SCOBA Resources

The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) is the predecessor to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. SCOBA was founded in 1960 under the leadership of Archbishop Iakovos (GOA) and was dissolved in 2010. It acted as a clearinghouse for educational, charitable, and missionary work among several Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in the Americas. Its member hierarchs met semi-annually for discussion and decisions on inter-Orthodox and ecumenical matters, to review the work of its commissions and dialogues, and to plan future events.

Below you will find archived resources related to SCOBA.

The Constitution of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

"Behold how good and how pleasant a thing it is for brethren to dwell together in unity"' (Psalm 132,1). For the last one hundred and fifty years the Orthodox Church in America has been blessed with marks of divine favor. Her beginnings in this country were humble. Planted by a handful of Missionaries in Alaska and nourished by successive waves of immigration from Orthodox lands, she is now a great and flourishing member of world Orthodoxy. All of the faithful brought here the treasure of their national Orthodox traditions, so that the American Church is the inheritor and custodian of the glorious Paradosis of the Apostles, Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils. Fully integrated in American Society the Church is here to stay, to grow, and to bear witness to the true faith. At the moment when the United States assumes an always-greater responsibility in the world community, the presence of Orthodoxy in America acquires a new significance and calls for better forms to express her common testimony. By the mercy of God our unity of faith has been preserved. But the time has come to actualize this unity in all those fields in which a common effort is required.

Ecumenical Guidelines for SCOBA

Published by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America and commended to the clergy for guidance. Written by and under the supervision of The Reverend Robert G. Stephanopoulos, Ph.D.

Pastoral Letter on the Occasion of the Third Christian Millenium

Published by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America and commended to the clergy for guidance. From the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation

Sponsored jointly on the Catholic side by the USCCB and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Orthodox side is sponsored by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America (SCOBA). The members of national bilateral dialogue commissions are sanctioned by the hierarchies of the two churches to examine divisive issues, and to make recommendations regarding ways to overcome them. As such, the agreed statements are issued on the authority of the dialogue commission itself, and do not bind the authorities of either church.

The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops

The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops. Orthodox Co-Chairman: Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada. Catholic Co-Chairman: Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb of Mobile

2006 Bishops Conference

Video from the 2006 Bishops Conference, which was held October 3-6, 2006 in Chicago, IL

Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference in Chambesy

At the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, delegates from the fourteen Autocephalous Churches participated in the historic Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, meeting at the Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chamb├ęsy-Geneva, Switzerland on June 6-12, 2009. The Conference was a direct result of the Synaxis of the Heads of all the Orthodox Churches, convened by His All Holiness at the Ecumenical Patriarchate October 10-12, 2008. At that time, all the Heads, They expressed their "desire for the swift healing of every canonical anomaly that has arisen from historical circumstances and pastoral requirements, such as in the so-called Orthodox Diaspora, with a view to overcoming every possible influence that is foreign to Orthodox ecclesiology."

Military Resources

Resources for Orthodox Military Personnel