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By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette With work under way for the demolition of the Civic Arena, Orthodox Christians are gathering in Pittsburgh to remember a historic faith event that took place there in 1963. Nearly 14,000 Orthodox — including 12 bishops, 150 priests and a 1,000-voice choir from all ethnic backgrounds — packed the arena with the dome open. It remains the largest Orthodox gathering in America, according to organizers of this weekend’s conference. The organizers of the 1963 event, mostly veterans of World War II who had founded the Council of Eastern Orthodox Youth Leaders of the Americas, hoped…

From St. Vladimir’s Seminary Struggling with disease and terminal illness is part of the human condition, but dealing with suffering in a redemptive, Christian way presents a special challenge.  To help its seminarians, clergy, health professionals, and friends better understand how to approach and manage human suffering, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will offer a free seminar Friday, October 21, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., titled “Spiritual Issues in Suffering and Palliative Care. [YONKERS, NY – SVOTS] Drs. Daniel and Jane Hinshaw, both medical doctors and Orthodox Christians, will lead the seminar.  Daniel B. Hinshaw, M.D., is Professor of Surgery at…

Bishop Basil (Essey), Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, talks about the CEOYLA Festival in 1963 An Audio-Video Offering to All at The 24 Annual Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Laity Welcoming Remarks – Andy Kartalis, George Matsoukas FEATURE : The Amazing CEOYLA of ’63 – Ronald Muresan FEATURE: Live from CEOYLA ’63 Eyewitness History by CEOYLA Participants: Michael Herzak Jim Demetrion Kweilin Nassar Archbishop Nathaniel Popp Serge Powell Mailed in Reflections Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Organization – A CEOYLA Legacy CEOYLA Participants Open Forum Pre-Recorded Message from Bp. Basil FEATURE: Mother Inez…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Recognition Programs Coordinator of iUniverse has informed George E. Matsoukas that his book, A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America, is now part of the Reader’s Choice Recognition Program.  Upon its publication in July 2008,  iUniverse honored the publication with its selection as an Editor’s Choice book.  The book is also included in the Spring Arbor database catalog of Christian Bookstore vendors. Reviews of “A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America” “These personal essays … are recommended reading for any … Christian interested in the perspective of an objective protagonist of recent Orthodox Church history in America.  The author is…

Terry Mattingly gives a though-provoking talk about Orthodoxy in America from the perspective of a journalism professor and one who converted to the faith. He talks about the importance of a commitment to a sacramental life as the key to creating a united Orthodox Church in North America. Listen here: [audio:http://roea.org/files/Audio/Mattingly_Terry_Unity_11042007.mp3|titles=Terry Mattingly on Orthodox Unity]

How the Charter Threatens the Future, a parish perspective, by Andy Kartalis Development and Key Issues, by George D. Karcazes Overview by Dr. Angelo Creticos, Mr. Peter Marudas Crisis Overview, Dr. Peter Haikalis Why Litigation? By Evan A. Chriss, Esq. QA 1: Consensus Out – Papal Obedience In? QA 2: Actions in Phoenix, Illinois, Leadership 100? Crisis Originated from the Hierarchs and Patriarch in Turkey– not Parishes. QA 3: Charter Changes to Papal Turkish Micromanagers Forcing USA Parish Loss — Peter Marudas Imposed Amendment Process Replaces Consensus — Disrespecting Local Elders Generates Loss.

Steve Stamatis on Orthodox Church Self-Governance in the USA Dr. Valerie Karras Orthodox Self Governance in Historical Perspective George D. Karcazes Esq. and George Pontikes Esq. Q and A – Paths to Self Governance Past President George Coupounas: Standing Room Only! Plenary Session – Dr. Angelo Cretikos: Moderator Hon. Deacon Robert Scott: Building the Spirit in our Hearts An American Orthodox Consciousness Fr. Vladimir Wendling Greeting by Dr. Angelo Cretikos Informal Conference Views

Orthodox Christian Laity 11th Annual Meeting October 9-11, 1998 at The Jonathan Club, Los Angeles, CA. Theme: Orthodoxy in the Next Millennium and the Role of the Orthodox Christian Laity. Speakers: Stephen P. Angelides George D. Aravosis George D. Coupounas Dr. Peter Haikalis John T. John Rev. Michel E. Najim Rev. Steven J. Vlahos Dr. Verna Harrison Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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