OCL Publications


Special Projects

The Project for Orthodox Renewal

The Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) presents the Project for Orthodox Renewal, seven studies of key issues facing Orthodox Christians in America written for the good of the Church. This publication enables OCL to fulfill its educational mission of providing the “royal priesthood” of believers, clergy, hierarchy, and other interested Christians with information that fosters meaningful discussion on renewal of the Orthodox Church in the United States.

Published 1993.

Occasional Papers

New Strategy Needed To Save Endangered Ecumenical Patriarchate (pdf)
Peter Marudas. Published 2006.

Greek Philosophy and the Theology of the Greek Orthodox Church
John Mavroides, Ph.D. Published 2006.

An Orthodox Christian Church in the United States: Unified and Self-Governed (pdf)
Peter Haikalis, Ph.D. Published 2000.

The History and Future of the Female Diaconate
Compiled by Timi Loomos Freshman (assisted by Valerie Karras, Demetra Jacquet and Dr. Ellen Gvosdev) by request of Archbishop Spyridon. Published 1997.

The Challenge of Outreach
Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Ph.D. Published 1997.

The Theological Foundation of the Role of the Laity in the Church.
Daniel J. Sahas, Ph.D. University of Waterloo Ontario, Canada. 1997.

Transition, Renewal: One Faith, One Church
Bishop Iacovos of Catania. Published 1997.

Books

Order Orthodox Christianity At The Crossroad at AmazonOrthodox Christianity At The Crossroad: A Great Council Of The Church ? When And WhyThe purpose of publishing the papers presented at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of Orthodox Christian Laity is to improve lay and clergy literacy on the conference topic of “The Need for a Great and Holy Council.” The papers are presented with the hope that the information will motivate the faithful to participate in the conciliar decision-making process that moves the Church forward on the issue of developing the council or another appropriate meeting. The forces, factors, and history that inhibit calling a council are presented in these papers. The hope of what can be accomplished when brothers work in synergy with each other and the Holy Spirit is also evident.

Edited by George Matsoukas, Executive Director of OCL. Published 2009.

Project for Orthodox RenewalProject for Orthodox Renewal: Seven studies of Key Issues Facing Orthodox Christians in America

The Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) presents the Project for Orthodox Renewal, seven studies of key issues facing Orthodox Christians in America written for the good of the Church. This publication enables OCL to fulfill its educational mission of providing the “royal priesthood” of believers, clergy, hierarchy, and other interested Christians with information that fosters meaningful discussion on renewal of the Orthodox Church in the United States.

Published 1993.

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The American church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Governance, Diaspora, Role of WomenThe American church and the Ecumenical Patriarchate: Governance, Diaspora, Role of Women

Alice Kopan, Editor, Published 1998.

Books by OCL Board Members

A Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of AmericaA Church in Captivity: The Greek Orthodox Church of America

It is a disconcerting fact that decisions for Orthodox Christians living in North America are currently dictated by interests of foreign governments and patriarchates, all which contribute to spiritual indifference among the faithful. This collection of essays explores the loss of autonomy and unification within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese and offers ways to create an all-encompassing church that respects cultures and philosophies.George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity in West Palm Beach, Florida and an active member of his local parish, diocese, and archdiocese, chronologically presents personal essays that respond to regression in the life of the church during a seven-year period. He encourages constructive change through effective communication and a partnership between the church and the laity, ultimately resulting in a church that is able to meet the spiritual needs of all its members.

George Matsoukas. Published 2008.

The American Orthodox Church -- A History of Its BeginningsAmerican Orthodox Church: A History of Its Beginnings

The American Orthodox Church — A History of Its Beginnings is the most up-to-date and complete history of the Eastern Orthodox Churrch as She has manifested Herself in North America. The authors masterfully trace the checkered past of Orthodoxy in North America from the eighteenth centry to our own day.

George Michalopulos and Herb Hamm. Published 2004.

The Servant of AllThe Servant of All

His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel Popp was elected to the Holy Episcopacy in October 1980, by the Congress of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America. In thirty years of his archpastorate, the number of parishes and clergy in his diocese tripled, communism fell, and the dream of Orthodox Christian unity in North America acquired new urgency. Here are the thoughts, exhortations and inspirations of the man chosed by God to shepherd the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America through these challenging and promising times.

Abp. Nathaniel Popp. Published 2010.

The Janissary Factor: ...In the Name of GodThe Janissary Factor: …In the Name of God

A seminary graduate at the crossroads of his calling, and full of memories and personalities who shaped him, Andy Theofanis faces a crisis in his faith. He revisits the ethnic coffee house (cafenio) of his childhood, hoping to connect with mentors from his past to help him settle his indecision about the priesthood. This personal struggle is triggered by the chaotic state of his church in America. Confusing administrative changes imposed by the faraway Patriarchate in Istanbul, Turkey, split the U.S. Greek Orthodox and threaten the future of his established church. Andy’s determination to find a rational explanation for the moves that turn back the clock for the church in America leads him to Istanbul. There, he stumbles upon an unthinkable plot 200 years in the making and about to be unleashed. The drama unfolds against the current global backdrop of Islamic terrorism and the enduring historic enmity between Turkey and Greece. Add to this the Greek world’s insistence that their Holy See remain in hostile Islamic territory, and a condition develops threatening the survival of an ancient faith-possibly Christendom itself.

Steven P. Stamatis. Published 2005

The Voice of a Priest Crying in the WildernessThe Voice of a Priest Crying in the Wilderness

This is the story of a Greek Orthodox priest’s passionate search for spiritual renewal, and how God met that need both for himself pesonally and then generally for the Church at large. The journey of faith that Father Eusebius Stephanou embarked on proved in effect to be the history of renewal in the Orthodox Church of North America since 1968. The reader will find in this book a gripping account of the controversial events that marked the turbulent course of the renewal outreach he initiated.

Maria Stethatos. Published 2012

Books by Fr. Eusebios Stephanou

A Manual on the Basic Principles of Orthodox Renewal

A Manual on the Basic Principles of Orthodox Renewal

Sounding the Trumpet

Sounding the Trumpet

Sacramentalized But Not Evangelized

Sacramentalized But Not Evangelized

Desolation and Restoration in the Orthodox Church

Desolation and Restoration in the Orthodox Church

Pathway to Orthodox Renewal

Pathway to Orthodox Renewal

Renewal Pains in the Orthodox Church

Renewal Pains in the Orthodox Church

World Orthodoxy in Crisis

World Orthodoxy in Crisis