Our Parent Organization
The Orthodox Christian Network is an official agency of the Assembly of Bishops, originally commissioned by SCOBA to create a national, sustainable, and effective media witness for Orthodox Christianity throughout North America. In a constantly changing media landscape, OCN delivers positive, relevant Orthodox content via multiple delivery platforms, reaching today’s internet users via broadcast, podcast, video, blogging, and webinar content. “Come Receive the Light,” OCN’s flagship program hosted by Fr. Christopher Metropulos, is the only nationally syndicated Orthodox Christian radio broadcast. OCN works in direct collaboration with sister Assembly agencies (e.g., IOCC, OCMC, OCF, OCPM), as well as with various Orthodox Christian jurisdictions and pan-Orthodox, para-church organizations. Our goal is to engage the broader culture of North America with Orthodox Christianity’s rich theological, spiritual, and moral heritage, and to thereby strengthen the Orthodox Church’s witness and contribution to the culture in which we live.
Our Board of Directors
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Honorary Chairman/Advisor
His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios, Honorary Chairman/Advisor
His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Episcopal Liaison of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops
Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos, Executive Director
Nick Mavrick – Chairman
Charles Lelon – Vice Chairman
Joanne Mitchell – 2nd Vice Chairman
Antonio Maiorana – Treasurer
Garry Paxinos – Secretary
Rev. Dr. Steven Zorzos
OCN Policy Statement
To strengthen Orthodox Christian communities and to share the timeless faith of Orthodoxy with the contemporary world by using modern media: radio, the Internet, podcasts, DVDs, television and more.
To inspire the faithful everywhere; raise up our children; call back the wayward; and reach out to our cities and towns with the joyful, Christ-centered message of the Orthodox Christian Church.
Our Programming Policy
OCN offers three types of programming in support of its mission and vision. It is our hope that the variety of approaches this permits will increase our effectiveness by ensuring that we reach the greatest number of people possible. These three types are teaching programs, interviews with official representatives of the Orthodox faith, and programs designed to provide information that will increase our ability to present our Orthodox faith in the context of the wider, secular world.
Teaching programs focused on the doctrine and practice of the Orthodox Church make up the majority of our site content, and they support the major goal of OCN. These programs may take the form of Biblical exegesis, lessons on Patristics, or dogmatic instruction. Examples of teaching programs include video classes, “Special Moments in Orthodoxy,” and “Theologically Thinking.”
Interviews with church officials are those in which Fr. Chris, or another representative of OCN, speaks with a hierarch, a priest, or another official representative of an Orthodox archdiocese or parish. The purpose of these interviews is to present a genuine Orthodox perspective or teaching on the issue under discussion. Many interviews on “Come Receive the Light” and “OCN Now” fall into this category, but it is important to note that not all do.
The third type of programming comprises interviews, podcasts, blogs, or articles specifically intended to provoke discussion and contemplation about the issues we face in daily life. When a guest is interviewed for this type of program, or asked to write on a subject for this purpose, our invitation does not constitute an endorsement of the guest’s beliefs or actions. Guests are selected on the basis of their ability to provide information or perspective that will be of value to our Orthodox listeners. Examples of this type of program include some interviews on “Come Receive the Light” and “OCN Now,” and also some articles that may appear on “The Sounding” or elsewhere on the website from time to time.
We live in a complex world, and our ability to make good decisions comes from our strong foundation in Orthodoxy and our genuine understanding of the people and problems around us. Our primary goal is to share the truth of Orthodoxy with the world. Our secondary goal is to generate fruitful conversations that strengthen us in our own faith and increase our ability to share it in meaningful ways with our fellow human beings.
It is not easy to speak or listen to people with whom we have little in common. But here at OCN, we believe in making the effort when doing so will contribute to the greater good.
We are not saints yet, and neither are our guests. But if we put aside judgment and criticism, and delve into the issues with honesty and sincerity, we hope that by the Grace of God, our conversations may contribute to our own salvation and to the salvation of our listeners. Only God knows how our words and deeds can be used to touch the lives of others.