Pan-Orthodox Council: Ready for 2016, beyond

Source: The National Herald By Dennis Menos The need for a Pan Orthodox Council to resolve the issues that confront the Church in the modern era and also to further promote Christian unity, has been debated in the Orthodox East for many years. It came, therefore, as no surprise when the Primates of the Church announced in March 2014 that such a Council would convene in Constantinople early in 2016. The Council will bring together the Primates and Bishops of all fourteen Autocephalous … [Read more...]

When Bartholomew meets Kirill – The Orthodox prepare for a great gathering

Source: The Economist by Bruce Clark Imagine over 300 mostly grey-bearded men of religion, bearing sonorous  titles and varying degrees of real authority, gathering in an ancient building in Istanbul which long formed part of the Topkapi Palace, a residence of the Ottoman sultan-caliph. No, the participants in the most important gathering during the summer of 2016 won’t be sheikhs or muftis, although their chosen venue is now a landmark in a mainly Muslim city. These visitors will take … [Read more...]

“No Snitch” Code Alive and Well in the Greek Orthodox Church

Source: Greek Orthodox Christian Clergy and Laity Last week, a movie opened in theatres that critics say will receive a “Best Picture” nomination at this year’s Academy Awards: “Spotlight” tells the true story of a 2002 Boston Globe investigative team that blew the cover off of the massive child sex abuse scandal kept secret by the Catholic church. The trailer can be seen here, and features the following text: “To break the story, they broke the silence.” In the trailer, a … [Read more...]

Reflections on the meaning of the “Hierarchical Church” in America

Source: The Greek Star BY GEORGE D. KARCAZES What does it mean when we say that the Church is "hierarchical"? Does it mean that Christ alone is acknowledged to be the "head" of the Church and that everyone else are His servants, regardless of "rank"? Does it mean that the titles of those ordained to the priesthood are in a "hierarchical" order — in the nature of the service all members of the Church are called upon to offer: where Patriarchs, Archbishops, Metropolitans,   … [Read more...]

SHEPHERD OR BUTCHER?

Source: The Church Messenger By Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger There is a story told about a group of pilgrims who were touring the Holy Land with a guide who was a native of the region. The guide was explaining how, since time immemorial, the shepherd did not walk behind his sheep but in front. The sheep would follow him wherever he would lead, just as the Lord describes Himself as the “Good Shepherd” in the Gospel of St. John: “…the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios of America Receives the High Title of “Geron”

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces with great joy and gratitude to His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the elevation of the Holy Archdiocese of America to the rank of Gerontiki Eparchy (meaning an eparchy headed by a Geron/Elder hierarch) of the Ecumenical Throne in the person of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, who from now on will … [Read more...]

OCA Treasurer’s report for first three quarters of 2015 released

Source: Orthodox Church in America OCA Treasurer’s report for first three quarters of 2015 released   SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The financial report for the OCA's the first three quarters of 2015, prepared by Ms. Melanie Ringa, Treasurer of the Orthodox Church in America, has been released and is now available on-line. “Year to date, through September 30, 2015, expenses were under budget by $107,054.00,” Ms. Ringa noted.  “Total revenues for the same period were under budget by only … [Read more...]

Have the Antiochians Changed Their Minds?

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America by His Grace Bishop John, The Word, November 2015 Many are asking if the Antiochians have changed their minds about Orthodox unity in America. Our response to the Proposal of the Canonical Regional Planning Committee printed in The WORD deserves some clarication. After all, Patriarch Ignatius IV, Metropolitan Antony and Metropolitan Philip of thrice-blessed memory, as well as the Antiochian Archdiocese in North America have been … [Read more...]

ORTHODOX WORKING TOGETHER: Overview on the Chronology and Work of the Assembly of Bishops

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Overview on the Chronology and Work of the Assembly of Bishops Presented on Friday, November 5, 2015 Open Forum at the OCL Annual Meeting held at St John of Damascus Orthodox Church, Poway CA: ORTHODOX WORKING TOGETHER - George Matsoukas, presenter   Will the Orthodox Christian Church in the USA remain as separate colonies of the fourteen Old World Patriarchates and autocephalous churches, or will it finally be a mission Church to the faithful in … [Read more...]

Leaders, Do What’s Right in a Sex Abuse Crisis: 5 Guidelines

Source: JeffreyWaynick.com The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Deciding which situations need your personal attention, and which do not, is a constant challenge for every busy leader.  However, there are two types of incidents that always deserve a leader’s hands-on involvement: sexual misconduct and financial dishonesty.  How well and how quickly you … [Read more...]