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...]

Assembly of Bishops Committee for Canonical Regional Planning 2011 Annual Report

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Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America Committee Members and Consultants Members: Archbishop Nicolae (Chairman), Archbishop Justinian, Metropolitan Iakovos, Metropolitan Nicholas, Metropolitan Jonah Consultants: Fr. Nicolas Apostola, Fr. Joseph Abud, Tatiana Veselkina, Jerry Dimitriou, Alexei Krindatch, Demetrios Moschus, Steve Radakovich Secretariat Liaison: Protodeacon Peter Danilchick Objective of the Committee The Committee for … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah on Orthodox unity in America March, 2012 [VIDEO]

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In March 2012, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah spoke at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD on the topic of Orthodox unity in America. … [Read more...]

Patriarch Ilia the Second: It is Very Dangerous to Summon World Orthodox Meeting

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Source: The Georgian Times (Originally published October 24, 2011) Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second spoke about his visit to Konstantinopolis in his church service yesterday. He said he was there on the 20th jubilee of enthronization of world Patriarch, Bartlomeos I. "We spoke about future orthodox meeting. Bartlomeos I wants a meeting of orthodox churches to take place. We responded to him saying that such a meeting cannot be held until all disputed issues are solved", … [Read more...]