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Hartford Institute Studies The Eastern Orthodox Church in America

Attendance at Eastern Orthodox parishes in the United States has grown faster than at evangelical Protestant congregations, but the financial health of Orthodox parishes is worse than that of either Protestant congregations or Catholic parishes, according to a recent study housed on the website of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research. The study of U.S. Christian Orthodox parishes was conducted by Alexie Krindatch, research coordinator for the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, and is detailed in the book Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches, available on Amazon.com. The Hartford Institute's web page, Research on Orthodox Christian Communities, has additional reports on the Orthodox church in America, including a summary slide show, Ten  Facts About U.S. Eastern Orthodox Churches, prepared by Krindatch, that describes his key findings. The Hartford Institute conducts and disseminates rigorous research into current and emerging issues related to the practice of faith in America. Many of the Institute's research findings, including articles, studies and discussion guides, are vailable for free download and may be useful for clergy, students, journalists or researchers.

Watch the Video here: Alexei Krindatch, consultant to the Regional Planning Committee of the Assembly of Bishops, presented at the OCL Open Forum on the topic: “The History and Future of the Assembly of Bishops and the Proposed Great and Holy Council in 2016.” He gave insights into the work of that committee, as it develops a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Church in the USA. In 2010-2011, Mr Krindatch directed the first ever US National Census of the American Orthodox Christian Churches which provided comprehensive membership and church attendance data: for each American Orthodox Church (both Oriental and non-Oriental), for each local individual Orthodox parish, for each geographic area of the US (county, state, or census region).





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