This Week in Orthodoxy, October 31, 2014
Hello, I’m Emmy Louvaris with “This Week in Orthodoxy,” the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church.
These are the stories making headlines this week:
- Mosul’s Christians find safe haven in Jordan.
- Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, Demetrios declares November 2nd as a day of prayer and support for Philanthropic Ministries.
- The Orthodox Church of America has completed its audit of records for the 2013 fiscal year.
- The National Philoptochos Society has appointed a new President at the National Philoptochos Board meeting held on October 17th.
Segment 1: News from Around the World
Mosul’s Christians Find Haven in Jordan
First, nearly 3,000 Christians from Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, have taken up refuge in Jordan as they try to escape the ongoing, violent persecution by ISIS militants.
The Exodus came at the invitation of King Abdullah II and many are finding themselves being housed in the community halls of Jordan’s churches where they received food but are not allowed to work.
The work prohibition is to prevent these refugees from becoming permanent residents and with the hope that they can eventually return to their lives in Iraq.
November 2 Declared Day of Prayer
In New York, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Church in America declared November 2nd as a day of prayer and support for the ministries of the church.
In a statement, Archbishop Demetrios stated:
“These ministries to orphans, the elderly, the sick and poor have been a vital and essential work of the Ecumenical Patriarchate since its founding, and they continue today as a witness of our calling by our Lord by offering compassionate healing and faithful service to those in need.
The National Philoptochos Society will lead this effort and a special offering will be administered by local chapters this Sunday.
Orthodox Faithful are encouraged to generously contribute.
Some of the Church’s philanthropic efforts include:
- The Philippines Relief Fund,
- Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund,
- Balkans Food Relief, and
- Humanitarian Relief to Syria.
November 2nd is also the Feast Day of the Unmercenaries and Wonder Workers Saints Cosmas and Damian.
Saints Cosmas and Damian were physicians who gained notoriety for healing individuals without accepting payment. They saw love for both God and neighbor as their only needed reward.
OCA Completes Financial Audit
The Orthodox Church of America has completed its audit of their financial records for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2013.
The full report is available on the OCA website and in a brief statement online, the final church budget had a $54,791.00 deficit.
Key highlights are:
- General Contributions between FYE 2012 and FYE 2013 were down by 71%, from $464,682 in 2012 to $133,092 in 2013.
- Fellowships from Orthodox stewardship was up to $60,435 from $10,080 in 2012.
The church did, however increase spending on outreach and missionary work, while maintaining or decreasing overhead spending in certain areas.
New President of National Philoptochos Society
Finally, the National Philoptochos Society has a new President. Maria Logus was appointed to head the philanthropic organization, during the inaugural meeting of the 2014-2016 Board.
Ms. Logus joined the Philoptochos at 18 and became Parliamentarian of the organization in 1986. She also was President of the Board of Saint Basil’s Academy as well as a member of the Board of the Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and St. Michael’s Home.
In a statement made after her appointment, Maria Logus said:
“Our National Board is blessed with a dynamic group of women. I look forward to working with all of them to advance the values and the mission of the Philoptochos Society. We will embrace new members as we continue to give honor to our founders.”
OCN pauses in this episode to graciously acknowledge the work Mrs. Aphrodite Skeadas, the immediate predecessor of the new president who was a true friend of the OCN for her untiring work as the National President of the Philoptochos for so many years. Under her direction Philoptochos made many positive strides and assisted thousands of people around the globe.
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That is it for “This Week in Orthodoxy.” For everyone in our studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.
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