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View the Declaration’s inaugural publication in the July 5, 2022 editions of  The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Over 280 Signatures to Date – Be One of Them! Check below for the live count. Comments received from signers “It’s time for Unity!” “This is long overdue!” “It’s what the great Saints would want.” “Glory to God!” “Saint Cassiani, pray for us.” “May it be blessed!” “A house divided against itself cannot long survive.” “Excellent idea.” “Glory to Jesus Christ.” “Thank you.” “I agree with the Declaration completely and support its goals.” “Let our eye be single.” “Amen.”…

Source: Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative If you serve your parish or a nonprofit in any leadership capacity, consider joining a Peer Learning group this fall to connect with your counterparts and develop in your unique leadership role. Each cohort, a small group of 6-8 people, is led by a trained facilitator for each of six online monthly meetings.  Gather insights, share best practices, and problem-solve together! Clergy Cohort: Beginning Sept 27 and meeting again Oct 11, this cohort meets online every 4th Tuesday through January at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET.  Fr. Paul Hodge will facilitate this Peer…

Source: Suprasl 2022 Suprasl, Poland – Over 90 youth and youth workers from 22 countries participated in “Suprasl 2022: A World Gathering of Orthodox Youth,” an international gathering held at the Orthodox Academy at the Annunciation Monastery here, 18-24 July 2022. Attendees explored the theme “Go and Bear Fruit,” based on John 15:16, learning how as young people, they have a vital role in creating opportunities for unity within the global Orthodox Church. “It was inspiring to hear participants share their wishes and dreams for the growth of more pan-Orthodox youth cooperation,” said Archdeacon Joseph Matusiak of the Polish Orthodox Church. “Suprasl 2022 was…

Source: Fordham University Orthodox Christian Studies Center The Orthodox Christian Studies Center, in collaboration with the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, is pleased to present the 2022 installment of the Speaker Series: Orthodox Scholars Preach. Every week until Pascha, a different Orthodox Scholar will release a new 10-minute video. This Series provides a platform for Orthodox scholars to reflect on the spiritual themes of each Sunday’s liturgical calendar while drawing on their expertise. The Series offers a space where Orthodox Christians and others interested in Orthodox spirituality…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Six Week Course – May 11 – June 15, 2022 This free adult Christian Education course is offered by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco Christian Education Ministry and Saint Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, CA. Each class session topic is independent. Attend when you are able – a series commitment is not required. The fast moving format is a combination of lecture, visual presentation, discussion, and occasional video. No homework. Supplemental reading will be provided by PDF at no cost. Every Wednesday for six weeks from May 11 – June 15. 7:00…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) is pleased to announce a part-time, hybrid degree program in Orthodox Christian Leadership Studies to launch in the fall semester of 2022. The new offering, developed in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative (OCLI), becomes the fourth concentration option for the Seminary’s Master of Arts (M.A) degree. The concentration in Orthodox Christian Leadership Studies is intended for those seeking to better serve their local parish or larger church community, as well as exercise Christian leadership in the workplace. The program offers distance-learning, rather than the traditional, in-person education provided in the…

[Text of a presentation delivered by His Eminence, Archbishop Nathaniel at the Orthodox Christian Laity Conference, October 20, 2001] “The Celebration of the First Anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church of the United States of America & The Establishment of the Patriarchate” It has been one year since the recognition of the autocephaly of The Orthodox Church of The United States of America. The Church now has a unified voice in the person of His Holiness, The Patriarch, and a common forum of action, The Holy Synod of The Orthodox Church of The United States of America and…

Source: Orthodox Prison Ministry The Matthew 25:36 Fellowship are a passionate and faithful group of monthly givers who make it part of their everyday lives to visit those in prison. People from all walks of life, giving whatever they are able, make this life-changing ministry a reality. “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took…

Source: Faithtree Resources Dedicated to creating resources that help Orthodox Christian churches, leaders and people thrive Faithtree Resources is a non-profit ministry committed to teaching the fullness of the historic Church. Our team is made up of a Pan-Orthodox group of hierarchs, clergy, and faithful who are passionate about supporting pastors and lay leaders in their ministries, as well as in offering materials that engage and inspire the people in our pews. Our goal is for Christian communities across the world to be vibrant, energized, and motivated by the freedom found only in a life in Christ. These are the…

Introductory lecture in “Consultation of Orthodox Youth Workers”, Bossey, Switzerland, 27/03-02/04, 1999 By Manos Koumbarelis “It is no small thing for 28 Orthodox youth from nine different countries to gather together abroad. Indeed, this happened in Geneva, from 8 to 13 January [1949]. Five days, immersed in an indescribable atmosphere of the One Church of Christ. All Orthodox. Every morning a liturgy in Arabic, Greek, and Russian. In the evening, compline. A continuous state of prayer and dedication, creating a sacred environment within which many difficult discussions were taking place in a wonderful way. What are we, the Orthodox, going…

Source: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry “God is the life of all free beings. He is the salvation of all, of believers and unbelievers, of the just and the unjust, of the pious and the impious, of those freed from the passions or caught up in them, of monks or those living in the world, of the educated or the illiterate, of the healthy or the sick, of the young or the very old.” -St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 1 To St. John Climacus’ quote above we might include those in prison and those outside of prison. We are all…

Source: Suprasl 2022 “Go and bear fruit” John 15:16 Supraśl 2022 is a one week gathering of Orthodox youth from around the world coming together to experience the unity and universality of our Holy Orthodox Faith, to be inspired by engaging leaders, stimulating discussion, and tangible ways to continue bearing fruit together, and throughout the world. “What are we, the Orthodox, going to do to avoid our sickness, namely, our indifference to one another? “In 1949, the Greek theologian Nikos Nissiotis asked this question as Orthodox faithful around the world experienced life after World War II. This question remains relevant…

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