September 15, 2020
When I was enthroned on March 24, 2018, I pledged to the faithful gathered at the Annunciation Cathedral, and the greater Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, that my hierarchical ministry would work to unify our community. I believed then and now that this would be achieved by leading all people to Christ and, specifically, through instituting greater accountability, transparency, and inclusivity.
After I delivered my remarks, I began a conversation with the laity and clergy about how to actualize those commitments. The result of those conversations is the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Foundation, a not-for-profit entity that will not only safeguard assets and donations, but also help us enhance our Church’s impact in our own communities and the broader world. Today, thanks to the hard work and support of so many across the Metropolis, this vision is coming to fruition.
Essential to realizing this vision is the appointment of Orthodox Christian servant-leaders who believe in the Metropolis of Chicago and desire to dedicate their time and talents to bring about multi-generational transformation.
I remain grateful to God that this day is nearing. I also thank you for giving prayerful consideration to the opportunity to serve as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago Foundation. As a Board Member, your work will help contribute to the growth and vitality of the Church in the Midwest and, by extension, support the needs and hopes of current and future generations of the faithful. Truly, there can be no greater reward in life.
Thank you for your desire to serve your fellow brothers and sisters, the Metropolis of Chicago, our Church, and Christ our Savior.
With gratitude and love in Christ,
+Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago