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.

OCN Shares the Light With New Jersey

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Come Receive The Light, the national Orthodox Christian radio program produced by Orthodox Christian Network, announces our new affiliate ministry partner in New Jersey. The faithful at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church have partnered together with Orthodox Christian Network to add our very first station in New Jersey. read more »

OCF Real Break Program Achieves Milestone

Tuesday, April 11, 2006
he Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s Real Break program continued its amazing growth this year, reaching a significant milestone - 500 students - in the process. In late February and March, 2006, 101 college students, participating in nine trips, actively engaged themselves in this life-changing experience. This brought the seven-year Real Break total to 518 students who have chosen this college ministry as an alternative to the traditional warm weather Spring Breaks that college students normally go on, often participating in a life style which can limit personal spiritual development. read more »

Revised Schedule of CRTL Programs for April 2006

Friday, April 07, 2006
Revised Schedule of Programs for April 2006 read more »

Clergy Leader Needed for OCMC’s Guatemala Mission Team

Monday, April 03, 2006
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking a clergyman to fill the team leader position for the upcoming short-term Youth Outreach Mission Team to Guatemala. The team will travel July 8 - 24, 2006. Please consider applying. read more »

Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos to Celebrate the Groundbreaking of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center on May 5, 2006

Wednesday, March 22, 2006
After outgrowing its facilities three times, the Mission Center embarked on a major campaign effort to respond to that growth. May 5, 2006 will mark the successful conclusion of that campaign as it celebrates the groundbreaking of the new Missionary Training and Administrative Support Center. Bishop Dimitrios, who also serves as the General Secretary of SCOBA, will return to officiate at the ceremonies on the 20-acre property. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs on Well-Being of Children

Wednesday, March 15, 2006
We are writing at this time because we know that you care deeply about the well-being of your children, and it is precisely your children who may pay the highest price and become victims of the uncontrolled availability of all that is now technologically available on the internet. read more »


Sunday, March 12, 2006
Orthodox Mission Teams make a difference. Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), short term Orthodox Mission Teams, through work, witness, and worship, becomes a visible expression of love, unity, and support in the Church. Teams offer the opportunity to witness the Orthodox Faith in action and support Orthodox communities read more »

IOCC Appoints new Communication Director

Wednesday, March 08, 2006
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces the appointment of Amal E. Morcos as its Director of Communications. Ms. Morcos will be responsible for implementing the organization's communications plan, and act as its communications liaison with other organizations. read more »

The Orthodox Christian Mission Center Features - 2006 Mission Coin Box Program

Thursday, March 02, 2006
The purpose of the Coin Box Program is two-fold. First, it is to teach the Orthodox faithful in the United States about missions. Second, money raised supports the work of Orthodox Missions around the world. read more »

The CRTL Monthly Program Schedule for March 2006

Thursday, March 02, 2006
Schedule of Programs for March 2006 read more »

March 5, 2006 - Sunday of Cheesefare and Mission Sunday

Friday, February 24, 2006
As the Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), we greet you in the peace of our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ on this Sunday of Cheesefare. This day immediately precedes the beginning of our spiritual journey of Great and Holy Lent, a day which it has become our custom to observe annually as "Mission Sunday." On this day, we commend the noble work of our Orthodox Christian missionaries everywhere who have realized Jesus' words that "the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few" (Matthew 9:37), and who have prayerfully responded to His call by going out as laborers to spread the Good News of salvation to all corners of the earth. read more »

Orthodox Christians Called By SCOBA Hierarchs To Pray And Give To Missions

Thursday, February 23, 2006
The nine hierarchs of SCOBA write: “On this day, we commend the noble work of our Orthodox Christian missionaries everywhere who have realized Jesus’ words that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few (Matthew 9:37), and who have prayerfully responded to His call by going out as laborers to spread the Good News of salvation to all corners of the earth.” read more »

OCN Shares the Light With Middle Mississippi

Friday, February 17, 2006
Starting Sunday February 19th, Come Receive The Light will air each Sunday afternoon at 2:30 on WJNT AM 1180. The station is a 50,000 watt powerhouse that serves most of Middle Mississippi from Jackson, Mississippi. read more »

His Grace DAMASKINOS, Bishop of Ghana, Thanks The Mission Center for Its Support

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
In a recent press release, His Grace, DAMASKINOS, Bishop of Ghana, shared news of exciting growth of the Church in Ghana. Since August of 2005, the Diocese has started a new parish, St. Tryphon, in the eastern region of Ghana; opened a day nursery school, and laid the foundation stone of a new library, in the northern region ... 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 »

Retreat for Women Graduates of Orthodox Theological Schools

Wednesday, February 01, 2006
The first retreat for Women Graduates of Orthodox Theological Schools, held at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, attracted approximately 30 participants from across the country. Women representing Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese), St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary (Orthodox Church in America) and St. Nersess Seminary (Armenian Diocese) met in an atmosphere of prayer, reflection and respectful discussion. Together they shared joys, experiences and concerns affecting their witness and service, so they may better assist in the "building up of the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:12). read more »

Orthodox Christian Mission Center needs Teachers in Albania

Thursday, January 26, 2006
HELP WANTED: missionaries for 2-year commitments to serve growing educational projects in Albania. Currently the Orthodox Church, under the direction of His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios, runs a number of kindergartens and two primary schools, with plans to expand the existing program through high school. read more »

Metropolitan Herman to Lead Orthodox Christian Marchers at 33rd Annual Rally For Life in US Capital

Monday, January 23, 2006
Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop of Washington and New York and Primate of the Orthodox Church in America and well-known spokesman for the sanctity of life, will once again lead hundreds of Orthodox Christian marchers from around the US at the 33rd annual March for Life here Monday, January 23, 2006. read more »

2006-07 Katina John Malta Scholarship Applications Available

Monday, January 23, 2006
Applications are available for the Katina John Malta Scholarship Fund, a scholarship program established at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by means of a generous gift from the estate of Katina John Malta. The donation and the formation of the scholarship program has been done in recognition of the love Katina had for the Church and in honor of the desire she had to help others, especially children and youth of the Orthodox Christian Faith. At least two scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded for the 2006-07 academic year. read more »

OCN Celebrates Share the Light Sunday By Announcing Our First New York Affiliate

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Come Receive The Light, the national Orthodox Christian radio program produced by Orthodox Christian Network, is honored to announce that our national radio outreach can now be heard in New York. read more »

Record Turnout for OCF College Conferences

Friday, January 13, 2006
The annual Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) College Conferences are accustomed to large turnouts. Over the past 10 years, the College Conferences have attracted thousands of college students, high school graduates, and young adults to the five-day winter event. Yet, this year’s conferences – held December 27-31, 2005 – were different. Since records are indeed made to be broken, then this year’s college conferences will long be remembered. Young adults turned out in record numbers, and in the process set the bar very high for future OCF College Conferences. read more »

OTSA News Fall 2006

Thursday, January 12, 2006
THE ANNUAL MEETING OF OTSA will be held at St Vladimir's Seminary, June 12-14, 2007. Check the website for directions to St Vladimir’s. Members are reminded that this year’s conference dovetails with the Fordham/Villanova Conference “Orthodox Readings of Augustine,” June 14-16. read more »

CRTL Monthly Program Schedule for February 2006

Monday, January 02, 2006
Schedule of Programs for February 2006 read more »

Schedule of Programs for January 2007

Monday, January 02, 2006
Schedule of Programs for January 2007 – THEME: BEAUTY read more »

College Students Serve on Their Spring Break

Thursday, December 22, 2005
Orthodox Christian Fellowship’s (OCF) Real Break program offers college students life-changing experiences serving Orthodox communities, orphanages and monasteries on their spring break “being fruitful in every work and growing in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:10) Registration for Real Break 2006 is now open for teams of 10-15 young people to travel to exciting locations such as Project Mexico, Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala, Raphael House in San Francisco, Holy Monastery of the Twelve Apostles in Greece, and El Salvador to share in the experience of serving others, prayer, fellowship and fun. A Real Break team may also serve an affected disaster area through a Hurricane Relief project in partnership with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). read more »

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