OCP News Sevice- 28/7/16
Julie Jones (Delegate -Representing Coptic Orthodox Church of United Kingdom to OCP)
Netherlands: The OCP Icon of St Gregorios of Parumala (the first canonised Indian Saint) was displayed at the global Syriac Orthodox Youth (Suryoyo Youth Global Gathering 2016 of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Anthioch & All East) gathering held in Netherlands. Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE shares fraternal relations withe Syriac Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All East. This is a great gesture of love and honor for the OCP family from the ancient Church of Anthioch.
The OCP Icon of St. Gregorious of Parumala (the first canonised Indian Saint) is a symbol of Pan-Orthodox Christian Unity. The icon was written by Eastern Byzantine Orthodox monks and the original is preserved at the OCP Chancellor’s residence in Chicago. It has been presented as a token of love to several Orthodox Christian personalities as well.
Orthodoxy Cogante PAGE is a Pan-Orthodox Christian Movement started in 2007. The major aim of the movement is to generate Pan-Orthodox Christian unity awareness among Orthodox Christian faithful worldwide. OCP aims at building a common platform for all Orthodox Churches. OCP is a small NGO movement registered under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955.
His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II arrived to the location of the SYGG16 (Suryoyo Youth Global Gathering 2016), in Pagedal in the Netherlands on Tuesday July 19, 2016.
His Holiness was accompanied by Very Rev. Raban Joseph Bali, Patriarchal Secretary and Media Office Director, and Very Rev. Raban Jack Yacoub, Director of the Youth Department.
Upon his arrival, His Holiness was met by the Organizing committee and some of the participants who had arrived.
His Holiness then attended the opening of the Leadership Program in SYGG16, and spoke about the importance of leadership in the church and how to be leaders in youth groups and in the community.
Very Rev. Raban Youhanna Habil gave a lecture on the meaning of leadership entitled: “Towards a new understanding of leadership from a Syriac viewpoint”. The lecture was followed by questions on the subject and a prayer meditation.
On the second day of the Leadership Program, Prof. Kees de Biessen gave a lecture entitled: Sources of Christian Leadership – Reflections on Past, Present and Future”. The lecture focused on the lessons learned from the Forefathers in leadership and the challenges that currently face the Syriac Orthodox Community as well as the ways to overcome these challenges and continue to hold a leading role as individuals and community.
Mr. Andy Pettman delivered another lecture entitled: “Being a servant – the Biblical Perspective” in which he spoke about the elements of leadership according to the Holy Bible as well as how leadership really means to become a servant to others.
The lectures initiated a series of questions to which Prof. de Biessen and Mr. Pettman answered.
At the end of the Leadership Program, the participants of SYGG16 shared their ideas in a forum. They were previously distributed on discussion groups and reflected on the themes discussed in the different lectures in the program. After the discussion time, they shared some of the results and thoughts that the groups were able to reach.