Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The year 2016 is a momentous, historic time for Orthodox Christianity throughout the world.  After 1,200 years, Orthodox Christianity is on the verge of a seminal event, a meeting of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, to be held in Crete, Greece, during the week of Pentecost this June. This event will provide a pivotal opportunity for hierarchs to officially recognize a unified American Orthodox Church which selects its own hierarchs. It is … [Read more...]

The Case for Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity OCL has expressed the need for Orthodox Unity in the USA for many years.  OCL has kept the issue clearly visible for your consideration.  Here are 2 worthy items on the subject from the OCL Archives.  Do Old World Patriarchs Really Want Orthodox Unity? Source: The National Herald By George D. Karcazes Special to The National Herald The letter that Archbishop Kyril, Secretary of the Synod of Bishops of the “Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia” … [Read more...]

OCL Winter Board Meeting – Houston, TX February 4-6, 2016

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Winter Board Meeting will take place on February 4-6, 2016, in Houston, Texas.  Arrangements have been made by Argo Georgandis Pyle and Peter Petkas.  The board members will   be staying at Courtyard West University Hotel.  The meeting will begin with a fellowship dinner on Thursday, February 4.  The Friday,the  February 5 board meeting will take place at Annunciation Cathedral Meeting Facilities, 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston … [Read more...]

Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction In light of the aftermath of the meeting of the Assembly of Bishops September 2015, certain questions have been brought to mind about where we are at this point in time and how we got here.  In an effort to help people understand the situation, we are responding to questions that have been presented to us.  We hope that these questions and responses will help … [Read more...]

An Orthodox Church Canonist Comments on Whether or not an Exarch of Constantinople Can Lead the Assembly of Bishops

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The argument presented to me by the Antiochian Archdiocese leadership is that Archbishop Demetrios cannot preside over the Assembly of Bishops of the USA, because he is an Exarch.  (See a reasonable explanation to the contrary below by Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel, Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary).    The games must stop!  The bishops have the responsibility to make canonical the Churches … [Read more...]

Will Canonical Order – Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA – Emerge from the Sixth Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops?

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Will Canonical Order - Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA - Emerge from the Sixth Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops? Canonical Orthodox Churches have always been Churches in specific geographical areas.  Where the Bishop is, so too is the Church. The Church is not a colonial extension of bishops ruling or directing from other geographic areas.  Canonical order is bishops in a geographic area meeting as a Synod, electing their own head and working with clergy … [Read more...]

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

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...]

Unity Appeal / Internet Appeal

Is Orthodox Christian Unity important to you?  Does this Internet Ministry have value for you? Please sign the Unity Petition so we can let our bishops know that we are behind their work.  Please make a donation via PayPal or by check to maintain this Internet Service. Thank you for your consideration.   … [Read more...]

LIVE TONIGHT! “Orthodox Unity: Bumps in the Road or End of the Road” on Ancient Faith Today with Kevin Allen, Sunday, February 23 at 8 PM Eastern

REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE Ancient Faith Radio P.O. Box 748, Chesterton, IN 46304 … [Read more...]

Invitation: Serve as an OCL Board Member

Dear Member, Supporter and Friend of Orthodox Christian Laity, Your support and commitment to OCL is more important now as we begin to move into a new era in the United States. This new era is about regularizing the un-canonical organization of the Orthodox Church in the United States. The Patriarchs have asked the bishops to create a new blueprint for a unified Church in the United States.  We need to support our Assembly of Bishops to become our Synod of Bishops.  We are asking you to … [Read more...]