Hierarch members of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas [SCOBA] will gather at the OCA Chancery here on Thursday, August 1, 2002, to honor His Beatitude, Metropolitan Theodosius, who retired on July 22 after 25 years of ministry as the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
Originally scheduled for earlier in the summer, the meeting had been postponed due to a number of scheduling conflicts.
“The summer has been a hectic one, with the Church-wide clergy-laity gatherings of the OCA, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese convening in different parts of the country over a four-week period,” says the Very Rev. John Matusiak, OCA Communications Director. “Not only will the SCOBA meeting provide an appropriate setting to honor Metropolitan Theodosius, but it will also provide an opportunity to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman, to meet and strengthen his relationship with the other SCOBA members.”
Among the guest hierarchs expected to attend the meeting is His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, who also serves as SCOBA President.
SCOBA, which maintains offices in New York City, coordinates the work of a number of pan-Orthodox efforts, including International Orthodox Christian Charities, the Orthodox Christian Mission Center, the Orthodox Christian Education Commission, and the recently revitalized campus-based Orthodox Christian Fellowship movement.