This Week in Orthodoxy, June 5, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy, June 5, 2015

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Welcome to “This Week in Orthodoxy”, the world’s only online video newscast focused on events in the life of the Orthodox Church. I’m Emmy Louvaris.

These are the stories making headlines this week:
• Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council Spring Meeting Convened in San Francisco
• The Balkans are Still Recovering One Year After Catastrophic Floods
• Savopoulos Family Funeral was held in Washington, D.C.

Segment 1: News from Around the Globe

Archdiocesan Council Convenes in San Francisco
First up, the Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular spring meeting May 28-29 in San Francisco under the chairmanship of Archbishop Demetrios of America. During the two-day meetings, the work of various Church ministries was reviewed, and reports were prepared and presented which included: Religious Education, Youth Ministries, Marriage and Family, Communications, Stewardship, Outreach and Evangelism, Greek Education, and Finance.

The Archbishop announced the appointment of Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos as the next president of Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,
and the appointment of Steven Christoforou as director of the Department of Youth and Young Adult ministries.

Finally, Nashville, Tennessee was announced as the 2016 location for the Biennial Clergy Laity Congress taking place July 2nd through the 8th.

Balkans Still Recovering from Catastrophic Floods
From Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina: It’s been a difficult year since record rainfall drenched the Balkans last spring, unleashing the worst flooding in more than 100 years, leaving a trail of destruction. More than 70 people died, while hundreds of thousands of survivors had to evacuate as family homes, farms, roads, and utilities were damaged or destroyed. Relentless summer and fall rains renewed flooding, which slowed recovery and threatened to keep many families from having warm and dry shelter in time for winter.

IOCC, International Orthodox Christian Charities, responded on the heels of the disaster, ensuring the delivery of relief to vulnerable families in the region’s hardest hit communities. Through the financial support of church and private donors in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and close cooperation with local partners, the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Red Cross, IOCC’s ongoing assistance has helped thousands of survivors return to their homes and resume their lives. For more information, visit IOCC.org.

Funeral for the Savopoulos Family
And lastly, from Washington: Family and friends of the Savopoulos family gathered at the St. Sophia Cathedral in northwest Washington, DC, to say goodbye at the funeral held June 1st. Savvas Savopoulos, his wife Amy, their 10-year-old son Phillip, and their housekeeper were found murdered in their home last month. Authorities said the house was set on fire. Court documents reveal the incident began sometime after 6:00 pm the evening before, on May 13th, and the fire was reported on May 14th at 1:24 PM.

The couple also has two teenage daughters who were away at boarding school. Savvas Savopoulos was President and Chief Executive of American Iron Works.

Police arrested and charged Daron Wint, a former Iron Works employee, with first-degree murder. Although five others were arrested along with Wint, they were questioned and released pending further investigation.

Family friend Doris Dixon said, “Amy and Savvas were wonderful, wonderful people…Always lovely, open, loving, generous, dear people, and the tragedy is more than most of us can bear. It’s just heartbreaking.”

Archbishop Demetrios, who traveled for the service, said, “This tragedy caused an explosion of love, of sympathy…What can we say? We are at the funeral of people who suffered abruptly and unexpectedly…There are not enough tears.”

Segment 2. News from OCN

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That brings another edition of “This Week in Orthodoxy” to a close. For everyone here in our OCN studios, I’m Emmy Louvaris. Let’s go forth in peace.


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Emmy Louvaris

Emmy Louvaris is the host of This Week in Orthodoxy, the first weekly news show to cover the international Orthodox Church and community.