Category: Inter-Orthodox


Picture of the Week: Episcopal Assembly Enthusiasm


In recently going through the photos I took from the Episcopal Assembly last week, my eye finally studied this one above with more than a cursory glance. It's worth noting that not all of the proceedings of the Assembly were met solely with sober care. I didn't hear any cheering...

More eyewitness accounts from the Episcopal Assembly


The reader may be interested to take a look at some eyewitness accounts of the recent Episcopal Assembly published by the ROCOR from three of the Russian bishops serving in North America, Abp. Justinian (MP USA), Bp. Job (MP Canada) and Bp. Jerome (ROCOR). (One of the more notable elements...

Chambésy proposes Episcopal Assemblies in the 1990s


Fresh from the historic first Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, it is helpful to remember that the proposal for the regional Assemblies which came out of the Chambésy, Switzerland meetings of the mother churches did not originate only recently. Many have seen this week's meeting as in some...

Further impressions from the Episcopal Assembly


Some more impressions, not terribly well sorted: One thing that struck me about the event was its lack of staff. Normally, these kind of big church events are swarming with photographers, porters, subdeacons swirling about, etc., but this one was rather decidedly subdued. I was there to help one of...

Episcopal Assembly issues statement


The hierarchs of the Episcopal Assembly, which has just concluded, issued the following statement: We glorify the name of the Triune God for gathering us at this first Episcopal Assembly of this region in New York City on May 26-28, 2010 in response to the decisions of the Fourth Pre-Conciliar...

Impressions from the Episcopal Assembly


It was a pretty hot day in Manhattan yesterday. Despite the discomfort, though, the Orthodox Christian hierarchy of North America seemed to be in pretty decent spirits. I'm here in Manhattan at the 2010 Orthodox Episcopal Assembly of North America in an auxiliary role. I don't get to attend the...

The Russian Archbishop welcomes the Greek Archdiocese, 1921


"[I]n 1921 ... without the knowledge and canonical approval of the Russian Orthodox Church, a Greek Archdiocese was founded in America." (Patriarch Alexy I of Moscow to Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras, March 17, 1970.) Patriarch Alexy's position has been shared by many people, particularly since the OCA was granted autocephaly by...

Our Best Chance Yet: an historical reflection on administrative unity


We've tried this before. Over the past century or so, there have been no fewer than five attempts to bring the various ethnic Orthodox jurisdictions in America into some measure of administrative unity. Next week, from May 26-28, we embark upon a sixth effort -- an effort which, compared to its predecessors,...

Today in history: Church bell stolen in Chicago


As you may have heard, a few weeks ago thieves made off with six church bells from Holy Dormition Church (OCA) in Cumberland, Rhode Island. The bells were soon recovered, albeit in a seriously damaged condition. The whole episode got me thinking about other instances in American history in which...

Today in history: the first Albanian liturgy


As far as Albanian Orthodox history in America goes, there's no bigger figure than Metropolitan Theophan -- or "Fan" -- Noli. He's best known for his three-plus decades as bishop of the Albanian jurisdiction which ultimately joined the Russian Metropolia (and which is now the Albanian Archdiocese of the OCA)....