“We American-Armenians of the early third millennium have the rare opportunity to restore our Church to its traditional stature in Armenian life,” writes Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan, in his thoughtful consideration of the present status—and future potential—of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of America’s Eastern Diocese.
Inspired by the Apostle Paul’s classic vision of the Church in the Epistle to the Ephesians, Building Up the Body of Christ: The Treasure of the Armenian Church for Our People Today presents a vision for his flock that encompasses the full spiritual richness of the Armenian Church’s mission, rooted in the richly fertile soil of her culture and tradition.
Bishop Daniel’s message to individual faithful, local church parishes and the Diocese overall is ambitious in scope and urgent in tone. His heartfelt exhortation concludes with practical guidance on questions of education, service, worship, outreach, and governance.
“We want our Church to be a place of dignity, holiness and hope in a world where these virtues are in short supply,” he writes; “a community where the laurels of Armenia’s Christian past are made relevant and life-giving today. We want our Church to be a portal to all that is genuinely good and just, a pathway to God and to the splendors of eternity. This is the vision of Building Up the Body of Christ.”