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...]

Unity Appeal / Internet Appeal

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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

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

Invitation: Serve as an OCL Board Member

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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...]

Letter from the Secretary of the Synod of Bishops [ROCOR] to the Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in North and Central America

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Source: Pravmir.com Originally posted on January 16, 2014 From the Editors: On Tuesday, December 9, 2013, the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, during a regular meeting, deliberated on the results of the previous September’s Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. During the discussion regarding the proposal to reorganize the Orthodox dioceses in North and Central America, the President of the Synod of Bishops stressed that the … [Read more...]

Two Orthodox Hierarchs from the Southern USA Concelebrate Theophany in SE Florida

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL)  His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios - Atlanta, GA (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese - GOA) and His Grace Bishop Antoun - Miami, FL (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese - AOCA) celebrated the Feast of Theophany in an Inter-Orthodox Service ON January 11 at Saint Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, West Palm Beach, FL. Clergy and Laity from South East Florida gathered together with the Hierarchs for the celebration.  This is the first time a … [Read more...]

Pan-Orthodox Festival – A Beginning in Farrell, Pennsylvania

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by Alan Rummel Farrell is a small town in western Pennsylvania which once thrived as a steel town and supported five very active Orthodox parishes.  Today, the steel mills are gone and the parishes are struggling.  This is a story of how they have made a beginning to work together so as to survive. It all started during a general assembly meeting of Annunciation (Evangelismos) Greek Orthodox Church. Our membership is now down to 28 families, and we needed some help from other parishes to … [Read more...]

Eastern Orthodox Unity

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Source: First Things by Ivan Plis October was not a month of especial cooperation in the global Eastern Orthodox communion. Protesting the appointment in March of an archbishop for Qatar by the Church of Jerusalem, the Church of Antioch withdrew its participation from “all the Assemblies of Canonical Orthodox Bishops abroad.” The Antiochian Patriarchate claims sole authority over the small Gulf state though at present it has no parishes of its own there. The assemblies affected by this … [Read more...]

The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity As part of its 26th Annual Meeting, Orthodox Christian Laity is sponsoring a Forum on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 am to noon at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga, CA (Click here for more detailed information).  The program will focus on the work of the Assembly of Bishops with an update on its September 2013 conclave. In discussing the forum, OCL President Susan Haikalis said: “Although the majority of Orthodox Christians in America … [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...]