Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
Blessed Matrona of Moscow Included in Romanian Orthodox Church Calendar
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On February 15, 2018, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Patriarchate resolved that the Blessed Matrona of Moscow be included in the Calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church for veneration. With a blessing of His Holiness Daniel, Patriarch of Romania, the Institute of Orthodox Mission in Bucharest had translated to Romanian and published the divine […]
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Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018
Statement by His Eminence Metropolitan Sotirios of Toronto (Van Attack in Tor...
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Christ Is Risen! We mourn the innocent victims of the unconscionable van attack in Toronto. Our hearts break for the families who awake to a new reality without their loved ones. We struggle with this senseless act of evil. However, we should not despair. We should not lose hope. We shall persevere and be strengthened […]
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How Do we Teach our Children to set Themselves Apart From that Which is Wrong?
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One of the most important things we, as parents, can do for our children is offer them positive role models. And as most of us will agree, that can be a very daunting task nowadays. Now that school is back in session, this is especially important because our children are being exposed to things they […]
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Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
“THE COMMEMORATION OF THE GENOCIDE IS RECOMMITMENT TO THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGN...
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ArmenianOrthodoxChurch.org – 26/4/18
24 April is the day that Armenians all over the world commemorate the Genocide and demand that their stolen rights be restored. The 24th of April is the day to honour the life and legacy of the one-and-a-half million martyrs. The goal of the Genocide was to annihilate the entire nation; but Armenians both at home and in the diaspora have risen from the ashes of those horrors. Today Armenia is a member of the community of nations and Armenians throughout the world have made important contributions to humankind’s progress and civilization even as they have maintained their distinctive identity against overwhelming odds. As Matthew wrote, “fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul” (Matthew 10:28). We have suffered, but we have not lost our soul.
As Turkey continues to rewrite its history of the politics of denial, the truth of the Genocide has been affirmed by governments and scholars and people of goodwill throughout the world. Even courageous intellectuals and leaders of civil society in Turkey have recognized this tragic chapter in history. I want to thank all those that have stood for truth and justice, those that have recognized the Genocide despite political challenges posed by those that still deny the crimes of the past. As I stand in front of the Martyr’s Chapel where the remains of some of our martyrs are buried, I call upon Turkey to take responsibility for the crimes against humanity committed by its predecessors. Turkey is today a member of the community of nations. It has ratified human rights treaties, and pledged allegiance to the United Nations Charter and international law. It must uphold these fundamental principles and end its policy of hatred and deception that even to this day portrays Armenians as perpetrators rather than victims. Turkey must recognize that there once was a nation in those lands that is no longer there; a nation that was destroyed through extreme violence. It is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit that despite the efforts of those that killed and destroyed and denied the past, the imprint of the Armenian nation has not been erased. The remnants of the Armenians includes a small community, but also many hidden Armenians who out of fear had to conceal their identity, but who today long to be reconnected to the nation to which they belong. And it includes the many Spiritual and cultural treasures that were torn away from us: thousands of churches, monasteries and properties attached to the Church and the nation. Beyond recognition, we demand reparation, a return of this spiritual and cultural heritage, so that we can reclaim what is ours, and bring back to life our presence on these ancient lands.
As a first step towards achieving this vision, on the centenary of the Genocide in 2015, after carefully studying the historical rights of the Catholicosate of Cilicia to its religious properties, we asked the Turkish Constitutional Court (TCC) to return the Cathedral and Monastery of St. Sophia in Sis, now the city of Kozan. The Court refused to even consider the case, finding instead a technical excuse to send it to the lower courts in Turkey. Fully aware that the remedies in Turkey would be ineffective, we took the case to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). But with the flood of cases against Turkey following the attempted military coup in 2016, and the sensitivity surrounding the Armenian Genocide, the European Court also failed to consider the case, saying that it should first go before the lower Turkish courts. Thus, to this date, the merits of our case has not been considered, and we are confronted with technical procedural obstacles. Nevertheless, we will continue to pursue our demand. We will never surrender our rightful claim to the Church’s historical properties which is the spiritual and cultural heritage of all Armenians.
At the time of the Genocide, the Catholicosate of Cilicia was by the side of its people and witnessed with them the Ottoman atrocities. Since then, through the strong faith and commitment of the Catholicoi and the determination of the survivors, the Armenian nation has risen again, and, today, the Catholicosate of Cilicia is playing a pivotal role in demanding justice, recognition, and reparations. The bond between the Church and the people will never break. Our spiritual and cultural identity, our soul, will never be extinguished.
Let us listen to the voice of our martyrs telling us:
Remain strong in your faith,
Remain strong in your Armenian identity,
Remain determined in Armenian unity,
Remain committed to your struggle for justice and human rights.
Pakrac: Vigil Service in honor of the New Martyrs of Jasenovac
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Church of Serbia – 26/4/18
On the eve of the feast-day of the New Martyrs of the Jasenovac and on the occasion of the 73th anniversary of the breakthrough of the last Jasenovac prisoners, clergy and faithful people of Pakrac, Slavonia, gathered in Pakrac on April 21, 2018 to celebrate a vigil service.
On that occasion, in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity a festive evening service was officiated by His Grace Jovan Bishop of Pakrac-Slavonia, along Rev. Djordje Ostojic, parish priest from Daruvar, and deacon Milan Jovic.
The Diocesan Bishop of Slavonia Jovan explained significance of the forthcoming prayerful gathering at Mlaka and the memory of the Jasenovac victims, he invited all the present to prayerfully participate in the consecration of the renovated church of the Holy Prophet Elijah in Mlaka, which would be performed by His Holiness Patriarch Irinej with some hierarchs and clergy.
Orthodox Diocese of Slavonia
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018
Common Statement – The Five-Year Anniversary of the Abducted Bishops of Aleppo
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Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate – 25/4/18
THE Five-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE ABducted BISHOPS of Aleppo
Beloved Brothers and Spiritual Children,
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
In the midst of this glorious season of the Holy Pascha, we are pleased to greet our spiritual children with this paschal proclamation, asking the Lord of the Resurrection to bestow upon the whole world the light of His Holy Pascha, and to enlighten the souls and all of His creation. Also, from the bright of the Resurrection, we greet the world with love and paschal joy, praying for you, beloved ones, and asking for you and yours all prosperity and blessings. We heartily greet you, imploring the Lord Almighty to grant peace to His world.
In the light of the Resurrection, it is good for us to affirm and say that darkness cannot overcome the light, and that the light shines after affliction. In all of our churches, we find a cross raised inside or outside of them. This is so to remind us that the children of the Resurrection are first and foremost children of the cross. We do not sanctify the suffering in Christianity, but we have a high esteem for love. We walk on the path of suffering for the sake of our beloved. We do not beatify affliction, but we deem it light in order to acquire what is more noble.
Let us always remember, dear brothers and sisters, that this is land where Christianity first began. Let us also keep in mind that we have made all possible efforts, and will spare no efforts, to remain here. We know that the current circumstances are difficult for everyone, but we can manage to get over all things by our reliance on the Lord of the Resurrection, Who planted us in this land, when He preached to our forefathers the Word of His Gospel, two thousand years ago. We are the seed of this land, and we give to this land its identity and consciousness.
Today we are in the fifth anniversary of the kidnapping of our brothers the archbishops of Aleppo, Youhanna Ibrahim and Paul Yazigi. Their abduction gives a glimpse of what the human being of this East has been through. Seven years ago, the crisis broke out in Syria. In other places, some labeled it the Arab Spring, but it is far from the symbolism of Spring. To date, many are suffering deeply for the absurdities of wars, shedding their pure blood in defense of the land to prevent terrorism and takfirism, which we have not known until recently.
Today, the criminal kidnapping of both of our highly respected bishops is before us. We are ashamed of the indifference we see toward this issue. All the efforts that have been made to obtain even a single thread in this case have failed. All of this puts us in front of crucial questions and crucial answers.
If the abduction of our bishops is meant to suggest that Christians are of a lower degree of citizenship, then from this podium, we definitely say that Christians in Syria and elsewhere are natives and fundamental components of these homelands.
If the abduction of our bishops is meant to intimidate the so-called minorities, our answer is clear: we reject the logic of minority and majority, since our fathers and children were, along with others, the pillars of the homeland and its army, and the partners in blood and martyrdom with all other components of this country, facing all who have tried to attack our countries
If the kidnaping was intended to intimidate Christians in particular, and to induce them to emigrate, our answer is clear: The Christian presence that has lasted for 2,000 years old can not be shaken by an affliction, no matter how hard this affliction is. We are the make up of this land, its yeast, and have been planted here for two thousand years.
If the kidnaping is intended to feed sectarian strife and spread the spirit of takfirism towards the other, we see that these extremist ideologies are alien to our old and current Eastern civilization, and as Christians we see the other as the object of our love and piety towards God. We see in the other as the one through which we find divine mercies, and hope that the other looks at us in the same way.
If the kidnaping and disappearance of both bishops are meant to suggest that there is a conflict between Muslims and Christians in the East, and to put forward the claim that the East is Muslim and the West is Christian, we are here to affirm that Christianity was born in the East, and the last dreadful events did not spare a church or a mosque. The fire of terrorism did not spare a priest or a sheikh. The targeted victim behind all these atrocities is the human being living in the East.
If the complete obscurity in this case is intended to instill in us feelings of fear, we as Christians take the Cross of our Lord as a lesson from which we learn not to fear any fate or misfortune. We are planted in this land, as the Cross of Christ was planted in it, and through this Cross the dawn of the Resurrection shines.
Even though we have endured hardship during these difficult times, this made us more united. We, as Eastern Christians, greatly need to be in solidarity and interdependence these days. The kidnappers of the bishops did not ask about their denomination or their affiliation. They saw in them the face of Christ and the peace of the holy and pure apostles. Today, we are called upon more than ever to look at what brings us together as Christians and what enhances our cooperation and our convergence amid all these harsh conditions.
The greatest temptation in this issue is forgetting it over time. It is noteworthy to mention that, during the previous period, we have tried all available opportunities to inquire about this cause. We have resorted to high-ranking political leaders, embassies, security agencies, governments, and decision-makers. We have visited embassies, governments, security agencies, international and regional organizations. In this painful anniversary, we renew our determination and efforts to reach the desired closure of this file, thanking all those who have shared our concern for this humanitarian cause.
Today, we are in the time of the glorious Resurrection, in which we hope for the Resurrection of all those who have suffered the hardships of love. We send our paschal greetings to our beloved brothers Paul and Youhanna, wherever they might be, and we are certain that the light of the Resurrection penetrates all chains and limits. We greet in particular our spiritual children in Aleppo, all the priests and lay people, those who, by their faithfulness, have proved that they were true children of both bishops. They have loyally safeguarded what they had learned from them, and have been awaiting their return with great longing, as children await the return of their father.
We implore Christ to remove the stone of distress from the heart of every human being, and for God to bless the hearts with the radiance of His Divine Comfort, release all those who are captives, and give us His divine peace.
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Damascus, April 22, 2018
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Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
The Church in Seventh Century Celtic Britain
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The period between the fifth and the eighth centuries was called “the age of saints” in Wales.
Wednesday, 25 Apr 2018
New feast of All Saints of Iberian Peninsula to be proclaimed in October
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The new feast of All Saints Who Shone Forth in the Iberian Peninsula will be liturgically proclaimed and celebrated for the first time this year on October 7 in Madrid.
The faithful of two western Ukraine parishes refuse to join the “Kiev Patriac...
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The Orthodox parishioners of the village of Moshkov and Peremilovka in the Rovno province of western Ukraine declined the invitation to join the “Kiev Patriarchate.”
Orthodox Church in America
Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018
Holy Synod of Bishops concludes Spring Session
24 Apr 2018 at 4:49pm
Metropolitan Tikhon chairs the Spring Session of the Holy Synod.
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its Spring Session held at the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America on Friday, April 20, 2018.
The gathering opened on Tuesday, April 17, with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy for the “Day of Rejoicing” in the Chancery’s Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel, at which His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon presided. In his homily, Metropolitan Tikhon explained that the gathering of the Holy Synod “comes about by the design and grace of our great and loving God.” The entire text of Metropolitan Tikhon’s homily appears below.
At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, Metropolitan Tikhon welcomed the members of the Holy Synod.
“I welcome all of the brothers of our Holy Synod, as well as all those who are participating with us this week, to the Spring Session of our Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America,” Metropolitan Tikhon said. “The opening of our session this week with the Divine Liturgy is our opportunity to give thanks to almighty God for the gift of unity and brotherly love that exists within our Holy Synod, and we ask that the Holy Spirit will guide us in our deliberations and decisions this week.”Sessions were held in the Chancery’s Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel.
At the opening session, Metropolitan Tikhon reviewed the agenda’s priorities, chief among them being preparations for the 19th All-American Council. He went on to reflect on his participation in recent events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr Martin Luther King in Washington, DC.
“As is well known, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, having traveled there to support the sanitation workers during their strike,” Metropolitan Tikhon said. “The prayer which I prepared for this anniversary celebration took as its refrain the words and signs used by those sanitation workers to express their grievances. These were four simple words: ‘I am a man!’ These words spoke clearly of the desire of human beings to be accepted as human beings by others, which not only encapsulates the struggle of the civil rights movement, but also speaks in a very direct way to the goal of the incarnation and the economy of Christ, which is for all human beings to find healing in Christ and to become truly human, to become a man in the image of the archetype, the God-man Jesus Christ.
“To me, this is the core of our purpose as Christians, as the Church, and as the bishops and shepherds of that Church,” Metropolitan Tikhon continued. “The cry of the sanitation workers in 1968 is the cry of all human beings, all of us who, from the moment of His Passion and Crucifixion look to Jesus Christ, not to be told what is right, but to be shown it; not to be guided on the way, but to watch the Way; not to describe life, but to see our own life hanging before our very eyes.
“This is the foundation of our life as Christians and this is the foundation on which we must build the Church, this Orthodox Church in America, which is so precious to us,” Metropolitan Tikhon concluded.Metropolitan Tikhon celebrated the opening Divine Liturgy on the Day of Rejoicing.
Metropolitan Tikhon further reflected on the task of building up the Orthodox Church in America by “continuing the missionary and pastoral focus of our ministry in the tradition of our local saints by coming to terms with reality and lovingly leading our people through the very difficult and very rapid changes we are experiencing…. All of our dioceses need the attention and support of the whole Church as we all face challenges of economy, population change and loss, preservation of our history and our stories, as well as physical property and an ever-growing post-Christian culture.” He shared his hope that the Holy Synod will be able to “both express a common vision for us as a Church and to clearly lay out both the challenges and the ways forward through those challenges.”
Members of the Holy Synod heard reports from the OCA’s Officers.
Archpriest John Jillions, Chancellor, reported on his work and introduced Hieromonk Nikodhim [Preston], who reported on the Department of Pastoral Life. Father John and Cindy Heise then presented the reports on the Office of Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations [ORSMA] and the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee. It was noted that Cindy, a trained social worker, is now a member of the Department of Pastoral Life, where she focuses on the health of clergy and their families.
Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, Secretary, reported on plans for the 19th All-American Council, slated to gather in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018. The Holy Synod reviewed and blessed the AAC’s agenda, handbook and updated instructions, and related matters, which will be released in the immediate future. He presented the new OCA Policy for Vendors and the new OCA Policy on Bequests and Gifts, passed earlier by the Metropolitan Council, which received the Holy Synod’s blessing. The minutes and decisions of the Metropolitan Council’s Spring 2018 Session also were blessed.
The OCA’s Treasurer, Melanie Ringa, presented the financial report and reviewed the budget for the 19th AAC and the remainder of 2018. On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, she presented for the Holy Synod’s blessing the Finance Resolution for the funding of the Church for the period after the 19th AAC. The Holy Synod blessed the Resolution, which will be reviewed by the Resolutions Committee and presented to AAC delegates for their consideration.
Protopresbyter Leonid Kishkovsky presented a report on the work of the Office of External Affairs and Interchurch Relations, which included a review of developments in the Orthodox Churches throughout the world. He also reported on the work of Archpriest Daniel Andrejuk, who began duties as Dean of the OCA’s Representation Church of the Great Martyr Catherine, Moscow, and Representative to the Moscow Patriarchate; the OCA’s involvement in various international events; and plans for upcoming primatial visits.
Judge E. R. Lanier, OCA General Counsel, reported on legal matters and updated the Synod on pending projects.2018 OCA seminary graduates enjoy dinner and discussion with members of the Holy Synod.
His Grace, Bishop Daniel of Santa Rosa, Chair of the Commission on Statutes and Canons, presented proposed Statute Amendments for consideration at the 19th AAC. The Holy Synod blessed three of the proposed amendments, all of which will be further reviewed by the Commission.
In other matters,
During the gathering, the members of the Holy Synod hosted the OCA’s 2018 seminary graduates for dinner, during which expectations on parish life were shared.
The Holy Synod of Bishops is the supreme canonical authority in the Church. It includes, as voting members, all the diocesan bishops of the Church. The Metropolitan is the ex officio Chairman of the Synod.Metropolitan Tikhon’s Homily during the Divine Liturgy on the “Day of Rejoicing”
Spring Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Saint Sergius of Radonezh Chapel
Christ is Risen!
We gather on this Day of Rejoicing, the second Tuesday after the Great Feast of Holy Pascha, which coincides with the opening session of our Spring Holy Synod meeting. Each of us has gloriously celebrated the feast in our respective dioceses, and today, we gather here at Saint Sergius Chapel as the one body of the Holy Synod to celebrate the Lord’s resurrection together as brothers in Christ and to give expression to the unity of the Church through the supreme act of unity: partaking of the Precious Body and Blood of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ at the mystical banquet of immortality.
Although our gathering this week has been planned and organized and placed on everyone’s calendar, it is ultimately not orchestrated by us, but rather comes about by the design and grace of our great and loving God. As the Apostle and Evangelist John reminds us in the well-known verse from today’s appointed Gospel, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”
This, my brothers, is why we are here. This is why we gather as a Holy Synod and as the Church, so that those of us who are perishing and are condemned might have everlasting life and might be saved.
This is also why we will gather in Saint Louis for the 19th All-American Council this coming July. The theme we have chosen, “For the Life of the World,” reflects well this fundamental reality of our existence as the Church: that we exist in this world of death and corruption, being mortal ourselves, and yet having not only the hope, but the confirmation, of life everlasting and healing in Christ.
As we know, there are different meanings of the term “the world,” and these are reflected both in the Scriptures and in the Patristic witness. “The world” can refer to the glorious creation fashioned by the Holy Trinity in the very beginning, but it can also refer to the fallen existence that this creation (and we human beings) now find themselves in. The tension between these two meanings was both felt and resolved in our recent solemn celebration of Holy Week and Pascha.
Perhaps the focal point of this tension was found at Matins of Great and Holy Friday, when we read the 12 Passion Gospels. The first of these, centered on the Great High Priestly prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ in the Gospel of John, we heard again today, as the reading appointed for the service at the opening of a sacred council. In this passage, Christ asks the Father to glorify Him, just as He has glorified the Father, so that He might, in turn, glorify us as well. He is addressing the men given to Him by the Father “out of the world,” and emphasizing that He is praying for them, and not for the world. Even though He is no more in the world, He turns to His disciples and says “these are in the world,” and His prayer is that they and we may be one as the Father and the Son are one.
As the members of the Holy Synod, we are the inheritors of this prayer of Christ, unworthy though we be, and we have the responsibility of bringing all of mankind, including our own sheep, into this unity. And we can accomplish this by God’s grace and in the Name of the Father, just as Christ kept them while He was with them.
There are challenges and heavy burdens to our synodal and episcopal work, and yet we must remain to do the Apostolic work that has been given to us to do. The Lord reminds the disciples that the world will hate them because they are not of the world, while at the same time praying not that the Father would take them out of the world, but that they would be preserved from the evil one. Not only this, but through the sanctification of the truth and His word they are also to be sent into the world, as the Father sent the Son into the world. In all of this, it is the unity of both the Father and the Son, as well as their unity with humanity, that is emphasized in this most powerful of prayers.
While this High Priestly prayer speaks to us of the glory and the unity of the Holy Trinity, it also speaks to our calling as human beings, which is to become authentic human beings, united in the love of the Holy Trinity, even in the midst of the world and all its troubles. In the end, this is where we should find our inspiration as bishops of the Church, and this is the message that we are called to proclaim. With all the decisions, problems, and challenges of the world that we will address this week, we are ultimately here, I believe, to encourage each other and to share with one another the joy of Pascha and to sing the words of the beautiful paschal hymn of Saint Gregory the Theologian:
Yesterday I was crucified with Christ, today I am glorified with Him;
Christ is risen!
Monday, 23 Apr 2018
Ganister Foundation accepting applications for grants to further Church’s mis...
23 Apr 2018 at 1:07pm
The Elsie Skvir Ganister Foundation is now accepting applications for grants for organizations and parishes with innovative approaches to advancing the mission of Orthodox Christianity in the United States.
The deadline for submitting grant applications is June 30, 2018. Recipients will be announced in the fall.
Founded in 2001, the Elsie Skvir Ganister Foundation is a component of the Williamsport, PA-based First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania. The foundation takes its name from the village of Ganister in Central Pennsylvania, where immigrants drawn there by employment opportunities in the limestone quarry established Saint Mary’s Holy Assumption parish in 1916.
Favor will be given to proposals that address priority needs of the Orthodox Church in America, especially those that do so in catalytic ways. The selection process also weighs leadership experience, clarity of goals, the presence of a stable funding base, and faithfulness to the teachings and ministry of the OCA. Applicants must articulate how their undertaking will have a positive impact on a specific priority need, without duplicating other programs or projects already serving the Church.
Grants are modest in size, generally ranging from $250.00 to $2,500.00. But, properly used, they have the potential to jump-start valuable initiatives that otherwise might not get off the ground. Examples of grants given over the years include
Applicants must be qualifying 501c(3) entities as described under IRS Section 509(a)(1). Grants will not be considered for endowments, ongoing operational support, annual campaigns or event sponsorships, debt reduction, research grants, or support of individuals.
To receive an application, contact the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania, 201 West Fourth Street, Williamsport, PA 17701, or visit the First Community website. Applications will be reviewed and recommendations made by the Advisory Board of the Ganister Orthodox Foundation.
Additional information is available at the Ganister Foundation website.
Sunday, 22 Apr 2018
Deadlines for AAC resolutions, amendments, program book and vendors approaching
22 Apr 2018 at 6:01am
As widely reported, the AAC will be held at the historic Saint Louis, MO Union Station Hotel July 23-27, 2018.
The deadline for submitting proposed resolutions is April 25. Detailed information outlining the process by which resolutions are to be submitted is available online. Proposed resolutions may be sent to email@example.com or by mail to the Resolutions Committee, 19th All-American Council, c/o the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.
April 25 is also the deadline for submitting proposed amendments to the OCA Statute. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Commission on Statutes and Canons at least 90 days prior to the AAC’s opening date. Statute proposals should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to the Statute Commission, 19th All-American Council, c/o Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America, PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791.
Two additional deadlines are also on the horizon.
Last Easter, CBS - 60 Minutes was finally granted a Visa by the monks (after two years of trying) to visit Mount Athos. This fascinating video provides a historical background of Orthodoxy and gives you a breathtaking tour of Mount Athos.
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