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This election has been heated and stressful to say the least, a constant barrage of information and ideas and oppositions. It has also been a powerful illustration, proof of our insatiable desire as human beings to connect with one another and share our passions.
During this political season, many take to social media to communicate concerns about and support for candidates of choice. We want to be heard, to be supported, and, if possible, to sway others to cross over to our side, to see things the way that we see them or at least to understand why we hold certain convictions.
And I have heard many people lamenting about the current state of affairs, the vitriol-tinged climate that is being pushed on us over and over by a mainstream media bent on selling advertising by dividing a nation.
No matter who wins on November 8, roughly half of our country will be in mourning. Either way, a significant portion of the population will be upset or worse, apathetic, wondering why they wasted so much time and effort on a losing battle.
What a powerful time to concentrate our energies on our Orthodox ministries.
Whether or not the candidate you prefer wins on Election Day, set a goal to maintain your passion to support issues that are meaningful to you. Stay engaged by instead promoting the Faith that is always waiting to embrace you during moments of elation and devastation alike.
Our Orthodox faith is filled with organizations dedicated to bringing people together and serving those in need of everything from food to finances to spiritual inspiration. And these organizations benefit greatly from our assistance and encouragement. As the holiday season begins in just a few short weeks, consider dedicating your time, talents, or monetary support to one or all of the organizations listed below.
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) — Established in 1992, this faith-based nonprofit is designed to offer emergency relief as well as development programs to communities around the globe. As the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America’s official international humanitarian organization, the IOCC responds to crises on an emergent and long-term basis, establishing programs to address critical needs, such as clean water and education. WATCH IOCC in This Week in Orthodoxy News. IOCC is registered with the U.S. Agency for International Development. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://www.iocc.org/
Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) — Established in 1995, this faith- based nonprofit is designed to offer media ministry of the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. OCN has a rich selection of content created to connect with a wide variety of audiences. Whether you prefer to listen to podcasts, read blogs, find Orthodox News, WORSHIP Around the World, or Watch video communicating information and inspiration, you can find it on OCN. The OCN Website is also a great place to download on-the-go prayer apps or listen to 24/7 Orthodox talk radio, The Anchor & music, The Rudder & Faros. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://myocn.net/
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) — This missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States is dedicated to sharing the truth of Christ with individuals throughout the world. Specifically, the OCMC team seeks to communicate with the estimated 4.7 billion people not acquainted with the Christian life. LISTEN to a recent Come Receive the Light Program where OCMC was featured. By establishing missionary teams that include North America Orthodox Christians, OCMC staff, and indigenous leadership, OCMC connects Orthodox Christians with communities in need of Orthodox leadership. Orthodox individuals from all walks of life as well as Mission Priests may serve short- or long-term assignments to share the Gospel in towns and villages throughout the world. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://www.ocmc.org/
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) — Established in 1965, this missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States is dedicated campus ministry. OCF is charged with connecting Orthodox college students—and those interested in the Orthodox Christian faith—to Christ and His Church. OCF supports fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others, and study of the Faith. OCF provides a variety of thoughtful and innovative programming including College Conference and READ Real Break (see 2017 Trips) domestic and international service projects as well as training laity and clergy volunteers as well as our students for leadership roles on campus and beyond. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://www.ocf.net/
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) — This missions agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States is dedicated to bring the love of Christ to those who are in prison by providing encouragement, material support, transition and reintegration guidance, Christian education, spiritual guidance and the sacramental life of the Church. WATCH the work that is done. OCPM provides Orthodox publications, link prisoners to area priests, educate and train clergy, and provide ongoing guidance to priests and parishioners on prison ministry. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, http://theocpm.org/
Easter Orthodox Commitee on Scouting (EOCS) — This missions agency of Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States provides support, programs, and recognition to the scouts and scouters of Eastern Orthodox faith whether in units in the Eastern Orthodox Churches, or registered in units sponsored by other institutions, via the religious youth recognition’s, adult recognition’s for volunteer scouters and clergy, retreats, camp-o-rees, associated events and activities. READ about a recent event. EOCS supports and conducts the mission of our Lord and His church via the scouting program through encouraging the use of the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts USA, and Camp Fire Boys and Girls programs as part of the youth ministry program of the Church and community. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://www.eocs.org/
Orthodox Christian Education Comission (OCEC) — Established in 1957, a group of Orthodox theologians and educators as a forum to exchange ideas and to search for solutions to common educational problems. OCEC vision is for total parish education providing resources to meet the educational needs of all Orthodox Christians. LEARN about recent training. It aims to develop and publish educational material for and offers support services to Orthodox Christian Churches in North America through the Assembly of Canonical Bishops of the United States of America. To learn more about how you can contribute to this ministry cause, visit http://www.orthodoxchristianed.com/
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