Pastoral Practice Committee Pursues Ambitious Agenda

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Can Orthodox weddings be celebrated on Saturdays? Are group confessions permissible? How are catechumens prepared for reception into the Church? The answers to these questions and others depend on which Orthodox jurisdiction you call home. While there are vast areas of agreement in the Orthodox Church, there are variations in practice across jurisdictions in the United States as pertain to baptism, marriage, confession, and other … [Read more...]

Greek Orthodox Christian Clergy and Laity (GOCCL) seeks support for the resolution of problems in Metropolis of Chicago

Source: Greek Orthodox Christian Clergy and Laity We, Greek Orthodox Christians of the Metropolis of Chicago, will no longer accept what we believe is the continual financial and spiritual abuse of both clergy and laity, by the current Hierarchs of the Metropolis of Chicago. With this goal, a group of dedicated and committed individuals began a campaign to inform the church / laity of serious aberrations in our Greek Orthodox community, and to correct some of the financial and spiritual … [Read more...]

Friday, April 17 deadline for submitting AAC resolutions

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Bright Friday, April 17, 2015 is the deadline for submitting proposed resolutions for the 18th All-American Council, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. Proposed resolutions should be sent via e-mail to resolutions.18aac@oca.org or in hard copy to the Resolutions Committee, 18th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.  After review by the Resolutions … [Read more...]

Holy Synod issues letter supporting continuation of Statute Revision process

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a letter dated Friday, April 3, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon shared the intention of the Holy Synod of Bishops to continue the process regarding the revision of the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America and the presentation of the final draft at the 18th All-American Council[AAC] in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015. The text of the letter may be accessed here. While weighing concerns that the time allocated for a … [Read more...]

Bilateral commission of Moscow Patriarchate and Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church holds its first session

Source: Pravmir On 31 March 2015, the first meeting of the bilateral commission which will consider the possibility of recognizing the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church took place at the Moscow Spiritual Centre of the Old Believers of the Belokrinitsa branch in the Rogozhskaya Settlement. The commission was established on the initiative of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, and Metropolitan … [Read more...]

Who Was at the Cross and Tomb? – Laity!

Source: Seeds of Hope - Orthodox Christian Healing & Counseling Pascha – a Reminder for All! from our Board of Directors and Advisors: It was Laity – Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, Salome, and John among others. As we approach Holy week and Pascha, Scriptures remind us, it was Laity at the cross and at the empty tomb – the first disciples to follow Jesus, proclaiming the Good News now for over 2,000 years.  Seeds of Hope, Orthodox Counseling … [Read more...]

Video: Archbishop Nathaniel Participates in OCL Open Forum on the Progress of the Assembly of Bishops USA

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity On February 20, 2015, Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) hosted an Open Forum for interested clergy and laity in the Jacksonville/St Augustine, Florida area on the progress of the Assembly of Bishops as they finalize a blueprint for Orthodox Unity in the USA. Videos of the Forum at which His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel was the principal speaker, are available below: Part 1  Part 2   … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod responds to Assembly of Bishops’ “Common Starting Point”

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  In a document dated March 15, 2015, the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America offered a response to the Chairman and Secretary of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America with regard to the “Common Starting Point” for Canonical and Regional Planning. The text of the six-page document is available here. As noted in the document’s introduction, the response is “an … [Read more...]

Holy Synod of Bishops concludes spring session

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America held its spring session at the Chancery here March 17-20, 2015. The session was chaired by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, who in his opening remarks thanked the members of the Holy Synod, the Chancery staff, and those who facilitate the Church’s boards, committees, commissions and departments for their work and ministry. After hearing the report on the work of ORSMA and … [Read more...]

OCA Holy Synod Spring Session opens March 17

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will be held at the Chancery here from Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, 2015. According to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary, the members of the Holy Synod will undertake a thorough review of plans for the forthcoming 18th All-American Council, slated to be held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.  They will also consider the nomination of Archimandrite Gerasim … [Read more...]