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It’s Not Just Politics That’s Haywire: a Look at today’s Greek Orthodox Church in the US

Source: The National Herald By Yianni Pappas The 2016 presidential election cycle in America has been wild. Pundits on all networks have said that the old rules just don’t apply anymore. Many have stated that “this is not the America we knew.” A lightbulb may have finally lit up. The pulse of the people is beginning to register. It is too late for most of the candidates, but perhaps in observing the political climate we can better understand the lay of the land within the Greek Orthodox … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Georges Khodr on the Coming Great and Holy Council

Source: Notes on Arab Orthodoxy Arabic original here. Note that in Arabic, the word for "synod" and "council" is the same. For a succinct expression of a similar understanding of primacy by a medieval patriarch of Antioch, seehere. For more discussions of Antiochian ecclesiology, see here andhere. The Holy Synod It is the gathering  of the regional church, which they call the local church, and in most churches it is made up of their bishops. For example, the churches gathered around the … [Read more...]

Create a special delegation of women as consultants at the Pan-Orthodox Council

Source: Change.org Petitioning Secretariat for the Preparation of the Great and Holy Council Centre Orthodoxe, Chambesy The Pan-Orthodox Council will meet in Crete at Pentecost. Its voting members will consist of hierarchs from each of the fourteen autocephalous churches. Those delegates will be accompanied by non-voting consultants that may include clergy, monastic, and/or lay participants, with no guarantee that any of them will be female. As a result, the Council is structured in such a … [Read more...]

Is it Time to Rethink Orthodox Campus Ministry?

Source: OrthodoxOutpost.com By Andrew Estocin May is the month for college graduations. It is a time of new beginnings for Orthodox Christian college students across the country as they transition out of campus life and into adulthood.   Graduation season is also an opportunity to look at Orthodox campus ministry in America and its well-being.   The health of campus ministry is a key indicator of the future health of Orthodoxy in America. College students are by far one of the most … [Read more...]

The Great Council of the Orthodox Church with Fr. Dn. John Chryssavgis and Fr. Alexander Rentel

Source: Ancient Faith Ministries Live Call-in Programs Live call-in shows are broadcast most Sundays at 8pm Eastern / 5pm Pacific Call in to 1-855-AFRADIO (1-855-237-2346) during the show. Ancient Faith Radio is almost entirely listener-supported. Your monetary assistance is vital to our ongoing existence. Please consider making a donation today. Upcoming program: May 8 Faith Enouraged Live - Program archives The Great Council of the Orthodox Church with Fr. Dn. John Chryssavgis … [Read more...]

THE ORTHODOX “DIASPORA”: MOTHER CHURCHES, MISSION, AND THE FUTURE

Source: Public Orthodoxy by Rev. Dr. Radu Bordeianu, Will Cohen, Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko, Brandon Gallaher, Rev. Dr. D. Oliver Herbel, and Kerry San Chirico Among the issues to be heard by the Orthodox Churches at the June 2016 Great and Holy Council in Crete is the situation of the Orthodox diaspora. The Council will be working with the document on the diaspora promulgated by the fourth pre-conciliar gathering in Chambésy in June 2009. This document called for a swift canonical … [Read more...]

Reaction To The Agenda Of The Great And Holy Council Of The Orthodox Church

Source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Originally published on September 29, 1977 Introduction The agenda for the forthcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church was formulated by the Pre-Synodal Pan-Orthodox Conference, in Chambesy, Geneva, November 21-28, 1976. At the recommendation of His Eminence Metropolitan Meliton, chairman of the Conference, and at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, co-chairman of our Consultation, the Orthodox-Roman … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Great and Holy Council: Theological Reflections

Source: Orthodox Theological Society in America Great and Holy Monday Dear Fathers, Members of OTSA, and Friends: Several weeks ago, you received a “save the date” announcement for our upcoming conference, (Friday May 27-Saturday May 28), in which we will be discussing the papers that have been written by many of our members and friends, in anticipation of the Great and Holy Council.  We would like at this time to provide you with a registration site, where you may see the pertinent … [Read more...]

Book Review – The Orthodox Dilemma: Personal Reflections On Global Pan-Orthodox Christian Conciliar Unity

Source:  American Orthodox Institute / Touchstone Magazine (May/June 2016) Eastern Union The Orthodox Dilemma: Personal Reflections On Global Pan-Orthodox Christian Conciliar Unity George Alexander OCP Publications, 2015; 202 pages, $12.00, paperback By John G. Panagiotou In George Alexander’s “The Orthodox Dilemma” the reader is given a highly accessible overview of the history, current situation, and possible future of Eastern Orthodoxy and Oriental Orthodoxy. Through personal … [Read more...]

What We Expect! Looking Forward to the Holy and Great Council

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Lent is coming to an end.  We are preparing for Holy Week and Pascha.  The liturgical cycle will turn toward Pentecost.    This Pentecost, June 19, will be different from other celebrations.  We are praying and looking forward to the opening sessions of the Holy and Great Council.  This meeting has been 1200 years in waiting, and its agenda has taken 80 years to prepare. This council is a turning point in world Orthodox Christianity and indeed the entire … [Read more...]