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Amidst an unprecedented focus of attention and activity on Orthodox Unity, Orthodox Christian Laity invites all Orthodox and interested observers to attend its 22nd Annual conference to be held at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, PA. October 29-31, 2009.
“At no time in recent history has there been such attention focused on the quest for Orthodox unity both in America and world-wide,” declared Peter Petkas, OCL president. “These developments provide OCL, a long-time advocate of Orthodox unity, and all concerned Orthodox with a historical opportunity to help chart the way toward this vital goal. Our annual meeting is a timely vehicle for both dialogue and action leading to Orthodox unity.”
Petkas explained that the program includes seven panels comprised of devout and informed Orthodox who will discuss a range of topics connected to the realization of Orthodox unity in America. He said these discussions will include: (a) the process for achieving Orthodox unity in North America and other non-traditional Orthodox areas that was adopted at the recent Pan-Orthodox meeting held in Chambesy, Switzerland and (b) the impact that the exclusion of representation by the Church in North America in that meeting, and in future pre-conciliar meetings, will have on the relevance of those decisions to the Orthodox faithful in North America.. His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, newly installed primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will deliver the keynote address. His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and His Grace Bishop Thomas will also participate in the meeting.
“In keeping with OCL’s long-standing principle that lay participation in Church life is essential for a vibrant and healthy church,” Petkas continued, “we will examine carefully all proposals for unity whether generated here or abroad from the standpoint of canonical Orthodox tradition and, just as importantly, how they contribute to the spiritual life of the Church and her individual communicants.”
“Never before have we had such an opportunity. I urge all OCL members and their friends to gather at Ligonier where 24 years ago the flame of Orthodox unity in America was lit by courageous and visionary Orthodox leaders. It is now our obligation to pick up where they left off and in this new environment renew our commitment to unity.”