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Reaction To The Agenda Of The Great And Holy Council Of The Orthodox Church

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Originally published on September 29, 1977 Introduction The agenda for the forthcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church was formulated by the Pre-Synodal Pan-Orthodox Conference, in Chambesy, Geneva, November 21-28, 1976. At the recommendation of His Eminence Metropolitan Meliton, chairman of the Conference, and at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, co-chairman of our Consultation, the Orthodox-Roman … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Great and Holy Council: Theological Reflections

Source: Orthodox Theological Society in America Great and Holy Monday Dear Fathers, Members of OTSA, and Friends: Several weeks ago, you received a “save the date” announcement for our upcoming conference, (Friday May 27-Saturday May 28), in which we will be discussing the papers that have been written by many of our members and friends, in anticipation of the Great and Holy Council.  We would like at this time to provide you with a registration site, where you may see the pertinent … [Read more...]

Book Review – The Orthodox Dilemma: Personal Reflections On Global Pan-Orthodox Christian Conciliar Unity

Source:  American Orthodox Institute / Touchstone Magazine (May/June 2016) Eastern Union The Orthodox Dilemma: Personal Reflections On Global Pan-Orthodox Christian Conciliar Unity George Alexander OCP Publications, 2015; 202 pages, $12.00, paperback By John G. Panagiotou In George Alexander’s “The Orthodox Dilemma” the reader is given a highly accessible overview of the history, current situation, and possible future of Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. Through personal … [Read more...]

What We Expect! Looking Forward to the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Lent is coming to an end.  We are preparing for Holy Week and Pascha.  The liturgical cycle will turn toward Pentecost.    This Pentecost, June 19, will be different from other celebrations.  We are praying and looking forward to the opening sessions of the Holy and Great Council.  This meeting has been 1200 years in waiting, and its agenda has taken 80 years to prepare. This council is a turning point in world Orthodox Christianity and indeed the entire … [Read more...]

Unity of the Body of Christ: Letter to OCL President George Pontikes from Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver

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Analyzing the Holy and Great Council

Source: Huffington Post by Evagelos Sotiropoulos The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to be held in Crete during Pentecost has prompted a great deal of discussion. The affirmation at the January Synaxis of Primates in Chambésy to proceed with the Council was historic and almost one hundred years in the making. With the stage set, this essay will examine three points: an historical framework with which to view the June 2016 Council; the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate; … [Read more...]

“Spiritual” Courts: An Unholy Joke

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS Analysis I had written about the so-called “Spiritual” Courts some years ago. The reason that I decided to write about the issue once again is the recent case of Rev. James Dokos, who pled guilty to embezzling funds. And entered into a differed agreement with the authorities in order to avoid imprisonment. There are two types of “Spiritual” Courts. The First Degree, which is convened on the local level at the Metropolis and the … [Read more...]

Secret Letter from Metropolitan Iakovos

Friends, As promised, I am sending you a copy of the Motion filed by Dokos’s attorneys to file “under seal” a letter from Metropolitan Iakovos of Chicago. The contents of that letter remain secret and should be released to the public, now that there has been a disposition of the case.  Whatever the contents of that letter may be, it is obvious from the response of the State, and from the subsequent ruling of the Court denying the defense motion to dismiss the criminal charge on 1st Amendment … [Read more...]

Holy & Great Council: 10 Things You Need to Know

Source: Coffee with Sr Vassa A popular, catechetical program on Byzantine Liturgy and Theology, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, liturgiologist and Russian Orthodox nun in Vienna, Austria. This episode is on The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, coming up in June 2016. … [Read more...]

THE AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH IS HOLY, CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC — IT MUST NOW BE ONE

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The year 2016 is a momentous, historic time for Orthodox Christianity throughout the world.  After 1,200 years, Orthodox Christianity is on the verge of a seminal event, a meeting of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to be held in Crete, Greece, during the week of Pentecost this June. This event will provide a pivotal opportunity for hierarchs to officially recognize a unified American Orthodox Church which selects its own hierarchs. It is … [Read more...]