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The Necessity of Unity

Author: Metropolitan Jonah
September 4, 2009
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The Necessity of Unity - We’ve Got to Get over this [in NA]!

ADMINISTRATOR’S NOTE:

These excerpts of Metropolitan Jonah’s September 4 speech were edited by Dean Calvert on the “orthodoxdetroit.com” - ‘discussion forum’.

“We are not Christians unless we evangelize…”"Be transformed in the renewal of your mind,… ”

“The Orthodox Church in America and the Antiochian Archdiocese have an imperative to come together.”

“…we’ve got to get over this - we’ve got to get over these divisions…but we have to respect the diversity within the Church - because that ethnic diversity, the cultural diversity, is actually something beautiful which can enrich our experience of Orthodoxy…”

“The bishop with his clergy and the faithful serving the Divine Liturgy…wherever that is present - there is the fullness of the catholic church…”

“If we think that by the fact that we are in some kind of a canonical relationship with an Old World patriarch - that that patriarch is the guarantee of our catholicity..if that’s the case, then we have no choice but to submit to Rome…that’s Roman Catholic ecclesiology, that’s not our ecclesiology. Orthodox ecclesiology is the ecclesiology of the local church…the local church territorially defined, and quite frankly, this doesn’t look like Damascus - it doesn’t look like Bucharest… it certainly doesn’t look like Moscow…”

4 Comments to “The Necessity of Unity”


  1. Dean Calvert Says:

    as posted on orthodoxdetroit.com, St. Andrew House Discussion Forum regarding: ‘On the Necessity of Unity…’
    At the Friday night Sept 4 first session of the Missions and Evangelism conference, OCA Primate Met. Jonah makes a strong call for unity, preceded in importance only by the preaching of the Gospel.
    You will not hear a more precise or inspiring explanation of the need for Orthodox unity on this continent than this stirring and illuminating presentation.


  2. Ann Says:

    “…we’ve got to get over these divisions…but we have to respect the diversity within the Church - because that ethnic diversity, the cultural diversity, is actually something beautiful which can enrich our experience of Orthodoxy…” These are +Jonah’s words, but anyone who has participated in a pan-orthodox service can see how a blend of ethnic origins and traditions enhances our religious services. Add to this an increasing portion of western influence and we should have something that is appealing to American sensitivities and to all our children.


  3. Richard Says:

    “Being under an Old World Patriarch is no guarantee of our Orthodoxy. Our Orthodox church must be local and defined territorially. We are in the U.S. and not in Romania or Russia, and so our church must be American- based.” Simple, isn’t it? Metropolitan Jonah says it is so. It also makes perfect sense.


  4. Viorel Says:

    Este bine ca administratorul acestui Site , mai pune din citatele Mitropolitul Jonah al OCA-ului pe acest Site. In Solia sau pe Site-ul Episcopiei, nu vezi nimic din parerile lui si al OCA-ului. Acest articol continua tema ca Biserica Ortodoxa Americana, nu poate sa ramana una etnica, ci una care cuprinde toate etniile intr’o adevarata Biserica Ortodoxa Americana. In acest fel, Biserica devine si mai bogata si ofera o experienta religioasa mai plina pentru toti.


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