Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling

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OCL advisory board member assists in establishing a new ministry within the life of the Orthodox Church orthodoxchristianhealing.com What We Do Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling – hopes to change how things were done in the past. All too often the ecclesiastical harm inflicted by clergy to their fellow Orthodox sisters, and brothers (and children), was proverbially "swept under the rug." This led to a massive erosion of trust, to widespread cynicism, to … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Trip to Turkey

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Source: PBS TRANSCRIPT BELOW KIM LAWTON, correspondent: At the Greek Orthodox Church of the Archangels in Istanbul, Sunday morning worship unfolds as it has for centuries. Christians here say the ancient liturgy and the images that fill the sanctuary help connect them to the roots of their faith. Several books of the New Testament were written in what is now Turkey, and many foundational Christian doctrines were established here. FATHER VISSARION KOMZIAS (St. George Patriarchal … [Read more...]

I want to see Catholic women ordained bishops – but not into the hierarchy as it is

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Source: The Tablet by Una Kroll The Mother Church of the Anglican Communion agreed to allow women to be consecrated as bishops in England on Monday, 17 November 2014, although some daughter Anglican Churches have had women bishops since 1989. How do I, once an Anglican woman priest, now a Catholic laywoman, feel? I am happy for the Anglican women clergy in England; their witness to their vocations has been fully recognised. My hope for this outcome began in 1947 when I was 21 and a … [Read more...]

An Interesting Parish Alliance in Thirteenth Century Cyprus

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by Roy L. Snyder In 1204, Norman, Venetian, and other European forces heeded the call of Pope Innocent III for a Fourth Crusade to take back the Holy Land from the Muslim conquerors.  In a bizarre chain of events brought on primarily by a lack of funds, a deal with an ousted prince of Constantinople, and a fair smattering of greed, most of the Crusaders never made it to the Holy Land, but instead captured the city of Constantinople and large portions of territory of the Roman Empire – … [Read more...]

Christian Unity Cannot Be Built on Lies

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Source: The Catholic World Report The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev not only misrepresents Catholic practice and history, he also misrepresents Orthodox practice and history. by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev, the “foreign affairs minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, is, as George Weigel observed recently in First Things, a talented man, “charming and witty.” However, the gifted Hilarion, Weigel rightly noted, “does not always speak the … [Read more...]

Pope’s visit to Turkey is a chance to bridge ancient divide

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Source: Al-Monitor by Susanne Güsten As Ankara prepares to receive Pope Francis on Nov. 28-30, Turkish media have noted with raised eyebrows that Turkish affairs do not appear to be uppermost on the pope’s mind. “It was conspicuous that the pope chose to speak of the ‘Ecumenical Patriarchate’ and ‘Constantinople’ rather than of Turkey,” when referring to the destination of his upcoming visit, the daily Milliyet pointed out huffily. It is a Turkish delusion of grandeur to believe that the … [Read more...]

OCL Completes 27th Annual Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  George Pontikes was elected the thirteenth president of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL).  The election took place on October 24, 2014.  Mr. Pontikes is a city of Chicago native and an attorney.  He and his wife Harriet reside in Evanston, IL.  They are parents of three accomplished daughters.  Their pride and joy is their granddaughter Zoe Panorea.   George is a founding member of Orthodox Christian Laity.  He is active in the life of his … [Read more...]

Audio Presentation of the Orthodox Christian Laity Open Forum at St Vladimir’s Seminary

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio October 29, 2014 Length: 1:48:55 Orthodox Christian Laity hosted an open forum at St. Vlad's on the work of the Episcopal Assembly. Speakers included Alexei Krindatch, Bishop Michael of New York and New Jersey, and Archbishop Nathaniel of the Romanian Episcopate. Direct link Play in Popup Download Send Feedback Related Stories Alexei Krindatch’s Presentation at the 27th Annual Meeting of OCL - Orthodox Christian Laity Photo Gallery of … [Read more...]

OCA 2013 Financial Audit completed, report now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America Syosset, NY [OCA]  The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2013 has been completed, according to Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer. The report of the auditors, CapinCrouse LLP, is now available in PDF format on the OCA web site.  [The prior auditors, Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, merged with CapinCrouse LLP in early 2013.] “Once again, the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ … [Read more...]

Photo Gallery of OCL’s 27th Annual Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Browse the gallery of photos from OCL's 27th Annual Meeting held on October 24, 2014 at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Related Stories Alexei Krindatch’s Presentation at the 27th Annual Meeting of OCL - Orthodox Christian Laity Audio Presentation of the Orthodox Christian Laity Open Forum at St Vladimir’s Seminary - Ancient Faith Radio OCL Completes 27th Annual Meeting at St. Vladimir’s Seminary - Orthodox Christian Laity … [Read more...]