Official Statements

Steps Towards A Reunited Church: A Sketch Of An Orthodox-Catholic Vision For The Future

Saturday, October 02, 2010
For almost forty-five years, the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation has been meeting regularly to discuss some of the major pastoral and doctrinal issues that prevent our Churches from sharing a single life of faith, sacraments, and witness before the world. Read more...

Celebrating Easter/Pascha Together

Friday, October 01, 2010
The center of our faith, the center on which all Christians agree, is the kerygma that Jesus is Risen, Jesus is Lord: Read more...

Disability and Communion

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Persons with disabilities comprise the largest minority group in the United States, with almost 20% of the population facing disability in one form or another. Read more...

Chairman of SCOBA Issues Statement on Passing of Archbishop Christodoulos

Monday, January 28, 2008
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas, issued this statement on behalf of SCOBA on the falling asleep of the late Archbishop of Athens and All Greece, the ever-memorable Christodoulos. 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...

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...

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...

Orthodox Bishops' Conference urges the Media and the Entertainment Industry to Avoid the Misuse of Christian Symbols

Thursday, October 12, 2006
We urge all members of the entertainment industry to avoid the misuse of Christian symbols, especially of the Cross, through traditional media outlets such as, television, radio, film or print, but also through DVDs, the internet, computer games, iPods, and the like. Read more...

Orthodox Bishops' Conference Statement Concerning Recent School Violence

Thursday, October 12, 2006
We express our sincere concern over the ever-increasing acts of violence that have been perpetrated in the schools of this nation. We call upon all civil and religious leaders to address this evil that has caused these tragic incidents. Read more...

Orthodox Hierarchs issue Communique Affirming need to Bear Witness Together on Spiritual and Moral Concerns

Friday, October 06, 2006
Christ has come for the life of the world; through the Cross joy has come into all the world. We have a responsibility to bear witness to this life in Christ and to this joy. 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...

SCOBA Condemns Imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan By FYROM and Asks For His Release

Thursday, August 11, 2005
The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) have declared unanimously their outrage concerning the imprisonment of Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). Read more...

SCOBA Hierarchs Alarmed By Diminishing Christian Communities in the Middle East

Thursday, August 11, 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...

SCOBA Issues Statement on Sexual Misconduct in the Church

Tuesday, August 02, 2005
The hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) recently adopted a Statement entitled "Dealing With Sexual Misconduct in the Church". 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...