Cleveland to Host First Public Forum on Unity

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America Editor’s Note: The first Public Forum on Unity and the Assembly of Bishops was hosted by Orthodox Christian Laity on October 25 2012 at St George Antiochian Orthodox Church, Washington D.C. Bishop Maxim, Serbian Orthodox Church Western Diocese, Alhambra, CA and Protodeacon Peter Danilchick were presenters. OCL will present “The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America” on Saturday November 2 at 9:00 am at Holy … [Read more...]

A Resolution for Autocephaly

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We reprint the OCL Resolution calling for Autocephaly of the American Orthodox Church passed in 1998, fifteen years ago, and pray that the meeting of Assembly of Canonical Bishops on September 17-19 in Chicago will make progress in developing the blueprint for a unified, self-governing, canonical Church in our geographic areas.  The “fullness of time” for the unification and autocephaly of the Church in the United States and in all other  geographic areas has arrived.                          - … [Read more...]

RESOLUTION of 47th Antiochian National Assembly Summer 2005 Calling for Orthodox Unity

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We are happy to reprint this resolution as the Assembly of Bishops begins its deliberations developing a blueprint for an administratively-unified, self-governing Orthodox Church in North and Central America. For the last 200 years, Orthodox Christians in North America have been working together to bring the message of Christ to their brothers and sisters and to care for widows, the poor, and the least of God’s Children. They lived the faith before there was a formal structure here. They also … [Read more...]

Greek and Antiochian Parishes Merge in Tennessee

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America In an unprecedented action, two Orthodox Christian churches—one Greek and one Antiochian—have merged together to form a new parish in northeastern Tennessee. Holy Resurrection (AOCA) in Johnson City and Holy Trinity (GOA) in Bluff City joined together in their first liturgy on June 23, the Feast of Pentecost. The new parish, which has taken the name Christ the Savior, comes under the jurisdiction of His Eminence … [Read more...]

OCL Marks 25 Years Promoting Orthodox Unity, Church Reform

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Source: The National Herald by Constantine S. Sirigos NEW YORK, NY – Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), a national organization of Orthodox Christian laypersons that will mark its 25th anniversary at its annual conference this Fall in California, has been at the forefront of critical Church issues through its publications, conferences, and meetings, despite the fact that few know of its existence. Whether or not people agree with OCL positions – they have met numerous times with hierarchs … [Read more...]

A note from Susan Haikalis: Share your Pan-Orthodox / Inter-Orthodox Experiences with One Another! We will be happy to put them on our Grass Roots Unity in Action Feature.

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Dear Friends of OCL, I am writing to you all during this Lenten Season with a special request, one that does not involve money but rather a bit of your time. Please join me in offering a special prayer asking God’s help in enlightening the hierarchs and leadership of all Orthodox jurisdictions in America so that they move forward with their deliberations regarding the establishment of a unified Orthodox Church in America. I realize that we as individuals have little control as to how the … [Read more...]

Jaharis’ Evaluation of State of Church: Worthy of Discussion and Action

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(West Palm Beach, FL) Susan W. Haikalis, President of the Orthodox Christian Laity, finds Michael Jaharis’ (Vice Chair of the Archdiocese Council) overview on the State of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, an essential starting point for assessing and re-evaluating the administration of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, the education of the clergy for our future and the assimilation of monasticism into an organized structure of the Church. These issues are especially relevant in the context of … [Read more...]

Can a Fable of Pan-Orthodoxy in America Become Reality?

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Source: The National Herald My fable begins with four babies being born to four families, all Orthodox. Two live on one block, the others one block over. In fact, two were born on the same day, in the same hospital (this last part is true). Yet all four will be baptized in separate parishes and live their whole lives without ever taking Holy Communion together. Strangers at the Chalice. They will attend each other’s birthday parties; the same schools, sports teams, videogame groups, and … [Read more...]

Connecticut Pan-Orthodox Outreach: Father & Matushka Aleandro Minister to Turkana People of Kenya

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Source: Pravolavie This summer, Father Vladimir and Matushka Suzanne Aleandro of Christ the Savior Church in Southbury, Connecticut, will head back to Kenya for their fourth mission trip with the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC). Father says he and Matushka’s work with the people of Turkana has deepened their faith and expanded their horizons. “I grew up in an Italian household,” explains Father Vladimir. “My grandmother couldn’t read or write, but she could pray and I grew up … [Read more...]

A Hierarchal Reflection: Smaller Parishes Need More Outreach in Order to Grow

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Source: Greek Orthodox Observer Looking across our vast nation, we can say that our Orthodox Church has seen incremental growth, especially in the developing urban areas. On the other hand, we realize that some of the smaller parishes of our Archdiocese are either not growing or are losing numbers of parishioners. For example, the once-thriving Holy Trinity parish in Grand Island, Nebraska, is no longer in existence. While it is an exception, unfortunately, Holy Trinity is not unique. In … [Read more...]