Orthodox Academy of Crete: A wonderful setting for the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Academy of Crete OCL: The Council meets in God’s Space, Place and Time.  The Holy Spirit is present everywhere and fills all Creation.  What an awesome experience for the hierarchs who will assemble in this holy place.  Our prayers are that they will work in synergy with the Holy Spirit.  Together, we shall overcome! CLICK HERE to visit the website of the Orthodox Academy of Crete and learn more about this Orthodox Center. … [Read more...]

Christian hamlet in Syria bears scars of fierce fighting

Source: Associated Press by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV MAALOULA, Syria (AP) — Its historic churches pillaged by jihadis and buildings riddled with shrapnel, this ancient Christian town north of Damascus still bears the scars of the fierce fighting that devastated it two years ago. Residents vividly recall the shock they felt when they returned to their town after it was recaptured by the Syrian army from the Nusra Front, al-Qaida's branch in Syria, and other militants in 2014. "We were horrified … [Read more...]

Catholic archbishop, Orthodox leader see significance in Havana meeting

Source: Catholic News Service BY SEAN GALLAGHER Catholic News Service INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The U.S. archbishop who is co-chair of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation and an archdeacon who helps lead Orthodox ecumenical efforts in the United States watched with interest as Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill met in Cuba Feb. 12. Both of them — Catholic Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis and Orthodox Archdeacon John Chryssavgis — saw … [Read more...]

ACTOR TOM HANKS VISITS ORTHODOX CHURCH IN ANTARCTICA

Source: OCP Media Network Foma – February 16, 2016 Famous actor Tom Hanks visited the Orthodox church of the Life-Giving Trinity in Antarctica at the Russian polar station “Bellingshausen” on Waterloo Island, Deacon Maxim Gerb, a cleric of the church in Antarctica, told the journal Foma. “Many interesting people visit our church, including Tom Hanks who was recently sailing past our island on a yacht. He is a very open and friendly person. After he lit some candles I suggested to him to … [Read more...]

Ownership by All, Control by None: A plan for a governing structure of the world-wide Orthodox Church

Source: Ancient Faith Radio February 2, 2016 Length: 27:26 At the dinner following the 33rd Annual Schmemann Lecture at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, Dr. Charles Ajalat, the former chancellor for the Antiochian Archdiocese and the co-founder of International Orthodox Christian Charities, presented a plan for a governing structure of the world wide Orthodox Church. Also see transcript below. Earlier in the evening, Dr. Ajalat received an honorary doctorate in Canon Law. Here he is with … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board, meeting in Houston, Texas, February 5, 2016, calls on the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church to Unite the Church in America

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity 2016 is a historic year for Orthodox Christianity throughout the world.  After over 1,200 years since the Seventh Ecumenical Council was held in Nicea (now part of Turkey) in 787, the Orthodox Church has scheduled the Holy and Great Council.  The meeting, which has been in the planning stages for more than fifty years, will be held from June 16-27, 2016 in Crete at the Orthodox Academy of Crete. This event will provide the opportunity for the hierarchs and … [Read more...]

The First Known American Convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity

Source: Associates of Colonel Philip Ludwell III Philip Ludwell III is the first known convert to Eastern Orthodox Christianity in the Americas. He was a prominent figure in pre-revolutionary Virginia and a relative by blood or marriage of many great early figures in American history from George Washington to Robert E. Lee. The scion of one of the largest landholding and politically prominent families in early Virginia, he was born at Green Spring near Williamsburg on December 28, 1716. One … [Read more...]

On the Great Council of the Orthodox Church

Source: First Things by John Chryssavgis Already there is much talk about the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church. Between now and June 19, 2016, when the council officially opens on the island of Crete, there will be many rumors and much spin. Some will be justified; like other patriarchal institutions, Orthodox Churches are not normally known for their transparency. However, other chatter will be less than helpful. What follow are some brief clarifications on basic questions … [Read more...]

PATRIARCH KIRILL: THERE WAS NO QUESTION OF ANY UNION OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH WITH THE NON-ORTHODOX

Source: Russian Orthodox Church - Department for External Church Relations The forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council is to consider a draft document on Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference on October 10-17, 2015, in Chambesy. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia reported this to the Bishops’ Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which has opened in Moscow. In his report about the … [Read more...]

ORTHODOX PARISH ASSEMBLIES: 5 BEST PRACTICES

Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com by ANDREW ESTOCIN The new year is unfolding and many Orthodox parishes in America will be participating in a seasonal ritual known as the parish assembly. Parish assemblies are part of the process in American Orthodox parishes where the community evaluates its health and decides on matters that are the responsibility of the laity. These assemblies are a normal part of the checks and balances of Orthodox life in America. And like every other part of our Life … [Read more...]