September 2, 2014

Keep your eye on the prize

By George E. Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity To all constant bloggers, ecclesiastical colonialists, ecclesiastical bureaucrats, enablers of foreign domination -- i.e. journalists, lobbyists, and other special interest groups dedicated to keeping the church in disunity, disorder and dependent -- I say: KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE that Christ’s Orthodox Christian Church … [Read more...]

There is No Diaspora, Metropolitan Philip Says, Questions the Purpose of the Bishops Assembly

Metropolitan Phillip

The warrior is back! Met. Philip cuts to the heart of some of the nonsense around the Episcopal Assembly. Some highlights: There is no Diaspora here. We decided in 1994 with the late Archbishop Iakovos. We rejected the term Diaspora for North America. I am going to propose the rejection of this term Diaspora The non-recognition of the OCA by Constantinople and Antioch is hypocrisy. … [Read more...]

The Bishops Are Coming To New York, As Complex Diaspora Question Looms

Fr. Mark Arey

Read closely. What are the greatest fears? The autocephaly of the OCA (wild card) and the Ligonier Council (precedent). The times are changing folks. The lumbering bureaucratic structures that have sublimated the nascent creativity and energy of American Orthodoxy under the weight Old World self-interest might be loosing their grip. There is more anxiety here than is being … [Read more...]

Pentecost 2010 Springtime for the Church in the Americas!

By George Matsoukas, Executive Director of Orthodox Christian Laity Behold how good and pleasant it is when brethren dwell together in unity — Psalm 133:1 During the week following Pentecost, May 26-27, 2010 sixty five Orthodox Christian bishops, who have their sees in North and Central America, have been invited to gather at the Helmsley Park Hotel. The bishops will convene as the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Demetrios on the Way Out?

HT: St. Andrew House Orthodox Discussion Forum Theodore Kalmoukos BOSTON- At 83 years old and beleaguered by a raft of questions about his ability to keep leading, Archbishop Demetrios may leave his position at the Archbishopric Throne of America, it emerged after intense discussions at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople, where he traveled unannounced, as well as among prominent … [Read more...]

OCL and Abp. Demetrios discuss Episcopal Assembly

April 21, 2010 - A delegation from Orthodox Christian Laity met last week with His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in New York City, William Souvall, OCL President, announced today. “The main reason for our visit was to inform His Eminence of OCL’s enthusiastic support for the upcoming Episcopal Assembly of all Orthodox bishops in North and … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah requests prayers in anticipation of North America’s first Episcopal Assembly

HT: Orthodox News Orthodox Church in America April 21, 2010 SYOSSET, NY [OCA] -- In anticipation of the first North American Episcopal Assembly, slated to convene in New York City, May 25-27, 2010, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah has asked that special petitions be included in the Litany of Fervent Supplication. Under the chairmanship of His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek … [Read more...]

First Episcopal Assembly is called

It's really the second. The first was Ligonier. ++++++++++++++++++++ The 65 Orthodox Bishops in the Americas received their invitations to attend the first Episcopal Assembly to be held under the new Chambesy agreement last week. Writing to all as the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archbishop Demetrios stated: “Therefore, in order to comment the process to which we have all … [Read more...]