Orthodox Grass Roots Unity in Action

 

Orthodox Christian Laity wants to showcase, introduce, advocate, and highlight the many Pan-Orthodox ministries that hierarchy, clergy and laity are doing in synergy with each other as part of outreach and mission.

OCL has supported grassroots ministries for 25 years. OCL hosted two annual programs highlighting grassroots unity efforts: 1) Cleveland, Ohio (Fall 2003) – 16th Annual Meeting: “Orthodox Christian Ministries Networking Conference” and 2) Boston, MA (Fall 2005): “How to Do Local Pan-Orthodox Ministry and Activities.”

At that time, the board and participants visited Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing and Rehabilitation Center established in 1994 by the Pan-Orthodox work of clergy and laity in the Worcester, MA area. It is a model rehab and hospice program.

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Highlighting these programs will enable the faithful to see unity in action and maybe inspire the faithful to come together to learn more about these agencies, support them through prayer and funding and even work together to duplicate these ministries where appropriate.

The Lantern Foundation

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Source: Lantern Foundation The Lantern Foundation, established in December of 2012, is a US based registered 501c(3) private foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to religious and community service organizations, particularly those related to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and other entities organized for religious, charitable, and educational purposes and to raise, generate, and solicit contributions in furtherance of this purpose. … [Read more...]

Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling

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OCL advisory board member assists in establishing a new ministry within the life of the Orthodox Church orthodoxchristianhealing.com What We Do Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling – hopes to change how things were done in the past. All too often the ecclesiastical harm inflicted by clergy to their fellow Orthodox sisters, and brothers (and children), was proverbially "swept under the rug." This led to a massive erosion of trust, to widespread cynicism, to … [Read more...]

Old church brings new life to southwest Detroit

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Source: The Detroit News by Marney Rich Keenan In the '80s, Janet Damian was drawn to Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral on Gilbert Street because services were said in English instead of the customary mother tongue of her Romanian Orthodox church. When her grandmother objected, she reasoned: "The scriptures never said you must worship in a foreign language." Now, 30 years later, the short-in-stature, but tell-it-like-it-is powerhouse is heaven-bent on making her church, the oldest … [Read more...]

FOCUS North America

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Source: FOCUS North America Mission Vision and Values Who We Are FOCUS North America is a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. FOCUS has operations and youth volunteer experiences in more than 20 cities in the United States. Mission Statement As an expression of Christ’s love FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and … [Read more...]

2014 PAN ORTHODOX CONVENTION ATTRACTS 300 YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

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Source: Pan Orthodox United Around three hundred youth and young adults from eight states and Canada gathered in Akron, Ohio, May 30 – June 1, 2014, for the Second Annual Pan-Orthodox Convention for Orthodox Christian youth and young adults. The Weekend’s activities included a round-robin soccer tournament, ethnic dance exhibition, musical performances, and casual cornhole competitions. Pan Orthodox United, a committee of young adults representing Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Russian, … [Read more...]

An Army of Fleas

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity By Roy Synder Recently, after the Patriarch of Antioch ordered that the American Clergy cease their involvement with the Assembly of Bishops, I took an action to voice my disagreement with this decree.  It was a small thing – no big oratory, grandstand or “snit.” Someone asked me what I thought I would accomplish and I replied: “I suppose it’s tantamount to a flea biting and elephant’s butt, I did not think that I should be silent.” Reflecting, I realized … [Read more...]

Pan Orthodox Fellowship Weekend: May 30 – June 1, 2014 / Akron OH

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Pan-Orthodox Festival – A Beginning in Farrell, Pennsylvania

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by Alan Rummel Farrell is a small town in western Pennsylvania which once thrived as a steel town and supported five very active Orthodox parishes.  Today, the steel mills are gone and the parishes are struggling.  This is a story of how they have made a beginning to work together so as to survive. It all started during a general assembly meeting of Annunciation (Evangelismos) Greek Orthodox Church. Our membership is now down to 28 families, and we needed some help from other parishes to … [Read more...]

Pan Orthodox United

Pan Orthodox United was established for the purpose of Orthodox cultural exchange. By bringing people together, we hope to solidify our traditions and create opportunities to share our heritage with one another. This is done by encouraging young adults to gather and participate in social and sporting events throughout the year. The organization provides a wonderful opportunity for Orthodox Christians from throughout North America to come together to enjoy Christian fellowship, to meet friends, … [Read more...]

St. Catherine’s Vision

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There are nearly two hundred Orthodox women in North America who have received graduate degrees in Orthodox theology, primarily from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology or St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. A number of these Orthodox women, committed to Christ and to His Gospel, have come together to form SAINT CATHERINE'S VISION. Blessed by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), this group came together in reunion held at … [Read more...]