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Yearly Archives: 2016

[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”1″ gal_title=”Select Gallery”] After clicking on the first photo of the gallery above, click on the play button and the “i” on the right hand side under the photo to show information about each photo. Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For 30 years, OCL has been  promoting unity, transparency, accountability and lay involvement in Church life at all levels to make these priorities a reality in the administrative life of the Church.   OCL completed its Annual Meeting in Cottonwood, Utah on November 19, 2016, and began thinking about itsplans for next year’s meeting.  The board members came away with a renewed…

Source: Chicago Tribune George Demetrios Aravosis, aged 87, born in Chicago in 1929, fell asleep in the Lord on November 15, 2016. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Dalianis). Loving father of Kathryn (George) Katsivalis, George, John and the late Valerie. Adored grandfather of Illias (Zoe), Anthony, Andreas, Evan, Matthaios, Sofia and great grandfather of George. Cherished brother of Peter (Carol). Dear brother-in-law of Katherine (Spiro) Besbekos, Silvia (Tom) Tsoutsouris and the late George (late Rose) Dalianis. Uncle to many nieces and nephews. Cherished companion, Kukla, his dog. George was a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, class of ’51 and…

Source: Russia Today In an exclusive interview with RT, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill, shared his ideas on the difficult situations of Christians in the Middle East, the US presidential election, and European multiculturalism. RT: Your Holiness, first of all, let me congratulate you on your upcoming birthday. Thank you for taking the time to discuss these important –even global ­–issues with us. Let us talk about Christian affairs outside of Russia – specifically, about the Middle East and Northern Africa. As everyone knows, the dramatic events associated with the armed conflicts raging in the Middle East,…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru President-elect Donald Trump has named Reince Priebus, an Orthodox Christian, as his White House chief of staff come January 2017. The forty-four year old Priebus has a long history in politics, and is a personal friend of House speaker Paul Ryan, which is expected to help in garnering legislative victories for the Trump administration, The Guardian reports. Priebus has served as state treasurer and Republican party chairman in Wisconsin, and took up the post of Republican National Convention chairman in 2011, becoming a loyal Trump campaign adviser and helping to garner broad support that led to his victory.…

Source: Rome Reports The document signed  in September by Orthodox and Catholics is not final,but it is an important step towards unity between the Churches. It establishes the framework for dialogue in two crucial aspects: the meaning of papal primacy, and the way of carrying out the synod; the assembly of bishops. MSGR. ANDREA PALMIERI Pontifical Council for Christian Unity “The primacy is possibly the trickiest subject in the historical dispute between Orthodox and Catholics, who have been separated for 1,000 years. That is why it was decided that we study together the first millennium, when Eastern Christians and Western…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Cypriot LGBT “rights group” ACCEPT has labeled Archbishop Chrysostomos as hateful, and is calling for his recent comments on the desire to create schools aimed at instilling children with traditional, Orthodox morality to be investigated, reports The Cyprus Weekly. In an interview with the MEGAONE television station the archbishop revealed that the Church is contemplating creating its own school system, with nurseries, elementary, middle and high schools being created over the next several years. The primate correctly identified homosexuality as “an aberrance and a sin,” saying “It is not something normal. It is unnatural.” In this light he…

Source: WorldWatch Monitor Life hasn’t been easy for 28-year-old Syrian mother Kristina, a Christian of Armenian descent, who lived with her husband in Aleppo long before the civil war started in 2011. It was in that besieged city that Kristina gave birth to her firstborn daughter, 18 months ago. She’s brought the little girl to the house where a World Watch Monitor contact meets her. While her mother talks, the toddler explores the room. “Please close the door, I’d like to keep an eye on her,” Kristina asks, not letting her child out of her sight. With the pain still…

On behalf of the Board and Advisors of Orthodox Christian Laity, thank you to Metropolitan Isaiah for blessing OCL’s 29th Annual Program and Meeting and for participating in the events of this weekend’s activities.  His Eminence has been with us in prayer and direction, as a spiritual guide and father, since our formation.  During the last 29 years, we have shared church concerns together. Also, thank you to His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel for sharing his prayers, love, advice, time and fellowship with us for 15 years.  He has been an exceptional wise counselor, spiritual father and friend and has been…

MISSION Advocate for a Unified, Canonical. Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States that is accountable, transparent in administrative matters and respects the role of the laity in the governance of the Church. UNITY * TRANSPARENCY *   ACCOUNTABILITY * INVOLVED LAITY BECOME A MEMBER A tax deductible donation of $50.00 enables you to be a member.  Visit our web site: www.ocl.org Click on the “Sign up for the OCL Newsletter” link to receive regular updates. Consider becoming a Grassroots local parish unity advocate.  OCL will put you in touch with other parish advocates. Learn more about OCL, and if you…

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