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Blessed Pascha! April 6, 2010

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This Easter: A Homework Assignment from SGOMA

This Easter – a wonderful time of faith and family, redemption and rebirth – can also be a great chance to reach out to friends, coworkers, fellow parishioners and relatives who may not be as tuned in as you are to the presence of the Saint George Orthodox Military Association (SGOMA).

The family gatherings taking place this Paschal Season, will, in literally hundreds of thousands of Orthodox homes, represent a vital bridge and meeting place between those more actively engaged in the Orthodox Military life (like you) and those who are sometimes less aware of the issues, or, maybe, not quite as actively involved in the Orthodox Military Cause.

With these thoughts in mind, consider taking a moment this Pascal Season to find a way to talk to your relatives about the latest news on Orthodox Military issues and the efforts by Saint George Orthodox Military Association to reach out to our Orthodox Service Members, provide them with a place to network, find out relative information, share their thoughts, partake in one of our Outreach programs, and make contact with our Orthodox Chaplains. Explore the SGOMA website – http://www.orthodoxmilitary.org– or the SGOMA page on Facebook for discussion items.

Malcolm Gladwell (author of the Tipping Point) really makes a compelling point that we can apply to strengthening our community life as Orthodox Military Members wherever we may live.  He stresses that “word-of-mouth” is the key to movements, and that this type of personal communication is largely driven by three types of individuals: 1) Connectors, 2) Mavens, and 3) Salesmen.  These types exist in every environment including, of course, our own families and the broader Orthodox community.

1) Connectors are the people who, through a combination of curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy, link us up with the world.  They have, in Gladwell’s words, a special gift, a knack, for making friends and acquaintances and, very importantly, of spanning many different worlds.

In the Orthodox Military context, Connectors typically move with little effort between ethnic, religious-oriented, and more mainstream societal environments, acting as a middle-man and mediator among friends and relatives in both worlds.  Simply put, they know a lot of other people.

2) Mavens are information specialists who we rely upon to connect us with new information.  They harvest knowledge and are adept at sharing it with others.  Mavens are, he explains, vital to generating the word-of-mouth that sparks social movements by virtue of their knowledge, social skills, and ability to communicate.

In the Orthodox Military context, Mavens are the friends or relatives who follow Orthodox Military-related developments (like on www.orthodoxmilitary.org or Facebook) and who other Orthodox regularly turn to for the latest information and insights on Orthodox affairs.

3) Salesmen are, according to Gladwell, charismatic people with persuasive skills.  They tend to have an indefinable trait that goes beyond what they say, which makes others open to their ideas and suggestions.

In the Orthodox Military context, Salesmen are those who act as “shepherds,” using their personality and persuasive abilities to bring Orthodox Military closer to their common roots, their community, and their cause. (Every Orthodox family typically has at least one, and usually many more.  In fact, you may be the shepherd of your clan!)

So, armed with Gladwell’s theories and inspired by your own devotion to the Orthodox Military Cause, consider taking on this “Homework Assignment” for Pascha:

Take a few minutes during this Paschal Season to reach out to friends, coworkers, fellow parishioner and relatives, talk about Orthodox Military issues, and urge them to get plugged in to the Cause.

You might suggest that they:

1) Visit the SGOMA’s website, at www.orthodoxmilitary.org, and read more about the Association.

2) Join the SGOMA Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Las-Cruces-NM/St-Georges-Orthodox-Military-Association/345507690005 or simply search the phrase: “Orthodox Military” in the Facebook Search box.

3) Join the SGOMA as an official member. Membership information and form can be found on our website at: http://orthodoxmilitary.org/Membership.html, or they can email the SGOMA to request more information by writing to: StGeorgeOMA@gmail.com

Don’t stop here.  There’s a lot more to be done. Be Creative; think of other innovative ways to advance the Orthodox Military Cause through social networking, personal contacts, or cooperation with the organizations of your choice.

SGOMA wishes you and your family a very Happy Pascha! Christ is Risen! Hristos Voskrese!  Christos Anesti!

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