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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Will YOU Play a Part? Have you considered including OCL in your long-term financial plans? Dear OCL Supporters and Friends, The Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) movement is the remnant of the optimism of the CEOYLA and GOYA movements which fostered and personified Orthodox Christian Unity.  These groups peaked in the mid-20th Century and then were marginalized by the hierarchy in the 1970’s.  OCL picked up where they left off and was formed in 1987.  OCL is keeping its eye on the prize: Orthodox Christian Unity as The Way Forward.  Otherwise, Orthodox Christianity in the USA will…

Source: Orthodox History by MATTHEW NAMEE In 1963, between 11,000 and 13,000 Orthodox youth, from seven jurisdictions, came together for a pan-Orthodox festival in Pittsburgh. Ten bishops and more than 150 priests celebrated Vespers in an arena, and a thousand-person pan-Orthodox youth choir sang. This was the biggest pan-Orthodox event in American history, and most Orthodox Christians today are completely unaware that it happened. The 1963 festival was just one of many achievements of a long-forgotten alliance of Orthodox youth leaders known as “CEOYLA” (which stood for the Council of Eastern Orthodox Youth Leaders in the Americas). CEOYLA was formed in…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity “Relent, do not be unjust; reconsider, for my integrity is at stake”. (Job 6:29)  The study of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and its relations with Greece and Constantinople is troubling as these documents described by Professor James Counelis of blessed memory demonstrate.  As the stepchild of Constantinople, the autonomy of the Archdiocese has been diminished with each Charter.  With the present Charter, the Archdiocese has been reduced to a colony controlled from abroad.  The Metropolitans and Archbishop in the United States are auxiliary bishops of the Patriarch in Constantinople.  There is, in effect, no Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.…

by Katie Kelaidis, PhD Over the past year, I have been engaged an effort to understand how and why Orthodox Christianity has increasingly become a bastion for far-right extremists of various stripes. This is both a professional and personal interest. As a scholar, I am interested in how history is deployed in the service of contemporary political discourse, particularly on the far-right. As a practicing Orthodox Christian, I want to challenge us to think about the ways in which our witness to the world suggests that the Orthodox faith might very well be a safe haven for those who would…

Source: Oinos Educational Consulting by Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D., FCEP “There are 552,830 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in America. Thirty-three percent (33%) are families with children. Forty-eight percent (48%) are unable to work.” ` ~ The National Alliance to End Homelessness (2018) The nineteenth year of the 21st Century marks a number of salient scientific milestones. On Saturday, July 20, the United States will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. 2019 will also commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo di Vinci’s death, the man responsible for the first scientific studies of flight. The United…

Source: Veterans Today By VT Editors Submitted to Veterans Today by Sophia Ilaidi Originally published on August 8, 2018 As Greek journalists found out, the Metropolitan of Bursa Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) has close ties with Turkish intelligence. According to the information obtained by my counterparts from their sources, Ankara’s main goal is to weaken the Church of Greece and expand the influence of Constantinople. And one of the main roles in this process belongs to the Metropolitan of Bursa. The career of the hierarch is developing very rapidly. Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) was born in 1967 in Istanbul. After graduation from the Aristotle…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Historically, the administration of the Orthodox Christian Church is shepherded by a bishop in a geographic area.  Geography, bishops and cities are interrelated.  This reality remains until today, and this is a major cause of the impasse among Patriarchs and Assemblies of Bishops in the USA and other parts of the world. Historically, the Orthodox Christian Church taught the faith and conducted its missionary work in the language of the people where they lived and in their own cultural setting. It helped create written languages where the people had none, and it taught in that language…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity The Synaxis of Patriarchs in 2008 decided that the Orthodox Church in the USA is uncanonical.  How many more years can this situation fester?  The Synaxis developed an Assembly of Bishops of all the canonical bishops in the USA to address the issue.  They have been meeting for ten years and have reached an impasse.  It is now up to the Patriarchs to act either in a synodical conciliar meeting with the 14 Self Ruling Patriarchs/Hierarchs, or if that cannot happen, the Ecumenical Patriarch needs to act as he did in  Ukraine.  On his visit to…

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists by Konstantin Shemliuk What is behind the concern of US officials about the rights of the Orthodox? At the Athens conference on disinformation and news manipulation held on March 5, the ex-US Ambassador to Ukraine and now the Ambassador to Greece Jeffrey Payette made a strong statement about Russia’s efforts to undermine the authority of Patriarch Bartholomew: ”We’ve seen evidence of this kind of manipulation of information in Greece. We’ve seen Russian efforts in the Church, the efforts to undermine the role of the Ecumenical Patriarch.” He particularly stressed that “the purpose of this event tonight is to…

Source: The National Herald By Theodore Kalmoukos Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is expected to visit the U.S. in July. He has been invited by secretary of State Mike Pompeo to speak at a Conference about the Natural Environment. The National Herald has learned that Patriarch Bartholomew has accepted Pompeo’s invitation. The Patriarch will also make an archpastoral visit to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Bartholomew visited America ten years ago on October of 2009.

Source: Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America met Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The meeting was chaired by His Eminence Archbishop DEMETRIOS. Those present were First Vice-Chairman, His Eminence Metropolitan JOSEPH (AOCA), His Eminence, Secretary, Metropolitan GREGORY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA) and Treasurer, His Eminence Archbishop MICHAEL (OCA). Also attending were His Beatitude, Metropolitan TIKHON (OCA) and His Grace Bishop SABA (Georgian Orthodox Church). Other guests included Archpriest Thomas  Zain, (AOCA) and Nicholas Anton (GOA).…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The first-ever national state-by-state directory of the active local and regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and associated Pan-Orthodox laity organizations has been published by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. Thirty-six local or regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and nine Pan-Orthodox laity organizations are listed in this directory. For each Clergy Brotherhood, the directory offers contact information and, if available, website and Facebook page. We welcome any information that can help to improve and expand this directory. If you are aware of any other active local or regional Orthodox Clergy Brotherhoods and…