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From Wedgies to Widgets: Bullying in the Age of Technology

Bullying is an age old issue that has found a new platform: cyberspace. What once necessitated bold face-to-face interaction now lurks in the shadowy solace of cellphones and computers. It begins at school, on the playground, and at GOYA but now continues into our homes and safe spaces.
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​Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 44th Clergy Laity Congress

Video Message By His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Opening of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
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Greek Orthodox officials to gather for biennial meeting

Officials from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will be gathering in Massachusetts for a national meeting. The organization's 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress is expected to draw delegates from parishes across the country to downtown Boston starting Sunday.
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Boston Host Committee for Greek Orthodox Church’s 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress Prepares for National Convention in July

The Host Committee for the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOAA) continues to prepare for the upcoming gathering of delegates from parishes throughout the United States, which will convene July 1-5, 2018, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Concurrently with the Clergy-Laity Congress, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society will convene its Biennial National Convention in the same venue.
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Clergy-Laity Congress Theme Article – Part 2

When we meet in Boston for our Clergy-Laity Congress, let us be led by God, inspired by our faith, and emboldened by our potential to accomplish the impossible. Let us come together as brothers and sisters in Christ from throughout our Holy Archdiocese and gather in worship, prayer, and unity in our commitment to our sacred work.
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Arthur C. Anton Sr., Named Honorary Chairman of 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress

Arthur C. Anton Sr., renowned philanthropist and founding member of the League of Greek Orthodox Stewards (today known as Leadership 100 Endowment Fund) will serve as honorary chairman of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which will convene in Boston, July 1-5, 2018.
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All Things are Possible to the One Who Believes in Christ

Throughout the Holy Scriptures we see the power and potential of faith. Faith is shown in the marvelous works of God among His people and the amazing miracles of Christ. Through His life and ministry and His glorious Resurrection, we see that through faith we can have life and have it abundantly.
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Vice President Biden addresses Clergy Laity Banquet expressing support for the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Cyprus and Greece

Vice President Joe Biden addressed the delegates of the 42nd Biennial Clergy Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, last night, at the Grand Banquet, held in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel.
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Greeting by His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos on behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Holy Archdiocese of America

The Ecumenical Patriarchate, to which all of us have the distinct privilege to belong, follows with particular concern the spiritual path of this great and populous Eparchy of the Throne, the Holy Archdiocese of America, and boasts in the name of Christ that the seeds of the Gospel have been systematically sown and the vineyard planted by God in the New World is being cultivated and produces much fruit, as well as that – together united under the leadership of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America – both clergy and laity are making progress, imbued with faith and courage, on the path that leads to the Kingdom of God. On this path, the Mother Church of Constantinople is always beside you, morally uplifting you with all the spiritual means at its disposal.
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Homily of His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos

We are here to be together with you and to exchange perspectives on pastoral concerns and topics that concern the relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese with the other Orthodox church communities, as well as with members of other Christian confessions and religions, in order to address contemporary issues of society. We have the opportunity to feel the pulse of the youth, to share the concerns of the members of the National Philoptochos Society for the alleviation of human suffering, but also to witness the work of the members of the Archdiocesan Council and the representatives of the Parish Councils for the stability and cohesive functioning of the Archdiocese as a whole and of its local administrative infrastructures.
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Grand Banquet of 42nd Clergy Laity Congress to be Carried Live on the Website of the Archdiocese

The Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will be broadcast live on the Internet starting at 7:45 pm. Vice President Joe Biden will be present and deliver remarks.
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Plenary Session of 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress Concludes, Delegates Approve Budget and Resolutions

The plenary session of the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress concluded Wednesday July 9, after several days of forums, meetings of committees, and workshops. The session consisted of reports from committees, ministries, and affiliated organizations and institutions of the Church. The reports presented and discussed were by the following: Administration, Finance, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, Philanthropy, Chaplaincy, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Leadership 100, Religious Education, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Center for Family Care, Communications, Marriage and Family, and Greek Education.
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42nd Clergy Laity Congress Delegates Explore Questions of Family and Faith

The delegates of the 42nd Clergy Laity Congress explored during this second full day of deliberations, the complex issues affecting the Orthodox Christian Family based on the theme,“The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel.”
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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Addresses CLC Opening via Remote Video Conferencing, Archbishop Demetrios Officially Opens 42nd Clergy-Laity with Keynote Address

PHILADELPHIA – His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressed from the Phanar in Constantinople the delegates of the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress via remote video-conferencing and conveyed his greetings and his Patriarchal blessings to all attending the official opening at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel.
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Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia

This Clergy Laity Congress, in which participate as representatives and visual presence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and your Patriarch Who loves you all, Their Eminences Metropolitans of Belgium and Kallioupolis and Madytos, brothers Athenagoras and Stephanos, respectively, the latter being our own Chancellor, has chosen as its focal point of examination the theme: The Orthodox Christian Family: A dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel, which is timely and very important, especially now, during the ongoing development of humanity.
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Keynote Address of Archbishop Demetrios at the Opening of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress

I greet you warmly and I have the great honor and joy to welcome you and convey to you the wholehearted paternal blessings and deep love of His All Holiness our Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He is with us in spirit offering to Christ his patriarchal prayers for abundant blessings from Christ upon our Assembly.
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42nd Clergy-Laity Congress Begins with Divine Liturgy in the Cathedral of St. George

The 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America began today with the Orthros service and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy held in the historic Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George of Philadelphia with hundreds of faithful in attendance.
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Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks at the Clergy Laity Grand Banquet in Philadelphia

Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at the Grand Banquet of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America on the evening of July 9.
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The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel - Part IV

In this final article on our theme, our focus is on the vital role of the Orthodox Christian family as a witness of the Gospel of Christ. When the family is connected to God, and the lives and home of the family are filled with the presence of Christ, the family will offer a true and beautiful witness of the grace, life, joy, and love that is presented in the Gospel.
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From Wedgies to Widgets: Bullying in the Age of Technology

Bullying is an age old issue that has found a new platform: cyberspace. What once necessitated bold face-to-face interaction now lurks in the shadowy solace of cellphones and computers. It begins at school, on the playground, and at GOYA but now continues into our homes and safe spaces.

​Message of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the 44th Clergy Laity Congress

Video Message By His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Opening of the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Address of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios at the Grand Banquet

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America addresses the attendees of the Grand Banquet of the 2014 Clergy-Laity Congress on July 9, 2014.

Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos at the Grand Banquet

His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey addresses the attendees of the Grand Banquet of the 2014 Clergy-Laity Congress on July 9, 2014.

Address of His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos at the Grand Banquet

His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanos of Kallioupolis and Madytos, the Patriarchal Representative to the 2014 Clergy Laity Congress, addresses the attendees of the Grand Banquet of the 2014 Clergy-Laity Congress on July 9, 2014.

Address of Vice President Joe Biden at the Grand Banquet

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. The Grand Banquet is traditionally the concluding event of the Clergy-Laity Congress. Fifteen hundred delegates and guests are expected to be in attendance.

Live Patriarchal Message during the Opening of the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addresses the delegates at the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress via a live video feed.

Homily during the Divine Liturgy by Archbishop Demetrios of America

Homily given by Archbishop Demetrios of America during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for the 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress. The service was held in the historic Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George of Philadelphia with hundreds of faithful in attendance.

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