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Monthly Archives: July, 2012

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the program that SCOBA, now replaced by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops designed and oversees to keep our youth in the Orthodox Church in America. They, of course, are the future of the Church and when the OCF national office published a survey at its inception showing that 60% of our college youth are leaving the Church and never returning, and a more recent survey showing this trend accelerating to almost 70% (that’s almost 3 out of 4) it should be a cause of alarm for all Orthodox clergy and lay. OCF is directed…

In 1977, Mother Mary Blossom and Father Gregory Reynolds moved from Tennessee to Cleveland, OH to set up a monastery originally sponsored by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (USA) and to serve the urban poor. They created St. Herman’s, a mission serving the poor and hungry; a House of Hospitality patterned after the Catholic worker tradition, with a special Orthodox influence. St. Herman’s grew over the years, blessed by support from the Orthodox community and others. Now, 35 years later, the mission of St. Herman’s continues, and has recently been refocused and rejuvenated with support from the 20-plus local Orthodox Churches…

Cardiff by the Sea, CA – On February 4, 2011, over 65 Orthodox Christians from over a dozen canonical Eastern Orthodox churches gathered at Sts. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church for a “Together as One” Workshop to get to know one another and to make plans for the future within their ministry areas. The activities started with an opening prayer from Fr. Simeon Corona and a delicious luncheon that was prepared by ladies from Saint Constantine and Helen and members of Orthodox San Diego. Expressions of gratitude for what Orthodox San Diego accomplished over the past year along with some…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America met at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America here on Thursday, July 5, 2012. In addition to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, others present included His Eminence, Archbishop Nikon of Boston, New England, and the Albanian Archdiocese; His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania; and His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West. Also in attendance were the OCA’s officers—Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor; Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary; and Melanie Ringa, Treasurer—and Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky, Director…

MISSION The mission of the OCSA is to bring the light of Christ to America through schooling that unites intellectual, spiritual, and cultural growth as inseparable needs for the human person. We seek to be a catalyst for the growth of Orthodox Christian primary and secondary schools, a central resource for their needs, as well as a means of their unified efforts to cultivate a noble and dignified society as understood by the Orthodox Christian faith. VISION A major pillar of a vibrant and influential American Orthodox Church will be a network of day schools that represent faithfully the teachings…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHOENIX – The official business of the 41st Clergy-Laity Congress concluded Wednesday July 4, 2012 with the plenary session which lasted all day and was the culmination of the forums, meetings of the committees, workshops, receptions and social events of fellowship–all of which contributed to a very productive and successful Congress, inspiring the delegates and participants to spread the message, Chosen and Appointed by God to Go and Bear Fruit. The Clergy-Laity Congress was attended by 790 participants, 651 of which were registered delegates from 326 parishes. The National Philoptochos Convention had the second…

Source: The National Herald WEST PALM BEACH, FL – Since 1987, Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has been the independent voice advocating for a unified Orthodox Christian Community in the United States. That there exist 14 ethnic Orthodox Christian groupings in the United States is incomprehensible to even Orthodox and causes greater confusion for others. Orthodox Christianity is seen as fragmented and in a state of disunity, when in fact no sacramental disunity exists within the liturgical life of these different ethnic group churches. The Orthodox Church is united in its liturgical and sacramental life here and all over the world.…

ZOE for Life! is a ministry serving pregnant women in distress in a confidential setting. Many women enjoy the blessings of love and a support structure to lead them to marriage, children, and a meaningful life. Others, however, are not as fortunate. They find themselves pregnant and in crisis. They have made the wrong choices and are in turmoil. They are not thinking, they are panicking! So few women are well versed on the various services that are available to them. Their overwhelming concern is, “What am I going to do now?” Many wrestle with abortion, some with adoption, and…

Here in the NW, both in Seattle and Portland areas, we have very active Pan-Orthodox Clergy Associations. They sponsor retreats two or three times a year, have joint services on various occasions (such as Sunday night Lenten Vespers in Seattle area), and support OCF’s on college campuses, among other things. The parishes in the Spokane area (Eastern Washington and Idaho) also work closely together. Visit our relatively new web site which reports on Pan-Orthodox activities in the NW. It is at http://orthodoxnorthwest.wordpress.com. Scroll down the right side for a very comprehensive list of links to all kinds of web sites.…

I became Orthodox because of my ministry among the poor. The ministry founded and still lead, The King’s Jubilee (http://www.shoutforjoy.net/), was received with me into the church when my wife and I were chrismated. It is truly a pan-Orthodox ministry. We have participation from Antiochians, Greeks, Russians, Albanians, Serbs, Georgians, etc. We also have participation from a couple of Roman Catholic churches on occasion. Although, I am not sure how that will stand going forward, since one RC volunteer was just chrismated into the Orthodox Church during Holy Week. We have been serving on the streets of Philadelphia for over…

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