This Week in Orthodoxy, December 12, 2014

This Week in Orthodoxy, December 12, 2014


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

These are the stories making headlines this week:

* The Patriarch of Antioch was in New York presiding over the enthronement of a new Metropolitan.

* The Greek Orthodox Church of America receives a head nod in its direction with the new movie trailer for “Selma.”

*Cypriot Bishop Chrysostomos visits a small Greek Orthodox Church outside of Chicago.

*A new assistant Bishop for the Archdiocese of America has been unanimously elected.

Segment 1: News from Around the World

Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph
First to Brooklyn, where His Beatitude Patriarch John X presided over the enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph as head of the Antiochian Orthodox Church of North America.

Metropolitan Joseph, who formerly headed the church in Los Angeles and the West, was selected by the Holy Synod to succeed Metropolitan Philip, who fell asleep in the Lord earlier this year.

With over 266 parishes and missions, 400 clergy, and nearly 100,000 faithful, the Antiochian Orthodox Church is the second largest Orthodox jurisdiction in North America.

Metropolitan Joseph, at the enthronement, shared his plans for engagement under his leadership. His Eminence’s plans include being actively out in the community, engaging the youth, and having the Church meet the youth’s needs.

Orthodox Bishop in Movie Trailer
This past week, Greek Orthodox faithful may have been surprised to see a secular movie trailer with a Greek Orthodox Bishop featured in the highlights.

The “Selma” trailer was released over the past weekend. “Selma” is a new movie about the civil rights movement and specifically the famous march in Selma, Alabama in 1965, where the late Archbishop Iakovos can be seen marching along side Dr. Martin Luther King in support of the battle for equality.

Archbishop Iakovos headed the Greek Orthodox Church of the Americas from 1959 until he retired in 1996. One of the few white clergymen to join Dr. King in the Selma civil rights marches, he can been seen on the now-famous cover of the March 26th, 1965 issue of Life Magazine.

Born in Imbros, Turkey, His Grace related to the plight of America’s African-American population, based on his own experiences as a Greek growing up in Turkey.

However, from a spiritual place, Archbishop Iakovos has stated, “All persons are entitled to a fundamental respect and treatment by others, simply because they are human beings, created in the image of God.”

Cypriot Bishop Visits Elgin, IL
Finally, parishioners of a small church 45 minutes west of Chicago were greeted with a special guest. Bishop Chrysostomos II of Kition paid a visit to Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church in Elgin, Illinois.

During the sermon, His Grace touched on several important topics both political and religious in nature. However, the most poignant part was when he applauded the Orthodox faithful in America for maintaining their faith and heritage and keeping it strong despite both the cultural influences and years that separate many Greek and Cypriot Americans from their homelands.

Segment 2. News from OCN

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About author

Dean Argiris

Constantine (Dean) Argiris is a lifelong Orthodox Christian from the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago who has devoted his time to raising awareness of the 1915-1922 Asia Minor Genocide. His works on the Greek economic crisis have been published in international Greek diaspora news media outlets. Professionally, he works in the political scene as a Staff Assistant to a Chicago Alderman. Previously, he worked as a party-paid staffer for the Illinois Senate, a Regional Field Director for President Obama's "Organizing for America" and has run a number of federal and state level political campaigns as an independent consultant.