Orthodox Christian Laity Completes 29th Annual Meeting; Prepares to Celebrate 30 years of service to the Orthodox Christian Church in 2017; Welcomes Metropolitan Isaiah on its Advisory Board

After clicking on the first photo of the gallery above, click on the play button and the "i" on the right hand side under the photo to show information about each photo. Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For 30 years, OCL has been  promoting unity, transparency, accountability and lay involvement in Church life at all levels to make these priorities a reality in the administrative life of the Church.   OCL completed its Annual Meeting in Cottonwood, Utah on November 19, 2016, and began … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage: Romanian President Blasts Orthodox Church

Source: Foreigners & Friends Magazine Romania’s president has called for tolerance and acceptance of minorities. The statement was connected to a pending case about same-sex marriage at his country’s highest court. Klaus Iohannis, who is part of the German minority in Romania, as well as a Lutheran, and who therefore belongs to two minorities himself, stated: “Tolerance and acceptance of others are vital. These are the values I believe in.” Iohannis, whose comments were … [Read more...]

Message from Metropolitan Alexios

Source: Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta My Beloved Ones, I am writing to you during a very active time in the life of our Metropolis. I have just returned from Detroit, where I was blessed to be a part of the 7th Annual Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops, which includes all Orthodox Bishops from across the United States, whether they are Greek, Russian, Antiochian, what have you. Over the course of the past six years we come up with ideas to “unify” our churches. I use the word … [Read more...]

IT IS TIME FOR AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS TO PROTEST RUSSIA’S PERSECUTION OF LGBT

Source: Religion Dispatches BY KATHERINE KELAIDIS SEPTEMBER 27, 2016 The Russian government's shutdown of the country's top LGBT website, BlueSystem, is just the latest entry in its gruesome record with respect to LGBT rights. While the time for passive concern by all parties has long past, it is a matter of utter amazement that American Orthodox Christians—even the most conservative—are not more vocally horrified about events in Russia. The complicity of the Russian Orthodox Church … [Read more...]

Dealing with a New Threat to Patriarch Bartholomew

Source: The National Herald by Amb. Patrick N. Theros, Special to The National Herald In recent weeks Russian and European websites have posted a scurrilous fabrication linking the Ecumenical Patriarchate to Fethullah Gulen, the exiled Turkish cleric and educator, accused by Turkish President Erdogan of orchestrating the failed coup. The article in question was falsely attributed to retired American Ambassador Arthur Hughes. The fabricators hacked Amb. Hughes’ email and to lend credibility … [Read more...]

Honoring our college students on Sunday, October 2

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA Youth]  Every year, parishes across North America honor their college students at the outset of the fall semester.  This year, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated October 2 as College Student Sunday. “Orthodox Christian Fellowship continues to provide students with opportunities to encounter Christ and grow in their Orthodox faith through their growing network of campus OCF chapters … [Read more...]

OCL Annual Meeting Proxy

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity ATTENTION OCL MEMBERS! NOTICE OF ANNUAL BUSINESS   MEETING (click here for PDF version) The Orthodox Christian Laity will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at noon (12:00 pm) at St Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 3015 E Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093. This annual business meeting is held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Program Meeting: The Day After the Holy and Great Council: Process, Outcomes, and … [Read more...]

Antiochian perspective on the “Holy and Great Council”: Harbinger of Storm or Passage to Calm?

Source: Ancient Faith Radio Archpriest Patrick B. O'Grady offers an Antiochian perspective on the "Holy and Great Council" currently taking place in Crete. Fr. Patrick is the pastor of St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pomona, California, and Associate Fellow of The Antiochian Orthodox Institute, La Verne, California. Listen Here (Audio courtesy of Ancient Faith Radio)     Transcript Harbinger of Storm or Passage to Calm? by … [Read more...]

ATHONITE MONKS ON THE PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

Source: Pravoslavie.ru by Athanasios Zoitakis Athonite monasticism has always stood on guard for the purity of Orthodoxy. Athonites have actively participated in the work of Church councils and came out against the unions of Lyons and Florence. Ecumenical contacts have repeatedly come under criticism from Athonites (letters to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, proclamations, reports of the Holy Kinot), however most Athonite monks throughout the whole history of the Holy Mountain have avoided … [Read more...]

Is the Phanar about to Fall into Schism?

Source: Orthodox England Two Local Orthodox Churches, Bulgaria and Antioch, have withdrawn from the Crete meeting, organized by Phanar bureaucrats in Constantinople. The Georgian Church, savagely insulted by the Phanar (just as it also insulted the Bulgarian Church, causing a diplomatic incident, and the Church of Greece, whose canonical territory it invaded) for its faithfulness to Orthodoxy, may not attend. The Serbian Church has called for the meeting to be postponed and the Russian … [Read more...]

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