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OCN "Share the Light Sunday" is January 19

The Assembly of Bishops has designated January 19, 2014 as Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light" Sunday.

January 13, 2014
Nativity and Theophany Message

The Assembly releases its 2013 Nativity and Theophany message to the faithful.

December 24, 2013
2013 Committee Reports Available Online

The Assembly's annual committee reports are now available online. The summary reports, which were prepared by the committee chairmen, provide an overview of each committee's accomplishments between September 2012-August 2013.

December 20, 2013
60 Minutes to Feature Plight of Coptic Christians

The CBS News program 60 Minutes will air a segment on the plight of Coptic Christians on Sunday, December 15. The program will air at 7 pm ET/PT.

December 13, 2013
IOCC Sunday is November 24

The Assembly of Bishops has designated November 24, 2013 as International Orthodox Christian Charities' (IOCC) Sunday.

November 21, 2013
Orthodox And Catholic Theologians Call For Peace In Middle East, Discuss Church Relations

The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians.

November 14, 2013
Hundreds Attend Cleveland Assembly Forum

Nearly 300 clergy and laity attended a pan-Orthodox forum on Sunday, October 27 to learn about the Assembly of Bishops, pose questions, and comment on the progress of Orthodox unity in America.

November 01, 2013
Cleveland to Host First Public Forum on Unity

The Orthodox Christian community of Cleveland, Ohio will host a public forum on the Assembly of Bishops and the future of Church unity in America on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

October 21, 2013
Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Makes Progress at 4th Annual Meeting

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held its fourth annual meeting September 17-19, 2013 in Schaumburg, IL. Forty-three hierarchs representing 11 jurisdictions were in attendance. At the conclusion of the meeting the Assembly released three official statements to the faithful: on the Church’s unchanging view of marriage; expressing grave concern over escalating violence in the Middle East; and a message on the conclusion of the fourth Assembly.

September 24, 2013
Assembly IV Concludes; Assembly Issues Statements to the Faithful

In the final day of its annual meeting, the Assembly agreed to issue two statements—one on the Church’s unchanging position on marriage and one expressing grave concern over the escalating violence in the Middle East. The Assembly also released a message to the faithful on the conclusion of Assembly IV.

September 20, 2013
Canonical Restructuring and National Youth Meeting Key Topics on Day Two

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops blessed its Committee for Youth to begin planning a North American Pan-Orthodox Youth Gathering of high school students. The gathering would enable Orthodox youth from all jurisdictions to come together, share in their faith, bear witness to the Church, and build bridges across our Orthodox family.

September 19, 2013
Progress Reflected in 4th Annual Assembly Meeting

The first day of meetings of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America reflected a growing collegiality and cooperation among those present. Forty-three hierarchs representing 11 jurisdictions are in attendance.

September 18, 2013
An Impatient Patience: An Interview with Metropolitan Kallistos

Fr. Josiah Trenham interviews Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) on unity and canonical normalization in the West.

September 16, 2013
September 15 Designated as Assembly Sunday

Sunday, September 15 has been designated as "Assembly Sunday". On this day, the Assembly requests the prayers of all clergy and faithful as it prepares to convene September 17-19 in Chicago for its annual meeting.

September 08, 2013
Greek and Antiochian Parishes Merge in Tennessee

In an unprecedented action, two Orthodox Christian churches—one Greek and one Antiochian—have merged together to form a new parish in northeastern Tennessee.

September 03, 2013
Executive Committee Meets in NY

The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held an official meeting at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on Tuesday, August 13.

August 15, 2013
Assembly of Bishops to Convene Annual Meeting in September; Agenda Includes Proposals for Canonical Restructuring & National Youth Conference

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America will hold its annual meeting September 17-19, 2013 at the Chicago Marriott in Schaumburg, Illinois.

August 15, 2013
Canonical Restructuring of the Church on Ancient Faith Radio

For nearly two thousand years, Orthodox Church canons have declared that one—and only one—bishop should oversee a given region. Yet in the US today, due to historical circumstances, many bishops have overlapping geographical territories. A canonical solution is needed. In this interview, we learn about the Assembly of Bishops' mandate to prepare proposals for the canonical restructuring of the Church in the US. What might it mean for the faithful? And who calls us to unity?

July 16, 2013
George N. Boulukos Receives Prestigious Boy Scouts of America Award

George N. Boulukos has been honored with the Silver Buffalo Award by the Boy Scouts of America. For decades Boulukos led the Eastern Orthodox Commission on Scouting (EOCS). The award is the highest commendation given by the Boy Scouts of America in recognition of the invaluable contributions that outstanding Americans make to youth.

June 11, 2013
74 Members of Congress Urge State Department to Prioritize Release of Kidnapped Archbishops in Syria

Seventy-four Members of Congress, led by Representatives Brad Sherman (D-CA), Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), John Sarbanes (D-MD), Trent Franks (R-AZ), and Mike Pompeo (R-KS), urged the State Department to prioritize the release of two kidnapped Archbishops in a letter to Secretary Kerry today.

May 21, 2013

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