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Source: Orthodox Church in America FOCUS has been featured on multiple TV stations in Ferguson, MO, where its St. Louis Center and FOCUS Director, Eric Shanburn, have been working to embody the “U” in FOCUS, which stands for “United” and “Understanding.” The video is accessible at www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLkqpS8h240&feature=youtu.be. “Eric and his team of Orthodox volunteers have spent time in Ferguson promoting discussion and understanding between the police and protesters,” said Larissa Hatch of FOCUS. “On Saturday, August 23, FOCUS hosted a community cookout that brought local shop owners—many of whom were victims of looting—protesters and authorities together.  In the past few nights,…

Source: Orthodox Church in America WAYMART, PA [OCA] Three parishes from the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania are joining together to minister in Appalachia June 25-July 1st, with the blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop Tikhon. The Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve (FOCUS) is sponsoring the trip, which will include clergy and lay participants from St. Mary Church in Coaldale, Holy Trinity Church in Stroudsburg, and Holy Annunciation Church in Berwick. Throughout the week, Orthodox youth and adults from around the Diocese will use their talents to help serve the poor and witness to the Orthodox faith in the community…