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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 12, 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
2013 Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

We greet you in the surpassing joy of the Risen Christ. By the grace of God, we are blessed to observe the Sixth Sunday of Pascha, which this year falls on June 9, as Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday. We embrace the diakonia of prison ministry in keeping with the example of our Risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Great Physician of our souls, who did not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance; who ate in the houses of thieves and forgave the sins of harlots; and who said that, when we visit those in prison, we are in truth visiting Him, the Lord of Glory.

May 20, 2013
2013 Pascha Encyclical

We express to you our archpastoral joy in the proclamation of the Lord’s bright Resurrection. On behalf of the hierarchs of our Assembly of Bishops, we greet the numerous flocks of the Church in North America, whose lips announce this joy in countless tongues all across this land. Christ is risen!

May 04, 2013
Letter to Secretary of State John Kerry

We, the Members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, kindly bring to your attention the urgent and very serious plight of the Greek Orthodox and Syriac Orthodox Archbishops of Aleppo, Paul Yazigi and Yohanna Ibrahim, who were abducted this past week by 'a terrorist group' in the village of Kfar Dael as they were carrying out humanitarian work.

April 27, 2013
Prayers Requested for Abducted Syrian Hierarchs

On Monday, April 22, the Antiochian Archdiocese announced the following troubling news of the kidnapping of two Syrian bishops.

April 24, 2013
Assembly Bylaws and 2012 Financial Statement Available Online

The Bylaws of the Assembly of Bishops are now posted on the website. These Bylaws were drafted over the course of 2012 with the help of a number of Orthodox attorneys who are a part of the Assembly’s Legal Affairs Committee, to whom the Assembly is deeply appreciative. They were finalized and approved by consensus at the last Assembly meeting in September 2012. They are now being made available to the public. The Bylaws, together with the Rules of Operation approved by The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference held in Chambésy on June 13, 2009, govern the work of the Assembly. Also published with them is the Financial Report of the Assembly for the last fiscal year.

April 19, 2013
Lenten Sunday of the Cross

On the Third Lord’s Day of the Great Fast, the mid-point of our Paschal pilgrimage known as the Sunday of the Adoration of the Precious Cross, we bless and greet the Christ-loving and Reverend Clergy, Venerable Monastics, and Devout Faithful of the Holy Orthodox Churches in North and Central America, praying that we all may “be enabled to fight the good fight, to complete the course of the Fast, to preserve inviolate the Faith, to crush underfoot the heads of invisible serpents, to be accounted victors over sin, and, uncondemned, to attain unto and worship the Holy Resurrection.”

April 07, 2013
Assembly Committee Fosters Relationships, Unity of Purpose on Youth Programs

New relationships and unity among Orthodox Christian youth workers are the result of diligent efforts by the Committee for Youth, one of the very active committees of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

March 26, 2013
2013-2014 Scholarship Applications Available from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year are now available for graduating high school students and for college students pursuing a non-theological graduate degree. These scholarships are administered by the Chancellor’s Office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and are open to students from any Orthodox church affiliated with the Assembly of Bishops.

March 18, 2013
Assembly Convenes Meeting on Information and Technology

The Assembly of Bishops convened a meeting to share ideas and discuss collaboration between the Assembly’s communications team and the internet staff of member jurisdictions. The meeting was held on the campus of St Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY on March 6 and brought together representatives from the Assembly’s Secretariat, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, the Orthodox Church in America, the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese. All of the Assembly’s member jurisdictions were invited to attend.

March 08, 2013

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