Will Metropolitan Joseph Attend the Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops?

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Can it be that the First-Vice Chair of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, Metropolitan Joseph, may not attend the 6th Meeting that will take place in Chicago from September 15-17?  As of September 10,  he has not responded to the invitation to attend.  He has received special calls to obtain his response.  He is also chairman of an important committee on Pastoral Practices. Why is he not going?  He did not attend the … [Read more...]

Assembly of Bishops USA 2013 Audit Now Available Online

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA An independent audit of the financial records of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has been completed and is available online. The audit was conducted by Barnes Wendling CPAs Inc. and covers the year ending December 31, 2013. The audit report compares 2013 and 2012. The Assembly is pleased to have received an unqualified ("clean") opinion from the auditors. The report can be read here. An … [Read more...]

Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople rebukes Moscow, underlines importance of ties with Rome

Source: Orthodox Post Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople rebukes Moscow, underlines importance of ties with Rome Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. The Ecumenical Patriarch—recognized as the “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox leaders—stressed the primary importance of ecumenical affairs, and reiterated that his role … [Read more...]

Will Canonical Order – Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA – Emerge from the Sixth Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops?

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Will Canonical Order - Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA - Emerge from the Sixth Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops? Canonical Orthodox Churches have always been Churches in specific geographical areas.  Where the Bishop is, so too is the Church. The Church is not a colonial extension of bishops ruling or directing from other geographic areas.  Canonical order is bishops in a geographic area meeting as a Synod, electing their own head and working with clergy … [Read more...]

Assembly to Convene 6th Annual Meeting in September

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly to Convene 6th Annual Meeting in September The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its sixth annual meeting September 15-17, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport Hotel. This year’s meeting will include two sessions devoted to canonical regional planning. In the first of these sessions, the Assembly’s 12 jurisdictional first hierarchs will have an opportunity to offer their … [Read more...]

Dcn. Danilchick’s report on the Assembly of Bishops of the USA

Source: Orthodox Church in America Dcn. Danilchick's report on the Assembly of Bishops of the USA [OCA]  The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its annual meeting in Chicago, IL September 15-17, 2015.  The following report by Protodeacon Peter Danilchick was given during the fifth Plenary Session at the 18th All-American Council, GA July 20-24, 2015.  It provides valuable insights into the Assembly’s work and accomplishments to date.  An audio of … [Read more...]

18th All-American Council Minutes, PowerPoint presentations, posted

Source: Orthodox Church in America 18th All-American Council Minutes, PowerPoint presentations, posted SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Approved minutes of the 18th All-American Council are now available on the web site of the Orthodox Church in America.  Also available are the AAC PowerPoint presentations. The Council was held in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.  Its theme was “How to Expand the Mission.” In related news, the Chancery of the Orthodox Church in America is sending an on-line survey to all … [Read more...]

Orthodox Christian Concerns: A Lament for Our Millennial Daughters

Source: Patheos Orthodox Christian Concerns: A Lament for Our Millennial Daughters By Jennifer Nahas Originally posted on January 16, 2015 What is best about the Orthodox Church—holding true to early teachings and traditions—also presents its greatest challenge: making sure tradition doesn’t trump appropriate treatment of others. While many prize the richness of the Orthodox Church, our traditions can lead to exclusion of some from fully participating in the community of Christ.  It’s a … [Read more...]

From Kevin Allen’s FB Page: I Support an “Autocephalous” American Church

Source: Kevin Allen From Kevin Allen's FB Page: I Support an “Autocephalous” American Church I have changed my position and perspective on canonical "administrative unity" for the Orthodox Church in the U.S. (This does not reflect the opinion of AFR or anyone else). The only "unity" model/solution I would support to the non-canonical fragmentation of multiple bishops and "jurisdictions" - acknowledged as a canonical "anomaly" by many (not all) our heirarchs - is an "autocephalous" American … [Read more...]

Countdown to the 6th Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops – Chicago Area High School and College Students will meet with Bishops

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Countdown to the 6th Meeting of the Assembly of Bishops - Chicago Area High School and College Students will meet with Bishops We are called to move beyond what is “mine” and what is “yours” to what is “ours.” From now on, this is how we should conceive and conduct all of our ministries and resources, all of our departments and initiatives. Otherwise, we do not practice what we preach. It is really up to us to accept the challenge or to refuse the … [Read more...]