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Orthodox Christianity on the Crossroad:A nice Council of the Church ? while and WhyThe objective of publishing the papers provided on the 20th Annual assembly of Orthodox Christian Laity is to enhance ?lay and clergy literacy? at the convention subject of ?The want for an outstanding and Holy Council.? The papers are offered with the desire that the knowledge will encourage the devoted to take part within the conciliar decision-making approach 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 offered in those papers. The wish of what will be finished whilst brothers paintings in synergy with one another and the Holy Spirit can be evident.The renewal of Orthodox Christianity and the renewal of its witness within the modern international of world spiritual pluralism depend upon this kind of assembly. The calling of a council freed from worldly, political, strength, turf, ego and ethnic issues will renew the ?Living culture? of Orthodoxy, that is its Apostolic calling. the area is seeking this ?Living Tradition,? which can't be well-expressed by means of a fragmented Orthodox Church. A council is a step towards renewing the Church and making it entire that allows you to train this ?Living Tradition.?It is fascinating to note?as this number of papers issues out?that the youngsters of Orthodox Christians residing in the United States have come jointly as americans, for you to stay Orthodox, via campus ministry courses that they're constructing. The teens are top how you can Orthodox solidarity. Is it now not time for the Church elders, the hierarchs, the clergy, and the devoted to examine the instance of cohesion that the formative years are supplying and flow forward to do what's essential to renew the Church via this conciliar council?ABOUT THE EDITORGeorge E. Matsoukas, government Director of Orthodox Christian Laity due to the fact that 2000, rec

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Sources of divine revelation”) were reduced to a subsidiary status, and seven new themes were added. ” Far more important were four themes that addressed contemporary ecclesiological issues: the Diaspora, autocephaly and how it is to be proclaimed, autonomy and how it is to be proclaimed, and the diptychs. , the Czechoslovak church got “peace, freedom, brotherhood among peoples …”). The Preconciliar Conference also made a fateful procedural decision: to begin with the “easy” themes, in hope that the experience of working together on these would make eventual work on the more controversial themes easier.

I would prefer our ethnic traditions and customs dealing with home and family and marriage to any of this horrible corruption, which can be the destruction of this nation. The common American heritage that we share, then, is still not as closely related to our church life—or rather, community life—as much as the cultural heritage that provides our people a strong identity. So you see, my dearly beloved in Christ, be patient and continue to edify with love and understanding, but in no way with confrontation and disputes.

In July of 1972, Patriarch Athenagoras passed away, and the entire project of holding a Great and Holy Council was left in limbo. Informal inter-Orthodox meetings in the course of the next year concluded that, if a Great and Holy Council was to proceed, massive revision of the proposed agenda was needed. The proposed topics did not correspond to the real needs of the Church. The draft reports on them amounted to little more than academic exercises, and issues such as autocephaly, autonomy, and the status of churches in the so-called Diaspora were surely more urgently in need of consideration.

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