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For those of you in larger metropolitan areas with more than one jurisdiction of Orthodox churches, a few questions:
1) Is there an organized Pan-Orthodox council, consisting of laymen and priests, from all the jurisdictions in that area?
2) Are there occasions where Pan-Orthodox get-togethers are organized in a non-church setting such as in the form of barbecues at parks, going to baseball games, etc.
3) With the exception of one communal Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers service on the first Sunday of Lent, are there other occasions where the churches celebrate services such as a Divine Liturgy or Paraklesis together?
My reasons for wanting to know this is because here in Omaha we have an established Pan Orthodox Council consisting of laymen and priests. They try to organize get togethers and common services. Personally, I don't see the point behind it. It's especially complicated for services as we have two churches now in Omaha (one very new ROCOR mission and Serbian) that use the Old Calendar. But even with social gatherings, there only seems to be representatives from mainly one church at these events and those are almost always (recent) converts who seem to have this need to socialize with other Orthodox. I don't get understand it. I just wanted to see what the situation was like in other metropolitan areas. Each church contributes also money to this organization and it seems to be misspent on something which really has done nothing.
Your thoughts, please.