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  • George Schidlovsky, Sr
    Jun 28, 2004
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      To all ROCOR parishioners:

      The clergy letter originates from the undersigned (in the clergy letter) and
      is attached here to testify current events in the ROCOR.

      The laity letter originates from Koltypin,PN, Magerovsky,EG, Bagration,IS,
      and Schidlovsky G..

      Both letters will be delivered to the Synod of Bishops in San Francisco on 5
      July when the forthcoming meeting of the Synod is scheduled with as many
      signatures as will be received by then.

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      An Appeal by the Laity to the Synod of Bishops of the ROCOR

      27 July 2004



      We, the undersigned, respectfully address our Synod of Bishops with the
      insistent request to refrain from adopting any resolutions on the subject of
      unification in any form of our Church with the existing Moscow Patriarchate
      before the convocation of a ROCOR Sobor that would include the participation
      of bishops, priests and laity.



      This issue is overwhelmingly the most important issue our Church has had to
      face since 1917 and it must be examined "soborno" by representatives of all
      component parts of our Church, with the aim of reaching spiritual unity.
      With God's help, such unity has guided our Church during the course of many
      decades throughout many non-Christian and non-Orthodox ordeals and
      temptations.

      Having maintained its independence over 87 years, the Russian Orthodox
      Church outside Russia in its entirety, with its bishops, priests and laity
      has always sought to preserve the purity of Christian Orthodox beliefs and
      practices which most regrettably have too often been lost or reduced by many
      Churches.

      This profoundly important issue which closely affects our religious life
      must be freely and thoroughly discussed at a forthcoming All-ROCOR Local
      Council (Sobor) by bishops, priests and laity: the three component parts of
      all Orthodox Churches, for the good of the Russian Orthodox Church. The
      absence of one of these component parts of the Church will obliterate the
      full value of the adopted resolutions, a quality that is necessary in the
      Russian Orthodox Church. It may also widen the already existing and serious
      differences of opinion within the ROCOR and lead to a split within our
      Church or even a schism.



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      If anyone would like to add his/her name to the laity letter, please say so
      to:
      geosffa@... (George Schidlovsky).
      Thank you.
      George Schidlovsky




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