On this most blessed day of Christ’s Nativity, we are encouraged to direct our hearts and minds not only to the spectacle of lights, the sounds of carols, and the tastes of savory food, but to the horror of darkness, the chaos of war, and the sound of grumbling stomachs of our brothers and sisters. This occurs overseas but also in our own backyard.
An updated map of Orthodox bishops and parishes in the US is now available on the Assembly's website.
We, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, gathered in Detroit, Michigan, for our seventh annual meeting on October 4-6, 2016 greet you with love in Christ as we offer glory and thanksgiving to Him. Forty-one hierarchs assembled in order to recognize and reinforce our unity in the Orthodox faith.
Address of the Chairman His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America at the 7th Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America
Having approached and partaken in the Holy Eucharist as members of the Body of Christ, we convene here in Detroit, Michigan. It is a city whose people have experienced the results of decades of neglect, isolation, and abandonment, but now steadily move forward on the path of transformation towards a renewed life. I cannot help but reflect upon the idea of transformation in our case. We truly need a transformation in Christ, with Christ, and for Christ leading to unity, holiness and effective service. And if this is so, we must, following the Apostle Paul, strive to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the sharing of His sufferings (Phil. 3:10), and following the Apostle Peter, with a sincere love for the brethren and from a pure heart let us love one another intensely (1 Peter 1:22).
Assembly of Bishops Discusses Religious Liberty, Reviews Committees Work, Encourages Pan-Orthodox Cooperation
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States began the 2nd day of its annual meeting with a special forum dedicated to the important subject of religious freedom. Three highly accomplished scholars presented. The Assembly also spent considerable time reviewing the work of its committees and recommended ways to advance their work.
When we speak together as an Assembly of Bishops, we do so with the authority of the Church; we do not speak as jurisdictions or merely as representatives, but as a single body of Orthodox Hierarchs who are committed to sharing the transformative light of Christ with our local society.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its Seventh Annual Meeting from October 4-6, 2016 in Detroit, MI. This year’s meeting will begin with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at the Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of Saint Mary in Livonia, MI on Tuesday, October 4th.
The Assembly of Bishops has designated Sunday, October 2, 2016 as OCF College Student Sunday.
The second revised edition of the widely popular Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries has been released by the Assembly of Bishops.
The Assembly of Bishops has designated June 12, 2016 as Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday.
The official website of the Holy and Great Council is now online.
Beloved and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ, For more than forty days, we have walked upon the most blessed path of Great and Holy Lent. During this time, we have engaged in a spiritual struggle to grow closer to Christ; we have increased our fasting; we have intensified our prayers; we have expanded our charitable love for our neighbor; we have cried, confessed, and repented.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) are pleased to announce that a “Common Prayer Service” will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 21, 2016, at St. Gabriel Syriac Orthodox Church (750 Sunset Avenue) in Haworth, N.J.
As we celebrate the great feast of Sunday of Orthodoxy and mark the restoration of the holy icons in the Church, we join our own family and friends in our parishes not only to bear holy icons in our hands, but to also become living icons of Christ and, by God’s grace, to proclaim our common Orthodox faith in the world.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America announces the publication of the first-ever Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Monasteries.
The Assembly of Bishops has designated February 7 as "Orthodox Scout Sunday".
On the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Orthodox and Catholic Christians will join in prayer and public gathering to express their long-standing belief that all life is sacred.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA has designated Sunday, January 17, 2016 as Orthodox Christian Network "Share the Light" Sunday.
On these most blessed days of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we are all invited to consider how we may manifest among our neighbors the love, mercy and compassion of the Christ-child.
Much has been accomplished by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the few short years of its existence. Yet much more remains to be accomplished. Until now, the Assembly has been primarily funded by dioceses, jurisdictions, individual bishops, foundations and a few significant donors.