Oriental Orthodox Leaders Meet at St. Nersess Seminary

St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY, hosted the latest meeting of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches on Monday, September 20. Leaders of America’s Oriental Orthodox churches gathered for prayer, fellowship, and discussion of issues of common interest to these ancient Christian traditions.

The gathering began with an Armenian matins service in the seminary’s St. James of Nisibis Chapel, after which the hierarchs and clergy met formally in the library, under the chairmanship of conference president Bishop David, of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Items on the agenda included the status of a pastoral agreement with the Greek Orthodox Church, the upcoming Oriental Orthodox-Roman Catholic Consultation, and a discussion of ministering to young adults and encouraging marriage within the Oriental Orthodox tradition. Bishop Daniel opened the floor to sharing how the sister churches have responded to the new wave of COVID-19.

Having adjourned the proceedings, the clergy broke bread together in the seminary refectory. The next Standing Conference gathering will be hosted by the Coptic Orthodox Church in February 2022. Click here to view photos.

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