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.

OCF and OCN combine efforts with Archons and Ladies Philoptochos

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Real Break Constantinople serves God and other people while participating in the life of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. His Grace Bishop Savas the newly appointed Director of Church and Society of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will lead the group assisted by the Rev. Mark Leondis the National Youth Director for the GOA and Chairman of the Board of Orthodox Christian Fellowship and the Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos the Executive Director of OCN (The Orthodox Christian Network) and the Pastor of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. read more »

The Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy - March 8, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009
We, the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, greet you with love and blessings on the Feast of the Sunday of Orthodoxy, the first Sunday of Holy and Great Lent. read more »

SCOBA Announcement

Monday, February 23, 2009
Applications are now available for scholarships to be awarded for the 2009-2010 academic year from the Katina John Malta Scholarship Fund. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for March 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009
Prof. Nicholai Petro joins Fr. Chris to discuss the recent election and enthronement of Patriarch Kirrill of Moscow. The Patriarch has for many years hosted a television program which reaches millions throughout the vast Russian area which now encompasses his ecclesiastical responsibility. read more »

Sunday of Cheesefare and Mission Sunday - March 1, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Sunday preceding our Lenten journey has been designated by the Hierarchs of SCOBA as Mission Sunday. For 2000 years, Christians have worked to share Christ's message of hope and His promise of salvation with the world by serving as living lights and witnesses to His truth among all nations, even unto the ends of the earth. read more »

IOCC Responds to Worst Australian Wildfires

Friday, February 13, 2009
Baltimore, MD) -- The worst wildfires in Australia's history have caused 181 confirmed deaths and left hundreds of people homeless. read more »

Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Announces New Director

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), the official prison ministry of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) announces the appointment by the Board of Directors of its first full-time Executive Director, Chaplain Patrick Tutella. read more »

IOCC Expands Assistance to Gaza's Families

Monday, February 09, 2009
(Gaza City, Gaza) - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) will provide 6,000 families in Gaza (about 42,000 people) with food, blankets, and hygiene supplies with a new $750,000 grant from ARD Inc. through funding by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). read more »

OCMC to Dedicate New Florida Building May 21

Thursday, February 05, 2009
St. Augustine, FL - The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), the foreign mission and evangelism agency of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas(SCOBA), will dedicate its new Archbishop Anastasios and Archbishop Demetrios Missionary Training and Administration Building on Thursday, May 21, 2009. read more »

SCOBA Congratulates New Head of Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia

Thursday, January 29, 2009
NEW YORK - Upon the election of the Locum Tenens of the Moscow Patriarchate, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad as the 16th Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the Officers of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) sent the following message to Patriarch Kirill. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule for February 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Fr. Chris sat down with Metropolitan Jonah to talk about Orthodoxy in America during His Beatitude's recent visit to Miami Lakes, Florida. read more »

OCN Announces New Podcast and New Features for iTunes

Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. - The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is pleased to announce two new additions to its growing line of products and programs that seek to share the Orthodox Christian faith with viewers and listeners throughout the world. read more »

IOCC Delivers Emergency Food Supplies to Children in Gaza

Monday, January 12, 2009
(Baltimore, MD) International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is providing fortified biscuits and milk for about 23,000 children in Gaza. IOCC expects to deliver these supplies by Saturday to the southern areas of Khan Yunis and Rafah. The conflict, now in its second week, has displaced more than 20,000 people from their homes. read more »

Conflict in Gaza Kills Hundreds: Help IOCC Speed Relief to Families Caught in Attacks

Monday, January 05, 2009
(Baltimore, MD) The deadliest conflict in Gaza in four decades has killed hundreds and wounded thousands. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has released emergency funds and is working in cooperation with other humanitarian aid organizations to deliver medical supplies and pharmaceuticals to Gaza hospitals that are stretched to capacity. read more »

Come Receive the Light Schedule of Programs for January 2009

Thursday, January 01, 2009
Topics this month include Christians in Iraq, the story of an Orthodox woman who evangelized a whole country, and a look at one of the earliest Christian documents to discuss Baptism and the Eucharist. read more »

IOCC and Pancretan Association Help Peloponnese Farmers Recover Their Productivity

Tuesday, December 30, 2008
(Baltimore, MD) The Pancretan Association of America has awarded $75,000 to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) as part of a new program to help Peloponnese farmers more effectively plan for the planting and cultivation of crops. The Peloponnese, which is still suffering the long term effects of last year's monumental wildfires, has been receiving continuous aid from IOCC in the form of 3,100 tons of animal feed and 60 tons of forage seed to struggling farmers. read more »

OCN Announces New Podcast Series on the Divine Liturgy for Laypeople

Monday, December 29, 2008
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dec. 18, 2008) -The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is pleased to announce its newest podcast, "Worship in Spirit & Truth," hosted by Demetrios Katos and now available at www.myocn.net. read more »

IOCC and Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Help Peloponnese Farmers Recover Their Productivity

Monday, December 29, 2008
Baltimore, MD - International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces a new program that will help farmers in Greece's Peloponnese region to significantly increase their production yield. Through a $1.3 million grant from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and other supporters, IOCC will construct a soil lab in the Peloponnese to help farmers analyze the condition of their soil and water in order to determine what crops to cultivate and what kinds of fertilizers to use. read more »

SCOBA Mourns the Passing Of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia

Friday, December 05, 2008
New York, NY - The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, notes with great sorrow the falling asleep in the Lord of Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia. read more »

U.S. Ambassador Praises IOCC's Assistance to Peloponnese Fire Department Through Grant From Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Thursday, December 04, 2008
Baltimore, Maryland (IOCC) - An official ceremony to celebrate the delivery of fire shelters, provided by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) through a $118,000 grant by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, to the Pyrgos, Greece fire department read more »

Come Receive The Light Radio Program Schedule for December

Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Fr. Alexander Goussetis, author of "Encountering World Religions: An Orthodox Christian Perspective," with the third installment of our series on World Religions and how they compare to Orthodox Christianity. read more »

Visit of His Grace Bishop IRINEJ to Pennsylvania In Support of IOCC

Wednesday, December 03, 2008
Baltimore, MD) At a recent Vespers service at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Steelton, Pennsylvania, his Grace Bishop Irinej (of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church) reminded parishioners of the words of St. John Chrysostom that "Feeding the hungry is a greater miracle than raising the dead." read more »

His Grace Bishop Irinej Rallies Orthodox Faithful on Behalf of Kosovo

Monday, December 01, 2008
Bishop Irinej is rallying American Orthodox faithful on behalf of families living in the isolated enclaves of Kosovo. "I'm letting people know the daily reality for children in Kosovo is to go to school under armed escort," said the Serbian American bishop who is originally from Ohio and was once an IOCC employee. read more »

Bishop Jonah of Fort Worth Elected Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
On Wednesday, November 12, 2008, His Grace, Bishop Jonah of Fort Worth was elected Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America and Canada at the 15th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America. read more »

SCOBA and SCOOCH Hierarchs Celebrate 8th Annual Prayer Service for the United Nations

Wednesday, November 12, 2008
New York, NY - On Thursday, October 30th, Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) celebrated the 8th Annual Prayer Service for the United Nations. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), welcomed His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), the Chairman of SCOBA, read more »

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