The Ligonier Meeting
was a meeting of twenty-eight Orthodox Christian hierarchs
in North America, specifically those affiliated with SCOBA
, held November 30
to December 2
, 1994, at the Antiochian Village
in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. The bishops met together (many for the first time), held multiple sessions and presentations, and issued two statements, specifically on evangelism and on the notion of American Orthodox Christians being a "diaspora
It was not strictly a council or synod per se, but it had many of the characteristics of a synod, particularly the conciliarity or sobornost which results in the meeting of the Church's bishops together in collegiality, referring to itself as an "episcopal assembly." The conference was presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America, then primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and SCOBA chairman.
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