Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid

The Department of Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid promotes the involvement of clergy and laity in caring for the needs of others according to the Gospel teachings and Tradition of the Church. Resources are developed for ministry programs by and for people of all ages.

The department focuses on four areas: Parish Life, ministering to one another within our faith communities; Matthew 25 Outreach Ministries, serving those in need in the local, national and international communities; Senior Life, addressing the needs of both active and frail seniors; and Family Life, supporting parents and children in everyday life and in times of challenge.

Central to the work of the department is the OCA Parish Ministry Resources. It contains teachings on the theology of lay ministry and a wealth of articles written by clergy and laypeople describing their successful charitable outreach and ministry programs.  Practical applications are provided for parishes, parish organizations, deaneries and dioceses. New articles are posted on a regular basis.
  
The department collaborates with other OCA Church Ministries, members of the Orthodox jurisdictions in North America, and U.S. and worldwide humanitarian organizations on joint service projects. Large or small, every action taken in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ will bring human dignity and blessings both to those being served and to the servants.

csha@oca.org

Contacts

Resources

Donna Karabin   Chairperson  7611 Midday Ln. Alexandria, VA 22306-2522  Home: 703-768-1184

Donna Karabin
Chairperson
7611 Midday Ln.
Alexandria, VA 22306-2522

Home: 703-768-1184

Episcopal Liaison

His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek

Members

Rev. Timothy Yates

Rev. Seth Earl

Arlene Kallaur

Diana Pasca

Susan Schlasta

Nancy Van Dyken

Resource Handbook Editor -- Change to Parish Ministry Resources Coordinator

Arlene Kallaur

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry

Sub-deacon Dennis Dunn
Prison Ministry Consultants

Parish Ministry Resources

A Gift for my Loved Ones
This package contains everything necessary to know should one become disabled or incapacitated and unable to make decisions on one’s own.  It includes a Health Care Power of Attorney and Advance Directive for Health Care—Living Will

Another Gift for my Loved Ones
This package contains everything necessary to know to arrange a funeral and burial—an Advance Directive for Funeral Care.

Compassion in Action: Parish Ministry Training

Brochure

PowerPoint Presentation

Akathist to the Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow

Fanning the Flame of Christian Witness and Service
by Fr. Sergei Glagolev

Fanning the Flame of Christian Witness and Service
by Fr. George Gray

Additional Resources - In preparation for dying, death, and burial
courtesy of St. Nicholas Church, Portland, OR

Additional Resources - Prayers in time of sickness, suffering, dying, and death
courtesy of St. Nicholas Church, Portland, OR

Disability and Communion: Embracing People with Disabilities within the Church
Official Statement of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

An introduction to Parish Nursing
by Karen Hadley and Natalie Stavrevsky

Protecting the Unborn
by Leon Sheean, Ph.D.

Orthodox Christian Understanding of Substance and Other Abuse
by Fr. John Pawelchak

Advance Care Planning
by Fr. Steven Voytovich

End of Life Decisions
by Fr. Steven Voytovich

Parish Emergency Preparedness Planning
by Matushka Elizabeth Lien

Discerning Parish Talents
by Fr. Stephen Belonick

Expanding Our Parish Life: Including Those Too Often Left Out
by Nancy Van Dyken
(AFR podcast: 77 minutes)

Links

International Orthodox Christian Charities [IOCC]
FOCUS North America
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry [OCPM]
Church World Service – CROP Walks