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.

Pan-Orthodox Festival – A Beginning in Farrell, Pennsylvania

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

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...]

Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies

Mission The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies serves and supports the Orthodox Church by fostering theological education, scholarship, worship and prayer. Promoting the acquisition of higher learning and scholarship in the context of traditional Orthodox life, practice and thought, it offers a venue for foundational and higher study in theological, historical, liturgical and practical areas of Orthodox Christianity. Goals and Aims The Institute, as a new venture … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Coalition for Healthy Youth

OCCHY is a unique national alliance founded and supported by the Department of Youth and Parish Ministries of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese. We are establishing, training and leading substance abuse prevention and intervention coalitions across America. For more information contact: V. Rev. Dr. Joseph F. Purpura FrJoseph@OrthodoxYouth.com or Kathleen A. Purpura Kathleen@OrthodoxYouth.com www.HealthyYouth.com … [Read more...]

Christ the Savior Academy, Wichita KS

Welcome to Christ the Savior Academy, Inc. The school opened on August 20, 2012 for grades Junior Kindergarten through 2nd grade. If you have more questions, please call us at 316-519-5891 or contact us online. Philosophy Christ the Savior Academy believes that children are spiritual beings. Education is more than mere preparation for worldly success, but, rather, is training the mind, body, and soul for a well-ordered life and inheritance of the Kingdom of God. We believe that parents, the … [Read more...]

Agia Sophia Coffee Shop Harrisburg, PA and Colorado Springs, CO

We inaugurate this feature by highlighting Agia Sophia Coffee Shop, Harrisburg, at 225 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA which is an offshoot of Agia Sophia Coffee Shop, Colorado Springs. It is located at 2902 W Colorado Avenue Suite 100, Colorado Springs. All profits from these coffee shops go to local charities in their geographic areas. The original coffee shop in Colorado Springs is the brainchild of Father Anthony Karbo (OCA). Father Stephen Verak, Pastor of Christ the Savior, … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Fellowship at Cleveland, Ohio – A Recipe That Works!

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the program that SCOBA, now replaced by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops designed and oversees to keep our youth in the Orthodox Church in America. They, of course, are the future of the Church and when the OCF national office published a survey at its inception showing that 60% of our college youth are leaving the Church and never returning, and a more recent survey showing this trend accelerating to almost 70% (that’s almost 3 out of 4) it … [Read more...]

St. Herman’s Orthodox House of Spirituality – Cleveland, OH

In 1977, Mother Mary Blossom and Father Gregory Reynolds moved from Tennessee to Cleveland, OH to set up a monastery originally sponsored by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (USA) and to serve the urban poor. They created St. Herman’s, a mission serving the poor and hungry; a House of Hospitality patterned after the Catholic worker tradition, with a special Orthodox influence. St. Herman’s grew over the years, blessed by support from the Orthodox community and others. Now, 35 years later, the … [Read more...]

Orthodox San Diego

Cardiff by the Sea, CA – On February 4, 2011, over 65 Orthodox Christians from over a dozen canonical Eastern Orthodox churches gathered at Sts. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church for a “Together as One” Workshop to get to know one another and to make plans for the future within their ministry areas. The activities started with an opening prayer from Fr. Simeon Corona and a delicious luncheon that was prepared by ladies from Saint Constantine and Helen and members of Orthodox San Diego. … [Read more...]