Metropolitan Philip Remembered

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity He Found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” John 1:13 As we reflect upon the ministry of Metropolitan Philip who was the senior prelate of Orthodox Hierarchs in America, we thank God for his ministry.   He changed the course of Orthodoxy in America.  He brought a missionary vision to the Orthodox Church in America. His greatest service was bringing the Evangelical Christians home to Orthodoxy in 1987.  He foreshadowed the present efforts to unify the 14 … [Read more...]

Pending/Unofficial Minutes of the OCL Pre- Board, Board of Director’s and Annual Meetings in Walnut Creek, CA

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ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY  Pending/Unofficial Minutes of the Pre- Board, Board of Director’s and Annual Meetings in Walnut Creek, CA – October 31 - November 2, 2013  Thursday, October 31st - Pre Board and Endowment Committee Meeting The Pre Board/Endowment Committee meeting was convened by President Susan Haikalis at the Haikalis home for those members of the Board, Advisory Board and spouses who had arrived early for the Board meeting on Friday and Saturday and for the members of the … [Read more...]

Long-Time OCL Member and Supporter Nicholas James Kiladis Falls Asleep in the Lord

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Source: The Baltimore Sun Originally published on December 29, 2013. Oversaw major contracts for Maryland's transit projects By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun Nicholas James Kiladis, a former contracts administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration, died Dec. 25 at Oak Crest, a long-term care facility in Parkville, of complications from a brain injury he suffered in November 2012. He was 79. Mr. Kiladis was born in Somerville, Mass., in 1934 to Greek immigrants. He … [Read more...]

OCL 2013: YEAR END Donations and Challenge Grant Update

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The Board and Members of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) want to thank all of the donors who responded to our November, year-end tax deductible donation request.  The total amount received from our membership, friends and board members was $55,167.  An anonymous donor offered to match funds received before December 27, 2013, and the total amount matched by this challenge during the December three week challenge grant cycle was $8,155. We are grateful to all those who contributed prayers, time, … [Read more...]

New Link added to Web Links Page: Dynamic Horologion & Psalter

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Go here and scroll down to Dynamic Horologion & Psalter.         … [Read more...]

DOUBLE the IMPACT of your YEAR END GIFT to OCL!

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Dear Readers, OCL Members and Supporters,   A friend of OCL has offered to match – dollar for dollar – every contribution to OCL, up to and including $500 each, made between now and December 27th.  If you have already made a contribution this year, consider an additional one to take advantage of this matching opportunity. Make your tax-deductible contribution by credit card or Pay Pal if possible.  If you mail a check, please send it in time for us to receive it by the 27th. (Mail checks … [Read more...]

The Assembly of Bishops and the Future of Orthodoxy in America

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity As part of its 26th Annual Meeting, Orthodox Christian Laity is sponsoring a Forum on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00 am to noon at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga, CA (Click here for more detailed information).  The program will focus on the work of the Assembly of Bishops with an update on its September 2013 conclave. In discussing the forum, OCL President Susan Haikalis said: “Although the majority of Orthodox Christians in America … [Read more...]

A Resolution for Autocephaly

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We reprint the OCL Resolution calling for Autocephaly of the American Orthodox Church passed in 1998, fifteen years ago, and pray that the meeting of Assembly of Canonical Bishops on September 17-19 in Chicago will make progress in developing the blueprint for a unified, self-governing, canonical Church in our geographic areas.  The “fullness of time” for the unification and autocephaly of the Church in the United States and in all other  geographic areas has arrived.                          - … [Read more...]

Letter from Susan W. Haikalis, President of OCL regarding the Angel Fund and the upcoming Annual Meeting and Community Forum

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August 20, 2013 Dear Orthodox Christian Laity Supporters, It is a blessing and responsibility to serve as the twelfth president of Orthodox Christian Laity. August is the time of the year that we invite you to participate in our Annual Angel Fund Program which supports the newly revamped OCL website (http://www.ocl.org) and the expenses of our Annual Meeting and Program.  The focus of this year’s meeting is putting the work of the Assembly of Bishops into a context and perspective. The … [Read more...]

Accountable Church Leadership – Where?

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 “After this I will pour out my spirit on all humanity….Your old men will have dreams, and your young men will see visions.”  Joel 2:28 Since the imposition of a Charter on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America without the input and approval of the Clergy and Laity within that particular Orthodox grouping in the United States, the consequences have been chaotic.  There is no accountability within the Archdiocese.  The Metropolitans each report directly to the Patriarch in Istanbul. They see … [Read more...]