STATEMENT OF THE ASSEMBLY OF CANONICAL

ORTHODOX BISHOPS OF OCEANIA

ON ORGAN and TISSUE DONATION

Medical science has in recent years developed worldwide the practice of organ and tissue transplants in the human body.

This honourable effort of science is to replace tissue or organs that have deteriorated, through the offering of caring donors, such that the recipients of this ‘gift’ are able to live, whereas they previously had no hope whatsoever.

We are all called, therefore, to support the practice of such transplants, and to encourage one another to become donors, thereby greatly assisting our suffering fellow human beings, especially as it is possible that we may be recipients in the future, depending on circumstances. 

Read more: Organ and tissue donations

Episcopal Assembly 2014
Episcopal Assembly 2014

Communiqué

 

The members of the 4th Episcopal Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney on Monday 28th April, 2014, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Eminence Archbishop Paul (Antiochian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion (Russian Church - Australia & New Zealand); His Grace Bishop Irinej (Serbian Church); His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church); His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Ecumenical Patriarchate - New Zealand); His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Nikandros (Assistant Bishop) and His Grace Bishop Iakovos (Assistant Bishop).

Read more: Communiqué 2014

Text of the decision of the pre-conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference convened in Chambesy from June 6-13, 2009 that outlines the rules of operation of episcopal assemblies in the Orthodox diaspora

THE FOURTH PRE-CONCILIAR PAN-ORTHODOX CONFERENCE

THE ORTHODOX CENTER OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

CHAMBÉSY, 6-13 JUNE 2009

 

Read more: Rules of Operation

THE FOURTH PRE-CONCILIAR PAN-ORTHODOX CONFERENCE

THE ORTHODOX CENTER OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

CHAMBÉSY, 6-13 JUNE 2009

THE ORTHODOX DIASPORA

 

 

The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference was convened by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with the consensus of Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches expressed during their Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in October 2008. The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference met at the Orthodox Center of Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, from 6 to 13 June 2009 under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. 

 

This Conference, to which all of the most holy Orthodox Autocephalous Churches were invited and were represented, studied the issue of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora.

Read more: Decision - The Orthodox Diaspora

Communiqué

 

Of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference

 

(Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chambésy-Geneva,

June 6-12, 2009)

 

 

The 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference, convened by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with the mutual consent of Their Beatitudes, the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, as expressed during the Holy Synaxis held at the Phanar from October 10th to 12th, 2008, gathered at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva from June 6th to 12th, 2009.

Read more: Chambesy Communiqué

The members of the 3rd Episcopal Assembly of the canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed once again the opportunity to meet in Sydney from October 14-15, 2012, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

 

The Assembly commenced with prayer at the Central Offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Redfern.

Read more: 2012 Communiqué

The members of the 2nd Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed once again the opportunity to meet in Sydney from October 16-17, 2011, under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

 

The Assembly commenced with prayer at the central offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, Redfern.

Read more: 2011 Communiqué

The members of the First Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the opportunity to meet in Sydney from 16-18 October, 2010 under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. 

 

The Assembly commenced with a Divine Liturgy manifesting our essential eucharistic unity at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Redfern, Sydney. 

 

In accordance with the decisions of the pre-conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference convened in Chambésy, Switzerland from 6 - 13 June, 2009, the canonical Orthodox Bishops met in a brotherly spirit, and after lengthy and edifying discussion centered on issues of mutual concern, such as pastoral care, catechesis, liturgical life, reaffirmed the unity of all canonical Orthodox Churches. 

Read more: 2010 Communiqué

The Episcopal Conference of Germany acquired its statute

 

The newly-established Orthodox Episcopal Conference of Germany acquired on 13 November 2010 its official statute. The text of the charter was approved at a meeting held that day in Essen. The following day, the feast of the Holy Healers, the Orthodox Bishops of Germany served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Serbian Orthodox Church in Essen. On this occasion, the Serbian Orthodox Church brought out of their Diocesan Museum the relics of Saints Cosmas and Damian, which the believers venerated.

Read more: Other Episcopal Assemblies

STATEMENT OF THE EPISCOPAL ASSEMBLY OF OCEANIA

FOR THE SENATE STANDING COMMITTEE ON LEGAL 

AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS, CANBERRA

Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012

 

The Orthodox Christian position on marriage requires an adequate understanding of how the term ‘marriage’ is understood not only in our faith community, but also its broader societal implications.

Read more: Ethical Directives

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The web site of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America -- formerly known as the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America -- made its debut on Friday, December 17, 2010. It may be accessed at http://assemblyofbishops.org/. 

 

In addition to information on the Assembly's history, establishment, and current activities, the site provides comprehensive lists of all member Churches and hierarchs; a wealth of informative documents, statements, and addresses highlighting its inaugural meeting; directories of Assembly agencies, endorsed organizations, commissions, consultations, and committees; a soon-to-be expanded directory of parishes and institutions; and a wealth of other information and resources.

Read more: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America web site makes its debut