Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration

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The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration (OFT) first became a SCOBA endorsed organization in 2006. The Fellowship is pan-Orthodox and describes itself as “proclaiming the ecological mission of the Orthodox Church as the Reconciliation of All Things in Christ”.

The ministry of the OFT focuses on bringing the cosmology of Orthodox Christian theology to relevance in modern life, and its outreach extends to any interested Orthodox parish, group or person. Program development and outreach are ongoing, and feedback is welcomed.

The office of OFT is located in Santa Rosa, California, and houses an extensive library of Orthodox creation related resources for sharing of information. To date, the OFT has published newsletters, organized “Christ in the Wilderness” program events in Washington, California, Massachusetts and New York, developed a follow-up correspondence course on “The Virtues & Ecological Practice”, and initiated an “Orthodox Climate Initiative”.

The organization is overseen by a nine member Steering Committee that includes Fr. Dr. John Chryssavgis and is aided by an eight member Advisory Board that includes HE Metropolitan Nicholas of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church and HG Bishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

From the OFT mission statement: “The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration exists to hallow God's Name 'on earth as it is in heaven' by seeking the transfiguration of creation through the activation of the Christian calling toward transfigured life. In the context of the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church, the Fellowship seeks to extend the transfiguring activity of the sacraments into all creation through ascetic practice, the keeping of the commandments and the acquisition of virtue, thus restoring the beauty and integrity of God's earthly temple.”

Current leadership

Officers:

  • Fred Krueger, Executive Director

Steering Committee:

  • Fr. Christopher Bender, Chairman
  • Fr. Terence Baz
  • Fr. Dr. John Chryssavgis
  • Fr. D. Sergei Kapral
  • Frederick Krueger
  • Anne Glynn-Mackoul
  • Fr. Michael Massouh
  • Fr. Robert Popichak
  • Vincent Rossi

Advisory Board:

  • HE Metropolitan Nicholas
  • HG Bishop Demetrios
  • Fr. Alexander Karloutsos
  • Fr. Nicholas Apostola
  • Christine Shahin-Wood
  • Juretta Jordan-Heckscher
  • Natalie Kapeluck-Nixon
  • Fr. John H. Erickson

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