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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Due to the pandemic restrictions, Orthodox Christian Laity’s 33rd Annual Meeting and Program took place online on November 13, 2020. We looked forward to the opportunity to be on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary as originally planned; however, the online events did allow wider participation by board members, supporters, and other interested individuals from any geographic location. The annual business meeting held on the morning of November 13, opened with a memorable prayer by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel (see below) who is celebrating his 40th Anniversary of ordination into the Episcopacy. His…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity In his October 29, 2020 letter to Orthodox Christian Laity, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros kindly responded to OCL’s invitation to provide a greeting for OCL’s 33rd Annual Meeting and Program held on November 13, 2020. He also responded favorably to OCL’s request to be a part of the process in the drafting of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America’s new charter (see letter below). We invite your input, suggestions, and feedback as we prepare OCL’s response to Archbishop Elpidophoros’ invitation for “ideas or proposals you may have for the betterment of our Church in America.” Please…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity Celebrates and Congratulates Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit, Senior Hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America, Model of Servant Leadership and Visionary Advocate of Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA, as he celebrates his 40-year Anniversary as a Bishop, November 15, 2020.  We lead off this tribute to His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel with his address to the Orthodox Christian Laity 14th Annual Meeting, October 20, 2001, in Oakbrook, Illinois, one year after he joined the OCL Advisory Board.  His talk is entitled: A Possible Scenario: “The Celebration of the First Anniversary of the Autocephaly…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity notes the passing of Dorothy Kappos on September 7, 2020.  Mrs. Kappos was the wife of the George Kappos of blessed memory, who served on the advisory board of Orthodox Christian Laity for many years.   She is remembered as a gracious, thoughtful, and devoted individual.  She would attend board meetings with her husband and family friends, Andrew, and Katherine Kartalis.  Mrs. Kappos’ presence and smile would light up a room.  Side by side, she and George worked together and were role models for their family, community, and church.  As reported in her obituary,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Within seventeen days, September 24 to October 11, 2020, OCL lost two extraordinary individuals who served on the OCL Advisory Board.  Former Mayor and Lt. Colonel, Robert Stephen Poydasheff, of Columbus, Georgia, and Anthony Kasmer of Newtown, Pennsylvania, both 90 years old.  They were larger-than-life personalities. They were accomplished and successful professionals.  Bob was a distinguished JAG and civilian attorney, and Tony was a successful entrepreneur in the plastics industry and founder of Tri-Life Plastics and LTL Color Compounders.   They were street smart and wise.  Bob was born in the Bronx and Tony in Philadelphia almost…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Orthodox Christian Laity Phone: 561-585-0245 Email: [email protected] [West Palm Beach, FL, August 18, 2020] Thirty-one years ago, the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) was founded by a far-seeing group of Orthodox Christian lay leaders, seeking to restore the historic role of the laity in Orthodox church governance, and focusing on transparency, accountability, and American Orthodox unity. Through these opening decades, OCL has led important discussions about the future of the Church in America, and through its public forums, advocacy, publishing, and altruistic leadership, has helped promote the cause of a vibrant American Orthodox…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity There comes a time in the development of every organization to look ahead, so that it can remain relevant and continue to offer solutions to the needs of the community it serves. Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is a 501(c)3, independent, non-profit, educational organization.  It was established in Chicago in the home of James and Mary Koulogeorge, who called together friends in 1987,  to consider what could be done to  maintain the role and voice of the laity, working in synergy with hierarchy and clergy, in the management and spiritual renewal of the Church.   It seemed that…

Source: The National Herald Metropolitan Isaiah is a native of New Hampshire, having been born in Portsmouth, one of four children born to Dennis and Mary (Kapsimalis) Chronopoulos who had emigrated to the United States from Olympia, Greece. After his primary and high school education, he served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver in 1992, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in Denver, Colorado, and in 1997, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate elevated him as Metropolitan of…

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