The purpose of this work is to provide a clear overview of the various Orthodox Christian Churches in the United States for the wide—Orthodox and non-Orthodox, academic and non-academic—audience of readers.
Simultaneously, this book is intended to be an atlas, a reference book and, to some extent, a thematic monograph. It is an atlas because it uses the language of cartography and contains numerous maps to show the historical development and present territorial patterns of Orthodox Church life in America. It is a reference book because it provides information on the American Orthodox Churches as well as up-to-date statistical data on their membership and geographic distribution. It is a thematic monograph because the articles in this book tell the story of the Orthodox Christian past and present in the United States.