“Christian Unity on Matters of Religious Liberty – Being a Disciple of Christ in “Your Jerusalem” by Bill Marianes

“Christian Unity on Matters of Religious Liberty – Being a Disciple of Christ in “Your Jerusalem” by Bill Marianes

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The Orthodox Christian Network features the important work of organizations that promote religious freedom, defend Christian Rights and stand against Christian persecution.  You have our resound commitment to be a resource of compassion, a voice of help, and active participant to helping all in need.

“The Christian Rights & Freedom Institute featured Attorney Bill Marianes on Thursday, December 10, who spoke eloquently on “Christian Unity on Matters of Religious Liberty – Being a Disciple of Christ in Your Jerusalem’.  

Mr. Marianes, a highly respected speaker, highlighted the “environment of unprecedented and serious attacks against Christianity”, and asked “what are we doing to work with other Christians, to defend the faith, and individually what we can  do as Disciples of Christ to protect, preserve and promote His church in our personal Jerusalem where we live?”  In his powerful speech, he invited attendees to “learn about joint efforts with other Christian denominations” to explore one’s “own personal calling of discipleship at this presentation”.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP IN DEFENSE OF REFUGEES

We invite you to share with the Orthodox Christian Network substantive philanthropies that are coming to the aid of all that are persecuted.  Notable is the IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities) whom “in the spirit of Christ’s love, offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination, and strengthens the capacity of the Orthodox Church to so respond”.  The IOCC has undertaken significant initiatives to help save Syria’s children whom are displaced or living as refugees.  Notably 92% of every dollar donated to the IOCC “directly helps those affecting dire situations.”

You can help the victims of poverty and conflicts around the world by making a financial gift to the IOCC International Emergency Response Fund which will provide immediate relief, as well as long-term support through the provision of emergency aid, recovery assistance and other support to help those in need. To make a gift, please visit iocc.org or call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), or mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, MD 21297.

An additional notable philanthropy is “The Barnabas Fund’s Operation Safe Havens program which has pressed governments to issue visas to persecuted Christians, on condition that the organization will foot their expenses.  Operation Safe Havens was featured in an August 20, 2015, editorial in the Wall Street Journal by Robert R. Reilly, director of the Westminster Institute in McLean, Va.

The Orthodox Christian Network invites you to support our coverage of Christian Persecution and Religious Freedom and your input is welcomed and appreciated. You have our resound commitment to be a resource of compassion, a voice of help, and active participant to helping all in need.

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Nick Mavrick

Nick Mavrick served on the OCN Board of Directors. The OCN Board consists of volunteers, who are also donors, and are passionate about giving back to the Orthodox Church. We welcome other volunteers to join us.