The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America – A Community Forum Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Laity

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A Community Forum Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Laity  The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America  Guest Speakers: His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel Spiritual Leader of the  Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Director of Patriarch Athenagoras Institute Eric Namee, a member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and serves as a consultant to numerous Orthodox Christian projects and … [Read more...]

Letter from Susan W. Haikalis, President of OCL regarding the Angel Fund and the upcoming Annual Meeting and Community Forum

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August 20, 2013 Dear Orthodox Christian Laity Supporters, It is a blessing and responsibility to serve as the twelfth president of Orthodox Christian Laity. August is the time of the year that we invite you to participate in our Annual Angel Fund Program which supports the newly revamped OCL website (http://www.ocl.org) and the expenses of our Annual Meeting and Program.  The focus of this year’s meeting is putting the work of the Assembly of Bishops into a context and perspective. The … [Read more...]

Accountable Church Leadership – Where?

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 “After this I will pour out my spirit on all humanity….Your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.”  Joel 2:28 Since the imposition of a Charter on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America without the input and approval of the Clergy and Laity within that particular Orthodox grouping in the United States, the consequences have been chaotic.  There is no accountability within the Archdiocese.  The Metropolitans each report directly to the Patriarch in Istanbul. They see … [Read more...]

OCL Marks 25 Years Promoting Orthodox Unity, Church Reform

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK, NY – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), a national organization of Orthodox Christian laypersons that will mark its 25th anniversary at its annual conference this Fall in California, has been at the forefront of critical Church issues through its publications, conferences, and meetings, despite the fact that few know of its existence. Whether or not people agree with OCL positions – they have met numerous times with hierarchs … [Read more...]

Official Minutes of OCL Board Meeting, Spring 2013, Franklin, TN

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St Ignatius Orthodox Church Cultural Center April 10-12, 2013 Wednesday Evening, April 10, OCL Board Members attended the Lenten Pre-Sanctified Liturgy at the new Sanctuary of St Ignatius and following the Liturgy participated in a fellowship pot-luck dinner. Father Stephen Rogers greeted His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and the OCL Board. The 25th Anniversary video was shown to the group and a short introduction to the work of OCL was presented by President Susan Haikalis. A highlight of the … [Read more...]

Minutes of OCL Board Meeting and 25th Anniversary Meeting October 24-27, 2012

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Approved Minutes [WASHINGTON, D.C.] Wednesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm dinner meeting begins at Savoy Hotel.  Those present included: George Karcazes, Andy Kartalis, His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel, His Grace Bishop Mark, Alice Kopan, Chis Xeros, Peter Marudas, Bill Souvall, Peter J Petkas, George Pontikes, George Matsoukas, Guest was Joel Kalvesmaki, a member of the web oversight committee. The first item of discussion was about the revised web site.  Alice Kopan started discussion by … [Read more...]

Moving Ahead in Unity

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Pentecost  2013 As we take leave of the Paschal Liturgical Cycle of Lent through Pentecost,  I want to take this opportunity to reflect upon a book I re-read during this period:  Christ in Our Midst by Father Theodore Stylianopoulos.  The book was written in 1980, and I was familiar with it when I was putting together the Chapter on “Spiritual Renewal” in the OCL publication “Project for Orthodox Renewal”.  You can read this work online on our website. The discussion and insights … [Read more...]

Anastasia Tsotsoura Fallen Asleep in the Lord

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Anastasia Tsotsoura suddenly fell asleep in the Lord on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.   We learned of her passing on the day of her funeral, May 25, which took place at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Whitestone, New York.  She is resting next to her beloved husband Soterios in Flushing Cemetery.   They were both devoted Orthodox Christians and founding members of Orthodox Christian Laity.  Her passions were her family, her faith and painting.  She touched so many of us with her example of being pure in … [Read more...]

A Reflection: Orthodox Christian Unity is Proper Response for Global and Fragmented World

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by George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Church is in the Paschal Season.  Having attended the many services of preparation for the Resurrection of Christ and as we await Pentecost, we know that the Holy Spirit is present everywhere and that brothers and sisters must dwell together in unity, which is the Christian norm.   During this season, we must continue to pray that the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops finds the humility to move … [Read more...]

OCL Board of Directors Meeting in Franklin TN on April 10-12, 2013

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The OCL Board of Directors will be meeting in Franklin, Tennessee on April 10-12, 2013.  They will be attending the Pre-sanctified Liturgy on Wednesday Evening, April 10, at the new St. Ignatius Church and will discuss the work of OCL and the Progress of the Assembly of Bishops at the fellowship supper.  The board will conduct its business meeting Thursday and Friday.  President Susan Haikalis is presiding.  Franklin TN is the home parish of Advisory Board Member Father Gordon Walker, and it … [Read more...]