Standing Conference of Orthodox Bishops in America

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The Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) has been an Eastern Orthodox organization designed to help cooperation among the canonical Orthodox Christian jurisdictions to be found in the Americas. It has acted as a clearinghouse for educational, charitable, and missionary work in the Americas.

The members of SCOBA have been the archbishops, metropolitan bishops, and bishops of the Orthodox Churches in North and South America that are in communion with the four ancient Greek Orthodox Patriarchates of Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), Antioch (now in Damascus, Syria), Alexandria (Egypt), Jerusalem and the Patriarchate of Moscow and those that are in communion with them.

As of June, 2010, the existence of SCOBA is in transition. At the first meeting of the Episcopal Assembly of North and Central America, May 26-28, 2010, the SCOBA members present voted to dissolve the organization and permit the Assembly to supersede it and assume all its functions, agencies and ministries.



The main agencies of SCOBA along with their dates of establishment are

  • The Orthodox Christian Education Commission (OCEC), 1960 [1]
  • The Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting (EOCS), 1960 [2]
  • The Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) 1965, 2001 [3]
  • International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), 1992
  • The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC), 1994 [4]
  • The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN), 2003 [5]

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • SCOBA members
  • Orthodox Church in America
  • Albanian Diocese affiliated with the Ecumenical Patriarchate
  • criticism of SCOBA
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