Holy Resurrection Orthodox Church
A Mission Outreach of the UOC-USA (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
13 Forga Plaza Loop, Waynesville, NC 28786
Holy Resurrection has a new, bigger and better location!!!


Even before the COVID-related distancing protocols, our old space was pretty tight.  We did everything we could to make it work (a narthex tent!), but now there is no need: WE NOW HAVE A BIGGER SPACE.  Its 1300 square feet allows plenty of room for social distancing and we have already begun transforming it into a traditional Orthodox worship space.  It's located in the old "Music Box" store space, just a couple of blocks off of dowtown Main street.  There is plenty of off street parking - and plenty of room for you!  This is an exciting time in the life of our mission and we would love for you to be part of that - COME AND SEE!

Our New Address
280 N Haywood St Suite A
Waynesville, NC 28786


The bishops of the UOC-USA have worked with the leadership of this parish to implement a plan of worship that will allow as many of us to worship as possible while minimizing the risk of viral transmission.  The short of this is that Holy Resurrection is once again open for worship and you are welcome to join us!  We work with everyone to make sure that the social distancing of households is maintained and that all surfaces are kept clean.  Veneration of icons, the cross, and the hand offered in blessing is done without touching, as are greetings between the faithful.  This has been and remains a difficult time; patience and charity are fruits of our faith and we are deeply appreciative of the way these and the other virtues have been exercised, to the glory of God.  Please contact us if you have any questions about our procedures (or anything else).

We embrace everyone who hungers for love, comfort, fulfillment, and hope.

Do you love God and desire a deeper union in Him through Christ?  Are you moved by the beauty of traditional architecture, iconography, and liturgy?  Do you love to experience warm, family-friendly fellowship, to hear good music and Christ-centered preaching, to participate in enriching adult education and to offer the same to your children?  If so, then "Come and See" us!  We are a parish of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA under the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople and our doors and hearts are open to you and your family!

About us
We live to worship God and serve His children
The Holy Resurrection Orthodox Mission is a canonical Orthodox Mission under the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-USA (Ecuminical Patriarchate) that meets in Waynesville, NC and ministers to the western NC counties.  Contact us if you would like to learn more about us; better yet, join us in worship and in service to the Waynesville community.  We are mission-focused and Christ centered, with a firm commitment to live and share the Gospel (i.e. the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ).  All of our services are conducted in English using primarily Kyivan melodies, sung piously, harmoniously, and completely to the glory of God.  Our preaching is liturgical, intentionally incarnating the love of God in the midst of His people.  Our fellowship is open to all, meeting, supporting, and encouraging people where they are.  Join us as we deepen the love of God and neighbor in our hearts and in our community!  
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Fr. Anthony's homilies
Welcome to OrthoAnalytika, Fr. Anthony Perkins' podcast of homilies, classes, and shows on spirituality, science, and culture - all offered from a decidedly Orthodox Christian perspective. Fr. Anthony is the mission priest of Holy Resurrection Church (a mission of the UOC-USA in Waynesville, NC), a full-time PhD student in Political Science at UGA, and a Professor at St. Sophia Seminary (UOC-USA). He has a diverse background, a lot of enthusiasm, and a big smile. See www.orthoanalytika.org for show notes and additional content.

A Note on Church Politics
The Father greets His Prodigal Son
The Father greets His Prodigal Son
The Father greets His Prodigal Son

Christ had patience and love for everyone, but He called out one group for condemnation: the unrepentant Pharisees.  God desires that "all be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:4); but the Pharisees put up obstacles to keep people from this very thing.  St. Paul similarly condemned those who bring factionalism into the Church, for example, "with one saying 'I am of Paul;' and another, 'I am of Apollos'" (1 Corinthians 3:4).  There were occasionally differences among the apostles, but they did not allow their disagreements to divide the Church ("is Christ divided?!" 1 Corinthians 1:13). 

The Orthodox Church is the Church of Christ and the Church of the Apostles.  Our leaders sometimes disagree.  This is okay; the "One Mind" we share is the Gospel, not the specific applications of Canon Law.  Sometimes pride and a desire for "sacrifice" rather than "mercy" (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13) gets the best of us and we join the Pharisees in turning the wisdom of God against its purpose.  The Church is strong enough to endure that, as well. 

Regarding the current troubles, people can disagree about the Ecumenical Patriarch's application of Canon Law, but all of us should rejoice that the 100th sheep – in this case the millions of souls in the Orthodox Church of Ukraine – have been brought safely back into the flock of Christ.  We celebrate their return, despite their difficult history, just as we celebrated the return of the ROCOR back into the flock in 2007 despite their own difficult history, and just as Christ Himself celebrated the return of the prodigal – despite his history (and the righteous condemnation of his older brother). 

At Holy Resurrection, we recognize how hard it is to live the Truth of Holy Orthodoxy in a world of chaos and division.  But we believe that the best way to do it is with love, charity, and patience.  Everyone is welcome here.