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The Greek Orthodox Church in AmericaA Modern History$
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Alexander Kitroeff

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749438

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749438.001.0001

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Greek Orthodoxy versus Protestant Congregationalism

Greek Orthodoxy versus Protestant Congregationalism

(p.58) Chapter 3 Greek Orthodoxy versus Protestant Congregationalism
The Greek Orthodox Church in America

Alexander Kitroeff

Cornell University Press

This chapter describes the moment of ascendancy of Greek Orthodoxy in the United States. It talks about Archbishop Athenagoras, who arrived from Greece and introduced sweeping changes that essentially meant an effective implementation of the idea of a centralized governing body that would hold sway over the parishes. It also looks into Archbishop Athenagoras' decree that permits parishes to assume full responsibility for all local Greek communal activities, such as education, philanthropy, national commemorations, and cultural events. The chapter examines how parishes assumed the primary role in organizing Greek American religious and secular activities. It recounts the time of the Great Depression that weakened the role of the secular Greek American organizations both nationally and locally.

Keywords:   Greek Orthodoxy, Archbishop Athenagoras, Greek American, Great Depression, Greek American organizations

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