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Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE
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Founded2007
FoundersGeorge Alexander, Deacon Subin Varghese, Boaz John (technical adviser)
TypeNon-governmental organization, scientific and charitable society
FocusPan-Orthodox Christian unity, conciliar unification of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches, Building a common concilliar platform for all Orthodox Churches, unity of all Orthodox Churches,
Location
  • Kerala, India
OriginsOrthodoxy Beyond Limits
Area served
Worldwide
Chancellor
Rt. Rev. Chorbishop Kyriakose Thottupuram of Chicago
Chairman
George Joseph
Secretary
George Alexander
Websitetheorthodoxchurch.info

The Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE (OCP) is a society for the promotion of Orthodox Christian unity and faith established under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act of 1955.[1] Formerly known as Orthodoxy Beyond Limits, the society's name changed in 2010 and it was registered in July of that year.

OCP accords equal importance to Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches; according to its mission statement, it "firmly believes that both the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches are the true heirs to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church of Christ, which was the Church of the apostles and the Holy Fathers."[2] The society's slogan is "The United Orthodox Christian Witness".

History[edit]

Prelates seated before a large audience
Ethiopian Orthodox prelates honored by OCP at Addis Ababa conference
OCP delegation meeting Mor Kuriakose Severios, Chief Metropolitan Archbishop and Primate of the Knanaya Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese
Six men standing behind icons
Metropolitan Mor Timotheos Thomas of the Syriac Orthodox Church receives an OCP delegation

OCP began as 'Orthodoxy Beyond Limits' in June 2007. Inspired by Kyriakose Thottupuram of Chicago, George Alexander, Subin Varghese and Boaz John formed the OBL forum. The forum website was inaugurated by Mor Gregorious Gabriel of Trivandrum and Chorbishop Kyriakose Thottupuram in July 2007 in Chicago.[3]

In October 2018, the Center for Orthodox Studies (COS) was launched. COS is an organ under the Dept. of Church Research and Studies of Orthodoxy Cognate PAGE. COS is the apex body for various OCP projects like MARP, OCEI, and OOCP. Fr. Dr. Jossi Jacob (Faculty – Holy Trinity University, Ethiopia) is the Head and Chief of COS.

Hierarchy and organizational structure[edit]

Two men holding an icon
OCP Secretary George Alexander with Archbishop Abune Samuel, head of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Developmental Commission

The OCP Society is registered as an NGO under the Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955. An executive council is elected from the general body every three years. The council consists of a chancellor, chairman, vice-chairman, secretary, treasurer, and five elected members. The Executive Council is followed by OCP Foundation, Delegate Council, OCP Secretariat, OCP Departments, and External Observatory Council.

Research and studies on the society[edit]

A presentation and lecture on the pan-orthodox activities of OCP was held at the ]]Westphalian Wilhelm University Münster]] on 19 September 2014. The Conference was part of the inter-university study program on "Christianity in Asia" European Summer School – Intensive Study Program. The lecture was given by Ms Maria Sidiropoulou (M. Th. Student – Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. OCP thus became one of the first ever Pan-Orthodox organization to be researched and studied at academic universities.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. "Travancore-Cochin Literary, Scientific and Charitable Societies Registration Act, 1955". Archived from the original on 28 January 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "The OCP Mission". The OCP Society. 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2013.
  3. "OCP Timeline". Archived from the original on 18 October 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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