The Greek Orthodox Church of America has demonstrated a significant degree of political mobilization in critical moments, especially during the 37-year tenure of the late Archbishop Iakovos (1959-1996). As the prelate of the Archdiocese in the Americas he contributed so as the Greek-American community to grow and become an active segment of the American society. Among his achievements was his robust advocacy for civil and human rights, marching abreast with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, Alabama. For his pioneer work, he was held in high esteem by his counterparts in the US which earned him access to the decision-makers in Washington, DC. Later, Iakovos used his recognition to lobby the US Presidents and garner support for ‘homeland’ in critical circumstances, strengthening Greece’s relations with the United States. But, apart from Greece, Iakovos had also to take care of issues related solely with the Greek American community as an integral part of the American society. The purpose of this paper is to explore Iakovos’ interference in American politics related to Greece and the Greek-American community - be they at the parish or citizen level and evaluate his work in the framework of International Relations.
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