Orthodox Christian Laity

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"Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is an independently organized movement of Orthodox Christian laity and clergy involved with Orthodox Renewal in the Americas. The church today confronts a growing complexity of problems and concerns which include internal stresses and external attacks of a secular society. The laity need to understand its canonical role in the life of the church. There is often an imbalance between the roles of clergy and laity. In response to these realities, OCL exists to be an advocate for syndiaconia (co-ministry) and to inform and illuminate the Orthodox faithful by providing awareness through its educational ministry. OCL fosters accountability from clergy and laity in the administration and spiritual life of the church."

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The organization's patron saints are Ss. Photini the Samaritan woman and Symeon the New Theologian. George E. Matsoukas is the executive director.


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