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[Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”1″ gal_title=”Select Gallery”] After clicking on the first photo of the gallery above, click on the play button and the “i” on the right hand side under the photo to show information about each photo. Source: Orthodox Christian Laity For 30 years, OCL has been  promoting unity, transparency, accountability and lay involvement in Church life at all levels to make these priorities a reality in the administrative life of the Church.   OCL completed its Annual Meeting in Cottonwood, Utah on November 19, 2016, and began thinking about itsplans for next year’s meeting.  The board members came away with a renewed…

On behalf of the Board and Advisors of Orthodox Christian Laity, thank you to Metropolitan Isaiah for blessing OCL’s 29th Annual Program and Meeting and for participating in the events of this weekend’s activities.  His Eminence has been with us in prayer and direction, as a spiritual guide and father, since our formation.  During the last 29 years, we have shared church concerns together. Also, thank you to His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel for sharing his prayers, love, advice, time and fellowship with us for 15 years.  He has been an exceptional wise counselor, spiritual father and friend and has been…

MISSION Advocate for a Unified, Canonical. Autocephalous Orthodox Church in the United States that is accountable, transparent in administrative matters and respects the role of the laity in the governance of the Church. UNITY * TRANSPARENCY *   ACCOUNTABILITY * INVOLVED LAITY BECOME A MEMBER A tax deductible donation of $50.00 enables you to be a member.  Visit our web site: www.ocl.org Click on the “Sign up for the OCL Newsletter” link to receive regular updates. Consider becoming a Grassroots local parish unity advocate.  OCL will put you in touch with other parish advocates. Learn more about OCL, and if you…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Hope to see you at the OCL  29th Annual Meeting! November 17-20, 2016 MAKE YOUR HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Call 801-890-1280 OCL rate $119.00 until October 15. Hyatt Place Salt Lake City / Cottonwood, 3090 E 6200 S, Salt Lake City, Utah 84121 We have two relevant and important topics to consider.  They will be presented by two distinguished Orthodox Christian theologians and devout parishioners of their parish families. Host Parish:  St Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 3015 E Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights, UT  84093. FRIDAY EVENING, November 18 following Vespers:  Professor Helen Theodoropoulos will present and have us…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Assembly of Bishops will meet during the first week of October in Detroit.  How will this meeting be different from all other such meetings?  Where is the leadership?  The work of the Holy and Great Council has been completed, and little action was taken to address the uncanonical situation of the parallel jurisdictions that make up the Orthodox Christian Church in the USA.  This situation is unacceptable, because it keeps our message, outreach and mission fragmented and wastes the resources of the lay stewards of the Church.  This fragmentation continues to cause a decline in…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity ATTENTION OCL MEMBERS! NOTICE OF ANNUAL BUSINESS   MEETING (click here for PDF version) The Orthodox Christian Laity will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at noon (12:00 pm) at St Anna Greek Orthodox Church, 3015 E Creek Road, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84093. This annual business meeting is held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Program Meeting: The Day After the Holy and Great Council: Process, Outcomes, and Transformation. Business Meeting Agenda: Update of OCL Activities Treasurer’s Report Report of the Nominating Committee Election of Directors Old Business New Business If you are unable…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Two members of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) attended / were part of the staff of the Holy and Great Council in Crete. Peter Marudas attended and was photographed with His Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Gayle E. Woloschak, Ph.D., was extremely busy working as of volunteer member of the Press Team for the Council.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I had prepared myself to go to Chania, Crete and see, as a reporter, the events and hear the commentary and behind-the-scenes events that would be part of the excitement and surroundings of this monumental historical event, the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.    I sent in the information that was necessary to be approved as an observer.  The approval came.  I was excited about going.  I have been an advocate for the Council for 28 years.  In 1994, I was a member of a delegation sent to meet with His All Holiness Bartholomew. …

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Interview of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis by Gayle E. Woloschak, Ph. D Congratulations to the Patriarchate for convening the meeting.   In this age of communication we hope that this is the first of yearly meetings of the Patriarchs or their representatives.  Why not propose that the Orthodox Patriarchs set up a Secretariat where all of them employ their representatives to work on matters on a daily basis.   The world would know where they can call the Orthodox Church and the Church will not be seen as fragmented?  One of the anticipated goals of this Council is…

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