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Source: BookLocker Under One Roof: Uniting the Orthodox Church of America by George E. Matsoukas This collection of essays written between 2012-2020 addresses the status of the Orthodox Church in the U.S. and emphasizes the mission of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL): unity, accountability, conciliar governance, education and renewal. CLICK HERE TO ORDER About the Book This is the second collection of essays, compiled from opinion columns written during the period 2012-2020, when George Matsoukas served as executive director of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL). The first collection, “A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America,” is also a collection…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity https://youtu.be/DQMvD8KnCgo On May 8, 2004, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) sponsored an Open Forum at Oak Brook, Illinois, wherein the issues relating to the Charter Crisis in the Greek Orthodox Church were discussed. The meeting was well attended (Illinois and neighboring states), and the responses obtained from the audience were overwhelmingly favorable. This video is an abridged version of that meeting. The presenters are all individuals with long, dedicated service to the Greek Orthodox Church over many decades. The Clergy-Laity Congress took place in New York, July 25-29, 2004. Peter Hailkalis, PhD – President of OCL…

Source: The National Herald By Christopher Tripoulas Originally published on April 15, 2021 The process of drafting a new charter for the Archdiocese of America has officially begun and is expected to be completed next year, symbolically coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the Archdiocese’s formal establishment. Over the past 25 years, major structural changes have occurred in the administrative composition of the Church in America. In 1996, the Ecumenical Patriarchate split the onetime Archdiocese of North and South America into four distinct and independent eparchies: Canada, America, Mexico and Central America, and Buenos Aires and South America. In 2003,…

Source: The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America Resurrection Pastoral Letter 2021 + N A T H A N I E L By the Mercy of God, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate of America To our beloved clergy, monastics and pious faithful of Our God-protected Episcopate, Grace, mercy and peace from God and from us our fatherly love and hierarchal blessing. “The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity UPDATE: The letters are bearing fruit! See Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the GOA (Important Charter News!) and [email protected]: Independence for the Church of America and Archbishop Elpidophoros’ April 22, 2021 Reply! (#5) Letter of April 21, 2021 Followed by Response of Archbishop Elpidophoros on April 22, 2021 April 21, 2021 Holy Hierarch Januarius, bishop of Benevent; Holy Empress Alexandra His Eminence, Archbishop ELPIDOPHOROS The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America 10 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021 Your Eminence, The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) wishes to congratulate you and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese…

Source: Centre for Applied Theology A Discussion on Women in the Church with Dr. Elena Narinskaya, Dr. Mary Cunningham, Rev. Dr. Gabrielle Thomas, and Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost at the Centre for Applied Theology, April 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm EDT (19:00 London Time). Below is the zoom link for those who can join in on this very interesting & stimulating topic at a deeper level! Those of us who have been studying and discussing this book, this should be indeed a great opportunity to hear a discussion from 4 article authors themselves. For those who have not yet participated…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The Assembly of Bishops needs your input! The Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey, designed by experts on the Mental Health Task Force, takes only 15 minutes and consists of approximately 30 questions. All information you provide is completely anonymous, and the aggregate data will help the Task Force better understand the mental health needs and experiences of the faithful in order to develop resources and programs for enhanced ministry in your community.  Please take the survey below and encourage others in your community to take it as well. In order to help…

Source: The National Herald NEW YORK — In a historic vote, the Archdiocese Benefits Committee voted to secure the future of the “Pension Plan for Clergymen and Lay Employees of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.” After many months of diligent work, and with the loving support and leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Committee voted to accept the amendments to the Pension Plan document that will improve the funding of the Plan and the protection of the vested benefits that are due to the members of the Plan. In addition, the changes to the plan accept the new…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Departments of the Orthodox Church in America have a long and fruitful history. When the OCA received her autocephaly in 1970, Orthodox resources in the English language were rare. The burgeoning OCA took her mission to be the Church in North America seriously, supporting parish ministries and Orthodox Christians with the development of much-needed resources. The first half of the history of the OCA was met with an explosion of new and fresh materials. Towering leaders set their sights on equipping the parishes and the Church at large with exemplary offerings which endure…

Source: The National Herald By Christopher Tripoulas The process of drafting a new charter for the Archdiocese of America has officially begun and is expected to be completed next year, symbolically coinciding with the centennial anniversary of the Archdiocese’s formal establishment. Over the past 25 years, major structural changes have occurred in the administrative composition of the Church in America. In 1996, the Ecumenical Patriarchate split the onetime Archdiocese of North and South America into four distinct and independent eparchies: Canada, America, Mexico and Central America, and Buenos Aires and South America. In 2003, through the granting of the most…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The process that will lead to a new charter for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is beginning based on a decision by the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Archdiocese, which was convened by its president Archbishop Elpidophoros of America. According to the Communiqué of the Holy Eparchial Synod, the purpose of the new charter is to meet “the visions and expectations of the clergy and laity in view of the completion next year of the 100th anniversary since its founding.” For this purpose, “the process envisions the establishment of a…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Today, April 5, 2021 His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America convened the Holy Eparchial Synod via video conference for a regularly scheduled meeting. During this gathering, the Holy Eparchial Synod: 1) was officially informed of the release from the status of academic probation which had been imposed upon Hellenic College Holy Cross by the New England Commission on Higher Education, and it unanimously congratulated the President of the School, Archon George Cantonis, and all the administrators for this success. 2) expressed its satisfaction with the favorable outcome of a funding solution for the Clergy…

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