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Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will convene under his chairmanship, Jan. 21-28, 2016, a Synaxis of the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Geneva. The Synaxis will deal with matters related to preparation for the Holy and Great Council, which has been decided to convene this year. His Eminence Geron Archbishop Demetrios of America will be a member of the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The official announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, issued yesterday January 18, 2016, follows: ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE COMMUNIQUE…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Winter Board Meeting will take place on February 4-6, 2016, in Houston, Texas.  Arrangements have been made by Argo Georgandis Pyle and Peter Petkas.  The board members will   be staying at Courtyard West University Hotel.  The meeting will begin with a fellowship dinner on Thursday, February 4.  The Friday,the  February 5 board meeting will take place at Annunciation Cathedral Meeting Facilities, 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston from 9:00 am-4:00 pm.   Board member Gayle Woloschak will address the board and other interested individuals on her work and insights pertaining to Orthodox Christian Unity.

Source: OrthodoxAnswers.com I am happy to announce that starting this Thursday the 14th at 3:30 PM PST, Orthodox Answers will start its weekly live broadcast on the site (www.orthodoxanswers.org) and on the YouTube channel. This weekly webcast will last one hour and discuss many topics of interest to Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, with the goal to offer sound, in-depth and respectful apologetics. In this first episode, and I will discuss Orthodox apologetics in general and 10 little known reasons why we Orthodox believe that Mary the Theotokos remained ever-virgin (based on my recent book “Ever Virgin”). I would be grateful…

Source: Orthodox Church in America Over 300 college students gathered at Antiochian Village here December 28-31, 2015 for the Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s annual east coast college conference—“Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the World.”  Concurrently, over 60 students from the west coast explored the same theme at OCF’s west coast conference, held at Saint Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA. The conference programs combined worship, fellowship, and discussions and presentations on how to become witnesses to Christ on campus and in the secular world. College Conference East’s 320 participants listened attentively to the keynote address delivered by Sister Vassa [Larin], a nun of the…

By MICHIKO KAKUTANI During his training as a Jesuit priest in the 1960s, Jorge Mario Bergoglio — who, decades later, would become Pope Francis — spent three years teaching literature and psychology in his native Argentina. He taught the classics, like “El Cid,” but when his students expressed an interest in authors like Antonio Machado and Fernando de Rojas, he taught them, too, as a way of nurturing a love of literature in his pupils. He also encouraged his students to write, and had his friend Jorge Luis Borges read their stories. This gift for teaching — along with his…

Source: Orthodox Church in America ISTANBUL, TURKEY [OCA] Representatives of the Orthodox Church in America were among a group of 30 Orthodox Christian scholars who participated in a gathering at the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople here January 4-5, 2016 for the purpose of establishing connections with theologians and academics working in various disciplines and ministries throughout the world and to become better acquainted with their interests and aspirations for the Church, especially in light of the forthcoming Holy and Great Council. “We had the opportunity to listen to His All-Holiness address all those gathered, and then, as representing different communities…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America V. Rev. Dr. Nathanael Symeonides talks about the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science & Technology (AACST) of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  This video is part of the Ministry Updates series which highlights the work of the Archdiocesan Ministries, Organizations and Institutions The videos are available so that all viewers, Orthodox Christians and those from other faiths, will learn more about the work of the resources available through the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Sponsored by the Leadership 100 Endowment Fund. To see the entire series, visit http://ministryupdates.goarch.org/. To take the survey described…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America announces the continuation of its Faith-based Diplomacy & Advocacy Initiative. The Initiative established a total of four (2 for 2015-2016 and 2 for 2016-2017) yearlong Archdiocesan fellowships at the United Nations. All Orthodox Christian graduate and post-graduate students are invited to apply for this stipend fellowship. The Faith-based Diplomacy and Advocacy Initiative is made possible by a generous grant awarded by The Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, and is meant to help develop future professionals,…

Source: WBIR.com (WBIR – KNOXVILLE) A former church treasurer pleaded guilty Friday in Knox County Criminal Court to stealing more than $400,000 from his Knoxville church. Under the plea agreement, Dimitri Christodoulou must serve one year in jail with the remainder of the sentence under state probation. He also has to pay back the $224,675 restitution still owed to the church. Constantine Dimitri Christodoulou, 48, served as treasurer for Saint George Greek Orthodox Church from December 2010 to February 2015. According to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office, Christodoulou wrote checks to himself from church accounts that were not authorized by the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. EST, the Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America will offer the third in a series of free webinars devoted to the ministry of the parish council. Titled “Good Practices for Effective and Efficient Parish Council Meetings,” the webinar will be facilitated by Joseph Kormos, the Archdiocese’s Parish Development Ministry leader.  Members of all dioceses and jurisdictions are invited to participate.  There is no charge to participate in the webinar, but participants must register in advance on-line. “Clergy and laity leadership…

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