The Lifeline of The Orthodox Church in America
An Introduction to the synopsis of the Sobors and Councils
In the 20th century, the most crucial decisions affecting the life of what is today the Orthodox Church in America have been made in council and many significant developments have evolved through the All-American Councils.
Hence, the All-American Councils, at which representatives of the entire territorial Church gather together for deliberation, legislation, elections and fellowship in prayer, have been the lifeline of the Church and have marked some of the most important historical transitions in the American Church's growth.
Over the years, the All-American Council has become, according to the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, "the highest legislative and administrative authority within the Church."
In reflecting on the Church's path in the 20th century, and looking forward to the future in the 21st century, it is useful to contemplate the history of the twenty-five All-American Councils, which mirror the very image of the Church's historical path and may even hold the key to future developments in church life.
Director - OCA Office of History and Archives