BERGENFIELD, N.J. -- Where are Orthodox Christians in the 21st century? The public is welcome to come find out on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Religious sociologist Alexei D. Krindatch will present the results of his recent study about Orthodox Christians in the U.S.
He's the research coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, and he'll present information from his 2015 survey of over 500 American Orthodox churches and how these churches compare to other U.S. faith communities.
The program will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. and will run through 3 p.m., also including another presentation, lunch and a round-table discussion.
The data includes
- which U.S. locations have the strongest Orthodox presence and how geographically widespread or concentrated these areas are
- how large U.S. Orthodox churches are
- the average age of parishioners
- whether parishes have grown through immigration or through evangelism
- what percentage of Orthodox Church members attend church on a weekly basis
Next, Adam Roberts will present ideas for growing a church holistically, or as he says, "naturally." He's the sub-deacon and program director of the Antiochian Archdiocese's "Becoming Truly Human" program. He will stress the importance of building real and deep-rooted relationships in order to keep people engaged in the Orthodox church.
Following lunch -- for which a free-will donation of $5 is suggested -- Roberts will moderate a panel discussion of millennials and college students who will share what brings them to church and what keeps them from coming.
Parishioners of all denominations are welcome to attend. The suggested donation for the event is $5; children and teens are free. For reservations call 201-568-8840. This program is part of St. Anthony Orthodox Church's 60th Jubilee celebration.
The church is a multi-ethnic Orthodox church of the Antiochian Archdiocese. It serves parishioners from 30 surrounding communities and celebrates its services in English. For further information about the parish, visit its website. The church is located at 385 Ivy Lane, in Bergenfield.
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