SCOBA News Archive

Below you will find news items from SCOBA, the predecessor to the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America, that cover the years 2000-2011.

SCOBA and SCOOCH Hierarchs Celebrate 7th Annual Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 14, 2007
New York, NY - On Tuesday, November 13th, the combined Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SCOOCH) celebrated the 7th Annual Prayer Service for the United Nations. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America, the Chairman of SCOBA welcomed the assembled Hierarchs, Clergy, Ambassadors and Dignitaries of the UN Diplomatic Corps and laity to the Holy Trinity Archdiocesan Cathedral, the traditional site when the service is hosted by an Eastern Orthodox Church. read more »

7th Annual Orthodox Prayer Service and Reception for the United Nations Community

Friday, November 02, 2007
On Tuesday, November 13, His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae will preside over the prayer service and reception for the United Nations Community organized by the Joint Commission of Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches. read more »

The Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation holds its 73rd Meeting

Friday, November 02, 2007
With the generous support of the Huffington Ecumenical Institute, the Consultation met on the campus of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, under the chairmanship of Metropolitan Maximos of Pittsburgh and Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of Cincinnati. read more »


Thursday, November 01, 2007
New York City- On-going dialogue on church structures continued at the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Oct. 25-27. The dialogue marked the first of its meetings on the West Coast. 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 »

IOCC SUNDAY, November 18th, 2007

Sunday, October 07, 2007
On this Sunday before the Thanksgiving holiday, when we thank God for the bounty that He has so richly bestowed on us, we take time to recognize the work of the SCOBA Humanitarian aid agency, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Every year, IOCC Sunday reminds us to share our abundance with those throughout the world whose lives have been torn apart by war, hatred, disease, hurricanes – man-made and natural disasters. read more »

Dynamis Joins Daily Podcast Lineup on OCN

Wednesday, October 03, 2007
OCN is committed to brining you some of the finest Orthodox teaching programs available to assist you in learning about our faith and giving you the tools you need to articulate our faith to others. read more »

OCN "Come Receive the Light" Radio Program for October 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007
Schedule of Programs for October 2007 This week on Come Receive the Light, Paul Hadjistilianos discusses what prison inmates want from Orthodox Christians. read more »

College Student Sunday Encyclical

Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF), a ministry and official Agency of SCOBA is making a united and concerted effort to serve our Orthodox College Community. read more »

IOCC Expands Aid to Greek Farmers

Friday, September 21, 2007
Peloponnese, Greece) International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces an expansion of its ongoing work to provide relief to Peloponnese farmers whose homes and grazing lands were devastated by the August wildfires. read more »

OCN Goes International and Adds More Local Program Releases

Friday, September 21, 2007
Starting Sunday September 16th Come Receive The Light will air in Nassau, BAHAMAS, on Joy 101.9 FM every Sunday at 6 PM. read more »

IOCC & Local Orthodox Priests Reach Farmers in Greece’s Hard-Hit Ileia Province

Thursday, September 13, 2007
(Ileia Province, Greece) On his back and through the flames that burned everything except his house, Father Ioanni carried to safety his 22 year-old son who had passed out from smoke inhalation. read more »

IOCC Provides Greece with Emergency Supply to Feed Livestock

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Peloponnese, Greece) The plan to bring relief to the farmers of Greece is underway with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) beginning its distribution of 170 metric tons of animal feed on Saturday. IOCC will provide farmers with an emergency supply of animal feed for small (sheep, goats, pigs) and large livestock (horses, bulls, cows)—a total of 53,000 head of livestock. read more »

Encyclical of SCOBA for College Student Sunday

Wednesday, September 05, 2007
We, the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, greet you in this new ecclesiastical year with the love and faith of Jesus Christ. Fully understanding our great responsibility to care for and sustain our young college students, we have designated the first Sunday after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Most Precious Cross as College Student Sunday. read more »

Come Receive the Light (CRTL) Monthly Program Schedule for August 2007

Wednesday, August 01, 2007
This week on Come Receive the Light, Dr. John Chirban, renowned teacher and Harvard psychologist and founder of OCAMPR offers help to parents about forming in their children a healthy and sacred understanding of sexuality. read more »

Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) the ends of the Earth - Cameroon

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Cameroon – For three months every year the arid landscape of northern Cameroon succumbs to the cleansing deluge of the rainy season. The dust settles and the scorched desert floor is replaced by a plain of green grass. read more »

24 Hour Internet Based Orthodox Radio Station Goes Live!

Thursday, July 12, 2007
The Rudder will feature some of the most beautiful Orthodox liturgical music from around the world 24 hours a day and all available on your internet connection. read more »

Author and Newspaper Columnist Rod Dreher Joins OCN Contributors

Thursday, July 12, 2007
Rod Dreher has joined the growing list of regular contributors at Orthodox Christian Network. read more »

The Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Holds its 72nd Meeting

Friday, June 15, 2007
The seventy-second meeting of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation took place at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, from June 4 to 6. read more »

Congratulatory Letter of SCOBA Hierarchs on the Occasion of the 15th Anniversary of International Orthodox Christian Charities

Monday, June 04, 2007
The history of IOCC is a history of compassionate love for all people. As this SCOBA Agency celebrates its 15th anniversary, we congratulate IOCC, the faithful steward who multiplied the talents given by our Lord Jesus Christ. IOCC first received the SCOBA blessing and mandate in 1992. read more »

Sunday of Cheesefare and Mission Sunday

Thursday, May 31, 2007
As the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), it has become our sacred custom each year to designate this day, Cheesefare Sunday, as "Mission Sunday." Today, we invite you to study and embrace the words of the Lord from the Book of the Revelation of John, the last book of the New Testament: "Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut…" (Revelation 3:8). These words of the Lord to the Church clearly indicate the tremendous opportunity for the promotion of the Gospel. The door for evangelism is and will remain open since, as the Lord assures us, no hostile human or demonic agency is able to shut it. As Orthodox Christians, we are called to serve as witnesses of the Gospel, which is the most valuable of gifts that we can share with others. The open door urgently calls us to action. read more »

Global Climate Change: A Moral and Spiritual Challenge

Friday, May 25, 2007
The following statement concentrates on conveying a theological understanding of the role of the human person and the environment, with particular emphasis on climate change. read more »

Pastoral Letter on Suicide

Friday, May 25, 2007
This statement offers a pastoral perspective on this issue that is consistent with both the Tradition of our Orthodox Church and our improved understanding of the medical and psychological factors that might lead one to take his or her life. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Spring 2007 Session

Friday, May 25, 2007
The Spring Session was convened on May 23, 2007 at the St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, New York. Metropolitan Herman of the Orthodox Church in America hosted the session and welcomed the assembly. read more »

OCF Chaplains Conference – Shaping the Future of Campus Ministry

Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) held its annual Chaplains Conference for clergy and lay leaders May 1-3, 2007 at the Antiochian Village Conference Center in Ligonier, PA. This retreat brought together twenty five clergy and lay OCF chaplains from throughout North America. read more »

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