This Week in Orthodoxy: October 23, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy: October 23, 2015


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 some of the stories making headlines this week:

  • IOCC assists Syrian Refugees on Greek islands
  • New study on Orthodox Theological Seminaries in the U.S. is released by The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops
  • A new online calendar is now available for daily scripture readings
  • And the “Preaching to Secular America” conference in conjunction with the Installation of Hellenic College Holy Crosses 21st President is coming up next week

First from Greece- In spite of worsening weather on land and sea, the number of Syrian refugees landing on the shores of the Greek isles this year has surpassed 500,000. Greece remains the busiest entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean. Lacking the resources, overwhelmed Greek island authorities continue feeding refugees as the country struggles to address the needs of its own people affected by the economic crisis now in its sixth year.

International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and its partner, Apostoli, the humanitarian arm of the Church of Greece are responding to the most urgent needs of vulnerable refugees.  IOCC is providing up to 1,000 hot meals and water daily to those landing on the small Greek island of Chios, and providing the same to refugees on the island of Samos. All food sourced by IOCC is being prepared by local restaurants to help support the local economy. And in addition, IOCC is providing sleeping mats, sleeping bags, personal hygiene kits, infant supplies, and school kits to school-aged refugee children.

More than 3.2 million Syrian people displaced in their own country, or living as refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Armenia, Greece, and Serbia have received assistance from the International Orthodox Christian Charities. If you’d like to help in these efforts please visit  or call toll free at 1-877-803-IOCC (4622), you can also mail a check or money order payable to IOCC, at P.O. Box 17398, Baltimore, Maryland 21297

And Next up. the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has released a new study focusing on the US educational institutions that offer programs in Orthodox theology. The report examines degrees and programs, looks into their accreditation, student body, and faculty.  Prepared by the Assembly’s research coordinator, Mr. Alexei Krindatch, the detailed study, can be accessed on our website under “Orthodox News”

And next, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, has launched an enhanced Daily Scripture Readings Calendar to be used in parishes and homes. The complete Scriptural texts are now published in full for added convenience and spiritual enrichment.

The readings can be accessed in the homepage sidebar, “Today’s Scripture Reading,” to the right of the Feature column.

The Daily Calendar uniquely includes readings in honor of Antiochian saints, such as Ss. Sergius and Bacchus (October 7), and St. Abercius (October 22). Now readers will be able to follow the annual liturgical guide of the Patriarchate of Antioch.  You can also look for them on Facebook, by searching the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America.

And Finally, from Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA, Speaking to Secular America: How the Church Is Reaching Out to the Non-Religious in Our Society is taking place the end of the month,  October 28-30, 2015.  Keynote Address will be given by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America.

This conference has been organized to run in conjunction with the installation of Hellenic College Holy Cross 21st President, Fr. Christopher Metropulos, Founding Father of the Orthodox Christian Network.  The event is open to the Public. For more information on a full listing of Speakers and topics log on to

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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.

 This episode of This Week in Orthodoxy is brought to you in part by contributions from viewers like you, and by Rev. Dr. Alexander Goussetis and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Lancaster, PA. 


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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.