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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity #GivingTuesdayNow emphasizes opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection and kindness even while practicing physical distancing. Please donate to OCL’s communication ministry that brings the understanding of unity to all Orthodox Christians. Unity in the new normal that follows this pandemic. Our OCL community will assist the Assembly of Bishops to continue to work together as it has during this experience of physical distancing. Live streaming of our liturgical life demonstrates our unity in our diversity and is a role model for others. During this special GivingTuesdayNow…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Archon Harry Spell is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Angeline, and their distinguished son, Archon William H. Spell, Archon Laosynaktis; their daughter, Barbara Dovolis (Gregg); and their grandchildren, Nichole, Harry, Gregg, Andrew, and Anne. He is a graduate of Minneapolis West High School. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with an electrical engineering degree, and completing the NROTC program, he was commissioned into the Navy as an officer. He served on the cruiser USS Wilkes Barre in the Pacific during World War II. In 1950, he was recalled to the Navy, serving during the Korean War aboard the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) has been advocating for accountability and transparency in Church governance for more than three decades.  The success of OCL’s advocacy can be measured by the increasing use of those terms by Church leaders. While the use of those terms is now common, the practice remains elusive. An example of the lack of transparency and accountability in church governance is the embarrassing story of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) and its tiny parish of St. Nicholas in Manhattan, whose building was destroyed by the Islamist terrorist attack on September 11,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity THANK YOU, followers, of the OCL web site.  You provide hope for the renewal of our Orthodox Christian Church in the USA based what you collectively thought were the top 15 stories of the hundreds posted on Orthodox News in 2019.  Our year-end e-blast listed the top 15 stories that were most read.  Take time and go back and review the 15 you collectively selected. The range, depth, and breadth of topics you selected, reveal that you are serious, intelligent, discriminating, discerning, spiritually alive and concerned individuals.   You are interested in Orthodox Christian history, contemporary problems…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity It’s time to prepare for and soon celebrate the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord in our holy Orthodox Church.  Year-end is also a time to review the events and accomplishments of the past year. Regarding Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL), we finished the year in an upbeat mode!  I am excited to serve as president again in the coming year and am encouraged by the active support and involvement of the board members. It’s been an exciting year! Our 32nd Annual Meeting in Houston was historic, especially considering the thoughtful message delivered by His Eminence, Metropolitan…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Orthodox Christian Laity Minutes Spring Meeting March 29, 2019 St Peter Orthodox Mission, Bonita Springs, FL Board members convened at St Peter Antiochian Orthodox Mission located at 24850 Old 41 Road, Bonita Springs, FL.  The mission church was beautiful, and the meeting space was comfortable.  The community was welcoming.  In the evening more than 70 faithful people attended the Services of the Salutations and a Lenten dinner was served.  Many folks stayed to hear the presentation on the organization of the first meeting of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) presented by board member Dr. Gayle…

We look forward to your attendance at the 32nd Annual Meeting of OCL with much anticipation!

The speakers for our November 2, 2019, “Pan-Orthodox” event are confirmed, and they are looking forward to making their presentations: Kenneth Kidd of Focus North America, Father Steven Powley of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministries, and Mike Spartalis, CPA and Adjunct Professor of Ethics at The Bauer College of Business, University of Houston. We are thankful to Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver for giving his blessing to this event and adding his thoughts on “Pan-Orthodoxy” for our understanding. Click on the link for the schedule (https://ocl.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/OCL-Flyer.pdf).

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Houston, Texas is Thinking Globally and Acting Locally on Pan-Orthodox Unity SAVE THE DATE:  November 2, 2019 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral 3511 Yoakum Boulevard Houston, TX 77006 Message and Blessing from Archbishop Elpidophoros: “…we should look at the universe as our parish.” Speakers: His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver will speak, joined by Kenneth Kidd Focus North America, Fr. Stephen Powley of Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry and Michael Spartalis. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Source: Lasting Memories President of Orthodox Christian Laity 2010-2013 Long Time Resident of Berkeley “Asleep in the Loving Care of the Lord” Susan Williams Haikalis, long-time resident of Berkeley, California, died on October 9th, 2019 at the age of 79. Born in Montclair, New Jersey to Richard Sugden Williams and Helen Fellows Williams. Beloved wife for close to 50 years of Peter Haikalis, PhD. Mother to Joanna (George) Graham of Berkeley and loving grandmother of Cecilia and William. Also survived by brother Richard Williams, PhD, and his wife Mary Ellen, as well as nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and a…

Source: The Epistle (Greek Orthodox Retired Clergy Association Newsletter) On September 14, the feast day of the Universal Exaltation of the Holy and Life-Giving Cross, our RCA Vice President, Father Steven J. Vlahos observed and celebrated the 55th anniversary of his ordination to the sacred priesthood at the Saint Anthony Church in Vineland, NJ. On this solemn and sacred occasion, Father Steven especially thanked his beloved Presvytera Chrysi, children Demetrios Troy, Dana Anastasia DiAntonio, grandson Joseph and all the members of the congregation. Father Steven especially remembered his parents, siblings and the multitude of people he faithfully served. He also…

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