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Orthodox Christianity on the Crossroad:A nice Council of the Church ? whilst and WhyThe objective of publishing the papers offered on the 20th Annual assembly of Orthodox Christian Laity is to enhance ?lay and clergy literacy? at the convention subject of ?The want for a superb and Holy Council.? The papers are offered with the wish that the knowledge will inspire the devoted to take part within the conciliar decision-making method that strikes the Church ahead at the factor of constructing the council or one other acceptable assembly. The forces, components, and historical past that inhibit calling a council are awarded in those papers. The wish of what may be entire while brothers paintings in synergy with one another and the Holy Spirit is additionally evident.The renewal of Orthodox Christianity and the renewal of its witness within the modern international of world non secular pluralism depend upon this kind of assembly. The calling of a council freed from worldly, political, strength, turf, ego and ethnic concerns will renew the ?Living culture? of Orthodoxy, that's its Apostolic calling. the area is seeking this ?Living Tradition,? which can't be well-expressed via a fragmented Orthodox Church. A council is a step towards renewing the Church and making it complete which will train this ?Living Tradition.?It is attention-grabbing to note?as this number of papers issues out?that the kids of Orthodox Christians dwelling in the US have come jointly as american citizens, which will stay Orthodox, via campus ministry courses that they're constructing. The teenagers are major how to Orthodox cohesion. Is it now not time for the Church elders, the hierarchs, the clergy, and the trustworthy to examine the instance of solidarity that the formative years are supplying and circulation forward to do what's essential to renew the Church via this conciliar council?ABOUT THE EDITORGeorge E. Matsoukas, govt Director of Orthodox Christian Laity because 2000, rec

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You know, people like to think with their own heads. ” Now, I have never heard such a stupid thing come from the mouth of anyone, but to hear it from a bishop, making such a proclamation … You know, the Lord has bestowed us with minds—we are created in his image, and he doesn’t forbid us to think. We are required to think, to use our minds, and not to follow blindly, because when the blind lead the blind, they both fall in a ditch. So the Serbian people are the same as you would find in all other ethnic jurisdictions, because of the ties and the number of waves of immigrants.

Within these reports, there are three main lines of thinking: the report of the Romanian Church, the reports of the churches of Greek heritage, and the report of the Russian Church. Father John brings to the fore the varied and conflicting interpretations of Canon 28 of Chalcedon, giving a rich history of the early organization of the church and the development of the power of the Patriarchate of Constantinople. “The manifest disunity of Orthodoxy, whether here in America or globally, contradicts the most basic principles of Orthodox ecclesiology,” states Father Erickson.

We saw the Protestant model of Sunday school working, so this concept was adopted. In hindsight, “Church School” would have been a better concept. So our kids were sent to church and relegated to the basement (in those days, all of our churches still had basements underneath the church), and the children were never invited to the banquet upstairs in the church. We raised a generation of ignoramuses because they knew nothing about the Church. They did not experience the Holy Liturgy, and they did not experience what was most important in the life of the church.

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