Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism

Source: Orthodox Church in America Court finds “most serious” aggravating factors in Kodiak's Russian Orthodox Cathedral vandalism KODIAK, AK [Diocese of Alaska Communications] In a dramatic affirmation of the core beliefs of the Orthodox Christian community, Superior Court Judge Frank A. Pfiffner ruled yesterday that defendant Arkimedes Garcia acted with “gross religious disrespect” when he vandalized Kodiak’s Holy Resurrection Cathedral in June.  [See related story.]  Garcia pled guilty to a … [Read more...]

A DECLARATION OF AMERICAN ORTHODOX UNITY NOW [Draft]

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A DECLARATION OF AMERICAN ORTHODOX UNITY NOW [Draft] [A Case Study that will be discussed at the Annual Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Laity in San Diego, CA on November 7, 2015 - We invite your comments.] Amidst great spiritual and practical need, this declaration has been written to send out a clarion call for unity – unity in practice and unity within hearts – among American Orthodox Christian believers. Such unity is inevitable, it is the right thing, … [Read more...]

North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Issues Statement on 50th Anniversary

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement today on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. The Consultation was the first official dialogue between theologians of the Orthodox and Catholic churches to be established in modern times. It held its first meeting in September 1965 under the leadership of Archbishop Iakovos (+2005) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America and … [Read more...]

“ORTHODOX WORKING TOGETHER” Open Forum Discussion

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity "ORTHODOX WORKING TOGETHER" Open Forum Discussion   Related Articles “Orthodox Working Together” – Annual OCL Meeting and Forum - Orthodox Christian Laity … [Read more...]

How Christianity’s Eastern history has been forgotten

Source: BBC News By Dr Rowan Williams Former Archbishop of Canterbury Christianity has a history that most of us know little about. A history that spreads eastward as well as westward, writes former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams for BBC Newsnight. We would probably take it for granted that someone reading a religious text in Arabic would be a Muslim - but the truth is that you will find plenty of Christians reading their Bibles and books of prayers in the language. It is a … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod of Bishops approves 2016 Planting Grant recipients

Source: Orthodox Church in America OCA Holy Synod of Bishops approves 2016 Planting Grant recipients SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  With the blessing of the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, whose fall session draws to a close on Friday, October 23, 2015, the Department of Evangelization announced Planting Grant recipients for 2015. Saint Katherine Mission, Cardiff, CA [Priest Andrew Cuneo, Pastor] will receive a grant for its third and final year, while Saint John … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops Releases New Study on Orthodox Theological Schools in the US The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study report today. The study focuses on US educational institutions that offer programs in Orthodox theology. It is based on a survey of 12 Orthodox theological schools in the US. The report examines degrees and programs offered by these schools, questions of … [Read more...]

Memory Eternal: Archpriest Sergei Garklavs

Source: Orthodox Church in America CHICAGO, IL [OCA]  Funeral services for the newly departed Archpriest Sergei Garklavs, Dean Emeritus of Holy Trinity Cathedral here, who fell asleep in the Lord unexpectedly on Monday, October 19, 2015, have been announced. Visitation will begin at Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1121 North Leavitt St., Chicago, IL at 5:00 p.m. and conclude at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 22.  A Panikhida will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will resume at the … [Read more...]

Holy Eparchial Synod Defrocks Passias in Unanimous Vote

Source: The National Herald BY THEODORE KALMOUKOS NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese of America on October 13 made a unanimous decision to defrock George Passias due to the sexual scandal he is embroiled in with Ethel Bouzalas.   Related Stories Archdiocese Issues Statement on Recent Scandal - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America October 6, 2015 NEW YORK – In recent days, with heavy heart we have been confronted with a most regrettable matter … [Read more...]

Divers building ‘underwater church’ in Crimea, cross already in place

Source: RT News Divers in Crimea have erected a large cross in the shape of an anchor off the Crimean coast. It heralds the start of construction work on building what they promise will be a full blown underwater church. The three-ton cross is just the beginning of an ambitious plan by Archimandrite Tikhon, a diving enthusiast and the project’s initiator. “The underwater church will look like a church. There will be icons inside – just like in a real church. Most probably they will be … [Read more...]