Clergy-Laity: Pave New Path for Family

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Source: The National Herald BY GEORGE E. MATSOUKAS The theme of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and A Witness of His Gospel,” is very appropriate for us in this time of transition. For it is truly within the home that the Orthodox faith will be learned, and will survive and grow by the example and actions of each of us. However, for many, parish life and archdiocesan settings are an antithesis to the theme of the 42ndCongress. HISTORICAL … [Read more...]

SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 – DALLAS, TX – OPEN FORUM with Assembly of Bishops

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm at  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road, DALLAS, TX, there will be an OPEN FORUM with the Assembly of Bishops.  Check the Assembly of Bishops website and the OCL website for more details as they develop.  Plan to attend and discuss the Unity Blueprint with the Bishops. … [Read more...]

Issues Related to a Great and Holy Council

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Are you interested in the issues related to the Great and Holy Council which is scheduled to convene sometime in 2016? You should be. It is your Church too! Why do we not get relevant updates about the work of the Assemblies of Bishops worldwide and updates pertaining to the preparations for the Council on the Assembly of Bishops website? The Church, like the Liturgy, is the work of all the People of God according to their gifts. Creating canonical order is a … [Read more...]

Leon Marinakos falls asleep in the Lord. . .he was also a founding member of Orthodox Christian Laity.

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Source: Drechsler Brown & Willams Funeral Home Leon C. Marinakos Jul. 8, 2014 Leon C. Marinakos of Chicago; devoted son of the late Constantine and Maria nee Pontikes; loving brother of the late Presvytera Panayiota (the late Rev. Dr. Theodore) Thalassinos; cherished uncle of Nicholas and Constantine Thalassinos. Leon Marinakos was a US Army veteran and a graduate in Electrical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, becoming Manager of Product Planning at General … [Read more...]

What’s Going On at OCF?

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The position of Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), an Assembly of Bishops Agency that focuses on the needs of Orthodox Christian College students, has been eliminated which terminates the work of the present director.  Why?  A copy of the director’s letter to the Board dated June 13 indicates a disagreement with the accounting principles employed by the Board of Directors.  OCF has issued a statement regarding the departure of the … [Read more...]

Four Members of Orthodox Christian Laity Join Board of Directors

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity At its recently adjourned board meeting in Akron, Ohio (May 30, 2014), four OCL members were elected to the Board of Directors.  Each member is passionately committed to Orthodox Christian Unity.  The variety of ages and interests of the new members will strengthen the vision and mission of OCL.   The new board members are:  Ellen Pantazis, Ocala, FL (GOA);  Michael Pacurar, Long Beach CA and Akron, OH (OCA); John Regule, The Villages, FL (OCA); and Roy … [Read more...]

OCL Akron, Ohio Meeting Schedule of Events – May 29-31, 2014

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Akron, Ohio Meeting Hilton Hotel May 29 to May 31, 2014  Thursday, May 29  Board members arrive and check in at Hilton Hotel, 3180 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44333   Telephone:  (330) 867-5000 6:30pm.   Dinner at BRAVO Restaurant (Italian cuisine) followed by informal Executive meeting.  The restaurant is walking distance from the hotel, directly across the street in the shopping center.  Don’t worry if you are arriving late.  Just straggle over after you check in.  We will be there … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity Spring Board Meeting – Akron, Ohio: May 29-May 31

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The OCL Board will meet at:   Hilton Akron Fairlawn, 3180 West Market St., Akron, Ohio 44333, Phone: 330-867-5000. Akron is our host city, because the Pan Orthodox Young Adult Festival will take place there, and our board wants to support this important young adult initiative. This business meeting will discuss various topics including: board development, finance, mission of OCL, what we know about preparations for the Great and Holy Council and other topics.   … [Read more...]

Blueprint for a Unified Orthodox Christian Church in the United States: Where are We? A Layperson’s Overview

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George E. Matsoukas In 2008, a Meeting of Patriarchs of the Autocephalous Orthodox Churches convened in Switzerland under the auspices of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, and charged the Bishops, in the lands outside of the traditional Roman Empire, to meet together in Assemblies of Bishops.  The purpose of these meetings of Assemblies of Bishops is to develop blueprints to establish canonical order within their geographic areas.   The Churches … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip Remembered

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity He Found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:13 As we reflect upon the ministry of Metropolitan Philip who was the senior prelate of Orthodox Hierarchs in America, we thank God for his ministry.   He changed the course of Orthodoxy in America.  He brought a missionary vision to the Orthodox Church in America. His greatest service was bringing the Evangelical Christians home to Orthodoxy in 1987.  He foreshadowed the present efforts to unify the 14 … [Read more...]