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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity We look forward to your attendance at the 32nd Annual Meeting of OCL with much anticipation! The speakers for our November 2, 2019, “Pan-Orthodox” event are confirmed, and they are looking forward to making their presentations: Kenneth Kidd of Focus North America, Father Steven Powley of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries, and Mike Spartalis, CPA and Adjunct Professor of Ethics at The Bauer College of Business, University of Houston.  We are thankful to Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver for giving his blessing to this event and adding his thoughts on “Pan-Orthodoxy” for our understanding.(Click on the flyer below…

Source: Orthodox Church in America PITTSBURGH, PA [FOCUS NA Communications] FOCUS North America [FOCUS NA] recently announced the appointment of Kenneth Kidd as its interim Executive Director.  Mr. Kidd has served as the Development Director for FOCUS NA America for the last two years. Brian Bullard, Chairman of the FOCUS NA Board of Directors, stated, “Kenny has a diverse leadership background in non-profit organizations and is well suited to guide FOCUS during this interim period.” Mr. Kidd succeeds Dr. Seraphim Danckaert, who recently announced his resignation as Executive Director, a position he has held since June 2017.  He has taken a…

Source: National Public Radio TOM GJELTEN NOEL KING, HOST: There are two interesting new polls out this month that show evidence of a change in U.S. culture that’s been developing for a while now. Americans are finding less meaning in organized religion, and they are less confident that ministers are able to help them. Here’s NPR’s Tom Gjelten. TOM GJELTEN, BYLINE: There are several pieces to this story. More people have been saying they have no religious affiliation. Church attendance is down sharply. And now, a new Gallup poll finds that barely 1 in 3 Americans say they have a…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos WASHINGTON, DC – His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America met with U.S. President Donald Trump today. The Archbishop was warmly greeted by President Trump in the Oval Office at the White House. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Fr. Alexander Karloutsos were also present for the visit.

Source: ConnectOrthodox.org GLORY TO GOD IN ALL THINGS! We are so excited to announce our theme for Connect 2019! Join us in Atlanta Oct. 4-6 for our third annual Connect Orthodoxy Young Adult Conference as we dive into The Mystery of Faithfulness. Christ teaches us to live a life devoted to others, but our modern culture insists on the importance of self-care and celebrates hedonism. How do we live in the world but not of the world? When faced with the messy reality of relationships, mental health, career choices, church involvement, growth and happiness, how do we apply the paradoxical…

Source: Orthodox Christianity New York, London — Last November, Fr. Mark Tyson left the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese (ACROD), a jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in America, and joined the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) due to his concerns over the Patriarchate’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory. He was soon followed by Fr. Nectarios Trevino. Two parishes left Constantinople’s Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe in October and January, also moving into ROCOR. In the meantime, the Patriarchate suddenly revoked the Archdiocese’s exarchate status, leaving its clergy and people to search for a new home, with the Moscow Patriarchate as the most…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary The day after I recently shared a link on our social media pages about a wonderful resource I didn’t want people to forget about, we received this touching message in an email: “I am overcome with emotion this morning as I listen to Father Alexander [Schmemann]’s lectures in liturgical theology. What an amazing gift you all have provided the world…and me. I have been desperate to hear his lectures, lamenting the fact that he died (memory eternal) three years before I was born. I truly cannot tell you how blessed and grateful I am for this…

Source: Orthodox Christianity [JERUSALEM – July 9, 2019] The former patriarch of Jerusalem, Irenaios (Skopelitis), was hospitalized in Jerusalem last week after suffering a pulmonary edema and cardiac arrhythmia, reports Romfea. According to the article from July 3, doctors are optimistic, despite the fact that the health situation of the former patriarch, who turned 80 this year, is quite complicated. There has not been any update yet on his condition. He also underwent a successful hernia operation in November 2015. A fire broke out at his apartment in the Jerusalem Patriarchate last July, and the sick Irenaios struggled to shout for…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Houston, Texas is Thinking Globally and Acting Locally on Pan-Orthodox Unity SAVE THE DATE:  November 2, 2019 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 3511 Yoakum Boulevard Houston, TX 77006 With the Blessing and Participation of Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, the Houston Program is shaping up. Guest Speakers include: Kenneth Kidd helps us understand what a difference FOCUS North America Programs make in a community for outreach, youth participation and meeting the needs of people who lack food and shelter.  Cleveland and Pittsburgh are programs that OCL has seen directly. Father Steven Powley of Pueblo, Colorado, will help us understand…

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