The joint Commission of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) and the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches in America has announced that the fourth annual Orthodox Prayer Service and Reception for the United Nations Community will take place at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 12, 2004 at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York, NY.
This year in the tradition of the Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch, the service’s theme will be that of overcoming violence in the world, suggested by the World Council of Churches’ program of the “Decade to Overcome Violence.”
Distinguished speakers of this year’s service will be Mr. Kaha Chitaia, Deputy Permanent Representative of Georgia to the United Nations, His Excellency Ambassador Teruneh Zenna, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the United Nations, and His Eminence Metropolitan Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Syrian Orthodox Archdiocese for the eastern United States, the event’s hosting prelate.
Members of the Metropolitan New York Area Eastern and Oriental Orthodox communities are encouraged to attend this annual prayer service. For more information, kindly contact the Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States at (201) 801-0660, or the SCOBA office at (212) 570-3593.