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OCA participates in Church World Service Fall Board Meeting

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.oca.org/news/2312 OCA participates in Church World Service Fall Board Meeting at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology Posted 11/02
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 9, 2010
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      OCA participates in Church World Service Fall Board Meeting at Holy
      Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

      Posted 11/02

      BROOKLINE, MA [OCA] -- Mrs. Arlene Kallaur represented the Orthodox
      Church in America at the bi-annual board meeting of Church World
      Service [CWS] at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology here
      October 19-21, 2010.

      Mrs. Kallaur, a member of the OCA's Department of Christian Service
      and Humanitarian Aid, was among some 45 Orthodox Christian and
      Protestant board members who represent 36 communions. Archpriest
      Leonid Kishkovsky, the other OCA board member, was unable to attend.
      Other Orthodox participants included Priest Michael Kontogiorgis and
      Mr. John Paterakis, CWS's First Vice Chairperson, both of whom
      represented the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

      Archpriest Nicholas Triantafilou, Holy Cross President, warmly
      welcomed the board members, who enjoyed the beautiful campus and
      attended daily Vespers and Matins in the chapel and shared meals with
      the school's students and staff.

      Eradicating hunger world-wide, advocating for safe and clean water
      for all, helping rebuild the lives of victims who have suffered
      natural disasters or have been caught up in violent conflicts, and
      resettling refugees were foremost on the agenda.

      "Board members learned that the US Government had cited Church World
      Service for its excellent work in resettling immigrants," reported
      Mrs. Kallaur. "In 2010, CWS resettled 7,055 refugees, ten percent of
      the total number nationwide. Parishes across the US are among the
      major sponsors of these families and individuals.

      "The number of assembled Gift of the Heart hygiene, school, and
      cleanup kits and layette sets rose dramatically during the past year,
      as did the response to the Blanket and Tools Program, which
      reaffirmed the 'hands on' participation in which people desire to be
      involved, in addition to offering financial gifts," she added.

      CROP Hunger Walks, held in some 2,000 communities nationwide,
      continue to provide a large source of CWS income.

      "Twenty-five percent of the money gathered remains in the community
      to fund local relief," Mrs. Kallaur noted. "For example, the OCA's
      Holy Trinity parish in East Meadow, NY, spearheaded its first CROP
      Hunger Walk this year; they were joined by members of the greater community."

      Church World Service and International Orthodox Christian Charities
      [IOCC] often work in partnership on a number of relief and
      redevelopment projects worldwide.

      For more information about Church World Service and/or to learn how
      individuals and parishes can get involved in its efforts, visit
      www.churchworldservice.org.

      For more information about IOCC, visit www.iocc.org.
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