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 Program Booklet is available HERE. The Unofficial Minutes of the May 30, 2014 meeting in Fairlawn, Ohio are available by CLICKING HERE.     Click on the flyer … [Read more...]

Preconciliar Commission reviews proposed AAC agenda, evolving plans

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY - Members of the Preconciliar Commission [PCC], charged with overseeing the organization of the 18th All-American Council [AAC], met here under the chairmanship of His Grace, Bishop Mark of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania September 30 - October 1, 2014. The AAC will be held in Atlanta July 20-24, 2015.  The Council theme will be “How To Expand The Mission.” According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, PCC members “reviewed the … [Read more...]

Archdiocesan Assembly nominates Bishop Irénée for vacant Canadian See

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Source: Orthodox Church in America GATINEAU, QC, CANADA - Clergy and lay delegates representing parishes from across the Orthodox Church in America’s Archdiocese of Canada nominated His Grace, Bishop Irénée to fill the vacant See of Ottawa and Canada at an extraordinary Archdiocesan Assembly here on Thursday, October 2, 2014. Bishop Irénée‘s name will be forwarded to the Holy Synod of Bishops for canonical election. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, chaired the Assembly, which opened … [Read more...]

ARE YOU GREEK? UNIFYING THE ORTHODOX CHURCH IN THE UNITED STATES

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Source: First Things Are you Greek?” This is the question I get asked the most when I tell someone that I am an Orthodox Christian. At first, this question rankled, because I am not Greek. (I am, among other things, Lithuanian.) Mind you, I would have no problem being Greek. It’s a wonderful, ancient culture with much to recommend it. But what rankled was the sense that being Orthodox means being Greek. It is a touchy subject for many Orthodox Christians in America, especially those who … [Read more...]

Working in Synergy with the Holy Spirit and Each Other for a canonical, autocephalous Orthodox Church of America!

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The members of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL are prayerfully grateful for the dedicated and exhaustive work of the Assembly of Bishops and its Committees in developing the blueprint for a canonical, self-governing Orthodox Church in the United States. We are hopeful that the time, talent and resources that have been expended these past five years to establish such a canonical Church will result in a blueprint that meets the spiritual and religious needs of the faithful People of God who live in … [Read more...]

Old church brings new life to southwest Detroit

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Source: The Detroit News by Marney Rich Keenan In the '80s, Janet Damian was drawn to Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral on Gilbert Street because services were said in English instead of the customary mother tongue of her Romanian Orthodox church. When her grandmother objected, she reasoned: "The scriptures never said you must worship in a foreign language." Now, 30 years later, the short-in-stature, but tell-it-like-it-is powerhouse is heaven-bent on making her church, the oldest … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Issues Message to the Faithful, Statement on Middle East

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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 concluded its fifth annual meeting on Thursday in Dallas, Texas. The Assembly issued a message to the faithful and a statement on the Middle East. Both texts can be found here: Message to the Faithful and Statement on the Middle East. In other business, the Assembly reviewed and approved the 2015 budget. Assembly VI will be held … [Read more...]

Fr. Tom Hopko Reflects on Kevin Allen’s Retirement and State of American Orthodoxy

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Source: Ancient Faith Radio September 18, 2014 Length: 37:51 As many know, Kevin Allen recently announced his retirement from his interview program, Ancient Faith Today. After listening to an interview Ancient Faith Radio did with Kevin announcing his departure, Fr. Tom shares his own thoughts on the state of American Orthodoxy. Direct link Play in Popup Download Send Feedback … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops: Hierarchs Renew Support for Assembly Agencies

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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 convened for a second day of meetings on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas. The session opened with a special video message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the members of the Assembly. “We are addressing you because the time has surely come for us to move beyond words to actions . . . We are called to put our theory and … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod issues Preliminary Response to canonical restructuring proposals

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Source: Orthodox Church in America [Syosset, NY]  A Preliminary Response of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America to proposals with regard to canonical restructuring, a topic of discussion at the fifth meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Dallas, TX September 15-19, 2014, was issued and distributed to all bishops on September 17. The text of the Preliminary Response reads as follows. PRELIMINARY RESPONSE OF THE HOLY … [Read more...]