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March 2012 Unity Update

Orthodox unity in North America is progressing at a feverish pace.
Clearly the Assembly of Bishops are marching in unison to fulfill this dream. Clearly “OUR” Bishops are in support and are working to bring this to reality. They are all committee members of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.

Follow the text on this page to find the links that should be review on this subject.

Below is a brief excerpt from the complete year in review. 
Note the “iv)”  below.
They already have a plan how North America will be divided and who will be the Bishop/Metropolitan/etc. over the new planned Diocese, per His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah in the link below.

At the end of the day, we SERBS will be assimilated into the “Great American Melting Pot”.  When our churches cease to report to the “Mother Church” and the Bishops are taking their marching orders from the “World Patriarch”. Will the “Bishop” that our priest reports to even know what a “Slava” is?  How will we Serbs and our children learn about Sv Sava?  The Sunday Schools according to the “Constitution” are not under the authority of the Church School Board but rather report through the Parish Priest and are under the direct control of the Diocesan Education Committee with the Bishop as the head. As such under the new structure, the Diocesan Education Committee will not even be headed by a Serbian Bishop. This will be a made in America, education. One only needs to look to the American education system to see how much our children are thought about anything that is NOT American. If in doubt, look at how they have negated  Nikola Tesla’s work, to the point that they give credit to Edison for his work and place in history.

We urge you to take the time to review the links below and form your own opinion where all this is headed.

Not everyone feels that this is the best thing to do, Catholicos Patriarch of Georgia Ilia the Second expressed his concern to Patriarch, Bartlomeos I directly in their meeting.  The following is taken from “Ilia the Second - It’s Very Dangerous to Summon World Orthodox Meeting” Patriarch said that world patriarch's proposal is that all the temples without a mother church must belong to the world patriarch.

"We told him that the temple must belong to the mother church of the country if the congregation wishes, and if the congregation want this temple to belong to the world Patriarch, then mother church will not be against this", Ilia the Second said, adding that a lot of issues are to be solved and it's very dangerous to summon an orthodox meeting. He voiced hope that all the issues will be solved, but he also said it would take time.

See the full article:  http://www.geotimes.ge/index.php?m=home&newsid=26083 and http://www.ocl.org/node/245

Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America: Year in Review

The Assembly is comprised of all the active, canonical Orthodox bishops of North and Central America of every jurisdiction. Its purpose is “to preserve and contribute to the unity of the Orthodox Church by helping to further her spiritual, theological, ecclesiological, canonical, educational, missionary and philanthropic aims.
” To accomplish this, the Assembly has as its goals:
i) the promotion and accomplishment of Church unity in North and Central America;
ii) the strengthening of the common pastoral ministry to all the Orthodox faithful of this region; and
iii) a common witness by the Church to all those outside her.
In addition, the Assembly has as an express goal:
iv) the organization of the Church in North and Central America in accordance with the ecclesiological and the canonical tradition of the Orthodox Church.

His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah explains the vision of the Bishops.
In March 2012, His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah spoke at Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Linthicum, MD on the topic of Orthodox unity in America.
The key message starts @ 10 Minute mark

His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah clearly explains the process already in progress. One Church with one voice…..joint stewardship to create a united Orthodox Church. He even goes to explain  that these would be Archdiocese that would be responsible for all the church which would eventually report to the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

The study just released the Assembly of Canonical Bishops

The Serbian Churches account for 68,000 of the Orthodox in United States. That’s 8.5%.
In the United States nationwide and for all jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops combined, the total number of persons (including children) participating in the life of the Orthodox Church is 797,600. The majority of US Orthodox parishes and most American Orthodox jurisdictions can be described as predominantly “English speaking.”
Strength of Ethnic Identity
49% - of all US Orthodox parishes agreed with the statement “Our parish has a strong ethnic heritage that we are trying to preserve.”
Strength of Ethnic Identity in the Parishes of Various Orthodox Jurisdictions: - 82 % for Serbian Churches
Index of Strength of Ethnic Culture: from 0 (no ethnic culture) to 10 (very strong ethnic culture) Serbs were 6.7 only the Romanians had a higher factor.
Assimilation into the great American melting pot. How will the Serbian maintain their Serbian identity in the face of this demographic study?

Serving the Serbian Orthodox community in the Americas