Executive Committee of the Assembly of Bishops Recommits to Orthodox Unity in the USA

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Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - 22/9/19 NEW YORK – The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America met today, under the chairmanship of Archbishop Elpidophoros, to discuss the state of Orthodox Christian unity in the USA. Recognizing the challenges in global Orthodoxy, ...

Statement on the Sanctity of Life – Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America

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  Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - 5/2/19 Thursday, January 31, 2019 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America affirms the sanctity of life based on the firm conviction that life begins at the moment of conception. The Assembly remains steadfast in its conviction that any interference ...

IOCC Supporters Surpass $1 Million Challenge for Greece

IOCC - 1/5/18 IOCC Supporters Surpass $1 Million Challenge Gift to Aid Families in Greece Donors give over $1.2 million, exceeding $1 million Jaharis Family Foundation Inc. challenge gift to Orthodox humanitarian and development organization Baltimore, Md. (May 1, 2018) – From October 2017 through February 2018, IOCC supporters gave more than $1.2 million under the Jaharis Family ...

International Orthodox Christian Charities Trains Refugees as Volunteer Healthcare Workers

IOCC - 12/4/18 Orthodox Christian humanitarian agency offers chance for refugees to assist their neighbors who require diagnosis, care, support services Baltimore, MD (April 10, 2018) – International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the humanitarian and development agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, has passed the eight-month mark in implementing ...

International Orthodox Christian Charities Works to Improve Health Year Round

  IOCC - 26/1/18 Orthodox Christian humanitarian agency offers basics of healthy living to those in need  Baltimore, MD (January 24, 2018) – As many contemplate New Year’s resolutions to take better care of their health, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) continues its ongoing work to offer underserved communities and families worldwide the tools needed to do precisely that.  In ...

Orthodox Hierarchs Support International Orthodox Christian Charities’ Hurricane Response

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IOCC - 18/11/17 Orthodox Christian leaders in the United States have exhorted the faithful to respond during heavy 2017 hurricane season Baltimore, MD (November 17, 2017) – The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has supported International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in the organization’s ongoing response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, encouraging ...

Eastern & Oriental Orthodox Prelates Convene Joint Prayer Service Interceding for Migrants & Refugees

SCOOCH - 10/11/17 New York, New York - On November 8, 2017 the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened a joint prayer service for the United Nations community, interceding for the world's migrants and refugees. In addition to the bishops of the ...

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops Respond to Racist Violence in Charlottesville – VA

Assemblyofbishops - 19/7/17 Friday, August 18, 2017 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Response to Racist Violence in Charlottesville, VA The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America stands with all people of good will in condemning the hateful violence and lamenting the loss of life that resulted ...

Orthodox Christians in the United States Commemorate 25 Years of Life-Giving Aid

  IOCC - May 2017 May 3, 2017 (Baltimore) – This year, Orthodox Christians in the United States will commemorate twenty-five years of global philanthropic outreach by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), the official humanitarian agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. IOCC was formed by the Standing Conference of the ...

Sunday of Orthodoxy Central Concelebration

Church of Serbia - March 2017 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - New York, March 5th 2017 His Eminence, Geron Archbishop Demetrios (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America-Ecumenical Patriarchate), Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America invited hierarchs of the Assemblyto concelebrate at the ...

November 20 designated IOCC’s “Day of Sharing” Sunday

OCA- BALTIMORE, MD [IOCC] - 31/10/16 Each year, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of Americadesignates the Sunday before US Thanksgiving Day as “IOCC Sunday.”  This year’s commemoration falls on Sunday, November 20. International Orthodox Christian Charities, the official humanitarian aid agency of the Assembly of Bishops, is supported by generous donations from ...

NO RUNNING WATER FOR TWO MILLION SYRIANS IN WAR-RAVAGED ALEPPO

IOCC- August - September 2016 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Two million people in Aleppo, Syria have no access to running water after intensified fighting in the city damaged electrical networks needed to pump water into family homes. Lack of access to safe water in war-torn communities such as Aleppo has created a humanitarian emergency for Syrian ...

June 12 designated Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday

NEW YORK, NY [Assembly of Bishops] - June 2016 Sunday, June 12, 2016 has been designated “Prison Ministry Awareness Sunday” by theAssembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. The day will highlight the work of theOrthodox Christian Prison Ministry [OCPM], an Assembly agency. In a letter signed by His Eminence, Archbishop Mark of Philadelphia ...

Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches to Hold Common Prayer Service

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - March 2016 Public Invited to Gathering on Evening of Thursday, April 21, in Haworth, N.J.  The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) are pleased to announce that a “Common ...

Emergency Medical Aid Fills Need for Care of Syrians

A relief worker from IOCC Syria partner, DERD, comforts Ali, 11, after emergency surgery to remove shrapnel embedded in his skull from an explosion near his home in Homs, Syria. IOCC is providing lifesaving and disability-preventing surgeries for thousands of Syrians like Ali. Photo: Rasha Kaba/IOCC

www.iocc.org - February 2016 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is responding to the urgent need for medical assistance in Syria. The number of injured people continues to rise due to the escalating violence brought on by five years of civil war, with UN estimates that over 250,000 people have been killed and more ...

IOCC Assists Communities Affected By Drought Emergency in Ethiopia

Crop failure due to drought conditions caused Mekia, a 36-year-old mother of four, to sell her only cow to feed her family. Now eight months pregnant, she is malnourished and losing weight from a lack of balanced food that her body requires. More than 10.2 million people in Ethiopia are currently in need of emergency food assistance due to drought conditions. Photo: IOCC

December 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) today announced that they are preparing to release emergency funds to respond to the urgent needs of people affected by the worst drought in Ethiopia in decades. IOCC, an ACT Alliance member, is working in collaboration with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church Development and Inter-Church Aid ...

Orthodox Nativity Messages for 2015

December 2015- Orthodox Insight  “Beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, as we prepare to receive the Incarnate Lord into the world and into our lives, let us keep in mind that the light of Bethlehem and the joy of the manger of the Nativity are meant to be witnessed and experienced by all of humanity and ...

IOCC Relief Eases Hardship For Syrian Refugees And Greek Hosts

Hundreds of tired and hungry Syrian refugees with little more than a backpack carrying all of their worldly possessions arrive daily on the Greek island of Chios. Many are mothers with small children, along with a growing number of unaccompanied teens as young as 14. IOCC is responding to their most urgent needs with ready to eat meals and helping ease some of the strain on Greece

October-November 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — In spite of worsening weather on land and sea, the number of refugees from Syria and other war torn countries landing on the Greek isles this year has surpassed 500,000. Greece remains the busiest entry point for new sea arrivals in the Mediterranean. Overwhelmed Greek island authorities lack the resources ...

Assembly of Bishops issues statement on Paris terrorist attacks

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America issued a brief statement concerning the terrorist attacks in Paris. The text of the statement reads as follows. “With heavy hearts, the members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America offer their prayers for ...

OCA Holy Synod releases Position Paper on Canonical Regional Planning

Orthodox Church in America- 30/10/15 The Holy Synod of Bishops has released the text of a Position Paper delivered in response to the plan presented by the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning during the sixth annual meeting of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the USA in Chicago on September 15, 2015.  The text was ...

Assembly of Bishops issues study on US Orthodox theological schools

NEW YORK, NY [Assembly of Bishops/OCA] - October 2015 For the second time in as many months, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America released yet another new study, titled “The Study of Educational Institutions Offering Programs in Orthodox Theology in the United States,” on October 20, 2015. The 79-page study is based ...