OCL Board and Annual Meeting: October 23-25, 2014 at St Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The OCL Board and Annual Meeting will be held on October 23-25, 2014, at St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary, Yonkers, New  York.  An Open Forum on the work of the Assembly of Bishops will be presented  at 7:00 pm on October 24.  See and click on Program announcement below. The Unofficial Minutes of the May 30, 2014 meeting in Fairlawn, Ohio are available by CLICKING HERE.     Click on the flyer above or here to view the Press Release … [Read more...]

George Karcazes’s questions for the Assembly of Bishops helps them to stay focused on the task of Canonical Order

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Questions for consideration by the Assembly of Bishops as they continue to work for Canonical Order in the USA submitted by George Karcazes, Executive Committee Member of Orthodox Christian Laity Article 28 of the Chambesy documents  of the Meeting of the Patriarch in 2008  challenges Assemblies  of Bishops to meet and develop blueprints “to bring the Church in their respective territories into Canonical Order.”  What does this mean in the context of America, where we have overlapping … [Read more...]

Clergy Misconduct: How Low Can Men of God Go?

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Source: The National Herald To the Editor: The article about felony theft charges against the Priest who served in my Parish over the past two years raises questions about ethics taught to seminarians in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The interview given to TNH by Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, Chancellor of the Metropolis of Chicago, provides a window into his personal ethical compass. While his responses are disappointing to the point of being embarrassing, his defense that … [Read more...]

CHURCH SURVIVAL: The Real Crisis

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by Steven P. Stamatis  Repeated calls from Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) for Orthodox Unity often results in gatherings to discuss Unity and the need for a Great and Holy Church Council. The participating hierarchy who usually attend include the Serbian Orthodox, Romanian Orthodox, Antiochian Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and other dignitaries from the Orthodox landscape. Conspicuously absent almost every time are the Greeks. The Greek Orthodox hierarchy continues to abstain from these … [Read more...]

Clergy Laity Congresses: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, Philadelphia 2000-2014 – THE FAMILY IS THE SOLUTION

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The theme of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress, “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and A Witness of His Gospel,” is very appropriate for us in this time of transition.   For it is truly within the home that the Orthodox faith will be learned, survive and grow by the example and actions of each of us.  However, for many, parish life and archdiocesan settings are an antithesis to the theme of the 42nd Congress.  HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE On … [Read more...]

Ten Questions for the Assembly of Bishops

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Source: Orthodox Christian Network By Andrew Estocin in The Sounding In all of God’s earthly creation, only the human person has the ability to ask questions and seek answers. Asking questions reflects the fact that men and women are created in the image and likeness of God. Asking questions is also part of the gift of reason and therefore needs to be cultivated with virtue and compassion. In America’s highly charged political climate, every question asked is considered suspect for its … [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...]

On the Meaning of Chambésy: An Interview with Metropolitan John of Pergamon

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released an interview with Metropolitan John of Pergamon. Metropolitan John was the Chairman of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference at Chambésy in 2009 and one of the signers of the Chambésy Decision. The conference in Chambésy led to the creation of 13 Orthodox Episcopal Assemblies around the world, including the Assembly of … [Read more...]

OCA represented at Enthronement of Ukrainian Primate

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Source: Orthodox Church in America KYIV, UKRAINE [OCA] With the blessing of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, the Orthodox Church in America was represented at the Enthronement of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Onufry of Kyiv and All Ukraine by His Grace, Bishop Michael and His Grace, Bishop Irénée on Sunday, August 17, 2014. Metropolitan Onufry was elected to the See of Kyiv and All Ukraine at a special session of the Bishops’ Council convened at the Lavra of the Kyiv Caves on August 13. He … [Read more...]

Clergy-Laity: Pave New Path for Family

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Source: The National Herald BY GEORGE E. MATSOUKAS The theme of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and A Witness of His Gospel,” is very appropriate for us in this time of transition. For it is truly within the home that the Orthodox faith will be learned, and will survive and grow by the example and actions of each of us. However, for many, parish life and archdiocesan settings are an antithesis to the theme of the 42ndCongress. HISTORICAL … [Read more...]