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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 in America Enters the Twenty-First Century

Greek Orthodoxy in America Enters the Twenty-First Century

(p.247) Chapter 12 Greek Orthodoxy in America Enters the Twenty-First Century
The Greek Orthodox Church in America

Alexander Kitroeff

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines how Archbishop Iakovos's successor, Archbishop Spyridon, made a mistake on the side of tradition. It illustrates the limits and potential drawbacks of Greek Orthodoxy's reliance on invoking its history. It also explains how the patriarchate recovered the lost ground by appointing Demetrios as archbishop in 1999. The chapter investigates the religious dimension in several articulations of Greek American identity that was becoming more pronounced and outlines the patriarchate's involvement in Greek Orthodoxy's affairs in the US. It summarizes the Greek Orthodox Church's trajectory throughout the twentieth century and analyzes its ability to balance between adapting to the American social context and maintaining its ethnic roots, which enabled it to play a significant part in defining Greek American identity.

Keywords:   Archbishop Iakovos, Archbishop Spyridon, Greek Orthodoxy, Demetrios, Greek American identity, American social context

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