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Source: Orthodox Observer See Video at the end of the article. Dear Fr. Joseph M. McShane of the Society of Jesus, President of Fordham University Dear Fathers, Distinguished Participants, Dear Christ and Anastasia Economos, in whose honor this lecture series has been renamed, Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear Friends present here at the University Church and elsewhere online, When I think of Orthodox-Catholic relations, I see the word: “Solidarity.” Let me tell you why. Two months ago, in the middle of this sweltering summer, I picked up my phone and called His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan. I told him: “Your Eminence, I…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Monday, September 14, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, Chancellor of the Orthodox Church in America, made the following statement: “On Monday, August 31, 2020, I signed a contract with a Long Island realtor to put up for sale the Westwood property, the longtime location of the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America in Oyster Bay Cove (Syosset), NY. I took this step in accordance with the motion to do so that was unanimously accepted by the Metropolitan Council at the beginning of its regular Fall 2020 Session, on Thursday, August 27, 2020. The…

Source: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco  Beloved Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, On September 1, our Church begins a new ecclesiastical year. We are given the opportunity to start anew. This sense of turning a page, starting again, is a much needed opportunity for us and our parishes. Most of us, I am certain, would like to have 2020 behind us. The Coronavirus, the loss of connection to our parishes, the economic struggles, the racial and political tensions, and now these devastating wildfires, have touched every fiber of our lives. While the calendar for at least the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity According to IndependentSector.org and the Urban Institute, there are approximately 1.6 million 501(c)3 organizations in the USA established to address and redress important issues related to various aspects of societal needs, including social issues, education, religious institutions, and the arts, to suggest a few. Approximately 38% (608,000) of them have budgets below the $100,000 range according to Zipsprout.com. Orthodox Christian Laity is in this budget range. Like many of these organizations, OCL was founded with passion to address many issues, the most meaningful being: Orthodox Christian Administrative Unity Matters.  It matters, because canonical, jurisdictional unity is…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Office of Pastoral Life of the Orthodox Church in America will hold their second Pastoral Life Conference for all OCA clergy on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm. The theme of the online conference will be Nurturing Spiritual Brotherhood. Dr. Albert Rossi, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will offer the keynote address at the start of the Conference. His Grace Bishop Alexis, chairman of the Office of Pastoral Life, will be part of a closing panel that will address questions and concerns arising from the participants.…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Sponsored by the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania, Diocese of the Midwest, and Bulgarian Diocese, the seventh annual Parish Development Forum was held online on July 9, 2020. One hundred forty participants, including four Bishops represented parishes from every Diocese of the Orthodox Church in America as well as Antiochian, Greek, Ukrainian, and Serbian jurisdictions, as well as the Coptic Orthodox Church. The Forum theme—“The Orthodox Parish: Charting a Course in Challenging Times” – was shaped in two keynote addresses offered by His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon, entitled “Orthodox Christian Communities in 2020”, and Father Sean Levine who…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros departed for Istanbul following the celebration of the Dormition of the Theotokos at the eponymous Church in Southampton. This will be His Eminence’s first visit of 2020, the last time he was there was for the Feast of the First-Called Apostle Andrew in November of 2019. The Archbishop will remain abroad through the Beginning of the Ecclesiastical Year (September 1st) and will be at the Ecumenical Patriarchate at the Feast of the Indiction. This feast also includes the the annual observance of the “Day of Environmental…

Source: Orthodox Reality Today, we are releasing the report, “Holy Communion during the Pandemic in American Orthodox Parishes.” You can download the full report or executive summary here: https://orthodoxreality.org/coronavirus-and-american-orthodox-parishes/ We express deep gratitude to the 609 priests representing all Orthodox jurisdictions and regions of the country, who participated in this unique study. They shared not only factual information about administering Holy Communion in their parishes, but – most importantly – their personal, very frank reflections and thoughts on possible adaptations in offering this Sacrament in this current time of crisis. The spread of COVID-19 has made a number of church…

Source: Orthodox Observer New York, NY – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros convened the Clergy of the entire Archdiocese today in order to discuss the current status of the Archdiocese Pension Plan. Over 350 members of the clergy attended the webinar regarding the Pension Plan which covers both the clergy and the lay employees of the Archdiocese. Following his prepared remarks, Archbishop Elpidophoros answered questions of the clergy for over three hours. The Pension Plan is funded by contributions from the Archdiocese, the Clergy and lay employees themselves, and the parishes. It is administered by the Archdiocese Benefits Committee (ABC), whose…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America New York, NY – August 3, 2020 — His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the leadership of the Friends of St. Nicholas and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, today visited the World Trade Center to witness the resumption of construction of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine, the only house of worship destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Once rebuilt, the Church and National Shrine will serve as a powerful symbol of resilience and a beacon of hope, welcoming people…

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