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Orthodox Christian Laity - Road to Unity

Orthodox Christian Laity - Road to Unity

October 2009

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.

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  • November 3, 2009
    What does it mean for a unified Church in America? What does unity mean for the ancient Patriarchates?

    Panelists were:

    Nicholas Katich - attorney who helped orchestrate the re-unification of the Serbian Church in America in the early 90's
    Peter Marudas - served as Admin Assistant to Senator Paul Sarbanes and authored the 2006 paper "New Strategy Needed to Save Endangered Ecumenical Patriarchate"
    Metropolitan Jonah - primate of the Orthodox Church in America
    Fr. Nick Apostola - See Panel 2 for bio

    Wrap up comments were made by OCL Executive Director George Matsoukas, outgoing OCL President Peter Petkas, and incoming OCL President William Souvall.
    1:10:12
  • November 3, 2009
    Building on Orthodox Christian internet ministry and the media.

    Panelists were:

    Fr. Hans Jacobse -See earlier panel for bio
    Fr. Peter Michael Preble -Pastor of St. Michael Orthodox Church in Southbridge, MA and involved in blogs, podcasting and terrestrial radio
    John Maddex - CEO of Conciliar Media Ministries and founder of Ancient Faith Radio
    53:28
  • November 2, 2009
    What experiences do we provide our youth to educate them to be Orthodox Christians and to retain them in the Church?

    Panelists were:

    Bishop Thomas - Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic (Antiochian)
    Fr. Antonio Perdomo - Pastor of St. George the Great Martyr (OCA) in Pharr, TX and Chaplain of St. Peter the Aleut Summer Youth Camp
    Christopher Shadid - Senior at the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology and Business
    59:16
  • November 2, 2009
    What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian in America? How do our churches come to see themselves as missions within the community? How should we educate Americans to see Orthodoxy as the roots of Christianity?

    Panelists were:

    Bishop Melchisedeck- Diocese of Pittsburgh and Western PA (OCA)
    Fr. Hans Jacobse - Pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Mission in Ft. Meyers and founder of the American Orthodox Institute
    George Pontikes - Attorney and OCL board member from Sts. Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL
    1:04:31
  • November 1, 2009
    Focusing on conciliar governance and transparency issues and the ability to successfully overcome corruption within the system and move ahead.

    Panelists were:

    Deacon John Zarras - Member of the Metropolitan Council of the OCA
    George Karcazes - A practicing attorney in Chicago and a founder of OCL as well as an active board member of the GOA
    Peter J. Petkas - Presidient of OCL since 2007 with a career in government and business
    1:07:49
  • November 1, 2009
    The legacy of Ligonier 1994 and beyond. Where are we 15 years after this event and how are we overcoming resistance to unity here and abroad?

    Panelists were:

    His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel - Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
    Teva Regule - Managing editor of St. Nina quarterly, MA in Divinity Holy Cross Seminary and Computer Network Manager at MIT
    Fr. Nick Apostola - St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Shrewsbury, MA and Secretary of the Romanian Archdiocese as well as Secretary of the Study and Planning Commission of SCOBA.
    1:11:07
  • November 1, 2009
    The moderator for all of the panels is Fr. John Cassar from Mother of God Joy of All Who Sorrow Orthodox Church in Princeton, NJ.

    This panel focused on responding to real needs including educational and outreach programs that demonstrate the Unity of the Orthodox Christian Church in America. Panelists were:

    Fr. Justin Matthews - Director of Focus North America
    Sister Sarah Elizabeth Oftedal - Co-founder and Housemother of the Martha and Mary House
    Bryan Smith - Headmaster of St. Peter's Classical School in Ft.Worth, TX
    1:04:56
  • November 1, 2009
    Alexei Krindatch is a director for research with the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute in Berkley, CA. His presentation "New Face of American Orthodox Christianity in the 21st Century can be downloaded HERE.
    36:04
  • October 30, 2009
    OCA Primate Met Jonah gives the keynote address at the OCL Road to Unity conference.
    38:10

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