Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas

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The '''Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas''' (SCOBA) is an organization founded in 1960 under the leadership of Archbishop [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America]] and designed to help cooperation among the several Orthodox Christian [[jurisdiction]]s to be found in the Americas.  It acts as a clearinghouse for educational, charitable, and missionary work in the Americas.  Its member hierarchs meet semi-annually for discussion and decisions on inter-Orthodox and ecumenical matters, to review the work of its commissions and dialogues, and to plan future events.
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==Profile==
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The members of SCOBA are represented by [[archbishop]]s, [[metropolitan]]s, and [[bishop]]s of the [[Orthodox Church]]es in North and South America that are in communion with the four ancient Orthodox [[Patriarchate]]s of [[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]], [[Church of Antioch|Antioch]], [[Church of Alexandria|Alexandria]], and [[Church of Jerusalem|Jerusalem]], and those that are in communion with them.  A number of the member jurisdictions are canonically subject to the [[Church of Constantinople]].  Not all jurisdictions on American soil which are in communion with these patriarchates are also members of SCOBA (e.g., the churches in the US belonging to the [[Church of Jerusalem]] or the [[Church of Russia]]).
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In November of 1994, at the famous [[Ligonier Meeting]] at the [[Antiochian Village]] in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, the hierarchs of SCOBA voted together in terms of forming an Orthodox Church of America, a single [[holy synod]] and church administration for all Orthodox Christians living in America, declaring themselves no longer to be a [[diaspora]] but rather a missionary church.  The outcome of that meeting has yet to come to fruition.
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==Members==
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*[[Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America]]
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*[[American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese]]
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*[[Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America]]
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*[[Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia]]
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*[[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]]
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*[[Orthodox Church in America]]
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*[[Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America and Canada]]
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*[[Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada]]
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*[[Ukrainian Orthodox Church in the USA]]
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==Current Officers==
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*Archbishop [[Demetrios (Trakatellis) of America|Demetrios (Trakatellis)]], Chair
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*Metropolitan [[Philip (Saliba) of New York|Philip (Saliba)]], Vice-Chair
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*Metropolitan [[Christopher (Kovacevich) of Midwestern America|Christopher (Kovacevich)]], Secretary
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*Metropolitan [[Nicholas (Smisko) of Amissos|Nicholas (Smisko)]], Treasurer
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== Staff ==
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*Bishop Dimitrios, General Secretary
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== Agencies ==
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*[[Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting]] (EOCS)
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*[[International Orthodox Christian Charities]] (IOCC)
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*[[Orthodox Christian Education Commission]] (OCEC)
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*[[Orthodox Christian Fellowship]] (OCF)
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*[[Orthodox Christian Mission Center]] (OCMC)
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*[[Orthodox Christian Network]] (OCN)
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*[[Orthodox Information Technologies Commission]] (OITC)
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*[[Orthodox Research Commission]] (ORC)
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.scoba.us/ Official SCOBA website]
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*[http://www.ocl.org/Ligonier%20revisited.htm Ligonier revisited]
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*[http://www.schmemann.org/byhim/episcopatus.html On the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas] - by Protopresbyter [[Alexander Schmemann]]
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[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
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[[Category:Organizations]]
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[[fr:Conférence permanente des Évêques orthodoxes canoniques des Amériques]]
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