Committee for Ecumenical Relations


The Committee for Ecumenical Relations will coordinate and supervise Orthodox participation in ecumenical and inter-faith dialogues and organizations, with particular reference to the existing Bi-Lateral Theological Consultations (Orthodox-Catholic and Orthodox-Lutheran) and Joint Commissions (i.e., of Orthodox and Roman Catholic Bishops & of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches).


Bp. Demetrios (GOA) - Chairman
Bp. Alexander (AOCA) 
Bp. Melchisedek (OCA) 

Committee Liaison

Fr. Nathanael Symeonides


1. Fr. Thomas Hopko
2. Fr. Leonid Kishkovsky
3. Fr. John Morris
4. Anne Glynn-Mackoul
5. Fr. Thomas Fitzgerald
6. John Paterakis

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Coordinate and supervise the Orthodox-Catholic and Orthodox-Lutheran Bi-Lateral Theological Consultations and the Joint Commissions of Orthodox and Roman Catholic Bishops and of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Orthodox participation in the NCCC
  • Encourage a pan-Orthodox participation based on the conviction that the Orthodox must contribute to the restoration of unity with all their strength, bearing witness to the one undivided Church of the Apostles, the Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils.
  • Determine feasibility and desirability of continuing the aforementioned Consultations and Commissions as presently configured, and recommend to the Assembly of Bishops any modifications in the existing process
  • Recommend Orthodox participants in the aforementioned Consultations and Commissions, for the Assembly's consideration
  • Identify and develop the interfaith dialogue
  • Provide a draft statement of purpose and goals for these and other such ecumenical dialogues, for the Assembly's review and ratification

How it is to be accomplished

  • Inform by letter all current Orthodox participants of the new oversight of the Assembly, and of the pending review of all dialogues
  • Examine the past history and accomplishments, with specific reference to any stated goals, of the dialogues from the founding of SCOBA until the present
  • Present a recommendation concerning continuance of the individual Consultations and Commissions to the Assembly, for its consideration
  • Compile a list of possible participants in such dialogues for recommendation to the Assembly
  • Invite all member bishops of the Assembly to share, in writing, their thoughts about participation in ecumenical dialogues, and what they believe the goals and guidelines for such participation should be
  • Compare these, and draw up a draft proposal that takes these views into consideration
  • Present draft proposal to the Assembly for ratification

With whom it is to be accomplished

News and Events

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese to Continue Successful Fellowships at the UN

Tuesday, February 07, 2017
The Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is inviting graduate and recent post-graduate students to apply for its fellowships at the United Nations. read more »

North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Issues Statement on 50th Anniversary

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement today on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary. read more »

Committee for Ecumenical Relations 2014 Annual Report

Friday, November 21, 2014
The 2014 Annual Report of the Committee for Ecumenical Relations is now available online. read more »

Committee for Ecumenical Relations 2013 Report

Friday, December 20, 2013
The 2013 annual report of the Committee for Ecumenical Relations is now available online. read more »

Orthodox And Catholic Theologians Call For Peace In Middle East, Discuss Church Relations

Thursday, November 14, 2013
The North American Orthodox Catholic Theological Consultation issued a statement on the plight of Christians in the Middle East at their meeting in Mississauga, Ontario, Oct. 24-26, calling for the release of a Greek Orthodox Metropolitan and a Syriac Orthodox Archbishop, both from Aleppo, Syria, and repudiating the kidnapping, torture and killing of not only Christians but all civilians. read more »

Ecumenical Relations Committee 2012 Annual Report

Monday, February 04, 2013
The 2012 annual report of the Committee for Ecumenical Relations is now available online. read more »

Evangelism Theme of Orthodox, Catholic Bishops' Meeting

Thursday, October 25, 2007
New York, NY — The theme of evangelization marked the October 3-5 meeting of the Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops in St. Augustine, Florida. read more »

Prokopsis 2007 Grant Will underwrite Orthodox/Catholic Consultation

Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Email this Page Printer Friendly Version SCOBA News PROKOPIS 2007 GRANT WILL UNDERWRITE ORTHODOX/CATHOLIC CONSULTATION 12/19/2006 Press Release December 19, 2006 PROKOPIS 2007 GRANT WILL UNDERWRITE ORTHODOX/CATHOLIC CONSULTATION Once again, the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) are pleased to announce that they have each received $15,000.00 grants from the Prokopis Charitable Foundation to underwrite for 2007 the official Theological Consultation between the Orthodox and Catholic Churches in the U.S. read more »

Orthodox-Catholic Consultation issues Statement With Prayer that Meeting of Pope and Ecumenical Patriarchate will Contribute to "Unity of Churches and Reconciliation of All Peoples"

Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation, meeting at Saint Paul’s College in Washington, DC, from October 26 to 28, 2006, has issued a statement on the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Turkey. After reviewing briefly the history of previous meetings between Popes and Ecumenical Patriarchs, the statement concludes with a prayer “that the meeting of the Pope and Ecumenical Patriarch will contribute to the unity of the churches and to the reconciliation of all peoples.” read more »

Bearing Fruit in Romania : A letter from OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz

Thursday, July 27, 2006
In a recent letter to supporters, OCMC Missionary Floyd Frantz shared a story about his ministry bearing fruit in Romania. Floyd’s ministry, the St. Dimitrie Program, focuses on counseling people with addictions and training others to counsel as well. Floyd serves in Romania with his wife, Ancu þ a, who directs the Protection of the Theotokos Day Center , which works to prevent child abandonment. Below Floyd shares how one person who was healed through the St. Dimitrie Program, in turn went on to help others. read more »

Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Meets in Brookline

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation held its 70th meeting at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts, from June 5 to 7, 2006. The meeting was co-chaired by Metropolitan Maximos of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati. read more »

Orthodox and Catholic Bishops Convene in Washington, DC

Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The Joint Committee of Orthodox and Catholic Bishops held its 22nd meeting at Saint Paul’s College in Washington, DC, from June 21 to 23. It was co-chaired by Archbishop Oscar Lipscomb of Mobile and Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada (Orthodox Church in America). Plans had been made for the twenty-second meeting to take place in October 2005 in Syria as a guest of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, but for technical reasons this was not possible. read more »

Fourth Annual Inter-Orthodox Camp Conference Convenes in Frontenac, MN

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Camp directors and staff representing various Orthodox jurisdictions of SCOBA convened for the fourth annual Inter-Orthodox Camp Conference this year in Frontenac, MN. The Orthodox Church in America and St. Mary Summer Camp of Minneapolis hosted the conference at Villa Maria Retreat Center during the weekend of January 26-30, 2006, gathering over 40 participants from across the country. read more »

Prokopis Grant Supports Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue

Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Twice each year, twelve Orthodox theologians and twelve Roman Catholic theologians gather for the North American Orthodox/Catholic Theological Consultation that was initiated in 1965 by SCOBA and the USCCB. Having become aware of the papers and statements issued over the years by this oldest ongoing official dialogue between the two Churches, Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Prokopis decided to encourage this effort and to underwrite the costs of the Consultation for a second year. A similar grant covered all the costs of the Consultation in 2005. read more »

Philoptochos Supports Construction of IOCC Clinic and School in Ethiopia

Friday, September 23, 2005
At a meeting of its National Board, held in Boston, Mass. on September 17, 2005, the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society committed its support for a $60,000 project to develop a medical clinic and school in Ambo, Ethiopia to be constructed by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) in cooperation with the Ethiopian Orthodox Church. read more »

Vlade Divac Supports IOCC Emergency response, Delivers Aid

Thursday, September 22, 2005
A truckload of relief supplies destined for children and families displaced by Hurricane Katrina was delivered by National Basketball Association All-Star Vlade Divac to an International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) Emergency Response Center hosted by St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston on Thursday. read more »

Orthodox Christians to Mark 60th United Nations Anniversary

Tuesday, September 20, 2005
On the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations, the Joint Commission of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) will sponsor their fifth annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the United Nations Community at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral (319 E. 74th St.) on Tuesday, October 11th, at 6:30pm. read more »

Ecumenical Team Evacuates Hundreds From New Orleans Airport

Tuesday, September 06, 2005
An ecumenical response team made up of personnel from International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) negotiated their way from Baton Rouge, La. to the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport during the early hours of Sunday morning to evacuate 340 people in need of urgent medical care. read more »

SCOBA Continues Participation in National Research of Faith Communities

Monday, August 08, 2005
The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas continues its participation in the ongoing national research of parishes, congregations, and religious communities known as Faith Communities Today (FACT). The FACT initiative is coordinated by the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP), an organization that includes over 40 major faith groups and has become a leading source of research-based information on congregational life in the United States. The initial FACT survey was distributed in 2000, and this year, CCSP is currently distributing surveys to 4000 parishes and congregations among approximately 300 denominations, jurisdictions and faith communities. read more »

SCOBA/SCOOCH Statement On Iraq Church Bombings

Friday, July 08, 2005
The hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America (SCOOCH) learned with great sadness the news that religious edifices were targeted by certain extremist elements in Iraq. read more »