The Department of Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Faith Relations represents the Antiochian Archdiocese in ecumenical activities both within the Orthodox Church and with other Christian churches. Orthodox participation in ecumenical dialogue with other Christian churches is motivated by Christ’s call to love the whole of humanity, to witness to Orthodoxy everywhere, and to listen to and learn from others, acknowledging what is good and positive wherever it exists. With this said, Orthodox participants in ecumenical dialogue believe that the imperative to participate in ecumenism is always checked by the belief that true Christian unity cannot be achieved on the basis of a common minimalism. Thus, our beliefs and practice cannot be changed or be reduced to accommodate notions of unity that are not grounded in the fullness of the Orthodox faith.
The Antiochian Archdiocese participates in inter-Orthodox activities and the ecumenical movement in the following areas: 1) The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America; 2) Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT); 3) Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation; 4) Orthodox-Lutheran Theological Consultation.
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
51st General Convention—Houston, Texas, July 21-28, 2013
Christian Churches Together in the USA: Very Rev. Olof H. Scott
Our archdiocese continues in its participation as a member of Christian Churches Together in the U.S.A. (CCT). CCT is a coalition of five Church Families, Historic Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Evangelical/Pentecostal, and Historic Black along with Christian service organizations. The Orthodox representation in this organization continues to be the same six Orthodox jurisdictions, three Eastern (Antiochian, Greek, OCA) and three Oriental (Armenian, Coptic, Syrian). All proclamations and statements issued by CCT are the result of consensus by the member bodies.
Fr. Olof Scott serves on the Steering Committee which is charged with the planning and work of CCT in between annual meetings. He is currently one of three Orthodox members, one Eastern and two Oriental, on this committee.