Ancient Faith Radio Special: “Antioch on the Record”

22/10/15 A special edition of "Ancient Faith Today" on Ancient Faith Radio features an important conversation regarding Orthodox administrative unity, between host Kevin Allen and the Very Reverend Patrick O' Grady of St. Peter the Apostle Antiochian Orthodox Church, Pomona, CA. Speaking as an official representative for His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and the Archdiocese, Fr. Patrick ...

Syrian Refugees Flee War To Face Water Crisis

A Syrian refugee drinks safe water from a faucet in the El Rahmeh settlement in northern Lebanon. Access to safe water is a daily concern for refugee families living in makeshift camps with no running water or sanitation. IOCC is responding to the need in this camp of 2,100 refugees with newly installed water and sewer systems. photo: Paul Jeffrey/IOCC

Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is working to protect the health and well-being of more than 4,300 of vulnerable Syrian refugees with improved access to safe water at two informal settlements in Lebanon. At El Rahmeh, a northern Lebanon settlement of 350 Syrian refugee families, IOCC drilled water wells and installed ...

Patriarch John X Blesses Humanitarian Work of IOCC

July- August 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Speaking on behalf of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America as Episcopal Liaison to International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas welcomed Patriarch John X of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the ...

IOCC Farm Project Reaps Food And Earning Power For West Bank Women

The freshly laid eggs that Rana gathers daily from her hen house not only help to feed her and her ailing mother, but also provide much needed income from egg sales at the farmer

July-August 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Four years ago Samira's husband was killed while farming his land in the West Bank, leaving her with seven children to support, little education and no source of income. "I was very afraid after the death of my husband, because I was alone," the 43-year-old widow recalled. "I never used ...

IOCC Expands Relief To Greece’s Growing Poor

Athens residents patiently wait their turn for dry food parcels filled with a month

July 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Greece's rapidly declining economy has prompted the country's banks to close their doors, leaving millions of stunned families and elderly without access to their savings, wages, and pensions. The uncertain future brought on by the country's financial crisis is heightening the threat of hunger and poverty among the people of ...

Response of Assembly of Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America

July 2015 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and ...

The Official Orthodox Christian Position on Marriage Equality

26/6/15 - Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America The following statement was released by the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) on August 13, 2003. For the sake of anyone unaware of the official, Orthodox stance on same-sex “marriage,” this news release describes the clear and unchanging position. SCOBA ...

IOCC Responds to Flash Flooding in Georgia

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June 2015- IOCC Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Torrential rains that fell on the Georgian capital city of Tbilisi on June 13 caused flash flooding along the Mtkvari River, resulting in the loss of life, extensive damage to homes, property and infrastructure in a matter of just a few hours. According to IOCC staff based in Tbilisi, ...

OCA Holy Synod concludes annual retreat

Synod

OCA - June 2015 The annual retreat of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America concluded on June 11, 2015.  [See related story.] In addition to participating in the daily cycle of services at Holy Dormition Monastery, Rives Junction, MI, retreat site, and reflecting on a number of spiritual themes, including that of ...

Assembly of Bishops’ Executive Committee to meet with Ecumenical Patriarch June 16

Assembly Bishops

OCA- 27/5/15 In a media release posted on the web site of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, it was announced that the Assembly’s Executive Committee will travel to Istanbul, Turkey for a meeting with His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar on June 16, 2015. His Beatitude, ...

IOCC Responds To Victims Of Oklahoma Tornadoes

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May 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — A cluster of more than a dozen tornadoes ripped through Oklahoma City on Wednesday, destroying dozens of homes and seriously injuring 12 people. Heavy winds and rain have also battered Kansas, Nebraska, and Texas as well, causing more injuries, extensive property damage, and massive flooding as rivers and creeks rise ...

Nepal’s Earthquake Victims Face Homelessness And Hunger

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April- May 2015 Baltimore, MD (IOCC) — Kathmandu, Nepal's historic capital city lies in rubble. A catastrophic 7.9 earthquake followed by powerful aftershocks on Sunday toppled thousands of homes, claimed more than 3,000 lives and injured nearly 7,000 victims in the valley surrounding Kathmandu. Rescue workers are racing against time to find people believed to be ...

Assembly of Bishops Committee Chaired by Metropolitan Joseph Pursues Ambitious Agenda in 2015

Metropolitan Joseph and other bishops at Assembly meeting in Dallas, TX, Sept. 2014

April 2015  Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America Can Orthodox weddings be celebrated on Saturdays? Are group confessions permissible? How are catechumens prepared for reception into the Church? The answers to these questions and others depend on which Orthodox jurisdiction you call home. While there are vast areas of agreement in the Orthodox ...

New Report Published on Orthodox Monastic Communities in the United States of America

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America 28/1/15 There are more than 70 Orthodox monastic communities in the United States today. There exists significant diversity among these communities, including in their size, liturgical practices, openness to outside visitors, and educational programs. The Assembly’s Committee for Monastic Communities is tasked with studying and ...

Nativity and Theophany Message from the ACOB-USA Chairman

The Most Rev. Archbishop Demetrios - Chairman

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America December 2014- January 2015 Be glad, you just, heavens rejoice, mountains leap for joy; Christ is born and the Virgin sits like the Cherubim throne carrying in her bosom God the Word made flesh. Shepherds glorify the one that is born; Magi offer gifts to the ...

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA

September 2014 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America commenced its fifth annual meeting Monday, September 15, with a Pan-Orthodox Clergy-Laity Gathering in Dallas, Texas. Some two hundred people attended, including more than 30 bishops representing the member jurisdictions of the Assembly. The evening began with a Doxology—a service of thanksgiving—presided ...

September 7 designated Assembly of Bishops Sunday

NEW YORK, NY [Assembly of Bishops] - September 2014 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America has designated Sunday, September 7, 2014, as Assembly of Bishops Sunday. “In just one week, the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will convene [in Dallas, TX] for its fifth annual ...

Assembly of Bishops’ annual meeting to convene in September

Assembly Bishops

August 2014 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America will hold its fifth annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport here September 16-18, 2014. This year’s agenda will include a session on evangelism and outreach, with presentations by the Assembly’s agencies. [A list of Assembly agencies is available.] Among ...

Pan-Orthodox Liturgy and Memorial Service in Commemoration of the beginning of WWI

Eastern Orthodox Churches - July 2014 Orthodoxy in Melbourne under the aegis of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in Oceania commemorated the beginning of the First World War in the "Axion Estin" ("It is Truly Meet") Greek Orthodox Monastery in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 July 2014 with the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine ...

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States Committee Chairmen Meet in New York City, NY

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America - June 2014 June 10, 2014 - A historic face-to-face meeting of the Assembly’s committee chairmen was organized by the Secretariat’s Coordinator for Committees, Bishop Maxim (Serbian Orthodox Church of North America), and was held on June 10 at the Archdiosecan Center of the Greek ...

Communiqué of the Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

May 2014 The members of the 4th Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney on Monday 28th April, 2014, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Eminence Archbishop Paul (Antiochian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion ...