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Post-Pandemic: Welcoming Parishioners Back to Church


As vaccination rates increase and social distancing and mask mandates decrease across the U.S., there will be a desire to return to regular worship – this has already been evident during the Lenten season and Pascha. What does post-pandemic church look like? How do we leverage what we’ve learned during these tumultuous 14 months? What remains and what should change? These are just a few of the many questions parishes are asking.

Steve Tibbs of St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine, CA has not only begun answering these questions but has created a plan for parishes that he shared with the Metropolis of Chicago. Steve is a strategic planning expert who has worked with parishes across the multiple Orthodox jurisdictions in the U.S. and currently leads the Orthodox Parish Leadership ministry for the Metropolis of San Francisco.

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    November 4, 2021

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  • Academic Convocation and Honorary Degree Conferral: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew »

    October 28, 2021

    His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Notre Dame on October 28th, 2021, at an academic convocation held on campus at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

  • 2021 Clergy-Laity Assembly: Message from His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew »

    October 27, 2021

    His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew delivers a message to the attendees of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's 2021 Clergy-Laity Assembly held on October 7-10, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • Overview of Former Metropolis Center at 40 East Burton Place, Chicago, IL »

    October 27, 2021

    Sophia Klopas is a Sales Associate at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Chicago's Gold Coast neighborhood. In this video, she provides an overview of the listed property of the former Metropolis Center, located at 40 East Burton Place, Chicago, IL.

  • The Future of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center (2022 & Beyond) »

    October 27, 2021

    The long-term vision for the Metropolis of Chicago's St. Iakovos Retreat Center is to develop additional cabins and activity fields, a pool and recreation center, a beautiful chapel and so much more.

  • A Look Back, A Look Forward: 15th Anniversary of the St. Iakovos Retreat Center Telethon »

    October 4, 2021

    On September 30, 2021 at the Cubby Bear in Chicago, Illinois, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago's St. Iakovos Retreat Center celebrated their past, present and the future with an in-person gathering and recording of an hour-long special, that is now available to watch by clicking the video above.

  • Metropolitan Nathanael Continues Bestowals in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin »

    June 30, 2021

    During the sixth segment in the series of Bronze Cross bestowals, Metropolitan Nathanael visits Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin and recognizes and blesses Bronze Cross recipients from Annunciation Cathedral (Chicago, IL), Holy Taxiarhai - Saint Haralambos Church (Niles, IL), St. George Church (Schererville, IN), and Annunciation (Milwaukee, WI).

  • Webinar - “Living Salvation”: The Twelve Great Feasts in Scripture, Icons, and Hymns »

    June 3, 2021

    Watch the webinar, “Living Salvation”: The Twelve Great Feasts in Scripture, Icons, and Hymns. It is the first in a series of online religious education programs by the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago’s Religious Education Department.

  • Metropolitan Nathanael Continues Bestowals of the Bronze Cross in Illinois »

    May 25, 2021

    During Metropolitan Nathanael's last Bronze Cross Bestowal visit, he blessed our exceptional servant leaders from Illinois parishes of All Saints (Joliet), Saint Athanasios (Aurora) and SS. Peter and Paul (Glenview).

  • Bestowals of the Metropolis Bronze Cross Continue Across Illinois »

    March 3, 2021

    His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael traveled across Illinois to bestow the Metropolis Bronze Cross on our exceptional servant leaders from the parishes of All Saints (Peoria), Three Hierarchs (Champaign) and St. Sophia (Elgin). Fr. Michael Constantinides of Saint George (Rock Island) assisted the Metropolitan by bestowing the Bronze Cross on Collette Spurgetis who has since fallen asleep in the Lord. May her memory be eternal.

  • Loving Greece in Rome: Hellenic Culture In An Age of Empire »

    February 8, 2021

    Mary Boatwright, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies at Duke University, joins Professor Young Richard Kim to discuss the impact of Greek culture on the Romans. “Loving Greece in Rome: Hellenic Culture in an Age of Empire,” is the first discussion in our “Philhellenism Through The Ages” series in celebration of Greece’s bicentennial.

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    January 29, 2021

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  • Metropolitan Nathanael Bestows Bronze Crosses in Iowa and East Moline, Illinois »

    January 27, 2021

    His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael traveled to Iowa and East Moline, Illinois to bestow the Metropolis Bronze Cross on our exceptional servant leaders from the parishes of St. Elias (Dubuque), St. George (Des Moines) and Assumption (East Moline).

  • Metropolitan Nathanael Blesses Servant Leaders in Missouri & Swansea, Illinois »

    January 14, 2021

    As a result of COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions prevented, Metropolitan Nathanael decided to bring the Bronze Crosses to the recipients - either by visiting them at their homes or honoring them in their parishes. His Eminence has now made a second trip -- this time, to Missouri and Swansea, Illinois for a second round of bestowals!

  • Metropolitan Nathanael's Christmas Message »

    December 23, 2020

    Metropolitan Nathanael, expressing his gratitude and love to the faithful for supporting their local communities through the Ministries of the Metropolis of Chicago, reminds us: "as the magi offered gifts to the infant Jesus, and as He offered Himself to us, we must continuously offer our own gifts - our time, talent, and treasure - to the world."

  • "Lighthouse" New Summer Camp for High School Seniors »

    December 17, 2020

    Lighthouse is a summer camp ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago designed to walk high school seniors through an Orthodox understanding of vocation, and arm them with the tools they need to hold fast to their faith during their college years. Camp begins this summer on June 26, 2021 at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Metropolitan Nathanael Surprises Servant Leaders in Minnesota »

    December 11, 2020

    The Bronze Crosses were to have been bestowed on the recipients by the Metropolitan at the Inaugural the Servant Leadership Awards Banquet, scheduled for May 1, 2020. However, the COVID-19 physical distancing restrictions imposed by the State of Illinois prevented that Banquet from being held. The Metropolitan decided to bring the Bronze Cross to them instead - starting with Minnesota!

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    December 1, 2020

    Just as God emptied himself, giving His only begotten Son for the salvation of the world, we too are called to love our neighbors through unconditional giving this Nativity season.

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    November 25, 2020

    Metropolitan Nathanael shares some thoughts as we celebrate Thanksgiving. We are reminded that giving thanks is most profoundly expressed through acts of love and charity for strangers and even for those from whom we are estranged.

  • Metropolis Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Parishes »

    November 2, 2020

    Thanks to your support, the Metropolis of Chicago has raised more than $258,000 for the COVID-19 Parish Relief Fund---100% of which will go directly to support our parishes impacted by the pandemic.

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