Speaking of redirecting your posts...
This "Synod list" was the first sub-list of the "Indiana List" and
was originally created in the early '90s to provide a voluntary
alternative venue for the public contentions already taking place
between Synod members on the world-wide stage of the ORTHODOX list.
These tensions are related to what has been referred to as the
ROCOR/ROCA dichotomy (from Gk. dichotomia from dicha "in two" +
temnein "to cut"). These unresolved issues finally cut deeply and
resulted in a division between those who, as of May 4/17, have
submitted to the Soviet legacy called the Moscow Patriarchate, and
those who have not.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls.
The time for argument is past. It is inappropriate for this
list/group to continue to serve as an alternative when there is no
alternative, no point in fighting from within. Union is a done
As for myself, I am no longer a member of the Russian Orthodox
Church, having received a canonical release from Bishop Peter to the
Holy Metropolis GOC of America under Metropolitan Pavlos. As such it
makes no sense to continue to host a group primarily focused on the
Russian Orthodox Church.
Please redirect your future discussions about ROCOR and the MP to
If you find that your posts are not compatible with the perspective
cultivated on orthodox-rocor, you may find the following to be a
There was some talk earlier about merging synod and tradition, but
you can join the tradition group yourself if you wish.
Its been a pretty good 15 year run, but it is time for some rest.
The archives of this group from the last 8 years will remain
available for a while until they can be downloaded (the web site for
acquiring the software to do that is not accessible at this time).
It's good to be back home in "the Russian Church as I remember it"
(the GOC is just one legacy of Archbishop Seraphim of Chicago and
Detroit who re-established the GOC episcopacy in the 1960s). I hope
you are also where you need to be.
Please keep in touch by private mail. I may have more time to