October 21, 2014

OCL Laments “Few tangible results” at Episcopal Assembly

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm - neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” Rev. 3:16-17, The tone of the meeting was polite. The meeting had the feeling of a classroom. The Professor directed the class, and the students sat quietly and … [Read more...]

Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Or, Where Lies CEOYLA?

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The CEOYLA struggled for years to please the hierarchs and the clergy, to be understood, to be accepted, to be messengers of a unified Church in North America, but to no avail. They didn’t know what they were doing ‘wrong’ or what was considered ‘acceptable.’ The Church withdrew or let languish its support of the CEOYLA and the young of the various ‘jurisdictions’ stood apart, as though some … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) honors CEOYLA Members and Movement at Upcoming Annual Meeting

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Source: Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) CEOYLA MEMBERS PLEASE HELP! Mark Your Calendar! OCL 24th Annual Meeting Pittsburgh, PA OCTOBER 7 and 8, 2011 Theme: Honoring CEOYLA MEMBERS and Movement Marriott Courtyard…Call in Reservation 412-683-3113 5308 Liberty Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15224 Related article: Where Have All the Flowers Gone? Or, Where Lies CEOYLA? Program … [Read more...]

Letter from William Souvall, OCL President, to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Christian Bishops

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A letter from Orthodox Christian Laity president William Souvall. Highlights: ...The need for thorough committee work is understood, but it should not delay palpable unity-related activities which can be undertaken immediately: such as increased and highly visible Pan-Orthodox worship services throughout America. With few exceptions, the Orthodox presently worship together only on the … [Read more...]

The Episcopal Assembly: Hopes and Realities

HT: St. Andrews Orthodox Forum By Fr. John Erickson Orthodox Christian Laity Annual Meeting Salt Lake City, Utah October 15-16, 2010 In June 2009 representatives of the fourteen universally recognized Orthodox churches gathered at the Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, near Geneva, Switzerland. This Fourth Preconciliar Commission meeting issued an official decision … [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...]

“Don’t Call Us…We’ll Call You” – The Pentecost Experience of Evangelical Orthodox Christians at the Phanar

Source: Orthodox News By: George Matsoukas June 11, 2006 As we celebrate Pentecost 2006, it is useful to remember Pentecost Sunday, June 2, 1985.  That is the date and feast day that the Ecumenical Patriarchate and its Holy and Sacred Synod of Bishops chose to refuse an audience with the party of 18 Evangelical Orthodox Christians whose 12 year journey to the One, Holy, Catholic and … [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...]

OCL Prayer for Episcopal Assembly

February 26, 2010 To the Servants of God who attend the Orthodox Christian Church in the Americas. Prayer for the Episcopal Assembly At its February meeting, the Board members of Orthodox Christian Laity unanimously concurred that the most effective support Orthodox Christians in North and Central America – Hierarchs, Clergy and Laity, can provide to the more than 60 bishops who shepherd … [Read more...]

Moscow clarifies its position on Orthodoxy in America

Source: Yahoo! Groups [From the December 2009 Orthodox Christian Laity newsletter, vol. 5, Number 2] The following letter translated from the Russian dated November 13, 2009 was received at the OCL Office via fax November 16. It is addressed to former OCL President Peter Petkas. It is from the Moscow Patriarchate, Russian Orthodox Church Holy Synod, Department for External Church … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Jonah on Orthodox Christian unity

The Orthodox Church in America's communications department has published a summary of Metropolitan Jonah's remarks at Orthodox Christian Laity's recently concluded Road to Unity conference. Highlights: Central to the fabric of a united Church, Metropolitan Jonah added, is the need to "be missionary in every aspect of its existence, reaching out to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all its … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Laity – Road to Unity (Audio)

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The 2009 Road to Unity conference held at Antiochian Village in October 2009. The format was “conversational” in nature with panels, questions, and interaction between the attendees. Recorded by Ancient Faith Radio. Metropolitan Jonah - Unity in Our Time (38:10) OCA Primate Met Jonah gives the keynote address at the OCL Road to Unity conference. ++++++++++ New Face of American … [Read more...]