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« on: January 31, 2007, 04:18:34 PM »

You know  Sad  There's been a lot of discussion on this board about Orthodox Unity and cradles versus converts and heavier and weightier political matters within the church. I think that I stumbled upon a way to foster unity that may be the beginning of a grass roots movement.    Let's have fun together.  Orthodox can be fun people. We have ethnic festivals and summer picnics, pig / lamb roasts, camp for the kids and winter retreats and spring break for the college age and hufli's and polka parties.  Instead of partying within our jurisdictions lets party across jurisdictions.  What if the hierarchs got together to announce a joint picnic say with OCA and AOC or a joint polka party with ACROD and SOC (boy the slivo would flow).. After we get together for fun ti would be hard not to get to like one another and sit down and talk about weightier matters.  Any thoughts or am I just barking up the wrong bottle of slivovitz?
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007, 07:38:44 PM »

Well, if there is one constant throughout all the Orthodox Cultures it is a love of drinking and partying...the trick is getting everyone in one place long enough to start the party. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007, 08:30:21 PM »

Well, as long as the Serbians aren't included. They are mean drunks.  Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007, 09:20:31 PM »

I became convinced that if you really want Orthodox unity, advocate the government to stop bringing immigrants for about 200 years.  Then grassroot levels would slowly force jurisdictions to unity due to second and third generation open-minded Orthodox.  Finally, you will have nothing but English speaking Orthodox, and then you can open immigration, where immigrants are finally forced to adapt to an American Orthodox Church.  Smiley

(I am the son of immigrants, but I get quite bitter about it; I'll never be able to be a good priest...lol).

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007, 09:48:54 PM »

Aserb,
I think it's a great idea.  However, let's leave the hierarchy out of it.  I think that sometimes the biggest impediment to Orthodox unity in this country is the bishops themselves!
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2007, 02:11:46 PM »

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I agree.

Did I get a reply form TomS. Is he back !!!!!!!!1  Shocked

Notice how few replies my thread got so far. I think people on this site would rather debate the minute details of the canons and rag on each other. Living the Orthodox faith is important and many people lose sight of that. That includes fasting and feasting  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2007, 02:22:45 PM »

A good idea, and Lord knows where there's an open bottle and food, I'm all over it.  I do think there would be a couple of problems though with planning and/or implementing such a thing.

One is that, at least in our area, I get the distinct impression that the priest's don't maintain close ties across jurisdictional lines.

The other is that such a thing would take time and effort on the part of lay people to make happen, and often trying to orchestrate that can be like pulling teeth.
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2007, 02:36:09 PM »

Man, I can attest to the fact that this works.

We had a marriage of two young folks in our parish several months back, and the groom was a son of converts and the bride a cradle, so everybody came out.

Ah-mazing.  Hopak abounded, as did the liquor and food (ah...the food...).

We all smile at each other a little more warmly after that night (that, and we probably all have dirt on each other based on how we (must have) acted!).
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« Reply #8 on: February 01, 2007, 02:44:03 PM »

Just a comment....the Father was telling me yesterday that he celebrated a wedding with the SOC Father in Edmonton last year.  So it does happen.

Great idea, but wouldn't everyone be too drunk to accomplish any dialogue?? Or maybe too drunk to fight about their differences?? Lol.

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