An Essay with Concerns, Suggestions, and Proposals submitted to the Holy and Great Pan-Orthodox Synod of Chaniá, Crete—19-25-June-2016

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity From the Editor - excerpt from complete, excellent essay which follows:   The Role of the Laity and women.  The final point I wish to touch upon is the issue of the Role of the Laity in the Church. I am fully aware of the distinction between the clergy and the laity (έχοντες ούν υμείς χαρίσματα κατά την χάριν την δοθείσαν υμίν διάφορα) but  Ι have not seen the role of the laity given approriate weight in the Orthodox Church (in fact, I have seen more … [Read more...]


Source: / Facebook Minutes of the Session of the Holy Synod (5.25.2016): On May 25, 2016, the regular plenary session of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Georgia was held at the Patriarchate of Georgia. The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II acted as the Chairman of the session. Metropolitan Shio (Mujiri) of Senaki and Chkhopotsku was appointed Secretary of the session. The Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II gave an opening speech in which he … [Read more...]

Bulgarian Orthodox Church withdraws from Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete

Source: The Sofia Globe Written by Clive Leviev-Sawyer on June 1, 2016 in Bulgaria The governing body of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, the Holy Synod, signalled on June 1 its withdrawal from the Pan-Orthodox Council to be held in Crete from June 16 to 26. Strictly speaking, the Holy Synod demanded the postponement of the council unless its various demands were met, but given that this is unlikely to happen, the Synod’s decision effectively amounts to withdrawal. The Pan-Orthodox … [Read more...]

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...]


Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Press Office Dear Media Representatives, Preparations for the Holy and Great Council, the first after the East-West Schism of 1053, are entering their final stretch. The Council already attracts international interest and a multitude of journalists from all over the world are expected to travel to Crete, Greece in June. Applications for press accreditation began today May 24, 2016 and will remain open until June 6. They will be processed online … [Read more...]

The HOPE Association to Launch Pediatric Mobile Health Clinics Offering Free Health Services

Source: HOPE Association The nonprofit organization enlists ultra marathoner Levi Rizk to run across America to gain awareness for the cause Washington D.C., May 17, 2016 – The HOPE Association, a nonprofit service organization based in Washington D.C., will launch two pediatric mobile health clinics in early 2017 that will serve low-income families in the D.C. and Los Angeles communities. The two HOPE pediatric mobile health clinics will provide several free services to uninsured children, … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarchate Provides Resources for Holy and Great Council

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – An historic gathering for the Orthodox Christian Churches, the first of its kind in 1200 years, is being supported with both digital communications and a multilingual team of experts. A website,, provides background information on the Holy and Great Council, which will meet in Crete June 16-27 and gathers representatives from the 14 autocephalous (internally self-governing) Orthodox Churches to discuss issues … [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: 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...]

Bishop Alexander to be enthroned in Dallas on June 11

Source: Orthodox Church in America DALLAS, TX [OCA]  The Enthronement of His Grace, Bishop Alexander as the second Bishop of Dallas and the South will be celebrated at Saint Seraphim Cathedral, 4112 Throckmorton, Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  [See related story.] Canonically elected by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America during their Spring Session on March 29, 2016, Bishop Alexander succeeds His Eminence, Archbishop Dmitri, who in retirement fell asleep … [Read more...]