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Here in the NW, both in Seattle and Portland areas, we have very active Pan-Orthodox Clergy Associations. They sponsor retreats two or three times a year, have joint services on various occasions (such as Sunday night Lenten Vespers in Seattle area), and support OCF’s on college campuses, among other things. The parishes in the Spokane area (Eastern Washington and Idaho) also work closely together. Visit our relatively new web site which reports on Pan-Orthodox activities in the NW. It is at http://orthodoxnorthwest.wordpress.com. Scroll down the right side for a very comprehensive list of links to all kinds of web sites.…

I became Orthodox because of my ministry among the poor. The ministry founded and still lead, The King’s Jubilee (http://www.shoutforjoy.net/), was received with me into the church when my wife and I were chrismated. It is truly a pan-Orthodox ministry. We have participation from Antiochians, Greeks, Russians, Albanians, Serbs, Georgians, etc. We also have participation from a couple of Roman Catholic churches on occasion. Although, I am not sure how that will stand going forward, since one RC volunteer was just chrismated into the Orthodox Church during Holy Week. We have been serving on the streets of Philadelphia for over…

Throughout the U.S there is an increasing urgency for OCPM to bring the St. Lazarus Project to specific sites to assist men and women who are being released from prison and reintegrated into free society. Several communities including Miami, FL; Oklahoma City, OK; Washington D.C.; and Baltimore, MD are requesting the aid of the St. Lazarus Project to train volunteers and staff to assist men and women who are being released from state and federal prisons and local jails to re-enter a once familiar world that now seems foreign and intimidating. Without a network of support, many incarcerated men and…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America The Eighty-Second meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 5 to 7. The members of the Consultation continued their study of the role of the laity in their churches. The meeting was co-chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese). He was recently appointed to that post by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. He succeeds…

Source: American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA JOHNSTOWN, PA — With thankfulness to Almighty God, the [American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox] Diocesan Chancery has announced that a Special Assembly of Diocesan Priests will be convened on Saturday July 14, 2012 in Christ the Saviour Cathedral by His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of America, Diocesan Locum Tenens for the purpose of nominating a candidate for ruling Bishop of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. ]The calling of the Assembly follows a year-long search for a worthy candidate to succeed to the throne of our beloved late Metropolitan of Amissos, the Most…

Source: American Orthodox Institute Blog Four years ago Fr. John Peck published the essay below and boy did he get hammered. Creativity, a characteristic you would want to see in priests, is feared because sometimes it gets too close to exposing the sheer paucity of substantive ideas and compelling engagement with the larger culture that the Church, in order to be Church, should cultivate in their leaders. The truth is we have got some very fine men serving as priests. The other truth is that those who bring the most to the table are often the first to get their…

SYOSSET, NY In her report for the first quarter of 2012, Melanie Ringa, Treasurer of the Orthodox Church in America, notes that “operating results show a small surplus versus a budgeted deficit of $27,401.00.” It was also noted that an unrestricted bequest of $188,905.00 from the estate of Charles F. Morse had been received. The bequest, coupled with an IRA distribution of $22,000.00 from the same estate received in December 2011, was used to permanently reduce the principal balance on the Honesdale Bank Loan by $211,366.00, thus “reducing the outstanding loan balance to $436,661.00 as of March 31, 2012 while…

Since much of the work of the Assembly of Bishops falls within the purview of its thirteen committees, the success of these committees is essential for the success of the Assembly as a whole. Therefore, the Secretariat’s Coordinator for Committees, Bishop Maxim, is organizing a face-to-face meeting of the Assembly’s thirteen committee chairmen, scheduled to meet on May 30. The chairmen will gather for the day at the Metropolia Center of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, where they will be hosted by Archbishop Antony, who currently serves as the Assembly’s Treasurer and the chairman of the Committee for…

Source: The National Herald My fable begins with four babies being born to four families, all Orthodox. Two live on one block, the others one block over. In fact, two were born on the same day, in the same hospital (this last part is true). Yet all four will be baptized in separate parishes and live their whole lives without ever taking Holy Communion together. Strangers at the Chalice. They will attend each other’s birthday parties; the same schools, sports teams, videogame groups, and school bands. They’ll double-date (or triple or quadruple date) and attend Homecoming and Prom dances together.…

Source: Pravolavie This summer, Father Vladimir and Matushka Suzanne Aleandro of Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, Connecticut, will head back to Kenya for their fourth mission trip with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Father says he and Matushka’s work with the people of Turkana has deepened their faith and expanded their horizons. “I grew up in an Italian household,” explains Father Vladimir. “My grandmother couldn’t read or write, but she could pray and I grew up watching her pray for missionaries who were all around the world. This stayed with me.” In 1991, Father founded Christ the Savior…

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