Why did you create OPAC?
We came together, motivated by the lack of a structured and effective response to the seizure of Hagia Sophia. Understanding that this seizure is emblematic of the persecution of Christians around the globe, we choose to provide public advocacy for the global Orthodox Christian Church, and to promote, support, defend and champion Christian communities worldwide in the face of persecution, exclusion, and prejudice.
Is OPAC under any jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church?
OPAC is an independent Nonprofit that serves the entire Orthodox Church and all Christians throughout the world.
Why is one more group needed, especially when there are so many other secular and religious organizations committed to the cause of religious liberty?
The effectiveness of traditional groups is evidenced by the response to the seizure and forced conversion of Hagia Sophia in Turkey and the destruction of other Orthodox & Christian institutions and churches around the world. Secular and religious organizations were caught off guard. Without denigrating any of their ongoing work, perhaps a new approach is needed. The time has come for more galvanization and disruption, beyond traditional institutionalized means and methods that have thus far, proven to be unsuccessful.
What are OPACs aims?
As our Mission Statement clearly states: We are committed to defending sacred space, whether it be physical, intellectual, moral, or spiritual; to speak for the voiceless, to listen to the unheard, and to manifest the righteous causes of Christian Faithful everywhere. OPAC will address these conditions with forceful and honest advocacy to expose these anti-religious trends and garner support to reverse them wherever possible.
Can we really make a difference?
Only if we Raise Our Voices TOGETHER! We must raise our voices to governments around the globe. We must raise our voices in the media and call attention to the plight of Christians everywhere. We must shine the light of truth throughout the world. There is a story that must be told, a story to which many turn deaf ears. Now is the time for our sound to go forth throughout all the earth, and our words to the ends of the world (Psalm 19:4).
Is a donation to OPAC tax-deductible?
The Orthodox Public Affairs Committed is a qualified 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization and donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. No goods or services were provided for this gift. Please consult your tax advisor regarding specific questions about your deductions.