Orthodox Christian Laity 29th Annual Program and Annual Meeting: November 17-20, 2016

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oclheader3Source: Orthodox Christian Laity

TOPIC: The Day-After the Holy and Great Council: Process, Outcomes, and Transformation

Work of the Holy and Great Council: Where do we go from Here?

Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou will address this topic with the help of others including: Metropolitan Isaiah, Archbishop Nathaniel, Archbishop Benjamin, Helen Creticos Theodoropoulos PhD and other participants to be announced. Dr. Prodromou is one of three women who participated in all the sessions of the Council and is a primary source of information.  She is presently Visiting Associate Professor Program in Negotiation & Conflict Resolution at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Medford, MA.

Program will take place Saturday, November 19, 2016. Annual Meeting to follow Program at 12 noon. OCL MEMBERS:  Please print out proxy form and email ([email protected]) or mail it back to Orthodox Christian Laity, P.O. Box 6954, West Palm Beach, FL 33405. Vesper on Friday evening and Saturday Program  at St Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 3015 E Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights, UT  84093.

SAVE THE DATES:  November 17-20, 2016

MAKE YOUR TRAVEL PLANS: Salt Lake City, Utah

MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call 801-890-1280

Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Cottonwood, 3090 E 6200 S, Salt Lake City Utah 84121
OCL rate $119.00 until October 15.

Host:  St. Anna Greek Orthodox Church

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For twenty-nine years, Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has been an advocate and educational ministry encouraging the laity to work together, across jurisdictional lines, to create a unified, transparent, accountable, self-governed Orthodox Christian Church in the United States of America.  Now that the Holy and Great Council has been completed, we realize that bishops worldwide need to improve their negotiating and conflict resolution skills. These are basic skills for a synodical system of governance.   This will be accomplished if they meet more often.  We also realize that when they meet, they need to have clear rules of reaching decisions.  Does the majority rule?  Is there room for minority dissent? How do we encourage the establishment of a Secretariat Center where bishops of all jurisdictions can work together, and Orthodoxy has one central address?  Orthodox Christianity is a global missionary Church that needs to address the issues of the day. What is the role of the laity in bringing about unity on every level?  As worthy stewards, we need to work together beyond our jurisdictional orientations to keep our faith from becoming a remnant.

What can you do?

Join the Orthodox Christian Laity movement.  Be a catalyst for unity, transparency and accountability.  We need to reason and act together.  Be a local parish advocate for unity and promote unity at your parish level.  The OCL Web site ocl.org is the go-to place to get this information.  Come to our 29th Annual Program meeting in Salt Lake City. Please be a generous donor to the Angel Fund Drive.  OCL remains the leading voice of the Orthodox laity.  WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.  

George Matsoukas, Executive Director

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