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Check your email to confirm your email address immediately after you sign the Declaration to complete the verification process. You will receive an email from Civist ([email protected]) with the subject line: “Petition: Please confirm your signature” Otherwise, your signature will not be recorded. Thank you! CLICK HERE to view all signatures to date (updated daily) https://widget.civist.cloud/?api_url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.civist.cloud%2Ft%2F4a938619-ef43-4fa4-934c-71395afaaed1%2F#/RW1iZWRkaW5nOmMzODIyMTJiLWM0YjMtNDkyYi05YzIxLTY0ZGE2MTM3NDc4YQ== https://widget.civist.cloud/?api_url=https%3A%2F%2Fapi.civist.cloud%2Ft%2F4a938619-ef43-4fa4-934c-71395afaaed1%2F#/RW1iZWRkaW5nOjJhNDNlMTBjLWNmNjItNDVhZi04MGUzLWJhYmRkOTQ0ZGFhZg== CLICK HERE to view all signatures to date (updated daily) View the Declaration’s inaugural publication in the July 5, 2022 editions of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Over 440 Signatures to Date – Be One of Them! See the live count…

Source: Cosmos Philly Originally published on November 9, 2023 North Wildwood, NJ  – In a heartfelt celebration, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood, New Jersey, paid tribute to the remarkable quarter-century ministry of Father Steven Vlahos on Saturday, November 4. The occasion, set against the backdrop of the St. Demetrios feast day dinner dance, was marked by a myriad of festivities, including the dedication of a portrait of Father Steven in recognition of his unwavering commitment. The event, attended by parishioners and community members alike, was a testament to the parish’s love and appreciation for Father Steven. The…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The founding mother of Orthodox Christian Laity, Mary (Dallianis) Koulogeorge, fell asleep in the Lord on December 21, 2023. Her funeral prayers will be offered on January 2, 2024, at her home parish of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, Glenview, Illinois, where she and her late husband were benefactors and members. She was predeceased by her husband Jim of blessed memory in 2015. In 1987, Mary and Jim opened their Northbrook home and hosted the organizational meeting for what would become Orthodox Christian Laity. They gathered lifetime friends and neighbors who were devout Orthodox Christians…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity May the Good Lord bless you abundantly with Health, Happiness, Joy, and Prosperity, immersing ourselves in His Love and Wisdom during this blessed Nativity Season and the coming New Year.  We pray that He will bless OCL and our efforts to restore proper order to His Church in America and across the world.  May He enlighten His Hierarchy, Clergy, and Laity to be diligent, obedient, and united in pursuing the fulfillment of His will. I thank you all for your continued interest and support of OCL and its most worthy mission.  For the past 36 years,…

On this, the first anniversary of the Falling Asleep in the Lord of Roy Snyder, we remember him in prayer and with fond memories. He served on the board of directors of Orthodox Christian Laity for five years. He was active in community life in suburban St. Louis, MO. He was a member of the board of his local Orthodox Christian Church. Roy had a distinguished business career as the owner of Vising Angels of Greater St. Charles, Missouri, providing in-home living assistance services to seniors. He established this business with his wife, Judith, who has a nursing background. He…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Click here to view the PDF Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has been an advocate of dialogue in preserving and promoting the Orthodox Faith since its inception in 1987. This newsletter highlights OCL’s recent events in defending and strengthening Orthodox unity and continuity for future generations. 36th Annual Meeting and Conference On the weekend of October 20-22, 2023, Orthodox Christian Laity held its 36th Annual Meeting and Conference (read highlights online here: https://bit.ly/OCL36) at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Glenview, Illinois. The OCL Board met on Friday, October 20, in the library of Saints Peter…

Source: Cosmos Philly North Wildwood, NJ  – In a heartfelt celebration, St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in North Wildwood, New Jersey, paid tribute to the remarkable quarter-century ministry of Father Steven Vlahos on Saturday, November 4. The occasion, set against the backdrop of the St. Demetrios feast day dinner dance, was marked by a myriad of festivities, including the dedication of a portrait of Father Steven in recognition of his unwavering commitment. The event, attended by parishioners and community members alike, was a testament to the parish’s love and appreciation for Father Steven. The evening commenced with speeches from prominent…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The 36th Annual Meeting of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) took place on October 20, 2023, in the beautiful Library of Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. The 3-hour meeting, presided over by President Bill Souvall, covered a range of important topics, including Orthodox Christian unity, financial reports, and board development. Here’s a summary of the key points from the meeting: Prayer for Orthodox Unity: The meeting began with a prayer for Orthodox Unity in America, emphasizing the importance of the unity of the Orthodox Christian community in America, spiritually and administratively.…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Download the Event Flyer here. The OCL Board will hold the 36th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chicago, Illinois, at Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 1401 Wagner Road, Glenview, IL 60025 (https://ssppglenview.org/) the weekend of October 20-21, 2023. Mark your calendar! Join us for what promises to be a unique and enlightening program. Friday, October 20, 2023 Annual Board Meeting Saturday, October 21, 2023 8:00 am – Continental Breakfast and Fellowship 9:00 am – 11:15 am V. Rev. Archpriest Bohdan Hladio, an Orthodox priest and former Chancellor of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (West Palm Beach, FL) On September 22, 2023, The Hellenic Foundation of Chicago notified Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) that it awarded a grant of up to $37,500 to fund the DePaul University Special Collections – OCL Archival Project. The project aims to update OCL’s archive collection housed at DePaul University. The John T. Richardson Library Special Collections has housed the OCL Archive since 2006. This work will make OCL’s archive collection more accessible to scholars and patrons worldwide by arranging and describing the archives, digitizing obsolete content, and preserving website and digital media. OCL developed the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity View the PDF of the Letter here Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) launched several important initiatives in 2023. “Orthodoxy In Action” Presentations OCL sponsored four Orthodoxy In Action presentations via Zoom which may be viewed on OCL’s YouTube Channel (https://bit.ly/OCL-Youtube). (1) At the first presentation on January 29, George Matsoukas (OCL Executive Director Emeritus and Board Member) represented OCL and related his experiences at the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) Mega Conference held in Volos, Greece, from January 12-14, 2023. (2) On February 26, Ken Liu, Executive Director of Orthodox Youth and Young Adult Ministries (OYM)(https://theoym.org/), focused…

Source: Legacy.com You could not keep up with Lyn Coupounas. She was a gifted multitasker, and you never felt rushed. She made you feel comfortable. She accomplished and balanced so many aspects of life in each day. She always picked up just where you left off the last time you talked to her. Wow! We now learn that she was a trailblazer in the field of hematology. She was a researcher and scholar. She was an accomplished professional. We knew she was a respected teacher, mentor, and leader. But we did not know and understand what a difference she made…

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