Holy Synod concludes annual retreat

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015.  [See related story.] In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, the hierarchs engaged in sessions of a practical nature. Highlights of … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah Released From the OCA to ROCOR

Source: Orthodox in the District   Dear friends in Christ, It is with a glad heart full of rejoicing that I share with you that earlier today Metropolitan Jonah received a signed letter of official release from Metropolitan Tikhon and the Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) releasing him to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of ROCOR, has been notified that the OCA Synod has, at long last, … [Read more...]

Holy Dormition Monastery site of Holy Synod of Bishops’ annual retreat

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA]  The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America began their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery here on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Within the context of the celebration of the daily liturgical cycle of Vespers, Matins and the Hours, the Holy Synod is considering a variety of matters, including the theme of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council[AAC], “How to Expand the Mission,” in light of … [Read more...]

The Scorecard on Orthodox Christian Unity: June 2015 – One Week before the Meeting in Istanbul

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Assembly of Bishops has been meeting for six years.  June 2015 is a critical month and time period in their efforts to develop a plan to make the administrative life of the Orthodox Church in the United States canonical.  Orthodox ecclesiology dictates that the Church be organized in geographic areas with one bishop in one city.  Overlapping jurisdictions weaken the Commandment of Christ to make disciples of All Nations.  Bishops are not foreign agents.  … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Exec. Committee To Meet In Constantinople: Interview with Fr Nathanael Symeonides

Source: Ancient Faith Radio June 05, 2015 Length: 27:30 On June 16, 2015 the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States will travel to Istanbul in order to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who will receive them at the Phanar. Special Assistant to the Assembly Chairman, Fr. Nathanael Symeonides joins us to tell us what that is all about. Direct link Play in Popup Download Send Feedback … [Read more...]

Liberal Folly and Conservative Heresy

Source: Orthodox Reformer Orthodox Christians have one of the lowest rates of retention across Christian and non-Christian denominations. Only 53% of adults who were raised in the Orthodox Church still identify themselves as Orthodox Christians. Compare that to Hindus (80%), Jewish (75%), Mormon (64%) and Catholic (59%). – Courtesy Go Truth Reform , data from pg. 39 of the PEW Report The past month has been a whirlwind for the GOA. The recently published Pew Report and informal reports … [Read more...]

A Pan-Orthodox event: 15th Western European Orthodox Congress (Bordeaux, April 30 – May 3, 2015)

Source: Orthodox Peace Fellowship The 15th Western European Orthodox Congress took place in Bordeaux (France) from April 30th to May 3rd, 2015, under the aegis of the Council of Orthodox Bishops of France (AEOF). This 15th edition, the first congress being held in 1971, was attended by around 600 participants from various Orthodox dioceses in Western Europe and further, who came to share their view of what it means to be a Christian "being in the world, but not of the world". The subject was … [Read more...]

PEW study reveals critical decline in Orthodox religious membership

Editor’s note: The Orthodox Christian Church in the United States is in Crisis. What actions will the Assembly of Bishops take? Stonewalling and ignoring the facts only contributes to the decline of Orthodoxy in the USA.  By a Layperson in the New Jersey Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese An extensive, highly-cited study of religious trends and affiliation of Americans [America's Changing Religious Landscape] published on May 12 by the well-regarded Pew Research Center found that … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee to Meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA On June 16, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will travel to Istanbul in order to meet with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who will receive them at the Phanar. The meeting is scheduled prior to the annual meeting of the Assembly in September in order to share with the Ecumenical Patriarch the overall work of the Assembly of Bishops, particularly … [Read more...]

18th OCA All American Council Delegate Handbook now available

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Delegate Handbook for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America has been released in accordance with Article III, Section 5 A of the current OCA Statute, which mandates the Preconciliar Commission “to publish and distribute the agenda, notices, and arrangements for the All-American Council at least 60 days prior to the established date.” The complete Handbook may be downloaded here. “The Handbook contains … [Read more...]