Peace and Peacemaking as an Interfaith and Ecumenical Vocation: An Orthodox View

In an increasingly complex and violent world, Christian churches have come to recognize, along with other communities of living faiths, that working for peace constitutes a primary expression of their responsibility for the life of the world. This responsibility is grounded on the essential goodness of all human beings and of all that God has created, continues to sustain, and is leading towards unity and a greater future. For Orthodoxy, peace is inextricably related to the notion of justice and freedom that God has granted to all human beings through Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit as a gift and vocation. Read More

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Be the Bee #152 | How Christians Can Save Politics

Politics are toxic and the world seems full of darkness. Is our job, as Christians, to fight that darkness? We'll review the advice of two greats saints (St Isaac the Syrian and St Poprhyrios of Kavsokalyvia) to see how we can bring the Light of Christ into a world darkened by toxic politics. More »

Social Ethos Document Preface

The task of producing a single statement of the social doctrine of the Orthodox Church is of its nature a complicated, not to say contentious, undertaking. The Orthodox Church operates within a vast variety of cultural and historical contexts, each with its own social and political concerns and traditions. The Church regards its social teaching as nothing other than a faithful transcription of the moral teachings of the gospel into the language of public ethics and policy, and insists that every Orthodox Christian is called to live in the world as a faithful disciple of Christ, called to fellowship with the whole communion of saints. More »

Remarks at the Luncheon in Honor of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis

For Greece stands at the cusp of Europe and Asia, not as a wall of separation, but as a doorway of opportunity to the treasure-house of wisdom and inspiration that she has been for these many thousands of years. Under your guidance, we expect Greece will achieve prodigious progress and prosperity. More »

Soak Up the Son: Week 6

On June 23, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Sunday of All Saints, which honors the eternal memory of every man, woman, and child, throughout the ages, that “finished the race” having “fought the good fight” and received “the crown of righteousness” (2 Timothy 4:7–8). More »

Archdiocese Joins Other Faith Organizations to Oppose Politicalization of Houses of Worship

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America joins with scores of other American religious organizations to ask the U.S. Congress not to weaken or eliminate protections that prohibit non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, including houses of worship, from endorsing or opposing political candidates. To date, almost 100 national, regional and state religious and interfaith organizations have joined this effort. More »

Για το Κυπριακό Συζήτησαν ο Πρόεδρος Ανασταστιάδης και ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Αμερικής Δημήτριος

Ο Πρόεδρος της Κυπριακής Δημοκρατίας κ. Νίκος Αναστασιάδης επισκέφθηκε σήμερα 23 Σεπτεμβρίου 2016, την Ιερά Αρχιεπισκοπή Αμερικής και συναντήθηκε με τον Σεβασμιώτατο Αρχιεπίσκοπο Αμερικής κ. Δημήτριο. Ο κ. Αναστασιάδης βρίσκεται στη Νέα Υόρκη συμμετέχοντας στη Γενική Συνέλευση του Οργανισμού Ηνωμένων Εθνών. More »

Εγκύκλιος για την Επέτειο Μνήμης της Μικρασιατικής Καταστροφής (18/09/2016)

Καθώς παρακολουθοῦμε τήν τραγωδία καί τόν ἀγώνα πολλῶν ἀνθρώπων σέ ὁλόκληρη τήν ὑφήλιο οἱ ὁποῖοι ἐξωθοῦνται ἀπό τίς πατρίδες των, ἀναγκάζονται νά γίνουν πρόσφυγες καί ἀναζητοῦν νά καλύψουν τίς βασικές ἀνάγκες τῆς ζωῆς, ἐνθυμούμεθα τήν τραγωδία καί τούς ἀγῶνες τῶν ἀνθρώπων τοῦ δικοῦ μας Γένους. Τόν μήνα αὐτό τιμοῦμε τήν 94ῃ ἐπέτειο τῆς Μικρασιατικῆς Καταστροφῆς. Τό 1922, δεκάδες χιλιάδων Ἑλλήνων τῆς Σμύρνης ἐξωθήθηκαν ἀπό τά σπίτια καί τίς ἐπιχειρήσεις των καθώς αὐτά καίγονταν μαζί μέ τίς ἐκκλησίες. Πολλοί ἔχασαν τή ζωή των στή χαοτική κατάσταση ἡ ὁποία ἐπεκράτησε καί στίς πυρκαϊές, καί οἱ ἐπιζήσαντες μετατράπηκαν σέ πρόσφυγες καθώς ἡ πατρογονική γῆ, οἱ περιουσίες καί ἡ εὐημερία των λεηλατήθηκαν μέ βίαιο τρόπο. More »

Archons Condemn Article Targeting His All-Holiness

The Order of St. Andrew, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on Aug. 29 condemned recent attempts to threaten the well being of Ecumenical Patriarchate Bartholomew through the posting of fraudulent articles online under the name of Ambassador Arthur Hughes. Their statement said that Ambassador Hughes had nothing to do with their content and has been working with the Archons to remove such posts and inform others that they are not his work. More »

Praying for a President 

How should we as Orthodox Christians think about the political process which secures our liberties and is therefore in some sense sacred? More »

The Role of the Vote

I spoke recently to a man who lives in a condominium complex not far from our house. The buildings are two stories high, and when they were built elevators were not thought to be necessary. More »

Holy Eparchial Synod Issues Statement on tragic Events in North Africa and Middle East

The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, that convened for its regularly scheduled Spring meeting, Apr. 20-22, 2015, issued a statement regarding recent tragic events in North Africa and the Middle East. More »

Address of Vice President Joe Biden at the Grand Banquet of Clergy-Laity 2014

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the attendees of the Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on June 9, 2014. More »

Ευχετήριο Μήνυμα του Προέδρου Ομπάμα προς του Ορθοδόξους Χριστιανούς επ’ ευκαρία του Πάσχα

The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is pleased to announce the receipt of a very significant message and greeting from the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and the First Lady Michelle Obama, on the occasion of Orthodox Pascha (Easter). More »

Archbishop Demetrios Participated in the National Inaugural Prayer Service

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America participated today in the National Inaugural Prayer Service in the Capital’s National Cathedral with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Members of the U.S. Congress in attendance. More »

Archbishop Demetrios Offered Benediction at Presidential Inaugural Luncheon

The 57th Inaugural Ceremonies for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden was also a special occasion of honor and recognition for His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios and the Greek Orthodox Church in America. More »


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden invited His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America to participate in the National Inaugural Prayer Service to be held the day after the inauguration, Tuesday Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the National Cathedral. More »

Ο Αρχιεπίσκοπος Δημήτριος θα αναπέμψει την ευχαριστήρια δέηση στο Επίσημο Γεύμα της Ορκωμοσίας του Προέδρου Ομπάμα

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America has been invited to offer the benediction at the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Luncheon following the Inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol on January 21, 2013. More »

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses the European Parliament

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addresses the European Parliament. More »

Ecumenical Patriarchate Expresses Concern for Violence in the World

A Communique in Which the Ecumenical Patriarchate Expresses Concern for Violence in the World More »

Εορτασμός της Εθνικής Παλιγγενεσίας της 25ης Μαρτίου 1821 στο Λευκό Οίκο

President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden welcomed yesterday evening (Thursday, March 22, 2012) at the White House His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America and the Greek-American community for the Annual Greek Independence Day Celebration More »