Resolution on Administrative Unity

[In re: my post yesterday. NOTE: Referenced photo, signatories and comments follow the text at the link below.]

Posted by from Bishop BASIL on 2/21/2006, 5:02 am
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+The St Raphael Clergy Brotherhood
of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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Dear to Christ, Fathers and Brothers:

Blessings once again on this feast of St Blaise.

Below you will find (1.) a group photo of our guest speaker His Eminence ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL with the members of our Diocesan Clergy Brotherhood who attended our 2006 Retreat this past week at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, KS, and (2.) the text of the Resolution on Administrative Unity which was sponsored by our Diocesan Council of Presbyters and approved by acclamation by our Clergy Brotherhood.

I am very pleased to inform you that this morning I received a telephone call from my brother in Christ, His Grace BISHOP JOSEPH of Los Angeles and the Diocese of the West, who informed me that he and his Diocesan Council of Presbyters and Clergy Brotherhood also unanimously endorsed this resolution during their annual Clergy Brotherhood Seminar which was held concurrently with our Clergy Brotherhood Retreat last week. This Resolution will now be sent to His Grace BISHOP MARK of Toledo and the Diocese of the Midwest for consideration by his Diocesan Council of Presbyters and Clergy Brotherhood during their Retreat, February 21st-24th. This means that by the end of this month, should it be blessed by God, this Resolution will be sent to METROPOLITAN PHILIP and the other members of our Archdiocesan Synod of Bishops accompanied by the names of the Diocesan Bishops and several hundreds of priests and deacons — all members of formally established Diocesan Clergy Brotherhoods — who have endorsed it.

Your prayers.

+ B A S I L
Bishop of Wichita and Mid-America
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

The Saint Raphael Clergy Brotherhood
of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America
Annual Clergy Retreat and Assembly of the Brotherhood
February 7-10, 2006.

RESOLUTION ON ADMINISTRATIVE UNITY

Whereas:

We, the St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, on behalf of the flock of Jesus Christ, entrusted to us by His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP, and from him through His Grace, Bishop BASIL, acknowledge and deplore the adverse condition of administrative disunity in the life of the Orthodox Church in North America;

And we further express our fervent desire for full, canonical unity of administration so that we, together with all our Orthodox brethren on this continent, may fulfill the apostolic, holy, and catholic witness of the One Church:

Be it therefore RESOLVED,

1.) We endorse with conviction Metropolitan PHILIP’s challenge to the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), made at the 2005 Archdiocesan Convention in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, wherein he stated, “For the past thirty-nine years of my episcopate, I have condemned the uncanonical and unorthodox chaos which exists in the Americas, against all Orthodox principles. I am challenging all members of SCOBA to put on the agenda of our next meeting [in Chicago during October 2006], the question of Orthodox Unity in North America, and we will see who wants to end this uncanonical chaos, and who does not;”

2.) We also ask our brethren of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Los Angeles and the West to join us in this endorsement;

3.) We further ask our brethren of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Diocese of Toledo and the Mid-West to join us in this endorsement;

4.) And finally, we stand with His Eminence, Metropolitan PHILIP as he reaffirms his call to the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas that the Conference (SCOBA) will commit itself to the role of leadership in bringing administrative unity to the Church in North America.

Endorsed by acclamation by the Diocesan Clergy Brotherhood of Wichita and Mid-America:

+ BASIL, Bishop of Wichita and the Diocese of Mid-America

[From here.]

3 thoughts on “Resolution on Administrative Unity

  1. I also am glad to hear of this call for continued efforts towards unity.

    In my neck of the woods, Orthodox are reasonably well unified de facto, with priests from OCA and Greek parishes filling in for the Antiochian priest is away from his parish on business or ill. Obviously things are more difficult with other jurisdictions, but kind and friendly relations are maintained.

    Moreover, the priests in the area regularly meet together and consult and there appears to be a happy flow of people visiting other parishes from time to time. However, it is difficult to have truly complete unity when each priest must nevertheless answer to a different bishop, despite living in the same metropolitan area.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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