Was Putin behind the Downplaying of the Holy and Great Council?

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos Analysis The Holy and Great Council (HGC) of the Orthodox Church, which was held in Crete in June, left its mark on Church history. It was an event of great ecclesiastical importance and perpetuated a vision that has existed for many decades. The key consideration is that it managed to gather the local Orthodox Churches, even with four abstentions – specifically, the Patriarchates of Antioch, Bulgaria, Georgia and Moscow. Orthodox … [Read more...]

Musings of the OCL Executive Director

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Assembly of Bishops will meet during the first week of October in Detroit.  How will this meeting be different from all other such meetings?  Where is the leadership?  The work of the Holy and Great Council has been completed, and little action was taken to address the uncanonical situation of the parallel jurisdictions that make up the Orthodox Christian Church in the USA.  This situation is unacceptable, because it keeps our message, outreach and … [Read more...]

Why Ethiopia’s ancient rock-hewn churches –the ‘New Jerusalem’–are drawing tourists, pilgrims

Source: Inquirer.net By: Lito B. Zulueta LALIBELA, Ethiopia—Filipino Catholics who have resolved to visit the Holy Land at least once in their lifetime but are discouraged by the tinderbox situation in the Middle East may have found the next best option in this ancient mountain town in northern Ethiopia. Here, huge whole ancient churches carved from mountain rocks have been drawing, since medieval times, Ethiopian Orthodox pilgrims and, only lately, European, North American and other … [Read more...]

Christians in Russia Under Attack From Putin’s Law Banning Evangelism Outside of Churches

Source: The Christian Post BY BRANDON SHOWALTER , CP CONTRIBUTOR Russia's so-called "anti-extremism" law that restricts evangelism and missionary activities went into effect on Wednesday, and religious freedom advocacy groups say they are starting to assess the impact it will have on Christians in the country. "For Christian advocates inside the country, there are challenges and risks," the American Center for Law and Justice's Gene Kapp said in a statement to The Christian Post on … [Read more...]

New “Orthodoxy in America” app now available at no charge

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] Priest John Parsells, Rector of Christ the Savior Mission, Berlin, MD, and his associates at Orthodox Web Solutions have developed a new free app—“Orthodoxy in America”—for smartphones and tablets. “This app is much more than just a church locator,” explains Father John. “It brings together news, social posts, daily audio, and trending photos, as well as video and 360 tours from the various jurisdictions, agencies, seminaries, … [Read more...]

Orthodox Council Bridges Tensions, Moves Toward Interfaith Dialogue

Source: AMERICA - The National Catholic Review Council of Crete embraces outward-looking leadership During the week of June 19 on the island of Crete, the first global Orthodox Council to meet in more than 1,000 years—known as the “Holy and Great Council”—brought together more than 290 delegates, mostly bishops, representing 10 self-governing local Orthodox churches. I was privileged to serve as an external correspondent of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Press Office, headed by Rev. John … [Read more...]

Orthodox see council as antidote to ‘heresies and ruses of reason’

Source: Crux Filipe Domingues July 9, 2016 SPECIAL TO CRUX Despite the fact that four of the fourteen independent Eastern Orthodox churches of the world opted not to show up, an expert on Orthodoxy insists that the "Holy and Great Council" in Crete in late June was significant, arguing that meeting together to hash out issues is part of the DNA of Orthodoxy. From June 19-26, leaders of ten of the fourteen “autocephalous,” or independent, Eastern Orthodox churches of the world met together … [Read more...]


Source: In Communion by NICHOLAS SOOY By now, everyone has left Crete. Everything has been wrapped up. My skin, for its part in this, is a shade darker and a shade redder. The Council has ended. But the conciliar process has not. One of the phrases that is used in the Council documents is “liturgy after the liturgy.” This phrase is meant to capture the manifold ways in which prayer, love, and sacramentality are to shape the whole of life and the cosmos, and not just the experiences we … [Read more...]

Holy and Great Council: Autonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed

Source: Pravoslavie.ru The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church concerned itself with the matter ofAutonomy and the Means by Which it is Proclaimed. Therefore, the respective document, which was submitted by the Fifth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference (Chambésy, October 10-17, 2009) was discussed and was approved with some minor amendments as follows: The questions of the text examined by the Council addressed: a) the concept, nature, and various forms of the institution of … [Read more...]

Encyclical of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Source: Pravoslavie.ru ENCYCLICAL OF THE HOLY AND GREAT COUNCIL OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit With a hymn of thanksgiving, we praise and worship God in Trinity, who has enabled us to gather together during the days of the feast of Pentecost here on the island of Crete, which has been sanctified by St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, and his disciple Titus, his “true son in the common faith” (Tit 1.4), and, by the inspiration of … [Read more...]