Countdown to the 6th Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops – Chicago Area High School and College Students will meet with Bishops

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Countdown to the 6th Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops - Chicago Area High School and College Students will meet with Bishops We are called to move beyond what is “mine” and what is “yours” to what is “ours.” From now on, this is how we should conceive and conduct all of our ministries and resources, all of our departments and initiatives. Otherwise, we do not practice what we preach. It is really up to us to accept the challenge or to refuse the … [Read more...]

The Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to the General Assembly of the 52nd Archdiocesan Convention

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to the General Assembly of the 52nd Archdiocesan Convention July 24, 2015, Boston, Massacusetts Listen to His Eminence's address on Ancient Faith Radio Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto … [Read more...]

Efforts Behind the Scenes Regarding Choice of Next Archbishop Intensify

Source: The National Herald Efforts Behind the Scenes Regarding Choice of Next Archbishop Intensify By Theodore Kalmoukos CONSTANTINOPLE – Metropolitan Elpidoforos of Bursa, Abbot of the Holy Trinity Patriarchal Monastery on the island of Chalki, is making efforts to succeed Demetrios as the future Archbishop of America, sources in Constantinople, Athens, and New York told TNH. But Archbishop Demetrios told TNH that he has not resigned and has no intention of doing so. “No, absolutely … [Read more...]

AAC delegates adopt Statute revision in 473-15 vote

Source: Orthodox Church in America AAC delegates adopt Statute revision in 473-15 vote ATLANTA, GA [OCA]  Delegates to the 18th All-American Council here overwhelmingly adopted proposed revisions to the Statute of the Orthodox Church in Americain a 473 to 15 vote during the AAC’s second plenary session on Tuesday morning, July 21, 2015. Members of the Statute Revision Task Force—His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Grace, Bishop Daniel; and Archpriest Alexander Rentel and Judge E. R. … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Tikhon’s Address at the AAC opening plenary session

Source: Orthodox Church in America Metropolitan Tikhon's Address at the AAC opening plenary session ATLANTA, GA [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, addressed hundreds of delegates and observers at the opening plenary session of the18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday evening, July 20, 2015. Metropolitan Tikhon called the AAC to order after an opening Service of Intercession. In his address, Metropolitan Tikhon challenged the assembly to join him … [Read more...]

Orthodox Church in America: 18th All-American Council formally opens Monday, July 20

Source: Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Church in America: 18th All-American Council Opens ATLANTA, GA [OCA]  Hierarchs, clergy and faithful from across the US, Canada and Mexico began arriving in Atlanta over the weekend of July 18-19, 2015 for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America.  They joined hundreds of participants in the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America’s 89th national convention, which was already underway.  The convention is the first to be … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Bishop Philotheos of Meloa Elevated to Metropolitan

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Greek Orthodox Bishop Philotheos of Meloa Elevated to Metropolitan NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the elevation of Bishop Philotheos of Meloa to the rank of Metropolitan of Meloa, according to an official announcement of July 9, from the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The announcement states that the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, following a recommendation by His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Publishes Report on Orthodox Christian Fellowship on US College Campuses

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America released a new study report today. The report focuses on Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), the official collegiate campus ministry program of the Assembly. OCF plays a critical role in the lives of young Orthodox adults who study at US colleges and universities. Strong OCF chapters can provide a vital connection for youth to the Orthodox Church and stem the … [Read more...]

Questions for Metropolitan Joseph and the Faithful of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Where is ANTIOCHIAN participation in the Assembly of Bishops in the USA and in Europe? Where is the participation of the Laity of the Antiochian Archdiocese on the matter of Unity?  Why have the many years of leadership - promoting Unity, the  legacy  Metropolitan Philip, been reversed by Metropolitan Joseph? Why do the problems of the Patriarchates in Europe and other regions have ripple effects on the work of the Assembly of Bishops in charge of the … [Read more...]

Reflections on a Conference in Preparation for the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity George Karcazes, Vice President and George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) had the privilege of attending the recently-held conference co-sponsored by the  Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA ) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University held at Fordham University School of Law, Lincoln Center Campus, on  Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. On Friday evening, the Florovsky Lecture on “The … [Read more...]