65 Orthodox Church Bishops Call on Obama to ‘Rescind’ the ‘Unjust’ Contraception Mandate

Source: LifeSite News NEW YORK, NY, February 6, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The 65 canonical bishops of the Orthodox Church have asked President Barack Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to repeal the mandate that religious institutions provide birth control, sterilization, and Plan B abortion drugs in their health care coverage. The Assembly of Canonical … [Read more...]

Orthodox Bishops Assembly Silent on Moral Issues

By John Couretas - At an October 1970 meeting of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas (SCOBA), which was called to discuss the burning question of an independent American Church, the presiding conference chair Archbishop Iakovos got fed up and quit. Official letters raising the subject of independence had been sent to the “mother Churches” in … [Read more...]

Russian Orthodox Church delegation led by Metropolitan Hilarion takes part in the session of Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission

One thing that caught my eye was the last sentence which reads, "The Commission...is to consider the contents of the Tomos on Autocephaly and the manner of its signing..." Which Tomos? The OCA? If so, what does this mean? Source: Department for External Church Relations of the Russian Orthodox Church On 22 February 2011, the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission, convened to consider … [Read more...]

Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Convenes First Meeting

We Orthodox, given our penchant for talking, might take heart at this statement in the report below: "The question of communications was also discussed. Those present acknowledged the fact that the Orthodox faith is not well-known to the media and public, and that heretofore has been largely unable to speak with a unified voice. It was asked, if Orthodox Christians neglect to address important … [Read more...]

The Episcopal Assembly, the OCA, and the future Orthodox Church of the USA

By Fr. Thomas Hopko It’s not clear what is now happening for the establishment of an autocephalous Orthodox Church of the United States made up of the member churches of the former SCOBA. These are my questions: What concrete steps are now being taken to establish an autocephalous Orthodox Church of the United States that would be recognized as a “sister church” by all the autocephalous … [Read more...]

Episcopal Assembly Executive Board at Holy Patriarchate of Constantinople

Source: St. Andrew House Forum "Meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew had Tuesday afternoon members of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of America Hierarchs led by Archbishop Demetrios of America, chairman of Synelefeseos. The meeting was attended by Vice President of the Assembly, Russian Archbishop Narofominsk Justinian, Archbishop Antony of Hierapolis of Ukrainian Diaspora … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah: Remembering the Least of These and Q & A on Orthodox Unity

Source: Ancient Faith Radio Metropolitan Jonah - Remembering The Least of These Met. Jonah: In Batumi - at the end of the Soviet period about 15 years ago, there were only two or three churches that were operative in the province…those that were operating were basically mostly empty and 80% of the population was Muslim. After 15 years and one zealous bishop they baptized 80% of the … [Read more...]

Bishop Basil on the Episcopal Assembly

In a largely unscripted, friendly, and very optimistic account of the Episcopal Assembly, Bp. Basil of Wichita (AOCA) recalls his experience at the First Episcopal Assembly in New York. Orthodox unity Bp. Basil says, may be coming sooner than we think. Video takes a minute to load. … [Read more...]

Met. Jonah Keynote Address – The Episcopal Assembly

From Ancient Faith Radio Metropolitan Jonah addresses the assembly with his perspective on the Episcopal Assembly process currently underway in North America. Listen here: [audio:http://audio.ancientfaith.com/specials/caa2010/caa_2010-metjonah_keynote.mp3] … [Read more...]

Transcript of Bp. Basil interview about the Episcopal Assembly

Matthew Namee talks with His Grace Bishop Basil, the newly elected Secretary of the Episcopal Assemblies. We learn of his impressions of the historic May 26-28 gathering in New York as well as the assignment he has been given to coordinate the work of the committees that will be formed leading up eventually to a Great and Holy Council. Listen … [Read more...]

GOA Deacon responds to Dn. Eric Wheeler

Hierarchal Assembly - Dn. Panagiotis Hanley - Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey | June 27, 2010 | HT: Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) Protodeacon Eric Wheeler’s editorial was mind-boggling and quite surprising. His conclusions and arguments were all over the map and quite inaccurate. That old world mentality, which he spoke of, is what has kept the Orthodox Church throughout the world … [Read more...]

A Reflection on the Episcopal Assembly

by An Anonymous Priest | HT: OCANews As of today, the final day of the Episcopal Assembly (EA) held in New York, we have only received a few official reports.* These reports have been in the form of addresses from bishops of the assembly. While it is nice to read the speeches and some of their poignant words, I am convinced that nothing dramatic will change. I am not one who is ‘connected’ and … [Read more...]