Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia

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==Membership-related Events==
 
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===Regarding the [[Diocese of Australia and New Zealand (ROCOR)|Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]===
 
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Because of tensions created by the rise in ecumenism, ROCOR chose to withdraw from membership in SCCOCA<!-- in 19xx -->.
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===Regarding the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]===
 
===Regarding the [[Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand]]===

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The Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Churches in Australia (SCCOCA) was an organisation founded in 1979 under the leadership of Greek Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) of Australia and intended to help cooperation among the Orthodox jurisdictions in Australia, under the permanent chairmanship of the representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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Founding members

Membership-related Events

Regarding the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, ROCOR chose to withdraw from membership in SCCOCA because of tensions created by the rise in ecumenism .

Regarding the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand

According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, the acceptance of schismatic Romanian communities run by defrocked priests has forced SCCOCA to exclude the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand from membership until said actions are reversed.citation needed

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand says SCCOCA is dead having been totally inactive from 1999 to 2006. Since SCCOCA is dead, its former chairman cannot pretend to exclude any jurisdiction from membership.

Current Events

The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese considers SCCOCA dead, having been totally inactive from 1999 until March 2006.

According to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, SCCOCA member churches concelebrate on the Vespers of Orthodoxy and Thomas Sunday.

In March 2006, Vespers of the Sunday of Orthodoxy was celebrated at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Marrickville with Archbishop Stylianos of the Greek Orthodox Church, the Bishop Milutin of the Serbian Orthodox Church, as well as representative clergy from the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Partriarchate) and the Romanian Orthodox Church. In total about 35 clergy were present surrounded by about 500 faithful. The event was powerful, sombre and moving as each of the jurisdictions read the testimony from the 7th Ecumenical council in their respective languages as well as English. The ceremony ended with exchanges of words of love and solidarity by the bishops.

See also

External link

  • History of SCCOCA from the website of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand
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