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View the Declaration’s inaugural publication in the July 5, 2022 editions of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Over 350 Signatures to Date – Be One of Them! Check below for the live count. Click here to read comments received from signers. Orthodox Christian Laity board members authored this declaration in June 2022. Original English text and Translations of “A Declaration for Orthodox Christian Unity in America” (PDF) Albanian Arabic Bulgarian English French Georgian Greek Romanian Russian Serbian Spanish Ukrainian CLICK HERE to view all signatures to date (updated daily) Take note: Check your email to confirm…

Source: Alarabiya News AFP, Athens Greece has opened a probe into one of the country’s best-known child charities after numerous claims of alleged abuse and financial mismanagement, a justice ministry source told AFP on Sunday. The Ark of the World, founded by a charismatic priest, has worked with underprivileged children for at least two decades in Athens and several other parts of Greece. Since mid-November, Greek media have been broadcasting allegations of malfeasance at the charity from former staff and former children under its care, their faces obscured and voices disguised. One 19-year-old told police that he was allegedly sexually…

Source: Jerusalem Post While it may at first glance appear to be a bit of Vandal-era vandalism, the apparent graffiti shenanigans was actually a deliberate attempt by the clergy to redeem souls and honor the dead. By JERUSALEM POST STAFF What has been written in ancient engravings on the pillars in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem? While it may at first glance appear to be a bit of Vandal-era vandalism, the apparent graffiti was actually a deliberate attempt by the clergy to redeem souls and honor the dead through some Christian carving. In fact, these carvings aren’t even as old…

Source: Pro Oriente Successful conclusion of the conference “Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Orthodox Church” – PRO ORIENTE President Kloss and Director Destivelle promote a positive summary. An international conference ended in Rome this weekend, that focused on Orthodox theologies, practices, and experiences of synodality, aiming at making these experiences accessible for the synodal process of the Catholic Church. The organizers of the conference “Synodality in the Life and Mission of the Orthodox Church” were the Vienna-based PRO ORIENTE Foundation and the Institute for Ecumenical Studies (IES) of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity successfully completed its first in-person annual board meeting and conference, since the beginning of the pandemic, in the Atlanta metropolitan area on October 14-15, 2022. This 35th Annual Conference brought together board members, presenters and participants from New Jersey, Texas, Utah, Illinois, Florida, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio, California and Georgia. Thursday, October 13 Board members arrived in Atlanta on Thursday evening, October 13, and enjoyed an evening dinner together prior to the annual program. With the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel, an OCL Advisory Board Member, the Sts. Constantine & Helen Romanian Orthodox…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, with generous support from the Lilly Endowment, is planning its first two online summer courses, to be offered in June – July, 2023. These non-credit, introductory courses will be taught by our faculty. By answering our short survey, you will be helping us launch this first-ever online summer program for laity. Thank you for your input and support! Click the button below to take the survey.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY 35TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE “Pan-Orthodoxy in Action” October 13-16, 2022 EVENT FLYER – PDF / PNG Join us to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Orthodox Christian Laity in the Metro Atlanta area where we will feature the impressive progress of the Atlanta Inter-Orthodox Parish Association (AIOPA), an initiative of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA (AOB). AIOPA consists of clergy and laity representatives from all Orthodox parishes in the Atlanta area whose purpose is to effectively facilitate and maintain pan-Orthodox parish-to-parish communications, activities and cooperation (the “One Church Initiative”).  Since the…

Source: Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle – Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America On September 25–29, 2022, Archons Franklin (Rocky) Sisson, Jr., Archon Prepositos, and Archon Hon. Steven G. Counelis, Archon Nomophylax, participated in the annual Warsaw Human Dimension Conference of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Warsaw, Poland, where they made poignant presentations promoting the religious freedom of the Holy Mother Church. The Archon two-man team met with delegations from the United States and other countries and entities dedicated to human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. The OSCE’s annual Warsaw Human Dimension Conference is Europe’s…

Source: International Orthodox Christian Charities Hope and Help after the Storm With Ian moving north, IOCC is coordinating with partners across the region and is in touch with Orthodox clergy in affected areas. As response to this destructive storm develops, IOCC’s US team is working to identify where and how we can most effectively serve. Please pray for everyone affected. Disaster preparedness and response are core to IOCC’s US Program. During hurricane season, this means our teams often respond in the early days once a storm has cleared to help communities take the first steps toward cleanup and recovery.…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America PHANAR — After nearly a year of preparations, “Kosinitza Manuscript 220” will return to the Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery of Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa in Drama, Greece. The manuscript, which was most recently purchased from Christie’s in 2011 and entered the collection of Washington D.C.’s Museum of the Bible in 2014, was among hundreds of priceless objects looted from the Monastery by Bulgarian troops in 1917. Following the discovery of its origins by curator Brian Hyland, the Museum of the Bible began working in collaboration with the His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew for the repatriation of the manuscript…

Source: SALVO As puberty hits for a young girl, imagine the additional earth-shaking and existential uncertainty caused by wondering whether she might actually be a man trapped in a woman’s body. She starts on puberty blockers, moves on to cross-sex hormones, and even goes through with top surgery (a double mastectomy). But she realizes shortly thereafter that these extreme and invasive interventions didn’t relieve her distress. The euphoria of each phase was short-lived as the familiar struggles returned and nothing really improved. This is the tragic story of many young people today who are being steered into so-called “gender affirming”…

Source: St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess The recording of our September 1 event, Why Are Deaconesses Needed in the Church Today is now available for viewing. The event was held to recognize St. Phoebe who is commemorated in the Church on September 3. Presentations were thoughtful and engaging. Our panelists gave us much to think about, helped us understand what influences the decisions of bishops, and offered new considerations for carrying out our mission. You may want to gather a group to watch it in someone’s home or at your parish. If you do, please share your thoughts and feedback with us at: [email protected]

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