Source: Orthodox Christian Laity
The Orthodox Christian Laity calls upon the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople [EP] to ratify the selection of His Grace Bishop. Sevastianos of Zela as the Metropolitan of Chicago.
The process by which the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America [GOA] under Archbishop Demetrios selected him to lead the recently widowed see of Chicago was agreed upon by all parties before the repose of Metropolitan Iakovos, of blessed memory. The Eparchial Synod followed all the procedures approved by the EP including receiving input from the clergy and laity of the Church in America.
It is essential for the unity of the GOA and the future welfare of the Metropolis of Chicago that the Eparchial Synod remains united, and that its decision be respected by the EP. The Orthodox Christian Laity and the faithful People of God in America love and respect their historic ties to the EP. That respect and support is based on the mutuality of love that a Daughter has for her Mother and the Mother has for her Daughter.
The approval of the Eparchial Synod’s choice to lead the Metropolis of Chicago is an opportunity for the EP to show its respect and love for its Eparchy in America. We pray that the Holy Spirit guides the EP to honor the decision of the GOA.
George D. Karcazes, President
Orthodox Christian Laity