Assembly VI Concludes; Hierarchs Issue Message to the Faithful

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Proposed Agenda Assembly V 2014_1Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America concluded its sixth annual meeting on Thursday, September 17 in Chicago.

The Assembly issued a message to the faithful, which can be read here.

In other business, the Legal Affairs Committee presented a five-step plan to the Assembly for consideration.  The hierarchs unanimously authorized the committee to commence with the first three steps of the plan, in which the committee will assess, gather and analyze the relevant legal documents of the Assembly’s various jurisdictions. The hierarchs also approved the 2016 budget. Before adjourning, the hierarchs chanted the Apolytikion of Pentecost in six languages.

Assembly VII is tentatively planned for early October 2016. Documents pertaining to Assembly VI, including the minutes, 2016 budget and committee reports, will be forthcoming on the Assembly’s website.

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  1. Canon II (Ecumenical Council of Constantinople, 381)

    The bishops are not to go beyond their dioceses to churches lying outside of their bounds, nor bring confusion on the churches; but let the Bishop of Alexandria, according to the canons, alone administer the affairs of Egypt; and let the bishops of the East manage the East alone, the privileges of the Church in Antioch, which are mentioned in the canons of Nice, being preserved; and let the bishops of the Asian Diocese administer the Asian affairs only; and the Pontic bishops only Pontic matters; and the Thracian bishops only Thracian affairs. And let not bishops go beyond their dioceses for ordination or any other ecclesiastical ministrations, unless they be invited. And the aforesaid canon concerning dioceses being observed, it is evident that the synod of every province will administer the affairs of that particular province as was decreed at Nice.

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