Open Forum of Clergy and Laity at the Annual Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops in September

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Editor's Note: First Open Forum of Clergy and Laity at the Assembly of Bishops September 15, 2014 is the first meeting of Bishops, Clergy and Laity in an Open Forum related to developing a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Church in the USA.  The "Clergy-Laity gathering" will take place following a doxology at Holy Trinity Church, Dallas,Texas.   The bishops will welcome questions and answers from those gathered to exchange ideas.  The Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Clergy Laity Congress Viewed from Greece – The Spun Spin: The Reek of Tweak

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By C. A. Constantopoulos, Ph.D. "Would an event ‒ let's say a baseball game ‒ played in a 50,000-seat stadium, attended by 30,000 ticket holders, be a 'successful' one?" "That would depend on how the game ends." "What if, in the bottom of the second inning, the electronic billboard is flashing, 'Success'?" "The franchise-owned concessionaire is trying to get people to drink more beer." "What's wrong with drinking more beer?" "It has nothing to do with what's flashing when the … [Read more...]

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 – DALLAS, TX – OPEN FORUM with Assembly of Bishops

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm at  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road, DALLAS, TX, there will be an OPEN FORUM with the Assembly of Bishops.  Check the Assembly of Bishops website and the OCL website for more details as they develop.  Plan to attend and discuss the Unity Blueprint with the Bishops. … [Read more...]

Letter to President of Chicago Area Brotherhood regarding the persecution of Fr. Angelo Artemas

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July 22, 2014 Rev. Fr. James Greanias, President Metropolis of Chicago Clergy Syndesmos c/o St. Iakovos Greek Orthodox Church 602 E. Monroe Street Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 Fr. Jim, You are listed as the current leader of the Clergy Brotherhood of our Metropolis.  I have been a steward of the Parish of Saints Peter & Paul for almost 40 years.  Twenty years on the Council, three of them as President.  I served as a delegate to several Diocesan Assemblies and ten Clergy-Laity … [Read more...]

The 79th Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas discusses establishment of a North American Romanian Orthodox Metropolia

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Source: Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas The 79th Congress of our Archdiocese took place at Ss. Constantine and Helen Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, on July 3 to July 6, 2014. The Congress sessions were structured in the same way that was already used before and was appreciated and very efficient in the pastoral work of our Archdiocese. The first part was organized around working groups constituted on the basis of the committees and auxiliary organizations of the Archdiocese; … [Read more...]

Issues Related to a Great and Holy Council

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Are you interested in the issues related to the Great and Holy Council which is scheduled to convene sometime in 2016? You should be. It is your Church too! Why do we not get relevant updates about the work of the Assemblies of Bishops worldwide and updates pertaining to the preparations for the Council on the Assembly of Bishops website? The Church, like the Liturgy, is the work of all the People of God according to their gifts. Creating canonical order is a … [Read more...]

Jaharis Clergy-Laity Speech a State of the Church Message

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Source: The National Herald BY TNH STAFF PHILADELPHIA – The participants at the biennial Clergy-Laity congresses of the Archdiocese of American always pay close attention to the speech of Michael Jaharis, the Vice Chairman of the Archdiocesan Council. The speech of Jaharis, a respected entrepreneur and philanthropist, along with that of Archbishop Demetrios, constitute a state of the Church message to the community as a whole. The full text of Jaharis’ speech follows: Your  Eminence, Most … [Read more...]

The Youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church

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Source: MYSTAGOGY On Sunday, July 6th, the youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church was ordained in the Sacred Church of Saint Marina in Bulgaria. Archimandrite Arsenios was elected Bishop of Znepol, an assistant to Metropolitan Nicholas of Philippopolis (Plovdiv), by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Bulgaria on Wednesday 2 July. Bishop Arsenios of Znepol became the youngest Bishop in the Orthodox Church at just 28 years of age, after a special setting in the Charter of the Church of … [Read more...]

Archbishop Joseph Elected Metropolitan of All North America for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese

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Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America His Eminence Archbishop Joseph has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Much more additional information is forthcoming. Axios! His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a … [Read more...]

2014 PAN ORTHODOX CONVENTION ATTRACTS 300 YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS

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Source: Pan Orthodox United Around three hundred youth and young adults from eight states and Canada gathered in Akron, Ohio, May 30 – June 1, 2014, for the Second Annual Pan-Orthodox Convention for Orthodox Christian youth and young adults. The Weekend’s activities included a round-robin soccer tournament, ethnic dance exhibition, musical performances, and casual cornhole competitions. Pan Orthodox United, a committee of young adults representing Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Russian, … [Read more...]