Bishop Basil and 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 here: … [Read more...]

Bp. Michael interviewed about Episcopal Assembly

HT: Byzantine Texas OCA-DNYNJ) - The following interview regarding the recent Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs of North and Central America, which convened in New York City on 25-28 May, was conducted with His Grace, +Michael (Bishop of New York and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey) on Wednesday, 2 June 2010. Question: Your Grace, we appreciate you taking time out of … [Read more...]

Unravelling the Episcopal Assembly: Interview with Fr. Mark Arey

In our continuing effort to keep you informed about the recent and on going work of our Hierarchs to bring about administrative unity, we present an extensive interview with Fr. Mark Arey. The discussion centers on the first Episcopal Assembly meeting in New York on May 26-28, 2010. You will hear first hand what took place behind the closed doors of the Assembly and how it impacts all of us for … [Read more...]

No Surprises as First Episcopal Assembly of Orthodox Hierarchs Concludes

HT: St. Andrews House By Theodore Kalmoukos, The National Herald BOSTON -- The proceedings of the first Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in North and Central America ended on Friday May 28, 2010 with the dissolution of SCOBA - the Synod of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America. As reported, the two-day Assembly was held at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York on May … [Read more...]

Fr. Damick: Impressions from the Episcopal Assembly

By Fr. Andrew Damick Source: Orthodox History A View of Manhattan from Central Park It was a pretty hot day in Manhattan yesterday. Despite the discomfort, though, the Orthodox Christian hierarchy of North America seemed to be in pretty decent spirits. I’m here in Manhattan at the 2010 Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of North America in an auxiliary role. I don’t get to attend … [Read more...]

Fr. Damick: Further impressions from the Episcopal Assembly

By Fr. Andrew Damick Source: Orthodox History Some more impressions, not terribly well sorted: One thing that struck me about the event was its lack of staff. Normally, these kind of big church events are swarming with photographers, porters, subdeacons swirling about, etc., but this one was rather decidedly subdued. I was there to help one of the bishops, along with one other … [Read more...]

Address of Abp. Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese

Abp. Nicolae reaches deep into the history of Orthodoxy in America to draw out the narrative of accomplishment of Orthodox clergy and laity that, he implies, functions as a map for the future. ++++++++++++++++ ADDRESS OF HIS EMINENCE ARCHBISHOP NICOLAE OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE At the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America New York, New York May 27, 2010 Your … [Read more...]

All The Churches Are In Communion, Says OCA’s Metropolitan Jonah

This interview was given before the start of the Episcopal Assembly but was only recently made available. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HT: Orthodox News The National Herald BOSTON – There’s no religious or political war or even battling bishops, but an assembly of church leaders in New York for the Autocephalous Church in America (OCA) has highlighted a little-talked about division between … [Read more...]

[SCOBA] Message of the Episcopal Assembly Of the Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs of North and Central America May 26-28, 2010

Putting aside all the speculations about where the American Church is headed for the moment, think about the true significance of the meeting. All in all, this is a very constructive event regardless of the divisions that exist. The divisions are real, but clearly the need to transcend those divisions is more pressing and that is a cause for optimism, even hope. We are seeing the self-identity of … [Read more...]

Group photo of EA bishops

NEW YORK – The first Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Hierarchs in North and Central America was convened Wednesday May 26, 2010 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in New York City. The 55 Orthodox Hierarchs who participated at the two day meeting were photographed after the conclusion of the meeting late Thursday afternoon. … [Read more...]

Bishop Mark responds to EA

Note the request to move Central America into the South American conference, and separate Canada as its own entity (both good moves I think). Note too that these requests will be "...forwarded to the Ecumenical Patriarch per the procedures outlined in the Chambesy Documents." The latter point needs deliberation given that the EP's insistence that the autocephaly of the OCA should not be recognized … [Read more...]

Metropolitan Philip addresses Episcopal Assemby

Antiochian Archdiocese Highlights: Who can dissolve SCOBA except SCOBA itself?...I believe that some of our churches in the Old World are in "Diaspora."...(N)o Primate of any jurisdiction should be excluded from the Executive Committee...The Mother Churches must realize that Orthodoxy in America is the best gift to the world...If we do not bury the burdens of the past between certain … [Read more...]