How Does Religion Influence Politics?

How Does Religion Influence Politics?


Let’s Talk Live with Fr. Deacon Basil Hinkle & Fr. Christopher Metropulos

We are pleased to announce our myOCN Community Online Gathering this coming Thursday, October 29th, at 7:00 pm EST with special guest Fr. Deacon Basil Hinkle. Fr. Christopher Metropulos, OCN Executive Director, will be offering a “Let’s Talk Live” 1 hour interactive video session on Zoom with limited availability for two-way discussion about how we bring Christ into the public square. If you would like to attend, please register HERE to receive sign-in instructions.

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Fr. Deacon Basil Hinkle

Deacon Basil serves at, and is a founding member of the Prophet Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Ellensburg Washington, where he and his family own and operate a restaurant.  He was most recently re-appointed to the Growth Management Hearings Board by Washington Governor Jay Inslee, where he serves as an administrative law judge. Additionally, Deacon Basil teaches High School Civics and Economics at St. Athanasius Academy, is a volunteer Fire Department Chaplain and EMT Firefighter.

He was elected as County Commissioner twice before being elected to the Washington State House of Representatives. After serving 10 years in the House, 6 of those as the Minority Whip, he served two terms on the Washington Health Benefits Exchange. He was the Founder and CEO of the Jennifer Dunn Leadership Institute and His long career in public policy and government inspired his Masters Thesis titled “The Transforming Impact of Orthodox Philanthropy.”

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.