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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  During the Spring Session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, held at the Chancery March 28-31, 2017, “For the Life of the World” was selected as the theme of the 19th All-American Council [AAC]. The theme of the AAC—slated to convene in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018—is based on the seminal book of the same name by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, which initially appeared in the 1960s and has established itself as a “classic.”  The AAC logo, which features a cross and Saint Louis’…

Source: OCP Media Network Orthodox Ethos – Pravoslavie.ru – 2/1/17 The Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia has met and discussed the “Council of Crete.” We are now in possession of a summary* of the Decision which the Holy Synod of the Church of Georgia issued at its recent meeting regarding the Cretan gathering. It was initially reported that the Holy Synod had “tabled” a conclusive decision regarding the “Council of Crete” until a theological commission could examine the documents the Council produced. This is true, however, we now have learned that as it pertains to the Council’s organization and its…

Source: Basilica.ro Published by Aurelian Iftimiu Please find below the position of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church about recent evolutions in Romania regarding reception of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church (Crete, 2016): During the working session of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, gathered on Friday, 16 December 2016, under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, in the Synodal Hall of the Patriarchal Residence, the Holy Synod noted with sorrow the recent evolution of negative reactions regarding the reception in Romania of the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox…

Source: Pravoslavie.ru Politicians should not interfere in Church matters, and it’s necessary to observe the principle of the indivisibility of the Church, declared Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa in an interview with RIA-Novosti, commenting on the situation with the efforts to create an independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Ukraine. “I know Ukraine very well—both bishops and laity—and have a very good understanding about what incentives the people are pursuing, who are trying now to sow discord in Ukraine. From the very beginning, when the problem of the Church schism had only just arisen, the Alexandrian Patriarchate and…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA A new map, Orthodox Bishops and Parishes in the United States, is now available on the Assembly’s website. The updated map shows: a) locations, names and jurisdictions of all active Orthodox bishops in the United States and b) the total number of Orthodox parishes in each county. The map is in  PDF format and can be downloaded here.

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  –  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its Fall Session at the Chancery here on Friday, October 21, 2016.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the sessions. His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, delivered his opening address on Tuesday morning, October 18.  He reported that he continues his work on the “four pillars” of Church life.  He requested the members of the Standing Synod to assist him in articulating a long-term vision for the Orthodox Church in America, to include a comprehensive systematic study of clergy retirement, the…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, during the course of their Fall Session here October 18-21, 2016, gave their blessing to convene the 19th All-American Council at the Saint Louis Union Station Hotel, Saint Louis, MO, July 23-27, 2018. Nineteen US and Canadian cities had been considered in the extensive site search. “The venues were whittled down to three finalists, and the final selection was presented to the Metropolitan Council in September for their recommendation,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary.  “The Metropolitan Council…

Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  Minutes and reports of the Spring Metropolitan Council meeting, held September 19-22, 2016, are now available.  See related story. The Metropolitan Council is the permanent executive body of the Church Administration which exists for the purpose of implementing the decisions of the All-American Council and continuing its work between sessions.  Members include the Metropolitan, who serves as Chair; the Chancellor, the Secretary, and the Treasurer; one priest and one layperson elected by each diocese; and three priests and an equal number of laypersons elected by the All-American Council. Minutes Committees/Departments Reports Officers’ Reports…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular meeting at the Synodal Chamber of the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on October 12th and 13th 2016.  His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America presided at the meeting with the participation of all the Members of the Synod. The Synod deliberated extensively on many matters including the following: Discussed Liturgical matters related: a) to the implementation of the edition of the approved by the Ecumenical Patriarchate text of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom…

Source: The Huffington Post October 7, 2016 Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Heracles Filios of «Light from the Phanar» speaks with Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Note: This interview originally appeared in Greek on August 30, 2016 at http://fanarion.blogspot.com It is an immense privilege and blessing to welcome Fr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, to «Fos Fanariou» (Light from the Phanar) for an extremely interesting and important interview. This conversation sheds light on a historical event in the life of the Orthodox Church, namely the Holy and Great Council that took place…

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