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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 for an American Greek Orthodoxy

The Challenges for an American Greek Orthodoxy

(p.203) Chapter 10 The Challenges for an American Greek Orthodoxy
The Greek Orthodox Church in America

Alexander Kitroeff

Cornell University Press

This chapter draws attention to Ligonier, a small town in western Pennsylvania with a population of about fifteen hundred that served as an unlikely site for where the future of Greek Orthodoxy in America would be decided. It describes Ligonier as a home to the Antiochian Village and Conference Center, which is administered by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America. The chapter discusses the Antiochian Church, which had begun its existence in America under the auspices of the Russian Orthodox Church and had suffered internal divisions similar to those that Greek Orthodoxy faced in the 1920s. It investigates how the Antiochian Church was unified under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch based in Damascus, Syria. It also highlights the Arab Orthodox immigrants that were members of the Antiochian Church and explains how they admitted a number of converts from evangelical Protestantism in the 1980s.

Keywords:   Ligonier, Greek Orthodoxy, Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America, Russian Orthodox Church, Greek Orthodox Church, evangelical Protestantism

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