Assembly of Bishops News

Assembly of Bishops Releases Guidelines and Considerations for Safer Orthodox Church Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

As parishes open their doors, and faithful around the country return to church, the Assembly of Bishops' COVID-19 Task Force - comprised of priests, public health professionals, risk management experts, and lawyers - has produced updated Guidelines and Considerations for Safer Orthodox Church Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read More ...

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA Continues to Minister to the Incarcerated through Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry During Covid-19

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Despite the unprecedented challenges caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry (OCPM), an agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA, has maintained its ministerial connection to Orthodox men and women in jails and prisons across the United States. Read More ...

Assembly of Bishops’ Executive Committee Calls All to Prayer for Justice and Peace during Nationwide Civil Unrest

Monday, June 1, 2020

We stand in unequivocal solidarity and peaceful protest with all those who condemn racism and inequality, which betray the spirit of democracy in our nation, i.e. “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”. At the same time, we denounce all expressions of violence and revenge, including those despoiling and detractin Read More ...

Assembly of Bishops’ Mental Health Task Force Premiers Mini Series

Friday, May 29, 2020

The Assembly of Bishops’ Mental Health Task Force presents a 6-episode miniseries on Mental Health and Orthodox Christianity. Check out the flyer below for more details! Read More ...

Learn About the Assembly of Bishops Live on Ancient Faith Radio

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Tune in to a live interview with the current Secretary, Metropolitan Gregory, the initial Secretary, Mary Arey, and the Director of Operations, Nicholas Anton, to learn about the past, present, and future of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. Read More ...

Leadership of Assembly of Bishops Appeals for Equitable Treatment of Religion in Reopening of States

Friday, May 22, 2020

Today, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America met via video conference and determined that a direct appeal to several Governors be made to insist on the equitable treatment of religion in the reopening of certain States. Read More ...

A Nationwide Approach of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA for the Staged Reopening of Churches during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

We have heard the pained cry of the Faithful who, although faithful in their devotion, as witnessed by virtual participation in broadcast services and their continuing stewardship support of the Church, have felt an intense separation from Holy Eucharist and their Communities. Read More ...

A Video Compilation of Pascha (Easter) from Home During the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

During a painful time of forced separation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Orthodox Christians united as the one Body of Christ worshiping from home. This short compilation highlights creative ways the faithful celebrated Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) in 2020! Read More ...

How are you worshiping at home? A call for videos!

Thursday, April 16, 2020

We want to see how YOU are celebrating Holy Week at home! DM or email (communications@assemblyofbishops.org) a 15 second video of you and your loved ones worshiping from home ... don't forget to proclaim "Christ is Risen" in a language of your choice! Your video could make a montage we'll release during Bright Week Read More ...

ACOB-USA Releases a Video Message of Solidarity During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Friday, April 10, 2020

Unable to gather in person for Holy Week, the heads of jurisdictions joined together to send you a message of solidarity from their homes to yours! Read More ...

Statement of the ACOB-USA Executive Committee Concerning Holy Week and Pascha (Easter)

Friday, April 3, 2020

After consultation with public health officials, law enforcement, theologians, and pastoral care professionals, we, members of the Executive Committee, have reached a consensus concerning Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Pascha (Easter) and strongly encourage all Bishops of the Assembly to implement the following recommendations Read More ...

Assembly of Bishops USA Announces COVID-19 Resource Center for Orthodox Christians

Friday, March 27, 2020

The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the USA announces a resource center for clergy and faithful during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More ...

Statement to the Faithful On Church Attendance and Best Practices during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Responding to the rapid spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and as your Bishops and Spiritual Fathers, we must be very clear and emphatic about one thing: it is not a sin to refrain from church services or sacraments during this time of pandemic. Read More ...

Assembly of Bishops Executive Committee Appoints New Committee Chairs and Director of Operations

Thursday, March 5, 2020

During their February 27th meeting, the Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops USA (ACOB) appointed Metropolitan Tikhon as Chair of the Committee for Monastic Communities and Archbishop Benjamin as Chair of the Committee for Liturgy. Additionally, the Executive Committee appointed Nicholas Anton as ACOB’s first Directo Read More ...

Encyclical for the Sunday of Orthodoxy

Thursday, March 5, 2020

While we process with the icons in our churches, our celebration should not be merely a remembrance of a past event with significance only for those who inherited it as a cultural tradition. We must remember that the valiant martyrs and confessors that struggled in defense of the icons did not do so to defend an esoteric theological formula but to Read More ...

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