An Important Challenge for Greek Orthodox Christianity

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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - Office of Interfaith Marriage by Mr. Peter Kehayes In open pluralistic societies, intermarriages tend to become the rule, not the exception as growing majorities intermarry with the result that many religions are at a critical juncture in deciding how best to address a challenge which is at the heart of so many families and so critical to the religious community’s well being and growth. Among Greek Americans, the intermarriage rate is between … [Read more...]

Laura Jones 1931-2012

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Memory Eternal as we remember Laura Mead Jones on her 40 Day Memorial. "Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted...". Laura was a member of the board of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) for a number of years in the mid 1990’s. I was on her extensive mailing list and received many of her letters to religious, political, cultural leaders until her death. OCL Board members remember her fondly. We were so happy to hear from her on May 1 when she informed me she was coming to our … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy in America – an Interconnected and Shared History

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Presentation given by Nicholas Chapman of Herkimer  NY at the OCL 25th Anniversary Conference, Washington DC on Oct 27, 2012 Before I begin let me thank George Matsoukas and the Board of OCL for the invitation to present today. I would also like to acknowledge Matthew Namee whose place I have filled due to his current work and other commitments. His constant support over the past three years has stimulated, informed and helped to sustain my own research. Introduction Your Grace’s, … [Read more...]

Photo Presentation of OCL’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Washington DC – October 25-27, 2012

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              All panel discussions will be posted on the OCL Web Site.  Keep checking back (ocl.org). … [Read more...]

OCL Marks 25 Years in DC Meeting

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Source: The National Herald TNH staff WASHINGTON, DC – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) an organization that promotes “Orthodox unity and lay involvement in Church life” in the US and Canada, held its 25th Anniversary in Washington, D.C. October 25-27 with a focus on the Orthodox Christian experience in America and the pressing need for Orthodox unity among its various jurisdictions. William Souvall, out-going President of OCL, explained, “we have assembled a wide arrange of Orthodox … [Read more...]

In Memorium: Dr. James Steve Counelis

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June 26, 1927 – July 25, 2012 Dr. James Counelis, a distinguished academician, a respected Orthodox Christian Scholar and a good friend and supporter of the Orthodox Christian Laity since its founding 25 years ago, recently passed way at the family home in Orinda, California. Upon learning of his passing, Metropolitan Gerasimos of the Metropolis of San Francisco stated; “Dr. Counelis was a devout Orthodox Christian who was loved and respected by his family, friends and colleagues for his … [Read more...]

Piety of the Laity in Byzantium

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Nicholas Marinides gave a short talk on Piety of the Laity in Byzantium at the Library of Congress as part of the 25th Anniversary Program honoring the founding of Orthodox Christian Laity.   The paper offers insights that are of interest to all concerned about the renewal of the Church in America.  OCL invites thoughtful responses from the People of God who want to respond to this essay. … [Read more...]

Susan Haikalis Elected President of OCL

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Susan W. Haikalis of Walnut Creek, California was elected President of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) at their 25th Annual Conference in Washington DC this month. Ms. Haikalis is a convert to Orthodoxy and has been involved in a number of groups supporting Administrative Unity of Orthodox Jurisdictions in the US. She participated in Boston with the original GOAL organization and has actively participated in attending OCL meetings for the past 15 years both contributing to discussions and … [Read more...]

The Importance of Sunday

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Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Saint Paul’s College, Washington, DC October 27, 2012 Recovering the theological significance of Sunday is fundamental to rebalancing our lives. As Orthodox and Catholics, we share a theological view of Sunday and so our purpose in this statement is four-fold: to offer a caring response to what is not just a human, but also a theological question; to add a little more volume … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity to Focus on Orthodox Unity in America at 25th Annual Meeting in DC

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Source: Christian Newswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 20, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- Orthodox Christian Laity will hold its 25th Anniversary in Washington, D.C., October 25-27 with a focus on the Orthodox Christian experience in America and the pressing need for Orthodox unity among its various jurisdictions. "We have assembled a wide arrange of Orthodox hierarchy, clergy and laity who will examine the Orthodox Christian experience in America and suggest various visions for the future. OCL … [Read more...]