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.

Hundreds Attend Third Annual Orthodox Prayer Service for UN Community

Wednesday, October 01, 2003
Hundreds of clergy and faithful from throughout the metropolitan New York City area joined hierarchs from the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA] and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches [SCOOCH] and dozens of representatives from the United Nations at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral here on Monday, October 6, 2003 for the third annual Orthodox Prayer Service for the UN Community. read more »

SCOBA Statement on Moral Crisis in Our Nation

Wednesday, August 13, 2003
The Orthodox Christian teaching on marriage and sexuality, firmly grounded in Holy Scripture, 2000 years of church tradition, and canon law, holds that marriage consists in the conjugal union of a man and a woman, and that authentic marriage is blessed by God as a sacrament of the Church. Neither Scripture nor Holy Tradition blesses or sanctions such a union between persons of the same sex. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Issue Appeal for Prayer

Saturday, January 04, 2003
As heads of Orthodox Christian communities in North America we are compelled to call our pious clergy and faithful to pray for peace and for respect of the sanctity of all human persons. read more »

SCOBA Statement on the Crisis in the Holy Land

Thursday, April 04, 2002
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SCOBA Statement on the Events of September 11, 2001

Tuesday, September 11, 2001
In the spirit of these God-inspired words of St. Paul, we address this letter to you in this time of great affliction. As we are all painfully aware, our nation has experienced one of the most difficult days in its history. read more »

SCOBA Statement on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, December 14, 2000
The violence and death characteristic of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are brought to our attention day after day. read more »

SCOBA Condemns Violence and Intolerance in Kosovo

Friday, June 16, 2000
One year ago NATO was engaged in military action in the Balkans. After some two months of bombing by United States and other NATO forces, Yugoslavia withdrew its military forces from Kosovo, and hundreds of thousands of Kosovar Albanians who fled to Albania, Macedonia, and Montenegro returned to Kosovo. read more »

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