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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) supports the decision of Archbishop Demetrios and the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to elevate Bishop Sevastianos to lead the Metropolis of Chicago as its new Metropolitan.  As Elaine Jaharis pointed out in her recent Open Letter published in The National Herald, the stakes for the Metropolis of Chicago, the Archdiocese and the Ecumenical Patriarchate could not be higher. The Orthodox Christian Laity has supported the efforts of the Ecumenical Patriarchate where it believes that those efforts have merit: (a) The convening of pre-conciliar meetings over the years; (b) the…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity June 28, 2017 His All Holiness Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople and Ecumenical Patriarch, Members of the Holy Synod; His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of the Holy Eparchial Synod; Members of the Holy Eparchial Synod; Members of the Archdiocesan Council of the Archdiocese of America,  Your All Holiness, Your Eminences and beloved sisters and brothers in Christ:  The recently “widowed” see of the Metropolis of Chicago requires those who are responsible for its future to come to grips with the reality that they are confronting a Church in…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity LAS VEGAS, April 21, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — The Board of Directors of Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) adopted the following Resolution at its recently-concluded Board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada: “OCL respectfully calls upon Archbishop Demetrios and the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA) to publish the ‘Reports’ of the Archbishop, Metropolitans and Priests of the Archdiocese required by the ‘Archdiocesan Regulations as Amended June 2014’ in Article 3, Section 1, Subsection C; Article 10, Section 2, Subsection B; and the following portion of Article 17, Section 1 [to wit: ‘…Priests are accountable to their…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos The Orthodox Christian Organization (OCL) during a recent meeting adopted resolutions relating to monasteries that operate in many parts of the United States. The Christian Newswire reported on the issue as well. The National Herald has reported many times about the issue of the monasteries and more specifically about their ecclesiastic belonging, theological teachings, and financial issues. There are 18 total monasteries and nunneries in the United States. Technically, these monasteries are under the ecclesiastical and canonical jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and consequently, the local metropolises in which operate. Actually,…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity LAS VEGAS, NV. March 30, 2017 — The Board of Directors of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) adopted the following Resolution at its recently concluded Board meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada: “OCL respectfully calls upon the Assembly of Bishops of the Orthodox Churches in the United States to publish all of the work of its committees over the seven-year course of its meetings, so that the faithful clergy and laity in the United States will be informed and have the opportunity to provide input that can assist our beloved Hierarchs in fulfilling the charge given to…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity George Karcazes and I were among the hundreds of mourners attending the funeral services of our departed brother in Christ and OCL board member and former President Peter Haikalis. The services conducted on March 25 and 27, 2017 were somber and joyful under the copper dome, extraordinary light and mystical iconography which characterizes the Cathedral of the Ascension in Oakland, California. The setting for both the Trisagion and funeral was magnificent. Peter’s beloved Cathedral Choir added beauty and grace to both services. Peter was eulogized as a visionary by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I have the sad responsibility to inform you that our beloved board member, Dr. Peter Haikalis, fell asleep in the Lord suddenly on March 20, 2017.  He and Susan were out shopping. Susan went into the pharmacy to pick up an item and returned to the car, and Peter was experiencing a heart attack.  With state of the art, immediate emergency care, he could not be revived. The sudden death of Peter is a shock for his family and friends, his Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) extended family and his parish community of Ascension Cathedral, Oakland, CA. …

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Board of Directors announces the adoption of the following Resolutions at its recently concluded Board Meeting, February 10-12, 2017: “OCL respectfully calls upon the Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to enforce its own Regulations relating to the Monasteries operating under its auspices in the United States; that each Metropolitan who has monasteries within his Metropolis require full compliance by those monasteries with the letter and spirit of those Regulations; and, that all information concerning the operations of those monasteries, including but not limited to financial disclosures, be made…

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