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Source: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Chicago, IL: The Chancellor of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, together with an anonymous donor from California and the Greek America Foundation’s Project Hope for Greece, recently helped repair two commercial fishing boats, restoring the livelihoods of their owners on the Greek island of Lesvos. The boats were severely damaged in winter storms this January following their use throughout much of 2015-2016 to rescue refugees whose own boats stranded or were sinking in the Aegean Sea. “When I learned of this story, I immediately desired to do all I could to help these…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I have the sad responsibility to inform you that our beloved board member, Dr. Peter Haikalis, fell asleep in the Lord suddenly on March 20, 2017.  He and Susan were out shopping. Susan went into the pharmacy to pick up an item and returned to the car, and Peter was experiencing a heart attack.  With state of the art, immediate emergency care, he could not be revived. The sudden death of Peter is a shock for his family and friends, his Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) extended family and his parish community of Ascension Cathedral, Oakland, CA. …

Source: OINOSConsulting.com Read Part 1 here by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear My voice, and follow Me.” John 10:11, 27 A man in Australia was arrested and charged with stealing a sheep. At his arraignment, the accused emphatically claimed that the animal was one of his own that had been missing for many days. Not knowing how to decide the matter, the judge instructed the bailiff to bring the sheep into the courtroom. The magistrate then ordered the plaintiff to “go outside and call the animal.” Although the voice of the alleged owner could…

Source: First Things by Pope Benedict XVI Originally published January 2006 What is the true definition of Europe? Where does it begin, and where does it end? Why, for example, is Siberia not considered part of Europe, even though many Europeans live there, and it has a European style of thinking and living? To the south of the community of Russian peoples, where do the borders of Europe disappear? Which Atlantic islands are European and which are not? Europe is a geographic term only in a secondary sense: Europe is rather a cultural and historical concept…. Click here to read…

Source: Amazon.com Divinely Energized: : Spiritual Messages to Bring Out the Best in You by Melvin Haynes, Jr. Divine Renewal Publishing, Fruitland Park, FL 2016. Foreword by George Matsoukas:  Divinely Energized: Spiritual Messages to Bring Out the Best in You, by the Reverend Dr. Melvin Haynes Jr., is an amazing read.  It is more than a practical self-help guide that is interlaced with Christian spiritual principles.  It is an autobiography; it is a history of our time and place; it is a reference of related and illustrative topical books; it is a folk tale; it is a tribute to family and friendship;…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board of Directors announces the adoption of the following Resolutions at its recently concluded Board Meeting, February 10-12, 2017: “OCL respectfully calls upon the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to enforce its own Regulations relating to the Monasteries operating under its auspices in the United States; that each Metropolitan who has monasteries within his Metropolis require full compliance by those monasteries with the letter and spirit of those Regulations; and, that all information concerning the operations of those monasteries, including but not limited to financial disclosures, be made…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity “To Each is Given the Manifestation of the Spirit for the Common Good” (1 Cor. 12:7) Dr. Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos Orthodox Christian Laity – 29th Annual Meeting St Anna Greek Orthodox Church, Cottonwood Heights, Utah

Source: The National Herald By Dennis Menos The fact that the Orthodox Church is fragmented and operates without centralized control is well known. The Holy and Great Pan-Orthodox Council held last year in Crete provided ample proof. The Orthodox Church is a consortium of 14 Autocephalous (self- governing) Churches. Each operates independently of the others, but remains in full communion with them on matters of faith, sacraments, and canonical discipline. Governance in each case is by a Primate, selected by the Church’s Synod of Bishops. There is no “head” as such of the Orthodox Church to whom he and the…

Source: OINOSConsulting.com by Frank Marangos D.Min., Ed.D. “I am the Lord your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” Psalms 81:10 Last week, Christians throughout the globe began their respective Paschal journeys. While Catholics marked the official start of their Lenten pilgrimage on Ash Wednesday, Orthodox Christians inaugurated their 40-day preparation for Easter on Clean Monday – a day set aside for “cleaning out” (eliminating) unhealthy food, thoughts, resentments, and habits from their homes, minds, bodies, and souls.  Apart from inviting the faithful to a period of fasting, repentance,…

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