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« on: November 15, 2010, 02:19:40 AM »

Today I had the opportunity to thumb through an old copy of AGAIN Magazine.  It was from the 80s, and I noticed the inside cover said it was published by the "Evangelical Orthodox Church."

What was it?
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« Reply #1 on: November 15, 2010, 02:27:48 AM »

A group of Evangelicals who decided to reconstruct the 1st century Church.  When they were forming, they discovered the 1st century Church still existed. They came in as a group, 5,000+, and were a seperate mission of the Antiochian Archdiocese until they disbanded themselves around '90 and became integrated in the regular ecclesiastical organization. Fr. Peter Quilquist is the best known.

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« Reply #2 on: November 15, 2010, 01:31:19 PM »

"Becoming Orthodox" by Fr. Peter Quilquist was the first book I read on Orthodoxy. It is a simple, quick read - a good intro to Orthodoxy for those coming from Protestantism. He mentions in the book that several people in their group made a decision NOT to be received into the Church, and instead they continued on with the EOC. I think this must be the result: http://www.evangelicalorthodox.org/churches.html Only a few churches, mostly in the Midwest.
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« Reply #3 on: November 15, 2010, 02:03:51 PM »

"Becoming Orthodox" by Fr. Peter Quilquist was the first book I read on Orthodoxy. It is a simple, quick read - a good intro to Orthodoxy for those coming from Protestantism. He mentions in the book that several people in their group made a decision NOT to be received into the Church, and instead they continued on with the EOC. I think this must be the result: http://www.evangelicalorthodox.org/churches.html Only a few churches, mostly in the Midwest.
A number since then have joined piece meal.  I recall one parish in Indiana went split, one section joining up with the OCA I think, and the others continuing on their seperate existence for a while at least.
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« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010, 04:54:13 PM »

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haha small world man! The parish you mention is in my town and was the first Orthodox Church I went to and one of the priests that served there is my spiritual father! haha God Bless and yes do read that book, it's a good read for those curious about the Church.
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« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2010, 11:07:24 PM »

I'm curious why some EOC parishes continue to exist. What's their stated raison d'etre? It seems odd to me to try to closely mimic the beliefs and practices of a group and then refuse to join that group when it welcomes you.
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« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 11:35:37 PM »

I'm curious why some EOC parishes continue to exist. What's their stated raison d'etre? It seems odd to me to try to closely mimic the beliefs and practices of a group and then refuse to join that group when it welcomes you.

Well, that's the thing.  From what I remember in the book, those who didn't join refused to do so because they weren't warmly welcomed.  There's a story of their leaders flying halfway around the world to meet with a Patriarch only to receive a cold shoulder and basically sent home.  Peter Gilquist said that many of them just didn't recover from that initial rejection.

Probably other reasons than that, but what I took away from the book was that that was the main issue with those who continued on as the EOC.
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« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2010, 11:53:55 PM »

I'm curious why some EOC parishes continue to exist. What's their stated raison d'etre? It seems odd to me to try to closely mimic the beliefs and practices of a group and then refuse to join that group when it welcomes you.

First: http://www.ogreatmystery.com/eoc/now/ for a listing of the churches that joined the OCA over this past year.

Going to the weblink lizzyd gave us, it would appear the Evangelical Orthodox church has only have 5 parishes left in North America (not counting the female monastery), 3 of which are listed as being led by bishops.  Draw your own conclusions from there.
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2011, 01:14:20 PM »

the EOC is...interesting.

Yet, I owe my Orthodoxy to them! My home parish is an OCA parish that began as EOC. Our first priest (EOC) led us into the OCA, and he himself was received some years ago by Vladyka Dimitri and ordained a priest. He remained our parish priest for some time, and is now working at OCMC (I believe he sits on the Board of Directors, IIRC).

Without that parish, beginning as an EOC parish and later being accepted into the OCA, I probably would have never found Orthodoxy!
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