr. D. Oliver Herbel, and Kerry San Chirico Among the issues to be heard by the Orthodox Churches at the June 2016 Great and Holy Council in Crete is the situation of the Orthodox diaspora. The Council will be working with the document on the diaspora promulgated by the fourth pre-conciliar gathering in Chambésy in June 2009. This document called for a swift canonical … [Read more...]