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Source: Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded its fall session at Saint Andrew House, Detroit, MI, on Friday, October 23, 2015.  His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, presided at the sessions. Among the decisions and actions taken by the hierarchs were the following. After concluding a Church Court held on October 19, the hierarchs canonically deposed the retired Archbishop Seraphim from the status and all sacred functions of the episcopacy, removed him from the ranks of the clergy, and returned him to the status of a lay monk.  [See…

Source: JeffreyWaynick.com By Rev. J. Gregory Waynick Another case of sexual misconduct. Another Orthodox priest.  Another scandal.  This storyline seems to repeat every few years.  How can we take action to stop this behavior, long before it explodes into national scandal? Clergy sexual misconduct is deeply wrong and intensely harmful, but it’s hardly a rare occurrence.  Tragically, it happens somewhat frequently in faith communities.  Some report that 1 out of every 5 pastors (of all Christian groups) have misused their power and position to sexually abuse or sexually harass. While we members of a local church will rightfully be shocked that…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America [October 15, 2015] NEW YORK – The Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America convened for its regular fall meeting at the Synodal Chamber of the Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on October 13th and 14th, 2015. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios 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: 1) The Holy Synod discussed the need to establish at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese a Department of translations into English of liturgical texts so…

Source: Ancient Faith Radio Antioch On The Record: Orthodox Administrative Unity in North America October 21, 2015  Length: 52:42 In this special edition of Ancient Faith Today, the V.R. Patrick O’ Grady of St Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pomona, California represents the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America in explaining the reasons behind its recent statement at the 6th Assembly of Bishops and why it appeared to many that its long-held support of Orthodox administrative unity has changed. CLICK HERE to listen. Sponsor a transcript for $39.75.

Source: Orthodox Church in America OCA Holy Synod holds Spiritual Court in case of former Archbishop Seraphim of Canada WINDSOR, ONTARIO, CN [OCA]  On Monday, October 19, 2015, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America convened a Spiritual Court at Saint John the Divine Church, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to hear the case of Archbishop Seraphim, retired Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada. The Holy Synod of Bishops will render a decision in due course.

Source: Orthodox Church in America DETROIT, MI [OCA]  Members of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will hold their annual Fall Session at Saint Andrew’s House here Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 2015. Among the many items on the agenda are: the reports of Archpriests John Jillions and Eric G. Tosi, OCA Chancellor and Secretary respectively, and Melanie Ringa, OCA Tresasurer.  Ms. Ringa will present the 2016 budget as passed by the members of the Metropolitan Council at their meeting in late September 2015 [see related story], which reflects the new finance plan…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity BE INFORMED – Orthodox Christian Unity in the USA A STUDY GUIDE to HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT AND WORK OF THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL ORTHODOX BISHOPS IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS TIME FOR THE LAITY TO ACT! The Assembly of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in the USA is a work in progress. The Assembly has concluded its 6th Meeting held on September 15-17, 2015. The bishops could not reach a consensus and move ahead to develop a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Christian Church in the USA. Many see the Church as a…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Trying to Understand the Work of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops and the Antiochian Orthodox Reaction In light of the aftermath of the meeting of the Assembly of Bishops September 2015, certain questions have been brought to mind about where we are at this point in time and how we got here.  In an effort to help people understand the situation, we are responding to questions that have been presented to us.  We hope that these questions and responses will help you draw your conclusions on the dynamics of Orthodox Unity up to this point in…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity by George Matsoukas The case for Unity among the Orthodox Jurisdictions is made more manifest by the sabotaging of the Assembly of Bishops by the Antiochian Archdiocese.  The dispute between Old World Patriarchs undermines the establishment of canonical order in the USA.  The dispute over Qatar appears to be the reason why the Patriarchate of  Antioch changed its mind and negated its signature on the Chambésy  Accord of 2008.   The act and statement presented to the Assembly of Bishops are contrary to the integrity and history of the Antiochian Archdiocese that brought seekers home to the…

Source: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy by Seraphim Danckaert Orthodox Christians often find themselves answering the following question: why is Orthodoxy divided along ethnic lines into different churches? At least officially, the answer to that question has been quite clear: we are not divided; we are one Church, united in faith and worship, with an administrative structure that organizes itself along local lines, in accordance with the ancient traditions and canon law of the first millennium of Christian history. In recent years, however, there’s been a problem: while the answer given above is true in theory, it’s often not implemented in practice.…

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