A Resolution for Autocephaly

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We reprint the OCL Resolution calling for Autocephaly of the American Orthodox Church passed in 1998, fifteen years ago, and pray that the meeting of Assembly of Canonical Bishops on September 17-19 in Chicago will make progress in developing the blueprint for a unified, self-governing, canonical Church in our geographic areas.  The “fullness of time” for the unification and autocephaly of the Church in the United States and in all other  geographic areas has arrived.                          - … [Read more...]

Problems of Orthodoxy in America

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by Fr. Alexander Schmemann Editor's Note: As the Assembly of Bishops meets in Chicago on September 15-17, 2013, please review some of the following canonical issues related to unity. The Canonical Problem [St. Vladimir's Seminary Quarterly, 1964, Vol. 8, # 2, pp. 67-85.] 1. An Uncanonical Situation No term is used—and misused—among the Orthodox people in America more often than the term canonical. One hears endless discussions about the "canonicity" or the "uncanonicity" of this or … [Read more...]

RESOLUTION of 47th Antiochian National Assembly Summer 2005 Calling for Orthodox Unity

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We are happy to reprint this resolution as the Assembly of Bishops begins its deliberations developing a blueprint for an administratively-unified, self-governing Orthodox Church in North and Central America. For the last 200 years, Orthodox Christians in North America have been working together to bring the message of Christ to their brothers and sisters and to care for widows, the poor, and the least of God’s Children. They lived the faith before there was a formal structure here. They also … [Read more...]

September 15 designated Assembly Sunday

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Sunday, September 15, 2013, has been designated “Assembly Sunday” by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America to draw attention to the fourth meeting of the Assembly’s hierarchs at the Chicago Marriott here September 17-19. The following encyclical from His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Assembly Chair, was issued in conjunction with the occasion. Encyclical to All Orthodox … [Read more...]

Greek and Antiochian Parishes Merge in Tennessee

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America In an unprecedented action, two Orthodox Christian churches—one Greek and one Antiochian—have merged together to form a new parish in northeastern Tennessee. Holy Resurrection (AOCA) in Johnson City and Holy Trinity (GOA) in Bluff City joined together in their first liturgy on June 23, the Feast of Pentecost. The new parish, which has taken the name Christ the Savior, comes under the jurisdiction of His Eminence … [Read more...]

DESIGNED FOR EXTINCTION?

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Source: Greek Orthodox Christians for Truth and Reform Two recently published articles, one in the Orthodox Observer and the other in The National Herald caught the attention of our Editors. Both concern the administration and the future of our Church and Faith. They come from two different perspectives yet both accurately indicate the present condition. Both authors draw upon their own views and reach, in our minds, the identical conclusion that foreshadows the future of our Church. These … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops to Convene Annual Meeting in September; Agenda Includes Proposals for Canonical Restructuring & National Youth Conference

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Source: Assembly of Bishops The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will hold its annual meeting September 17-19, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Illinois. This is the fourth Annual Meeting of the Assembly. The agenda, which includes discussion of the Assembly’s vision, proposals for canonical restructuring, and an Assembly-sponsored national youth conference, can be found here. The Assembly requests the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and … [Read more...]

Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops Meets in NY

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Source: Assembly of Bishops The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held an official meeting at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on Tuesday, August 13. Under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Executive Committee made final preparations for the fourth general Assembly of Bishops meeting in September. The members of the Executive Committee also reviewed the process by which the Assembly … [Read more...]

DA asked to review possible theft from church by former priest

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Source: Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel Leaders at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church cite financial discrepancies  By John Diedrich of the Journal Sentinel The Milwaukee County district attorney's office has been asked to investigate possible theft from theAnnunciation Greek Orthodox Church by a former priest. Assistant District Attorney David Feiss confirmed Monday that he was reviewing documents sent to the office by Annunciation's Parish Council. Feiss declined to comment … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Isaiah Closes Salt Lake City’s Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Source: The National Herald by Theodore Kalmoukos Salt Lake City, UT – Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver has closed the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of Salt Lake City in Utah by prohibiting its three priests to celebrate the Liturgy, the Sacraments and any of the Sacred Services because the parish council was forced to reduce the salaries of the clergy due to lack of funds of the parish. In a letter dated July 31 to Parish Council President Dimitrios Tsagaris and its members … [Read more...]