Orthodox Witness is an organization dedicated to Orthodox evangelism. Our goal is to bring together Orthodox clergy and laity from all Orthodox jurisdictions into a uniﬁed and coordinated effort to spread the truth of Orthodoxy, its mindset and way of life to all people in their locality, through modern media: the web, social media, video, and other outlets, for the glory of the triune God and the exaltation of His Holy Orthodox Church.
The kairos, the appointed time, is ripe. Let us organize ourselves for the sacred mission of the evangelism of our communities at large, acting as a unified body, as the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.``
— Fr. Emmanuel Hatzidakis, June 19, 1998
Orthodox Witness was formed in order to ﬁll a perceived speciﬁc need in our area and, we believe, in other areas of our country. We felt that we Orthodox did very little in the area of evangelism and that we did not take very seriously the charge of the Lord to His disciples, and to their disciples, down to us, “Go and make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you” (Mt. 28:19-20). We felt that we Orthodox kept the light of truth hidden in our parishes. We wanted to do something about it, right here, at “home”, where the Lord has planted us, and to let the light of truth, shining ever-brightly in our Church, illumine the world around us.
Our initiative was inspired and is in line with the SCOBA Millennium Pastoral Letter, And the Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us, which states,
Our intention is to make the Gospel of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ known and embraced by more and more people in this land to which God has called us.”
This is precisely the purpose for which Orthodox Witness was formed. The work of our group aims at sharing the good news of Orthodox Christianity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ with everyone around us in our contemporary society.
Our aim is not to send missionaries to other countries or to help establish new Orthodox parishes in this country–we understand this to be the mission of organizations like OCMC. Rather the scope of our organization is to spread the truth of Orthodoxy, its mindset and way of life, especially among the non-Orthodox in this country—at the local level—in our neighborhoods and cities.
Orthodox Witness wants to strive to bring “all peoples, nations and languages”, that is the entire world, into the bosom of the Church, to make the entire cosmos Ecclesia, and to bring everyone and everything to the unity of Christ.
The task is enormous, but with God’s help, the enthusiasm of Orthodox clergy and laity everywhere, and the encouragement and guidance of our hierarchs, we will continue our work to accomplish these goals, for the glory of the triune God and the exaltation of His holy Church. Amen!