PANORTHODOX BISHOPS' statements ON THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA & MISSION AND EVANGELISM (1994 Conference -Ligonier, PA)
At both the recent SPECIAL CONVENTION of our Archdiocese held in Pittsburgh, PA, (July 16-18) and the biennial CLERGY SYMPOSIUM held at the Antiochian Village (July 19-22) there were many references to and much discussion about the SCOBA-sponsored PANORTHODOX BISHOPS' CONFERENCE hosted by our Father and Primate METROPOLITAN PHILIP a decade ago (November 30-December 2, 1994) at the Antiochian Village. Two (2) bold and challenging documents were produced by the twenty-eight (28) hierarchs who were present for that historic convocation:
I. A STATEMENT ON THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA which was signed by twenty-seven (27) of the twenty-eight (28) hierarchs present; and
II. A STATEMENT ON MISSION AND EVANGELISM which was signed by all twenty-eight (28) of the hierarchs present.
Although much time has gone by (and much malaise has characterized inter-Orthodox cooperation) since these documents were first released to the Orthodox Christian clergy and laity of North America, their relevance has not diminished in the least.
These documents are now posted in HTML and PDF format on Antiochian.org. Readers may see the signatures (not just the names) of the signatories -- several of whom are now in retirement (Greek Archbishop IAKOVOS, OCA Bishop MARK, Greek Bishop PHILOTHEOS, OCA Metropolitan THEODOSIUS) and several of whom are now deceased (Serbian Metropolitan IRINEJ, Greek Bishop PHILIP, Greek Metropolitan SILAS, Romanian Archbishop VICTORIN).
May God grant that the 10th anniversary of the Ligonier Conference be the impetus for a renewed interest in and commitment to Orthodox unity.
Read them here in HTML form:
A STATEMENT ON THE CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA which was signed by twenty-seven (27) of the twenty-eight (28) hierarchs present; and
A STATEMENT ON MISSION AND EVANGELISM which was signed by all twenty-eight (28) of the hierarchs present.
or in PDF form: