August 20, 2014

The Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches

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The Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches is now published by the Holy Cross Orthodox Press.  For detailed information about the Atlas look at: www.orthodoxreality.org.  Order your copy ($ 19.95) at Holy Cross Bookstore: toll-free 800-245-0599  e-mail HCBKS@hchc.edu, www.holycrossbookstore.com.  To schedule media-interview, contact author: Alexei Krindatch, 773-551-7226, akrindatch@aol.com. What is this Book about? The Atlas provides a “snapshot” of the Orthodox Christian Churches in the United States. It is addressed for the wide - Orthodox and non-Orthodox, academic and non-academic - audiences.  Simultaneously, this book is an atlas, a reference book and a thematic monograph. It is an atlas because it contains numerous maps to show the historical development and present territorial patterns of Orthodox Church life in America. It is a reference book because it furnishes comprehensive information and statistical data on all American Orthodox … [Read more...]

The Perplexing Problem of Obtaining an Accurate Census of Orthodox Faithful Living in America

Hartford Institute for Religion Research HT: Orthodox Christian Laity A Quick Question How many Eastern Orthodox are there in the USA? The quick answer: Far less than usually reported. The longer answer: According to a recent study of Orthodoxy in the United States, the real membership (number of adult adherents and their children) in all Eastern Christian Churches in the USA can be estimated at about 1,200,000 persons. This figure is considerably less than the commonly accepted estimations, which range as high as over four million. The greatest disproportions between "claimed" and actual memberships were found in the two largest Orthodox jurisdictions: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese (typically claimed 1,954,500* members versus 440,000 actual adherents) Orthodox Church in America (1,000,000* versus 115,000 actual adherents)* membership figures are from the Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches, National Council of Churches, 2000. The most likely reason for … [Read more...]