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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is holding its 28th Annual Meeting and Community Forum in San Diego, California, November 4-7, 2015.  “Orthodox Working Together” will be the theme of the event with a special emphasis on Project Mexico.  Conference hotel is the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay. The Business Meeting will take place at the Catamaran at 3 p.m. on Friday, November 6.  That evening, beginning at 7 p.m., a community forum will be held at St. John of Damascus Orthodox Church (OCA), 16902 Espola Road in Poway, a San Diego suburb. The first part of…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Remembering Father Gordon Walker of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America Orthodox Christian Laity is truly blessed to have had the gentle, humble and Christ-centered guidance of the Very Reverend Father Gordon Thomas Walker. He served on our advisory board for many years and spoke at many Annual Meetings and Open Forums. We were blessed to have been his guests in Franklin, TN, his home community, two years ago. He and Khouria Mary Sue were the founding members of this most dynamic Orthodox Christian Community of St Ignatius, and he served as the pastor…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Assembly of Bishops has been meeting for six years.  June 2015 is a critical month and time period in their efforts to develop a plan to make the administrative life of the Orthodox Church in the United States canonical.  Orthodox ecclesiology dictates that the Church be organized in geographic areas with one bishop in one city.  Overlapping jurisdictions weaken the Commandment of Christ to make disciples of All Nations.  Bishops are not foreign agents.  Governments of other countries have no place in directing the actions of Bishops in the USA.  We need a single Synod…

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is with a sense of shock that I must relay to you that our devoted Orthodox Christian Laity board member Evan Alevizatos Chriss fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday Morning, April 28, 2015, while he was exercising in the gym of his residence.  Evan was active until the last moments of his life.  He was frail in body these past years, but he did all he could to keep his body, mind and soul together.  The Lord took him in the way we all remember Evan – actively perusing perfection. …

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Dear Members, Friends and Supporters of Orthodox Christian Laity, Once again, it is time to thank you for your support and to ask you to please renew your annual membership to OCL.  OCL’s budget requirements are $100,000 annually.  With your help, we have been able to meet these budget requirements so that we can continue to be the independent voice of the laity – the laity vigorously advocating for Orthodox Christian renewal by promoting, educating, and providing you with information on the work of the Assembly of Bishops as they move ahead with fulfilling the charge…

Spring Board Meeting at Orthodox Christian Mission Center   –  OCL Board Members and spouses attending. (L-R): Susan Haikalis – CA; Christ Xeros – TX; John Regule – FL; Roy Snyder – MO; Harriet Pontikes – IL; George Karcazes – IL; Andrew Kartalis – OH; His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel –  MI; Peter Haikalis – CA; Catherine Kartalis – OH; Bell Petkas – TX; Peter Zarras – NJ; George Matsoukas – FL; Peter J. Petkas – TX; George Pontikes, President – IL. Present but not in the photo: Bill Souvall – UT.

Source: Wyoming News 1932-2015 Anthony G. Andrikopoulos, 82, went to be with the Lord on April 11. He was born April 21, 1932, in Greeley, Colo., to Margaret E. (Roman) Andrikopoulos and George B. Andrikopoulos. Anthony graduated from Cheyenne High School in 1950, the University of Wyoming in 1956 and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1958. He established his own oil and gas business in 1960, A.G. Andrikopoulos Resources Inc. He was inducted into the Rocky Mountain Oil and Gas Hall of Fame in 2009. He served on the boards of several local charitable organizations and…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For many years, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board has been blessed to have Father Thomas Hopko, of blessed memory, serve as an advisory board member.  We have been enriched by his prayers and council. He never hesitated to express his views.  He provided the organization with a perspective that was strong, clear and related to his convictions and integrity.   From all that is being written at this time of his falling asleep in the Lord, we are overwhelmed by his service to the Orthodox Faith in the United States as pastor and teacher.   He was…

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