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U.S. Orthodox Churches in the 21st Century

At the turn of the millennium, traditional Orthodoxy's blend of ethnic and denominational identity has come into conflict with their slow process of assimilation in America. Both American-born ethnic church members and American-born converts challenge this link of ethnicity and religious identity, causing fissures in the church. The church needs to articulate policies and strategies in four areas: the dichotomy between the religious and ethnic identities; the relationship of U.S. daughter churches to mother churches in the Old World; how church leaders and laity understand their missionary work in the U.S.; and the responsibility of Orthodoxy to American society at large. The article reviews the findings of the 2005 Parish Needs Survey and indicates likely future trends:http://hirr.hartsem.edu/research/orthodoxpaper.html.



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