A Vision of A Unified Church In North America – Dr. Vigen Guroian

Dr. Vigen Guroian

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orthodox Christian Laity, we present to you this interview: A Vision of A Unified Church In North America - with Dr. Vigen Guroian. Recorded at the 20th Annual Meeting of OCL, November 2007. The Story of Jonah: A Metaphor for Orthodoxy in America … [Read more...]

Glory Be to Jesus Christ! Glory Forever! Looking at the Orthodox Church in America

George Matsoukas, Executive Director of OCL

Source: The National Herald For the last two decades the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) and other Orthodox Christian groupings have been tested by internal and external forces. The OCA has been humbled by its testing. It remains to be seen if it will be able to rise up with wisdom. The OCA’s internal problems have been presented impartially by Dr. Andrew Walsh in the Spring 2012 issue of Religion in the News. Vol. 14, No. 1. Dr. Walsh asks an important question: “Does or should anyone … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Committee for Legal Affairs Holds Meeting

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America The Legal Affairs Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops held its first face to face meeting in Atlanta, Georgia on July 10, 2012. Chaired by Bishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, the committee is composed of attorney consultants from the Orthodox jurisdictions participating in Assembly. At this meeting the committee began legal planning to meet the immediate needs of the Assembly. This … [Read more...]

A Vision of A Unified Church In North America – Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos [VIDEO]

Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos

As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orthodox Christian Laity, we present to you a two part interview: A Vision of A Unified Church In North America with Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos. Recorded at the 20th Annual Meeting of OCL, November 2007. Part 1. Overcoming the Impediments that Inhibit Orthodox Unity in the United States Part 2. What Can the Laity Do To Advance the Cause of Unity? … [Read more...]

The Clergy Laity Congress Has Ignored the Patriarch’s Directive to Achieve Unity

George Matsoukas, Executive Director of OCL

Source: The National Herald | George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity Having looked over the information concerning the recently completed National Assembly of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, which took place in Phoenix, AZ and having talked to some members of my local community in Southeast Florida who attended, I conclude that there were no workshops, discussions, or information presented on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central … [Read more...]

A Vision of A Unified Church In North America – Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit [VIDEO]

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As part of the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Orthodox Christian Laity, we present to you a two part video interview: A Vision of A Unified Church In North America - with Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit. Recorded at the 20th Annual Meeting of OCL, November 2007. Part 1     Part 2             … [Read more...]

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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...]