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GOAA Clergy-Laity Congress Resolutions Call for World Peace,End of Poverty

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  • Rev Fr John Brian
    CLERGY-LAITY CONGRESS OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA APPROVES RESOLUTIONS THAT CALL FOR WORLD PEACE, THE END OF POVERTY, VIOLENCE AGAINST
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2006
      CLERGY-LAITY CONGRESS OF THE GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA APPROVES
      RESOLUTIONS THAT CALL FOR WORLD PEACE, THE END OF POVERTY, VIOLENCE AGAINST
      CHILDREN, AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR THE ECUMENICAL
      PATRIARCHATE

      Nashville, TN - Four significant resolutions were unanimously passed at the
      conclusion of the Plenary session of the 38th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress
      of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which recently met in
      Nashville, Tennessee after five days of worship, education, and fellowship,
      by nearly 1,500 participants. According to His Eminence Archbishop
      Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, the resolutions
      are "very significant because they deal with burning contemporary issues
      like war and peace, poverty and disease, abuse of children, and religious
      freedom especially as it relates to the Ecumenical Patriarchate."

      The first resolution protests abuse towards children and supports programs
      and resources that advance their welfare and their protection from
      spiritual, physical and emotional violence. Emphasizing the theme of the
      Congress to "Share the Truth of the Gospel and the Love of Christ," the
      second resolution calls upon the Archdiocese to work with other communities
      of Faith to eliminate illiteracy, alleviate disease, and eradicate poverty
      and hunger throughout the world. While the third resolution calls upon
      governments and people to help restore peace in the world, the Clergy-Laity
      Congress also resolved to intensify efforts to allow the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate, the ecumenical center of Orthodoxy throughout the globe, to
      exercise its religious freedoms unfettered and without governmental
      interference.

      A major component of the Clergy-Laity's resolution concerning the Ecumenical
      Patriarchate is the Religious Freedom Project that seeks the mobilization of
      Orthodox Churches in the United States to ask their respective United States
      Senators to sign a letter to President Bush. The document articulates the
      crisis in religious freedom that the Ecumenical Patriarchate faces which, if
      continued, threatens the survival of this nearly 2000 year old institution
      founded by the First Called Apostle of Christ, Andrew, the brother of Peter.
      For more information concerning the Religious Freedom Project please visit
      the Website of the Order of Saint Andrew at www. archons.org.

      The Clergy-Laity Congress is the highest legislative body of the Greek
      Orthodox Archdiocese and is convened biennially and presided over by the
      Archbishop. It is concerned with all matters, other than doctrinal or
      canonical, affecting the life, growth and unity of the Church, the
      institutions, finances, administration, educational and philanthropic
      concerns and its increasing growing role in the life of the nations of the
      Western Hemisphere. The delegates are the pastors and elected lay
      representatives of all the parishes of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.


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      For Immediate Release:
      July 27, 2006

      Contact: Rev. Dr. Frank Marangos
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