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.

Frantzes Return to Romania in Time for Christmas

Thursday, December 22, 2005
After eleven thousand miles of traveling in the United States, it’s nice to be home for Christmas. That’s the opinion of Floyd and Ancuta Frantz, Orthodox Christian Mission Center missionaries to Romania, who left the Mission Center on Friday, December 16, for their return journey to Cluj, Romania. 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 »

Share The Light Sunday

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
As Shepherds of the Church, it is our duty to "preach the word" of God to you, the flock entrusted to our care. This has been the way of our Church for nearly 2,000 years now. Those called by God to be Shepherds, are responsible for communicating the good news conveyed to us by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. read more »

First 2006 OCMC Team Prepares for Argentina

Monday, December 12, 2005
The first OCMC Orthodox Mission Team to Argentina has been invited by His Eminence TARASIOS, Metropolitan of Buenos Aires and Exarch of South America, to the town of Berisso, Argentina. From January 13-28, the 2006 Argentina Mission Team will assist with the construction, repairs and partial restoration of five dwellings in Berisso, outside of Buenos Aires. read more »

OCMC Announces 2006 Mission Teams - “Put Your Faith in Action”!

Monday, December 05, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center’s 2006 Mission Teams are preparing to travel around the world. Participants will assist Orthodox communities around the globe on various projects. OCMC short-term Mission Teams will travel to Alaska, Albania, Argentina, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Romania, Tanzania, and Uganda. They will offer Christian witness to the Orthodox Faith, while providing service and support to numerous faithful. Projects include teaching, youth ministry, renovation, construction, and health care outreach. read more »

Come Receive the Light (CRTL) Schedule of Programs for December 2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Schedule of Programs for December 2005 read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Fall Session

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Actions taken at this session included the final approval of documents submitted to formally establish Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM) as the seventh Agency of SCOBA. Upon appointment of its board, the election of officers and the hiring of staff, this new Agency will begin to function early in 2006. read more »

Metropolitan Herman Honored by OCMC Board and Team Chicago

Monday, November 21, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center Board of Directors held their fall meeting at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, Illinois from November 9-11, 2005. They also welcomed and honored His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America & Canada of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), in conjunction with Team Chicago’s Benefit Banquet. read more »

OCMC Hires New Director of Communications

Friday, November 11, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center, St. Augustine, FL - The Orthodox Christian Mission Center has hired Mickey Hodges to serve as its new Director of Communications. He steps in for former director Sofia Lopoukhine, who is now working in a similar capacity at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Alarmed By Diminishing Christian Communities in the Middle East

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We, the hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), reflecting on the continuing Middle East crisis, wish to express our concern and pain with regard to the violence and threats of violence in the Middle East. read more »

IOCC Responds to U.S. Hurricanes

Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Since the onset of the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina on August 29, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has been working with the support and cooperation of Orthodox parishes and with an extensive network of ecumenical partners. Through your generosity, more than $4 million in emergency assistance will have been provided to vulnerable families and individuals affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita throughout the U.S. Gulf Coast. read more »

45th Annual Scouting Retreat held at Holy Cross Seminary

Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS) held its 45th Northeast Region Annual Scout Retreat at the Holy Seminary, Brookline, MA. The EOCS is responsible for teaching Orthodox Christian values and way of life among the Boy and Girl Scouts of the Orthodox Faith. It also promotes Scouting as part of the youth ministry of Orthodox Churches. read more »

(OCMC) Bring the Mission Center to Your Parish!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Bring mission consciousness to your church by arranging for one of our talented staff members to visit your parish. Hear first-hand what is happening in the Orthodox Church around the world. Our speakers'' presentations bring to life the many incredible events happening in the mission field. This is a great opportunity to schedule an Advent or Lenten spiritual renewal event. Let us know if you would like to organize one of the following: read more »

Orthodox Response to Hurricanes Surpasses $3 Million

Friday, October 14, 2005
Following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Katrina and later Hurricane Rita, the response by International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) to the Gulf Coast region has grown to more than $3 million – the largest intervention ever by the agency in the United States. read more »

IOCC Partners Providing Assistance to Pakistan

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) is partnering with the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia and Church World Service to provide assistance to survivors of a major earthquake centered in the mountains of Pakistani Kashmir, near the Indian border on October 8. read more »

The Berisso Project – Join the First OCMC Mission Team to Argentina!

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), St. Augustine, FL – The Orthodox Christian Mission Center together with the Greek Orthodox Metropolitanate of Buenos Aires is coordinating “The Berisso Project” which is in need of an international team of young Orthodox Christian adults to repair the homes of elderly founders of the Orthodox Community in the town of Berisso, Municipality of La Plata, Provincias de Buenos Aires, Argentina. These elderly families lack the materials, the tools, and the physical strength to repair their modest homes. The Project is a Mission in Christian Service, given with respect for the individual and with “filial” love. read more »

2005 Orthodox Christian Fellowship College Conference December 27-31st, 2005

Saturday, October 08, 2005
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is announcing its annual College Conferences to be held December 27th-31st at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA and St. Nicholas Ranch in Dunlap, CA. Over the past ten years thousands of college students, high school graduates, and young adults have gathered for the 5-day events sponsored by OCF, the official campus ministry effort of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA). read more »

Quilts and Kits Bring Comfort For Katrina, Rita Survivors

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Three shipments of material aid, including quilts, health kits and school kits, all gifts from Lutheran World Relief, have been received by emergency response staff working for International Orthodox Christian Charities in Houston, Texas, and Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi. read more »

CRTL Monthly Program Schedule for October 2005

Friday, September 30, 2005
CRTL Schedule for October 2005 read more »

Cancer: The Power of Faith & Prayer

Friday, September 30, 2005
The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion is dedicating this year’s annual conference to the interdisciplinary exploration of Cancer: The Power of Faith & Prayer from October 28 – 29 on the scenic campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA). read more » to be Used for Hurricane Katrina Efforts

Friday, September 23, 2005
The Orthodox Information Technologies Commission of SCOBA has announced that it will use its Orthodox Jobs ( web site as a central clearinghouse for the free posting of jobs and volunteer efforts related to Hurricane Katrina. read more »

IOCC Delivers Shipment of School Supplies to Ethiopia

Friday, September 23, 2005
IOCC staff in Ethiopia presented a shipment of 30,000 books and instructional materials valued at more than $1.3 million to His Holiness Abune Paulos, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, in a ceremony held at Holy Trinity Elementary school which is run by the Church, on Sept. 22, 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 »

College Student Sunday

Thursday, September 22, 2005
We give glory to our Lord as we see our college students graduating and becoming strong Orthodox Christians in parishes across the country. We realize, however that our work is not finished. There are tens of thousands of Orthodox college students, and it is imperative that we reach as many as possible. 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 »

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