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View the Declaration’s inaugural publication in the July 5, 2022 editions of  The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Over 280 Signatures to Date – Be One of Them! Check below for the live count. Comments received from signers “It’s time for Unity!” “This is long overdue!” “It’s what the great Saints would want.” “Glory to God!” “Saint Cassiani, pray for us.” “May it be blessed!” “A house divided against itself cannot long survive.” “Excellent idea.” “Glory to Jesus Christ.” “Thank you.” “I agree with the Declaration completely and support its goals.” “Let our eye be single.” “Amen.”…

Source: Spirit of Abilene By PHILIP LeMASTERS The centrality of peace to the worship and spiritual vision of Eastern Orthodox Christianity magnifies the tragedy of the invasion of Ukraine.  Petitions for peace abound in Orthodox services, including for deliverance from “the sword, foreign invasion, and civil war.” The Church prays regularly for “the peace of the whole world,” as well as for the liberation of captives and for people “in exile, in harsh labor, and…in every kind of affliction, necessity, or distress.”  Every Sunday service includes a petition for God to grant peace “to all civil authorities, to our armed…

Source: Orthodox Christian Laity Sunday, June 5, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/OrthodoxUnity The Atlanta Inter-Orthodox Parish Association (AIOPA) is a committee of the Atlanta Orthodox Clergy Brotherhood (AOCB). It was officially formed during its first meeting on March 17, 2022, and is an initiative of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA. AIOPA consists of clergy and laity representatives from all Orthodox parishes. Its purpose is to efficiently facilitate and maintain pan-Orthodox parish-to-parish communications, activities and cooperation (the “One Church Initiative”) in pilot metro areas.…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The recent geopolitical developments and aggression against Ukraine will inevitably bring suffering and death on innocent children, women and men of the country, who are – so many of them – our brothers and sisters in the Orthodox Christian faith. As the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, we earnestly and urgently lift up our prayers for all the people of Ukraine, imploring God that peace and justice may be restored in accordance with the spirit of the Gospel reflected in the words of Saint…

This year, in the month of October in the United States of America, in parallel with the changing of seasons in the natural world comes the convergence of Orthodox Christian hierarchs to form a constellation in the ecclesiastical world. At the beginning of the month, bishops are meeting in the nation’s capital at the 10th meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, the body formed for the purpose of manifesting “…the unity of the Orthodox Church…” and to prepare “…a plan to organize the Orthodox of the Region on a canonical basis” (Articles 2 and 5…

Source: The Orthodox Church in America SYOSSET, NY [OCA]  The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon via teleconference, on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, issued the following communique: At numerous points in recent years, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America has reiterated its commitment to the unity of Orthodox Christians in North America, in fulfillment of the charge given to the Orthodox Church in America in the Tomos of Autocephaly, the witness of the canonical tradition, and the command of the Lord Himself, who wills that…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Assembly of Bishops’ 2021 Paschal Message The Resurrection of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ signifies the triumph of life over death, of salvation over condemnation. It provides the hope that transcends all despair, the comfort that overcomes all turbulence, and brings light to the people sitting in darkness. (Mt. 4.16) The Lord’s Resurrection raises us out of our darkest, most difficult circumstances. It promises eternal life in His most sacred body and blood. It illumines and purifies human nature, reinstating it from its fallen condition to its restored relationship…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA The Assembly of Bishops needs your input! The Mental Health Needs Assessment Survey, designed by experts on the Mental Health Task Force, takes only 15 minutes and consists of approximately 30 questions. All information you provide is completely anonymous, and the aggregate data will help the Task Force better understand the mental health needs and experiences of the faithful in order to develop resources and programs for enhanced ministry in your community.  Please take the survey below and encourage others in your community to take it as well. In order to help…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Originally posted on October 08, 2020 After a second day of productive deliberations, the Assembly of Bishops agreed on a Common Vision that commits themselves to work together toward Orthodox Christian Unity and Outreach, Common Orthodox Witness, Ministries and Initiatives, and Organizational Excellence. Read the full document here. The collaborative process, initiated by the Executive Committee, acknowledges the spiritual needs of the collective Orthodox faithful in the United States of America. The Bishops look forward to working with the clergy and laity to implement their Common Vision. Metropolitan Joseph, Vice-Chair of the…

Source: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA NEW YORK – The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA announces a resource center for clergy and faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Resource Center includes updated news from the various jurisdictions as well as practical guidelines and resources for families, ministry leaders, parish leadership, and everyone. The Center can be accessed at http://www.assemblyofbishops.org/covid19 and will be updated regularly with new materials and expanded selections.

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