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Browsing: Grassroots Unity in Action

Orthodox Christian Laity wants to showcase, introduce, advocate, and highlight the many Pan-Orthodox ministries that hierarchy, clergy and laity are doing in synergy with each other as part of outreach and mission.

OCL has supported grassroots ministries for 25 years. OCL hosted two annual programs highlighting grassroots unity efforts: 1) Cleveland, Ohio (Fall 2003) – 16th Annual Meeting: “Orthodox Christian Ministries Networking Conference” and 2) Boston, MA (Fall 2005): “How to Do Local Pan-Orthodox Ministry and Activities.”

At that time, the board and participants visited Holy Trinity Eastern Orthodox Nursing and Rehabilitation Center established in 1994 by the Pan-Orthodox work of clergy and laity in the Worcester, MA area. It is a model rehab and hospice program.

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Highlighting these programs will enable the faithful to see unity in action and maybe inspire the faithful to come together to learn more about these agencies, support them through prayer and funding and even work together to duplicate these ministries where appropriate.

Source: HOPE Association The nonprofit organization enlists ultra marathoner Levi Rizk to run across America to gain awareness for the cause Washington D.C., May 17, 2016 – The HOPE Association, a nonprofit service organization based in Washington D.C., will launch two pediatric mobile health clinics in early 2017 that will serve low-income families in the D.C. and Los Angeles communities. The two HOPE pediatric mobile health clinics will provide several free services to uninsured children, such as well-visits, physicals, immunizations, screenings, urgent care, psychological services, sick visits and more. Serving patients from birth to age 21 directly in their neighborhoods at no…

Source: Share the Faith Ministries Share the Faith Ministries has a new web site.  The purpose of the ministry is to assist clergy who do not have parish assignments or who hold low paying secular jobs to network with each other and to develop a funding source to assist them with their part-time ministries.

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity A Great and Holy Council of all the Orthodox Churches is scheduled in 2016 to consider, among other issues, how to unite the Church in the United States of America.  Now is the time to prepare for this awesome event.  You can be a part of the process!  Local advocates are needed.  Are you interested in being the Orthodox Christian Unity advocate in your parish community? If you are committed to the canonical order of an autocephalous, unified Orthodox Church in the USA, you can help this become a reality by: Becoming the “go-to person” in…

Source: Lantern Foundation The Lantern Foundation, established in December of 2012, is a US based registered 501c(3) private foundation. The mission of the foundation is to provide financial support to religious and community service organizations, particularly those related to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, and other entities organized for religious, charitable, and educational purposes and to raise, generate, and solicit contributions in furtherance of this purpose.

OCL advisory board member assists in establishing a new ministry within the life of the Orthodox Church orthodoxchristianhealing.com What We Do Seeds of Hope – Orthodox Christian Healing and Counseling – hopes to change how things were done in the past. All too often the ecclesiastical harm inflicted by clergy to their fellow Orthodox sisters, and brothers (and children), was proverbially “swept under the rug.” This led to a massive erosion of trust, to widespread cynicism, to jurisdictional divisions and to court battles that are costing multi-millions of dollars. It no longer needs to happen that way. Helping Orthodox Christians…

Source: The Detroit News by Marney Rich Keenan In the ’80s, Janet Damian was drawn to Ss. Peter and Paul Orthodox Cathedral on Gilbert Street because services were said in English instead of the customary mother tongue of her Romanian Orthodox church. When her grandmother objected, she reasoned: “The scriptures never said you must worship in a foreign language.” Now, 30 years later, the short-in-stature, but tell-it-like-it-is powerhouse is heaven-bent on making her church, the oldest orthodox church in Detroit, relevant again because of what the scriptures do say. Specifically: “… as ye have done unto one of the least of…

Source: FOCUS North America Mission Vision and Values Who We Are FOCUS North America is a national movement of Orthodox Christians, united in faith and joined by a desire to provide action-oriented and sustainable solutions to poverty in communities across America. FOCUS has operations and youth volunteer experiences in more than 20 cities in the United States. Mission Statement As an expression of Christ’s love FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter. Why We’re Here Through the provision of social and human development services, FOCUS North America…

Source: Pan Orthodox United Around three hundred youth and young adults from eight states and Canada gathered in Akron, Ohio, May 30 – June 1, 2014, for the Second Annual Pan-Orthodox Convention for Orthodox Christian youth and young adults. The Weekend’s activities included a round-robin soccer tournament, ethnic dance exhibition, musical performances, and casual cornhole competitions. Pan Orthodox United, a committee of young adults representing Greek, Serbian, Antiochian, Russian, Romanian, and other parishes throughout the Midwest, organized the weekend long event. Michael Pacurar, of Long Beach, California, is the chairman of Pan Orthodox United. “It’s extremely difficult for Orthodox youth and young adults to…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity By Roy Synder Recently, after the Patriarch of Antioch ordered that the American Clergy cease their involvement with the Assembly of Bishops, I took an action to voice my disagreement with this decree.  It was a small thing – no big oratory, grandstand or “snit.” Someone asked me what I thought I would accomplish and I replied: “I suppose it’s tantamount to a flea biting and elephant’s butt, I did not think that I should be silent.” Reflecting, I realized that there would be no notice from any level of hierarchy.  I am not well known,…

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