The Orthodox Church Today: A National Study of Parishioners and the Realities of the Orthodox Parish Life in the USA

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The survey and the study focused on personal social and religious attitudes of American Orthodox Christians and on the patterns of the everyday church life in their local parishes. Special attention was paid to the “image” of the Orthodox clergy through the eyes of the “people in the pews” and to the issues dealing with “Democracy and Pluralism in the Church,” “Changes and Innovations in the Church,” and “Religious ‘Particularism’ and Ecumenism.” Numerous comparisons with the US Roman Catholics and Protestants make study results especially interesting for the wider audience.

Data File
Cases: 934
Variables: 199
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: The data were collected from November 2006 to May 2007 through a self-administered mail survey of American Orthodox Christians: the members of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” (GOA) and the “Orthodox Church in America” (OCA)
Funded By
The project was sponsored by the Louisville Institute, Louisville, KY.
Sampling Procedures
Nationally representative sample of the members of the “Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America” (GOA) and “Orthodox Church in America” (OCA). GOA and OCA are the two largest American Orthodox Churches. Combined, the GOA and the OCA account for more than half of all Orthodox Christians and parishes in the USA. 86 GOA and 94 OCA parishes were randomly (also proportionally to their actual territorial distribution in the USA) selected to participate in the survey. Each parish was given guidelines on how to choose 10 respondents to participate in the survey. 46 parishes of OCA and 55 parishes of GOA returned questionnaires–an overall return rate of 56%.
Principal Investigators
Alexei Krindatch, research director, Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Berkeley, CA (http://www.orthodoxinstitute.org)
Related Publications
Krindatch, A.D. 2008. The Orthodox Church Today. A National Study of Parishioners and the Realities of the Orthodox Parish Life in the USA. Published by Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Berkeley, CA at:
http://www.orthodoxinstitute.org/orthodoxchurchtoday.html