Orthodoxy in America – an Interconnected and Shared History

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

              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

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

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

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

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

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

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...]

In Their Own Words: History of Orthodox Christian Laity – Reflections of the Presidents (1987-2012)

Jim Koulogeorge, 1988 Jim Koulogeorge served as Orthodox Christian Laity’s first president. He had concerns regarding the concepts of accountability and oversight in matters of Church governance, based on events that occurred in 1987 within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. He approached Andy Kopan, a close friend and a respected scholar and churchman, to discuss his concerns. Jim then held an initial brainstorming meeting at his home at 4019 Crestwood Drive in Northbrook, Illinois. This … [Read more...]

Project for Orthodox Renewal

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) presents the Project for Orthodox Renewal: Seven studies of Key Issues Facing Orthodox Christians in America. This publication enables OCL to fulfill its mission of providing the “royal priesthood” of believers, clergy, hierarchy, and other Christians with information that fosters meaningful discussion on renewal of the Orthodox Church in the United States. Originally published in 1993. Edited by Steven J. Sfekas and George E. Matsoukas. … [Read more...]