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Source: Orthodox Church in America Metropolitan Tikhon’s Address at the AAC opening plenary session ATLANTA, GA [OCA]  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, addressed hundreds of delegates and observers at the opening plenary session of the18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America on Monday evening, July 20, 2015. Metropolitan Tikhon called the AAC to order after an opening Service of Intercession. In his address, Metropolitan Tikhon challenged the assembly to join him “in this ascetical journey to discern and develop our apostolic calling here in North America, through prayer, repentance and common work for the glory of God, always remembering…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Orthodox Church in America: 18th All-American Council Opens ATLANTA, GA [OCA]  Hierarchs, clergy and faithful from across the US, Canada and Mexico began arriving in Atlanta over the weekend of July 18-19, 2015 for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America.  They joined hundreds of participants in the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians of America’s 89th national convention, which was already underway.  The convention is the first to be held in conjunction with an AAC.His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon arrived on Saturday, July 18, at the Atlanta Hilton. where he was given a warm…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a statement released the last weekend of June 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, addressed the June 26 decision of the Supreme Court of the US legalizing same-sex marriages. The text of the message, together with links to numerous similar statements from recent years, appears below. Statement concerning June 26 US Supreme Court decision June 28, 2015 To the Venerable Hierarchs, Reverend Clergy, Monastics, and Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America: Dearly Beloved, The recent ruling by…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Participants in the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America, slated to convene July 20-24, 2015 in Atlanta, GA, are reminded that the registration deadline Is Friday, July 10. “Registration must be completed by that date to ensure a place at the Council,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Registrations that arrive after that date will require special approval by the Preconciliar Commission and the registrants’ diocesan bishops.” The on-line registration procedure may be completed here. In related news, the Atlanta Convention Bureau has created two special web sites…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015.  [See related story.] In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, the hierarchs engaged in sessions of a practical nature. Highlights of these sessions include the following. In his opening report, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, reflected on the positive role of the OCA in the…

Source: Orthodox in the District Dear friends in Christ, It is with a glad heart full of rejoicing that I share with you that earlier today Metropolitan Jonah received a signed letter of official release from Metropolitan Tikhon and the Synod of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) releasing him to the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral), First Hierarch of ROCOR, has been notified that the OCA Synod has, at long last, made good on their promise to release Metropolitan Jonah. Vladyka Jonah is thus received into ROCOR’s jurisdiction as a retired Metropolitan.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America RIVES JUNCTION, MI [OCA]  The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America began their annual retreat at Holy Dormition Monastery here on Tuesday, June 9, 2015. Within the context of the celebration of the daily liturgical cycle of Vespers, Matins and the Hours, the Holy Synod is considering a variety of matters, including the theme of the forthcoming 18th All-American Council[AAC], “How to Expand the Mission,” in light of current issues affecting the Church in North America and beyond.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon offered an opening reflection on progress…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA YOUTH]  The Youth Department of the Orthodox Church in America, in partnership with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. is launching a new on-line program—“Praxis: Christian Life Realized”—for high schoolers, college students, and young adults.  The sessions will consist of monthly Google hangouts giving participants an opportunity to engage in a variety of practical topics. The first session, to be held on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, will feature Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki, Rector of Holy Apostles Church, Mechanicsburg, PA, who will lead a brief presentation and discussion titled “How…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Delegate Handbook for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America has been released in accordance with Article III, Section 5 A of the current OCA Statute, which mandates the Preconciliar Commission “to publish and distribute the agenda, notices, and arrangements for the All-American Council at least 60 days prior to the established date.” The complete Handbook may be downloaded here. “The Handbook contains instructions for delegates, AAC procedures, the proposed agenda, and other pertinent information,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “Also included are two proposed resolutions,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [DCE]  The Department of Christian Education of the Orthodox Church in America recently made available three activities for the approaching Great Feast of Pentecost. The activities are designed for grades four through six, seven and eight, and nine through twelve.  They are based on events and experiences recorded in the Acts of the Apostles, which relates the story of the early years of the Church during and after Pentecost. The activities also relate stories of saints, as well as more contemporary Orthodox Christians, to the lives of familiar figures in Acts, such as…

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