I wanted to forward this email, it is an email regarding the OCA website
and the ROCOR website. I was told by it's author, who will remain
nameless, that he is fed up. He wasn't able to read a Paschal epistle
of his chief hierarch for nearly two weeks after Pascha, when thanks to
Holy Cross, it was finally available in English. It really is sad. I
think something really must be done. A website must be like a book, if
your church doesn't offer you materials for the benefit of your being.
Then what kind of a church is that? I realize the Church Abroad is
struggling at the moment, but that is no excuse for it's leaders to
forget about the faithful who remain. The OCA has learned this, so have
the Greeks. Perhaps the Russian Church Abroad should learn this as
well? The website is in shambles, and very much out of date. It is May
and hasn't been updated since February. No one has any idea of what is
going on in the Church. And when people bring this up, I have noticed
that the priests get upset. People rely heavily on e-mail lists and
yahoo groups to find out any kind of information, and most of the time
it is just plain ole' gossip, not information, and not beneficial.
People are even going to the ROCiE website for information, which is not
good. By not properly informing your flock you are unintentionally
leading them away. They will look at one thing on their website, and
then look at another, and another, and they may start believing some of
the things that they include on their website. I am not intentionally
trying to upset anyone, I am only speaking what is being spoken by the
MANY faithful. I was told that the clergy did bring this up at an
earlier meeting, and that Bishop Kyril of West America, placed a Fr.
Peter Perekrestov in charge of it. To find a designer and to figure the
costs. But I was also told by that same Fr. Peter, that he is going to
try it himself first, to save on costs I assume.
The Russian Orthodox Church Abroad is a worldwide church and
organization with faithful on every populated continent, who speak a
wide variety of languages. From French to Polish, English to Georgian.
So if it is going to design for itself a website, it should be big and
easily maneuverable. A website is like a worldwide electronic book and
people who see the level of comittment made on a website, will believe
it to be the case with the rest of its organization. A properly run
website is a properly run organization. Various studies have shown that
a company that has an eye pleasing website, will gain in growth and
revenue. QVC showed a dramatic increase in revenue when they overhauled
their website. It is the same with a Church or a non-profit website.
Not just from a business point of view, spiritually speaking it should
offer its flock resources in their own language. Not just in Russian!
And it should be centralized. And they should look at the GOArch and
the OCA websites as examples of quality work. A template that should be
followed! As we say in advertising, if it works then copy it!
Here is the e-mail that was sent to the OCA Communications Department
chief, who are in charge of the website team:
Christ is Risen!
I just wanted to comment on the NEW OCA Website, and all I can say is
"Thank GOD" for the OCA website. I am a Reader of the Russian Orthodox
Church Abroad and may I say, the OCA website is a life-saver. I am very
happy the OCA cares enough about it's Orthodox faithful to offer so much
information.... it just shows that you care, I am very pleased. At the
same time, I am also very much disappointed in our Church Abroad and
it's lack of support for its flock. They didn't even have the courtesy
to translate Met. Laurus' Paschal Epistle into english for we many
Orthodox who don't understand Russian. They made up many excuses, all
of which I don't buy. Many people were upset about that. Especially
when the OCA, has had the courtesy of offering it's chief hierarch's
sermon in many languages for the various people to read.
I am at awe at the level of professionalism that your Church shows
toward, not only the world, but also toward it's Orthodox flock. It
makes other people want to visit your churches, by seeing the level of
commitment to its faithful on something as simple as a website. It's
just really great! I am really happy for you.
Honestly, if I didn't love my parish so much, I would start an OCA
mission here in ****** (deleted). But that's just between you and me..
It's just really great, I am so happy. I look forward to seeing what
you will offer next.
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