Noted Attorney To Speak on Christian Unity & Religious Liberty

Noted Attorney To Speak on Christian Unity & Religious Liberty


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“Uplifting Christ by Peacefully Witnessing to Our Faith in the Face of Radical Extremism”

The Christian Rights & Freedom Institute will present Attorney Bill Marianes on Thursday, December 10, at 8 p.m. in the St. Katherine  Cultural Hall, 7100 Airport Pulling Road N., Naples, FL.  Marianes’ speech, entitled “Christian Unity on Matters of Religious Liberty – Being a Disciple of Christ in Your Jerusalem,” is a part of the ongoing CRF paid subscription series.  New subscriptions will be accepted that evening; admission for non-subscribers is $10 at the door.Bill's MW photo (2 mb)

In an environment of unprecedented and serious attacks against Christianity, 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? Learn about joint efforts with other Christian denominations and explore your own personal calling of discipleship at this presentation.

Bill Marianes is a partner in the Atlanta office of the 1,000+ lawyer international law firm of McGuire Woods LLP, where he has served as Managing Partner of the Atlanta office.   He was a lead lawyer in the creation of: the Georgia and North Carolina State Lotteries, CNN Headline News, Verizon Wireless in Atlanta and the $3.3 billion technology joint venture between AT&T Global Information Services and Delta Airlines.  He currently serves on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Legal Committee and served on the Archdiocesan Council and Archdiocese National Stewardship Ministries.  He was the Co-Chairman of the 2010 Archdiocese Clergy- Laity Congress in Atlanta.

For the last 8+ years, Attorney Marianes has traveled throughout the country as a “stewardship and strategic planning evangelist” inspiring parishes and parishioners to understand what true Orthodox Christian stewardship is, how to live their stewardship calling, and how to reorganize and re-energize their parishes. His personal website is

Bill Marianes also is the General Counsel for the Metropolis of Atlanta and serves on its Metropolis Council, Development Committee and on the Board of Directors of its 210-acre Diakonia Retreat Center.  He has also served extensively on his Parish Council of the Annunciation Cathedral of Atlanta and on numerous Parish committees, including the Executive Committee of the Parish’s “Project Faith” that completed  $13M of new buildings on the Cathedral complex in Atlanta.

Bill is an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate – Order of Saint Andrew and has received the Medal of Saint Paul from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.  He is on the Board of Directors of the National Hellenic Society. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Legal Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops where he is helping to coordinate the lawyers of the other Orthodox jurisdictions to work toward a unified Orthodox Church in America. Bill has been involved in filing several Amicus Briefs (“friend of the court briefs”) before the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia Supreme Court and Texas Supreme Court in the areas the separation of church and state and for the protection of religious and ethnic self-determination and freedoms.

For 6 years, Bill served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and was its Loaned Executive of the Year in 1981. He has also served on the Boards of Directors, and the Capital and Annual Campaigns, of many other non-profits and Christian schools, including serving for 2 years as Board Chair of St. Martin’s Episcopal School where he led its strategic plan. Bill has worked on capital campaigns that raised over $100 million and annual campaigns that raised over $25 million.

Bill served as the Supreme Counselor of the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), where he negotiated with the Turkish government regarding the re-opening of the theological seminary in Halki and the re-unification of Cyprus;  he was granted permission by the governments of Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and the United States to cross the Green Zone on a fact-finding mission throughout the Northern Occupied Territory of Cyprus. On behalf of AHEPA, he also worked with legal counsel for the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai Brith and the NAACP to file a joint Amicus Brief before the Georgia Supreme Court against the Ku Klux Klan to help defend the constitutionality of the “Klan Anti-Mask Statute” that protected religious and ethnic liberties. Bill has also served in many other national, District and local elected and appointed positions in  AHEPA.

While he has lived in Atlanta for the last 38 years, he was born in East Chicago, Indiana, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University, a Masters of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate from Emory University, all with honors.  Bill, and his wife of 34 years, Audrey, have two daughters, Alexis who received her PhD from The Johns Hopkins University and completed post doctorate studies at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Eliana, a graduate of Emory University, who is a professional actress and is married to Father Paul Lundberg who serves Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Marietta, Georgia.


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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 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.

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