July 31, 2014

Removing Metropolitan Jonah Hurt the American Orthodox Church

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- By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse When the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) axed Metropolitan Jonah they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Mediocrity was the watchword. In the jurisdiction that has been steadily losing ground for twenty years, they rejected the man who displayed the necessary gifts to bring the Gospel as it is understood and comprehended within our Orthodox faith to America. His Beatitude wasn’t a suitable administrator his detractors said. The claim might have some merit but since when has administrative capabilities been the high water mark of ecclesiological competence? Why weren’t accommodations made to employ his prodigious gifts and make up for the weaknesses? Met. Jonah is an evangelist first and an administrator maybe third, but evangelization is what the American Orthodox Church needs to do. Look at the results of Fr. Peter Guillquist and his colleagues. Were there missteps along the way? Of course there were, but no one believes that Fr. … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip addresses Episcopal Assemby

Antiochian Archdiocese Highlights: Who can dissolve SCOBA except SCOBA itself?...I believe that some of our churches in the Old World are in "Diaspora."...(N)o Primate of any jurisdiction should be excluded from the Executive Committee...The Mother Churches must realize that Orthodoxy in America is the best gift to the world...If we do not bury the burdens of the past between certain autocephalous churches, such burdens will bury us, and Orthodoxy in this country and throughout the world will become an insignificant dot on the margin of history." ++++++++++++++++ "Your Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and Brother Bishops: My opening remarks this morning are taken from the Vespers of Palm Sunday, “Today the Grace of the Holy Spirit has gathered us together.” How wonderful and pleasing to God for all of us to meet and discuss matters related to the life of our Church on this particular continent. I would like to take … [Read more...]

The Road to Unity. From Vision to Action: Orthodox Christianity in America

Orthodox Christian Laity Continuing EducationLearning and Growing in Understanding Orthodox Christianity in America The Road to UnityFrom Vision to Action: Orthodox Christianity in America October 29-31, 2009Antiochian Village Ligonier, PA American Orthodox Christianity is already unified in doctrine and fellowship but we are not unified as jurisdictions. Orthodox Christianity can flourish in America and our Orthodox faith can give much to our nation in return. Join us this fall to examine what we can do to foster unity in America The Road to Unity is blessed by Met. Philip, Met. Jonah, and Met. Christopher. Keynote will be delivered by Met. Jonah. Other hierarchs attending include Abp. Nathaniel of Detroit and Bp. Thomas of Charleston, and the list is growing. Topics: Orthodox Unity at Work and In Service; Unity Efforts Past and Present; The Orthodox Church of America Tomorrow; Orthodoxy and American Culture; Youth; Orthodox Communication; The Great and Holy … [Read more...]

Fr. Peter Guilquist interviews Met. Philip Saliba

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In this historic interview on Ancient Faith Radio, Metropolitan Philip talks candidly about such things as Orthodox unity, music, our witness to the world, his most memorable accomplishments as well as his biggest disappointments. This two part interview was conducted by Fr. Peter Gillquist, Chairman of the Department of Missions and Evangelism in the Antiochian Archdiocese. Source: Ancient Faith Radio. Listen now: Part 1  widget here (36:33) In part one, Fr. Peter asks His Eminence about health, family, his most significant accomplishments and his biggest disappointments. Part 2  widget here (30:33) In part 2, we hear the thoughts of Metropolitan Philip on the recent OCA crisis, his meeting with Metropolitan Jonah, Orthodox Administrative unity, evangelizing in today's culture, SCOBA and much more. Editor's note. I met Met. Philip for the first time this Sunday. He is a man of prayer. … [Read more...]