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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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The Challenges of the 1960s

The Challenges of the 1960s

(p.115) Chapter 6 The Challenges of the 1960s
The Greek Orthodox Church in America

Alexander Kitroeff

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines Archbishop Iakovos's call for the Greek Orthodox to consider their church to be no longer an immigrant church but an American church. It talks about how Archbishop Iakovo tried to steer the transition of immigrant to an ethnic church and Americanize Greek Orthodoxy in the church's own terms. The chapter discusses how the Greek Orthodoxy was involved in confronting the challenges presented by the cultural upheavals of the 1960s. It recounts the participation of the Greek Orthodox Church on marching next to the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. at Selma, Alabama, in 1965. It also describes Archbishop Iakovos's vision that entailed an ambitious agenda, such as the outreach directed toward the other Eastern Orthodox Churches that was initiated through the establishment of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas (SCOBA) in 1960.

Keywords:   Archbishop Iakovos, Greek Orthodoxy, American church, ethnic church, Americanize, Martin Luther King Jr., Eastern Orthodox Churches, SCOBA

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