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View the Declaration’s inaugural publication in the July 5, 2022 editions of  The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Over 200 Signatures to Date – Be One of Them! Check below for the live count. Comments received from signers “It’s time for Unity!” “This is long overdue!” “It’s what the great Saints would want.” “Glory to God!” “Saint Cassiani, pray for us.” “May it be blessed!” “A house divided against itself cannot long survive.” “Excellent idea.” “Glory to Jesus Christ.” “Thank you.” “I agree with the Declaration completely and support its goals.” “Let our eye be single.” “Amen.”…

Source: Christian Network Europe (CNE) News The Orthodox Church of Ukraine has called on patriarch Bartholomew to condemn Moscow patriarch Kirill for supporting the Russian invasion of Ukraine. With the approval of the synod of his bishops, Metropolitan Epiphanius wrote a letter to the head of world orthodoxy, the patriarch of Constantinople, to condemn Kirill for heresy and schism. The letter, available to the Catholic German daily Die Tagespost, reads that the patriarch should “review and condemn at a pan-Orthodox level the activities of the Moscow Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev and the ethnophyletic and racist doctrine of the Russian world”. Epiphanius accuses…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON – The Chief Secretary of the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Director of the Department of Religious Education, Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos, in a confidential report dated May 3, 2022, to Archbishop Elpidophoros, reveals the situation during Holy Week Services at Holy Cross School of Theology and for the School in general. In his report, which was made available to The National Herald, Bishop Athenagoras directly denounces the president of HCHC, George Cantonis, as well as the deans of both Hellenic College, Timothy Patitsas, and of the…

Source: The Wheel Winter/Spring 2022 The Romanian Orthodox Church in the Age of Autocracy Ionut Biliuta In 2007, when Metropolitan Daniel Ciobotea of Moldova and Bukovina became the sixth Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the theological and priestly worlds were brimming with expectation. A respected scholar of systematic theology with degrees obtained in the West, an ecumenical theologian, and a diplomat of the Church, he was the obvious choice for succeeding the old and beleaguered Patriarch Teoctist Arăpașu. Being the spiritual leader of one of the most significant Orthodox churches was no easy task in post-communist Romania. The Patriarchate…

Source: Religion News Service His baptizing of a gay couple’s children is only the most recent case in point. By Mark Silk (RNS) — A couple of weeks ago, Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox archbishop of America, showed up in a seaside resort near Athens and baptized the son and daughter of a prominent gay couple, actor Evangelo Bousis and fashion designer Peter Dundas. The baptism, which was followed by a meal and “wild party,” was widely publicized. And it created a bit of a furor in the Church of Greece. As Orthodox protocol requires, Elpidophoros had informed the local metropolitan bishop that he…

Source: Orthodox Reality The report, “Orthodox Church in America: a Decade of Changes in Parishes, Membership and Worship Attendance” is now available. The data were obtained by the US Religion Census directly from the OCA parishes. The report can be downloaded here: https://orthodoxreality.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/Report-OCA-From2010To2020rev1.pdf The Census has revealed that from 2010-2020 Orthodox Church in America experienced a decline in membership by 12%. But these changes were different in different dioceses. Three OCA dioceses have grown in members, while nine have declined. Census data show that OCA dioceses vary greatly in the percentage of parishioners who attend church regularly. The Archdiocese of…

Source: Spirit of Abilene By PHILIP LeMASTERS The centrality of peace to the worship and spiritual vision of Eastern Orthodox Christianity magnifies the tragedy of the invasion of Ukraine.  Petitions for peace abound in Orthodox services, including for deliverance from “the sword, foreign invasion, and civil war.” The Church prays regularly for “the peace of the whole world,” as well as for the liberation of captives and for people “in exile, in harsh labor, and…in every kind of affliction, necessity, or distress.”  Every Sunday service includes a petition for God to grant peace “to all civil authorities, to our armed…

Source: Orthodox Times The ecclesiastical antagonism in which the Moscow Patriarchate is engaged against the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the other churches that have recognized the Autocephaly of the Church of Ukraine is shifting to a new geographical field. So, after Africa, a new source of ecclesiastical tension is appearing in the United States against the background of the decision of the Archdiocese of America to place Archimandrite Alexander Belya as the vicar of the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate. In fact, the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to which the Archdiocese of America belongs, recently promoted Alexander Belya to the position of…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos The last year and a half much has been said and written about the Charter of the Archdiocese because of its sudden and unilateral revocation on Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy Synod in Constantinople in response to the demand of Archbishop Elpidophoros. The Archbishop demanded the revocation of the Charter verbally from the Patriarch without consulting the Holy Eparchial Synod and the Archdiocesan Council and without their agreement. There was not even a simple notification – the members of those bodies learned the news from The National…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative “Has the Lord not taken the lead?” This is the challenging question Deborah the Judge poses to the commander of Israel’s army in the Old Testament story in the book of Judges. It remains a critical question for today’s leader who aspires to serve the Lord. Women like Deborah and Jael were not the expected leaders of a nation over 2000 years ago. People would rather put their trust in the strength of an army and its commander. In this episode, Fr. Dustin Lyon shares how the army commanders from both sides were judged by the…

Click Here or on the images below to view the PDF Related Articles A Historic Event: His All-Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew Meets with the Clergy of the Slavic Orthodox Vicariate for the First Time Slavic Orthodox Vicariate All Allegations Against Archimandrite Alexander (Belya) Are Slander Belya v. Kapral et. al

Source: Get Religion by Terry Mattingly This was a very important weekend in the history of Eastern Orthodox Christianity in Ukraine and Russia — for those (including journalists) who believe that religious traditions and symbols matter as much as statements by government officials and headlines in Western media. At the center of the drama, of course, was the city of Kiev, as it is known in to Russians and many Ukrainians, and Kyiv, as it is known to many Ukrainians, as well as officials in the United States and the European Union. Here’s the quotation I keep thinking about, drawn…

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