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      SCOBA
      The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas
      8 East 79th Street, New York, NY 10021


      Press Release
      November 29, 2005



      SCOBA Hierarchs Convene For Fall Session

      South Bound Brook, NJ - The Fall Session of the Standing Conference
      of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) was convened here
      on November 15, 2005 at the headquarters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
      of the USA (UOC). Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
      of America, chairman of SCOBA, chaired the session. Metropolitan
      Constantine of the UOC was the host and welcomed all to the Ukrainian
      Orthodox Consistory.

      Other Hierarchs present were Metropolitan Herman of the Orthodox
      Church in America, Archbishop Nicolae of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese,
      Metropolitan Nicholas of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan
      Joseph of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Bishop Antoun of the Antiochian
      Orthodox Archdiocese (representing Metropolitan Philip), Archbishop Antony
      of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church and Bishop Dimitrios of Xanthos, general
      secretary of SCOBA. Also present were members of the SCOBA Study and
      Planning Commission and the directors of four SCOBA Agencies.

      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.

      An extensive report was offered by Mr. Dean Triantafilou, executive
      director of International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), especially
      in reference to the response of IOCC to the hurricane Katrina and hurricane
      Rita disasters. It was reported that IOCC has provided over $4 million in
      assistance, while continuing its ongoing long term development projects on
      the West Bank and Gaza, in Lebanon, Ethiopia, Romania, Serbia and
      elsewhere. It is also offering significant aid in Asia to meet needs
      resulting from the disastrous tsunami and the earthquakes in Pakistan. The
      Hierarchs expressed deep gratitude to the staff, board, volunteers and
      donors who make the work of IOCC possible.

      Another action involved final approval of an agenda for the October
      2006 Conference scheduled in Chicago for all canonical Orthodox Bishops of
      the nine jurisdictions belonging to SCOBA. The Study and Planning
      Commission was charged with selecting persons to prepare papers on the
      topics scheduled during the four day conference.

      Before breaking for lunch, the Hierarchs heard a report from Fr. Mark
      Leondis on behalf of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship ministry of SCOBA.
      This rapidly expanding campus ministry program now has chapters on more
      than 200 campuses in North America. The significant efforts of OCF were
      received with joy and praise by the Hierarchs.

      Following lunch, a report from the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN)
      ministry was given by Fr. Christopher Metropoulos, executive director. The
      Hierarchs were updated on the efforts to expand this radio ministry and
      reaffirmed their support of the January 15, 2006 Share The Light Sunday
      observance in all Orthodox parishes of the SCOBA jurisdictions.

      The final SCOBA Agency report was that given by Fr. Paul Kucynda,
      executive director of the Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC).
      Fr. Kucynda spoke of the publications of the OCEC and the teacher training
      seminars offered throughout the country for all the teachers in the
      religious education programs of Orthodox parishes.

      A final project approved at this session was the convening of a
      Clergy Seminar early in 2006, in the Dallas area, on Christian/Muslim
      Relations. Based on this model, to be coordinated by Fr. Nektarios Morrow,
      seminars will then be offered in other regions to assist clergy in dealing
      in the concerns resulting from the rapid growth of Islam in America.

      The session concluded with the sharing of news from the life of the
      Church and the scheduling of the Spring Session in May at the Serbian
      Orthodox Cathedral in New York City. This session started with prayer at
      10:10am in the Memorial Chapel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Consistory, and
      concluded with prayer at 4:00pm.


      CONTACT:
      SCOBA General Secretariat

      8 East 79th Street

      New York, NY 10021

      Phone: 212-570-3593

      Fax: 212-774-0202

      Email: scoba@...
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