Friday, May 29, 2009
September 25, 2009
SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Special Session
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: Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman (Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Philip, Vice-Chairman (Antiochian
Orthodox Archdiocese), Metropolitan Christopher, Secretary (Serbian
Orthodox Church), Archbishop Nicolae (Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese),
Metropolitan Joseph (Bulgarian Orthodox Church), Metropolitan Jonah
(Orthodox Church in America) Archbishop Antony (proxy, Ukrainian
Orthodox Church) and Archpriest Alexander Abramov (Representation of the
Moscow Patriarchate in the USA).
Also present were the General Secretary and members of the SCOBA Study and Planning Commission representing the SCOBA member Churches.
The entire discussion was focused on the documents related to the "Organization of Episcopal Assemblies" in the regions of the world that are outside the borders of the Autocephalous Churches. These Episcopal Assemblies have been authorized by the Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference which met at the Orthodox Center of Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, Switzerland from 6 - 13, June 2009. It was decided unanimously by the Hierarchs that the first such Episcopal Assembly shall be convened during Post-Pentecost Week of 2010, which will fall in the last week of May. The likely days of the Assembly will be May 26-27, 2010. There was also discussion as to the location of the Assembly, with a specific venue to be decided after investigation of locales and resources.
The Hierarchs also outlined an initial staging process, combining
Hierarchs of SCOBA with sub-committees, which will formulate the outline
of the form and agenda of the Assembly.