Committee for Clergy Matters

Description

The Committee for Clergy Matters will compile, study and compare information from each jurisdiction concerning i) respective procedures governing petitions for ordination; ii) requirements and recognized impediments for ordination; iii) processes whereby clergy are assigned and transferred; iv) policies for clergy stipends and benefits; as well as v) retirement and pension programs.

Membership

Metropolitan Joseph (Bulgarian) - Chairman
Abp. Nathaniel (OCA)
Bp. Antoun (AOCA) (Temporarily Withdrawn Participation) 
Bp. Nicholas (AOCA) (Temporarily Withdrawn Participation) 

Committee Liaison

V. Rev. Nicholas Ceko

Consultants


Fr. Michael Elias
Fr. George Kevorkian
Fr. Eric Tosi
Fr. Ian Pac-Urar 

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Gather information from each jurisdiction concerning: 1. Requirements and impediments for ordination (canonical and otherwise) 2. Process of selection and petition for ordination 3. Processes by which clergy are assigned and transferred 4. Policies for clergy compensation and benefits, including suggested ranges 5. Policies governing retirement and details of pension programs
  • Compare the information gathered to identify differences in policies and practices.
  • Make recommendations as to the possible integration of procedures and policies with respect to achieving a unified approach for dealing with each of these areas of clergy affairs.

How it is to be accomplished

  • Stage One: Contact chancellors of all jurisdictions/presences and obtain from them information concerning official requirements, practices and procedures for the areas outlined above.
  • Stage Two: Establish an ad hoc group of advisors who will compare, evaluate and consolidate this information and make recommendations on best practices.

With whom it is to be accomplished

  • Chancellors and administrators in all the jurisdictions/presences
  • Canonists and canonical experts for assessment of ordinations requirements
  • Compensation and benefits advisors

News and Events

Clergy Affairs Committee 2012 Annual Report

Monday, February 04, 2013
The 2012 annual report of the Committee for Clergy Affairs is now available online. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Spring 2007 Session

Friday, May 25, 2007
The Spring Session was convened on May 23, 2007 at the St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, New York. Metropolitan Herman of the Orthodox Church in America hosted the session and welcomed the assembly. read more »

OCF Chaplains Conference – Shaping the Future of Campus Ministry

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) held its annual Chaplains Conference for clergy and lay leaders May 1-3, 2007 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center in Ligonier, PA. This retreat brought together twenty five clergy and lay OCF chaplains from throughout North America. read more »

2006 Bishops Conference Available Online

Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Twenty-seven canonical hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, met to “solidify the bond of brotherhood that exists among the canonical Orthodox Churches in the Americas”. The Conference was the third such Conference, the two previous being held in 1994 (Ligonier, PA) and 2003 (Washington, DC). The workshops and the presentations on the SCOBA Agencies, Commissions and Endorsed groups offered the hierarchs an increased awareness of the work and outreach of SCOBA. read more »

SCOBA Agency Announces New Programming Featuring Orthodox Clergy From Around the Nation

Wednesday, March 28, 2007
In the next few weeks OCN is thrilled to announce that the following Orthodox priests will start offering their thoughts and insight into life as an Orthodox Christian on a regular basis. It is a veritable list of “who’s who” among the men who serve the Orthodox Church here in the United States and a witness of OCN's commitment to a pan-Orthodox witness to America. read more »

SCOBA Convenes Conference in Chicago

Thursday, October 05, 2006
Twenty-eight canonical hierarchs of the Orthodox Christian Church in the Americas convened in Chicago yesterday under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios to “ solidify the bond of brotherhood that exists among canonical Orthodox Churches in the Americas and provide the opportunity for the hierarchs to review the work of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas .” The Conference, headquartered at the O’Hare Marriott Hotel is the third such SCOBA Conference, the two previous being held in 1994 and 2001. read more »

SCOBA to Host Conference in Chicago Oct. 3-6

Thursday, September 28, 2006
Twenty-eight canonical hierarchs of the Orthodox Christian Church in the Americas will convene in Chicago from October 3-6 to “Exemplify the bond of brotherhood that exists among canonical Orthodox Churches in the Americas and provide the opportunity for the hierarchs to review the work of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas,” stated Archbishop Demetrios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America and Chairman of SCOBA. The Conference is to be headquartered at the O’Hare Marriott Hotel and will be the third such Conference, the two previous being held in 1994 and 2001. read more »

Orthodox Christian Hierarchs In America Prepare For Significant Meeting in Chicago

Thursday, September 21, 2006
Hierarchs representing all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in America are preparing for a significant meeting that will take place in Chicago, IL on October 3-6, 2006. The gathering is sponsored by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and is the third such meeting of its kind (1994; 2001). read more »

Orthodox hierarchs issue Communique Affirming Need to Bear Witness Together on Spiritual and Moral Concerns

Sunday, September 10, 2006
The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas concluded a four-day Conference today by issuing an official communiqué reaffirming the statement of 2001 of the need to Bear Public witness Together on Matters of Spiritual and Moral concerns. read more »

Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Meets in Brookline

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held its 70th meeting at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 5 to 7, 2006. The meeting was co-chaired by Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati. read more »

Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Convene in Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops held its 22nd meeting at Saint Paul’s College in Washington, DC, from June 21 to 23. It was co-chaired by Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of Mobile and Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada (Orthodox Church in America). Plans had been made for the twenty-second meeting to take place in October 2005 in Syria as a guest of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, but for technical reasons this was not possible. read more »

OCMC's SAMP Program: 20 Years of Making a Difference

Friday, June 16, 2006
Twenty years ago, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s Board of Directors had an idea to support indigenous Orthodox priests in extremely poor areas around the world with funding from parishes and individuals in the United States. In 1985, one of the founders of the SAMP program stated “Our goal is to find enough sponsors each year so that we can offer this minimal help to indigenous Orthodox priests.” With that, the OCMC’s Support A Mission Priest (SAMP) program was born. read more »

His Grace DIMITRIOS of Xanthos officiates at the Groundbreaking Ceremonies for OCMC's Missionary Training and Administrative Support Center

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
On May 5th, 2006, the groundbreaking ceremonies of OCMC’s Missionary Training and Administrative Support Center were conducted by His Grace DIMITRIOS of Xanthos, General Secretary of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). The day started with an overcast sky, but, as the groundbreaking services began, the sun shone brightly. Faithful from Orthodox communities throughout the country, together with local dignitaries, OCMC benefactors, board members, staff, and missionaries, joined to mark this historic day. read more »

Major Issues Dominate Proceedings of SCOBA

Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Several major issues were discussed at length yesterday during the meeting of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) being held in Chicago. These included: Issues in Coordinating and Establishing New and Mission Parishes, Sexual Misconduct in the Church, Keeping Young People Connected to the Church and the State of the Diaconate. read more »

Clergy Leader Needed for OCMC’s Guatemala Mission Team

Monday, April 03, 2006
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking a clergyman to fill the team leader position for the upcoming short-term Youth Outreach Mission Team to Guatemala. The team will travel July 8 - 24, 2006. Please consider applying. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Fall Session

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Actions taken at this session included the final approval of documents submitted to formally establish Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) as the seventh Agency of SCOBA. Upon appointment of its board, the election of officers and the hiring of staff, this new Agency will begin to function early in 2006. read more »

Metropolitan Herman Honored by OCMC Board and Team Chicago

Monday, November 21, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center Board of Directors held their fall meeting at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois from November 9-11, 2005. They also welcomed and honored His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America & Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), in conjunction with Team Chicago’s Benefit Banquet. read more »

Event Celebrates Legacy of IOCC Founding Hierarch

Thursday, September 15, 2005
An evening celebrating the philanthropic legacy of the late Archbishop Iakovos, under whose leadership the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) founded International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) as its humanitarian relief and development agency in 1992, brought together more than 130 people in Rye, New York on September 10. read more »

SCOBA Condemns Imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan By FYROM and Asks For His Release

Thursday, August 11, 2005
The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) have declared unanimously their outrage concerning the imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). read more »

SCOBA Issues Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the Church

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) recently adopted a Statement entitled "Dealing With Sexual Misconduct in the Church". read more »