SCOBA News Archive

Below you will find news items from SCOBA, the predecessor to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, that cover the years 2000-2011.

ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN PRISON MINISTRY

Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Remember those who are in Prison, as though you were in prison with them; those who suffer evil, as though you yourselves were suffering read more »

Recovering from Civil War, Uganda's Orphans Receive Help from IOCC

Sunday, August 09, 2009
Lapainat, Uganda - In the small village in northern Uganda, children play among hundreds of scattered huts with thatched roofs, many of which are now abandoned and deteriorating. read more »

Equipping Children's Dreams in Lebanon's Public Schools

Monday, August 03, 2009
Lebanese public school students are getting a better education in science thanks to IOCC science labs. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for August 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009
Face to Face: A Guide for Orthodox Christians Encountering Muslims read more »

OCAMPR OFFERS PAN-ORTHODOX CONFERENCE ON CARE FOR SEVERELY CHALLENGED PATIENTS

Monday, July 27, 2009
Brookline, Mass - The 2009 Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR) will focus on Care for the Severely Challenged Patient. read more »

IOCC in the U.S.

Thursday, July 23, 2009
Mobile, Alabama -Tonie Ann Torrans takes pleasure in describing Penelope House, the shelter she runs for battered women, as "Fort Knox." She leads a visitor through an electronic fence lined with barbed wire. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Spring 2009 Session

Thursday, July 09, 2009
The Spring Session of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) met on June 25, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., hosted by the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in the USA at the St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral, 15 East 97th Street in New York City. This was the first time that SCOBA had convened at this historic Cathedral. It was also the first time that the Moscow Patriarchate participated since re-joining the SCOBA after a nearly 40 year hiatus. read more »

The Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Holds its 76th Meeting

Thursday, July 09, 2009
NEW YORK - The seventy-sixth meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, June 1 to 3. The session, hosted by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), was co-chaired by Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. read more »

Odds Stacked Against Them, Boys in Inner-city New Orleans Get Fighting Chance

Wednesday, July 08, 2009
New Orleans, Louisiana - Kirk Stevens uses everything he has - even the homemade tattoos on his arms - to gain credibility with his kindergarten to 12th grade students. Stevens is the academic director of the afterschool program at Desire Street Ministries, a school and community outreach program founded in 1995 to help boys who typically fall through the cracks of the public school system in New Orleans' Upper Ninth Ward. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for July 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009
On this week's CRTL podcast: Have you ever wondered about life in a monastery? Fr. Christodoulou, from the Brotherhood of St. George Mission Monastery will speak on the subject of Monasticism in modern America. read more »

New Grant Broadens Romanian Orthodox Church's Social Services

Monday, June 29, 2009
(Baltimore, MD) - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is launching a new program to increase the capacity of the Romanian Orthodox Church to more effectively help Romanian communities achieve economic sustainability and overcome severe social issues. read more »

Disability and Communion

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Persons with disabilities comprise the largest minority group in the United States, with almost 20% of the population facing disability in one form or another. read more »

Single Working Moms Survive Hurricane, Realize Dream of Homeownership

Saturday, June 06, 2009
Covington, Louisiana - At 43, tan, and muscular, Michelle bounds up a ladder and uses her shoulder to hoist a "truss," a large wooden structure that will secure the roof of a new home. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for June 2009

Wednesday, June 03, 2009
On this week's CRTL podcast, Fr. David Smith will speak to Fr. Chris about Pentecost. While receiving his seminary degree, Fr. David discovered the Orthodox Church, and he and his family became Orthodox in 1988. read more »

Gaza: Trauma Therapy Brings Life Back to Children

Wednesday, June 03, 2009
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has been providing blankets, food, and hygiene kits to thousands of families who were affected by the conflict. This summer, IOCC plans to open a summer camp in partnership with the Orthodox Church in Gaza and fellow Action by Churches Together (ACT read more »

Military Edition of New Testament and Psalms and Web Site Now Available for Orthodox Service Men and Women

Monday, June 01, 2009
The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) in partnership with the American Bible Society is pleased to announce the publication of: The New Testament & Psalms for Orthodox Christians: Military Edition. This new publication is a pocket-sized New Testament and Psalms specifically designed to minister to Orthodox Christian men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Special Session

Friday, May 29, 2009
New York, NY - A Special Session of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) met on September 25, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., hosted by the Chairman of SCOBA, Archbishop Demetrios of America, at the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in Manhattan. The session was attended by the following Members of SCOBA: read more »

New Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building Dedicated in St. Augustine, FL

Friday, May 29, 2009
After being introduced by OCMC's first executive director, Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, Archbishop Demetrios illustrated the significance of the new building when he said, "[This building] is a miracle of God showing the disposition, and showing the tremendous desire, for building on [the North American] missionary effort." read more »

OCMC DEDICATES NEW BUILDING IN HONOR OF ARCHBISHOP ANASTASIOS AND ARCHBISHOP DEMETRIOS

Tuesday, May 26, 2009
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The new Orthodox Christian Mission Center's Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building was dedicated during the two-day festivities of May 20-21. read more »

OCN to Provide Live Coverage of the Dedication of the New Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building

Thursday, May 21, 2009
OCN to Provide Live Coverage of the Dedication of the New Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building read more »

Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

Monday, May 11, 2009
We, the Hierarchs of SCOBA, have, by the grace of God, been blessed to designate the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, this year on May 24, 2009, to be Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday in all Orthodox parishes of North America. read more »

Share in a Journey of Faith: Join a 2010 Mission Team!

Sunday, May 10, 2009
Now is the time for you to have a Teams experience! In 2010, Teams will be offered during more times of the year and for varying amounts of time (as few as 9 days and as long as 3 weeks) and there will be opportunities for families as well! Be a living witness of your Faith on a Teaching team; read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for May 2009

Wednesday, May 06, 2009
On this week's CRTL, Ginny Nieuwsma will have a special Mother's Day podcast on the joys and the struggles of being a Mom today with a busy schedule. read more »

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Announces 2009 Convocation

Monday, April 06, 2009
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the official prison ministry of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) announces its 2009 Convocation, which will take place July 28-30 in Denver, Colorado. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for April 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009
Fr. Christopher Metropulos will give his Palm Sunday message. A short segment from Fr. Steven Ritter on the bridegroom service will also be available this week. read more »

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