The mission of the American Orthodox Institute is to bring the witness of the Orthodox Christian moral tradition into greater prominence in the American “public square.”
Founded in 2005, AOI is the first independent civil society institution or “think tank” to promote the views, achievements and aspirations of Orthodox Christians in the United States. AOI believes that Orthodox Christianity, and the sorely needed moral witness it provides to a pluralistic and secular society, can no longer be content with its “best kept secret” status.
AOI works in these ways to accomplish its mission:
- Raise the voices of Orthodox Christians to greater prominence on important political, social and cultural issues.
- Deepen the appreciation among American public for the contribution that the Orthodox Christian moral tradition makes to society.
- Create a bridge between Orthodox Christians in America and the institutions and individuals in traditionally Orthodox cultures around the world who share AOI’s mission.
- Reach out to Christians of other traditions, and those people of non-Christian faiths, on social and moral issues where common cause may be made.
AOI is non-profit and non-partisan, and supported by those who share the AOI mission and the ancient Christian faith that has spread, by the providence of God, from the Aleutian Islands to the Florida Keys.
In places where the Church has taken root, it has incorporated the best characteristics of the local culture. Orthodox teaching holds that what ever good exists in a local culture must be nurtured and strengthened.
Orthodox Christianity is a living and active faith. It is a unity of faith and works, which is true evangelism. “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?” (James 2:14).
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