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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity Celebrates and Congratulates Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit, Senior Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America, Model of Servant Leadership and Visionary Advocate of Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA, as he celebrates his 40-year Anniversary as a Bishop, November 15, 2020.  We lead off this tribute to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel with his address to the Orthodox Christian Laity 14th Annual Meeting, October 20, 2001, in Oakbrook, Illinois, one year after he joined the OCL Advisory Board.  His talk is entitled: A Possible Scenario: “The Celebration of the First Anniversary of the Autocephaly…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity notes the passing of Dorothy Kappos on September 7, 2020.  Mrs. Kappos was the wife of the George Kappos of blessed memory, who served on the advisory board of Orthodox Christian Laity for many years.   She is remembered as a gracious, thoughtful, and devoted individual.  She would attend board meetings with her husband and family friends, Andrew, and Katherine Kartalis.  Mrs. Kappos’ presence and smile would light up a room.  Side by side, she and George worked together and were role models for their family, community, and church.  As reported in her obituary,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Within seventeen days, September 24 to October 11, 2020, OCL lost two extraordinary individuals who served on the OCL Advisory Board.  Former Mayor and Lt. Colonel, Robert Stephen Poydasheff, of Columbus, Georgia, and Anthony Kasmer of Newtown, Pennsylvania, both 90 years old.  They were larger-than-life personalities. They were accomplished and successful professionals.  Bob was a distinguished JAG and civilian attorney, and Tony was a successful entrepreneur in the plastics industry and founder of Tri-Life Plastics and LTL Color Compounders.   They were street smart and wise.  Bob was born in the Bronx and Tony in Philadelphia almost…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity According to IndependentSector.org and the Urban Institute, there are approximately 1.6 million 501(c)3 organizations in the USA established to address and redress important issues related to various aspects of societal needs, including social issues, education, religious institutions, and the arts, to suggest a few. Approximately 38% (608,000) of them have budgets below the $100,000 range according to Zipsprout.com. Orthodox Christian Laity is in this budget range. Like many of these organizations, OCL was founded with passion to address many issues, the most meaningful being: Orthodox Christian Administrative Unity Matters.  It matters, because canonical, jurisdictional unity is…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Orthodox Christian Laity Phone: 561-585-0245 Email: [email protected] [West Palm Beach, FL, August 18, 2020] Thirty-one years ago, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) was founded by a far-seeing group of Orthodox Christian lay leaders, seeking to restore the historic role of the laity in Orthodox church governance, and focusing on transparency, accountability, and American Orthodox unity. Through these opening decades, OCL has led important discussions about the future of the Church in America, and through its public forums, advocacy, publishing, and altruistic leadership, has helped promote the cause of a vibrant American Orthodox…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity There comes a time in the development of every organization to look ahead, so that it can remain relevant and continue to offer solutions to the needs of the community it serves. Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is a 501(c)3, independent, non-profit, educational organization.  It was established in Chicago in the home of James and Mary Koulogeorge, who called together friends in 1987,  to consider what could be done to  maintain the role and voice of the laity, working in synergy with hierarchy and clergy, in the management and spiritual renewal of the Church.   It seemed that…

Source: Legacy.com William was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Greek Immigrants, George and Calliope. After graduating high school, he attended and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Engineering. His studies were interrupted by his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Pacific Theatre. In 1956, he married Effie Tarachas and moved to Chicago, Illinois. His wife Effie died in August of 2000 He worked most of his career as one of the principles of Pollak and Skan, a consulting engineering firm that he eventually bought. Upon selling…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Approved at the May 16, 2020, OCL Board Meeting via ZOOM. Orthodox Christian Laity Fall Board Meeting November 1, 2019 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, TX Minutes The meeting was called to order by President Argo Georgandis Pyle at 9:05 a.m. on Friday.  Prayer for thoughtful deliberations to further the good order of the church was offered by Advisory Board Members Father Timothy Cremeens, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Huntsville, AL and Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco.  Advisory board member Pamela Collins Naples, FL was also present, as were board members:…

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