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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…

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…

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

Greek Orthodox American Leaders (GOAL) Meeting Feb. 7, 1998 A meeting of the Greek Orthodox American Leaders in the Orthodox Christian Laity took place on Feb. 7, 1998 in Denver, Colorado. The theme of the meeting: “We are all called to be Servant Leaders”. Speeches about the crisis in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in North America and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Videos of the meeting can be watched below. Speakers included: Dee Jacquet George Aravosis (Orthodox Christian Laity – OCL) Steve Angelides Dr. John Collis Dr. Valerie Karras Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

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