This paper explores the changing dynamics in the three-way relationship between the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, the Greek American community leadership and the Greek homeland in the early 21st century. Its primary focus is the hegemonic role the Church plays in Greek American public life and the ways this unfolded under Archbishop Demetrios. The Archbishop’s appointment in 1999 brought an end to a period of turbulence the Archdiocese experienced from the end of Archbishop Iakovos’ 37-year tenure in 1996 and throughout the next years in which the Church was led by his successor Archbishop Spyridon. The end of the so-called “Iakovian era” meant a lot of things, in terms of foreign policy affairs it deprived the Greek Americans of a leader who had become an undisputed “ethnarch” who enjoyed the respect of both the White House and the governments in Athens. While the Archdiocese retained its dominant role in community affairs under Dimitrios, during his tenure the influence of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople – which arguably Iakovos had kept at bay – now began to increase and by the same token affect the Archdiocese’s role in issues affecting Greco-Turkish relations and the Cyprus issue. This in turn forced a realignment of the major players in the Greek American lobby in an attempt to accommodate or respond to the new realities.
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