On Sunday, January 17, 2010, the hierarchs of SCOBA have scheduled a national event to support the growth of Orthodox media outreach. Titled “Share the Light Sunday,” it is intended to raise awareness and financial support for the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) , a pan-Orthodox media ministry that is also one of the official agencies of SCOBA. OCN uses the power of the radio and the Internet to present our Church to mainstream America--to reach out to everyone, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, with a message that is engaging, accessible and Christ-centered. The Hierarchs of SCOBA have issued a letter  calling attention to the ministry of the Orthodox Christian Network, and encouraging the faithful to participate in Share the Light Sunday.
For more information, inluding bulletin inserts, media materials and more, please visit OCN's Share the Light Sunday web page .
from Fr. Christopher Metropulos:
Dear Fellow Orthodox Priest and Parish leaders,
"For you were once darkness, but now you are a light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light." (Ephesians 5:8)
On Sunday, January 17, 2010, our SCOBA hierarchs have scheduled a national event to support the growth of Orthodox media outreach. It’s called “Share the Light Sunday,” and it’s intended to raise awareness and financial support for the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), a pan-Orthodox media ministry that is also one of the official agencies of SCOBA. As you may already know, the OCN uses the power of radio and the Internet to present our timeless Orthodox Faith in a way that is engaging, accessible and Christ-centered.
Here’s how you can help: Next Sunday, or some Sunday very soon, you can share this information with the members of your parish. In the very least, you and your parishioners can benefit spiritually by taking advantage of the Orthodox programming that OCN already offers online at www.myocn.net .
You can also make a profound difference in the life of your own parish, and that of the entire Church, by financially supporting OCN’s efforts to build a national Orthodox media presence. Depending on the amount of your parish’s donation, OCN can provide your parish with powerful tools to build your own local media outreach. Please call us if you would like more information, or visit our Web site. In the mean time, I prayerfully invite you to do the following:
There's still so much work to be done, and here’s how you can help: On January 17th or another Sunday in January, you can share this information with the members of your parish by
* Reading the Encyclical from the SCOBA Hierarchs (available on our website)
* Talk about the importance of using modern media as a Church to reach out to our congregants and catechumens
* Include information about OCN in your bulletin, newsletter and on your parish website
* Pass a tray to help support OCN's continued work to share the timely message of our timeless Faith
You can also make a huge difference in the life of your parish by learning more about the tools OCN can provide with to build your own local media outreach. Please call us at 954-522-5567 to learn more about the various services we offer or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Time is of the essence because Share the Light Sunday is coming soon. Please join me, our SCOBA bishops and thousands of Orthodox Christians around the country in a concerted effort to harness the powers of media to call back the wayward, inspire the faithful and keep families connected to Christ's Church!
For the spread of Orthodoxy,
Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos