Holy Synod of Bishops concludes spring session

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held its spring session at the Chancery here Tuesday through Thursday, March 12-14, 2013. In addition to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who chaired the sessions, other members of the Holy Synod in attendance were His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Eminence, Archbishop Alejo; His Grace, Bishop … [Read more...]

Refurbished room at OCA Chancery dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Leonty

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Source: Orthodox Church in America The recently refurbished main reception room at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here was dedicated to the memory of the late Metropolitan Leonty on Tuesday evening, March 12, 2013. After celebrating a Panikhida for the repose of Metropolitan Leonty’s soul, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the dedication. Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, who began their spring session earlier in the day, were present, as were members of … [Read more...]

Congratulations from OCA Metropolitan Tikhon sent to newly-elected Pope Francis

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - In a letter dated March 14, 2013, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offered congratulations to the newly elected Pope Francis. “It is with joy that I convey to You the congratulations of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America on the occasion of Your election as Pope,” the letter opens. “Your example as Archbishop of Buenos Aires has told the world that Your commitment is to the Gospel of Christ, its truth and its love. Your … [Read more...]

OCA Lesser Synod, Metropolitan Council conclude meetings

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Lesser Synod of Bishops and the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America met at the Chancery here February 25-28, 2013. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided at the sessions. Members of the Lesser Synod who participated included His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel; His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Michael, secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops.  His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon also … [Read more...]

February edition of “Wonder” features reflections on “The Gospel and the City”

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The February edition of “Wonder”—the on-line journal of the Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry—is now available. This month’s theme, “The Gospel and the City,” features transcriptions of sermons delivered by Orthodox Christian participants in the recent Festival of Young Preachers in Atlanta, GA. Ms. Anna Vander Wall reflects on Psalm 137 in her article, “Zion in Babylon.” A student at … [Read more...]

OCA Chancery updates

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary of the Orthodox Church in America, recently offered an update on Chancery activities for the remainder of February 2013. Among them: Members of the Board of Theological Education [BTE] will meet February 15-16 at Saint Stephen Cathedral, Philadelphia, PA. The Board oversees theological education and ensures standards for the OCA’s seminaries and other vocational programs. It also has specific … [Read more...]

Liturgical Music Tutorial now available

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Orthodox Church in America’s Department of Liturgical Music and Translations recently announced that the first phase of its self-study tutorial for learning the eight tones is now available on the OCA web site. The tutorial initially introduces the stikhera melodies for tones one through four in Common [L’vov-Bakhmetev Obikhod] and Kievan melodies. Recorded choral demonstrations of the written examples for each tone are presented, … [Read more...]

Second Youth Department job search webinar to be held February 21

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] - The Department of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry of the Orthodox Church in America will host its second in a series of job search skills webinars on Thursday, February 21 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time. “The topic for this month’s webinar is ‘Cover Letters, Branding, and Networking: The Finer Details of the Job Search’,” according to Andrew Boyd, OCA Youth Director. “The webinar will focus on creating a personal and unique ‘brand’ … [Read more...]

Department of Continuing Education begins work, issues survey

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] At their January 28, 2013 meeting, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America established the Department of Continuing Education to provide for the ongoing development of clergy and lay leaders. This action came in response to decisions made at the 16th All-American Council with regard to the Strategic Plan. Simultaneously, the Holy Synod mandated an annual 20-hour continuing education requirement for … [Read more...]

OCA Independent audit, treasurer’s report now available on-line

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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The independent audit of the Orthodox Church in America’s financial records for the year ending December 31, 2011 has been completed. The report of the auditors, Lambrides, Lamos, Taylor LLP, is now available in PDF format on the OCA web site. “For the second consecutive year the OCA has been issued an unqualified or ‘clean’ audit opinion,” said Melanie Ringa, OCA Treasurer. “The unqualified opinion is the best type of report an … [Read more...]