Greek Archbishop Elpidophoros one of several religious leaders to speak at Democratic convention this week

New York, August 17, 2020     

Archbishop Elpidophoros, the head of the Patriarchate of Constantinople’s Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, has been tapped to offer a benediction at the Democratic Party’s presidential nominating convention this week.

The Greek hierarch is one of many religious leaders set to participate in the convention that will be almost entirely virtual this year, reports Religion News Service. Joe Biden is expected to accept the party’s nomination on Thursday.

Abp. Elpidophoros will offer the benediction on Wednesday, the third night of the convention.

His predecessor, Archbishop Demetrios, also offered benedictions at several conventions. For example, he delivered the benediction at the Republican National Convention in 2012, and at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.

The benediction will be offered on Tuesday by Bishop Mariann Budde of the Episcopal Church, who made news recently when she criticized President Donald Trump for holding up a Bible for a photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, on June 1.

Other religious leaders scheduled to speak include: Rev. Gabriel Salguero of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition; Jerry Young of the Mississippi-based New Hope Baptist Church; Rabbi Lauren Berkun, vice president of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America; Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of the advocacy group NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice; Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor at large of the Jesuit magazine America; and Imam Al-Hajj Talib ’Abdur-Rashid, a Muslim social justice activist who leads the New York-based Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood.

The Democratic Party has also planned an interfaith service for Sunday.

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Katerina Bennett 8/18/2020 12:20 pm
...when she criticized President Donald Trump for holding up a Bible for a photo op at St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, on June 1. So what are the Dems doing by getting heterodox and non Christians to bless them?
Anthony Carmona8/18/2020 6:53 am
How disgraceful... A prominent Orthodox cleric and his quasi-endorsement of a neo-marxist feminist platform. This is truly a sad commentary on the state of our world. Lord have mercy.
Veneta Jevtovic8/17/2020 6:51 pm
It is Fanar, a suburb of Istanbul, they told God a long time ago that they did not need His help, Rome is their God. The Ottoman administration was easier for us than Fanar, we Serbs remember that.Nothing has changed, they are weapons other people's hands, were and remain.Glory to God and Russia!
Petros8/17/2020 6:49 pm
Daniel H8/17/2020 5:38 pm
I hope his eminence uses the opportunity to denounce abortion and the hyper-sexualization of our culture.
Mikhail8/17/2020 4:44 pm
Perfect! Then he can march with BLM again afterwards. This man is an utter train wreck.
Theodoros 8/17/2020 4:10 pm
This is disturbing. The Democratic Party has evolved into a neo pagan party that promotes infanticide and the castration and mutilation of children as can be seen by the imposition of transgender ideology which encourages children to "transition" into the opposite gender. Church leaders should be denouncing the democrats. If the Democrats win the election things will get more difficult for Christians in America.
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