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PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release

September 16, 1997

Three Orthodox Hierarchs Discuss Church Issues

Archbishop Spyridon met with Metropolitan Philip of the Antiochian Orthodox Church and Metropolitan Theodosius of the Orthodox Church in America at a noon luncheon on Sept. 15 for a dialogue on the current situation facing Orthodoxy in America.

The meeting took place in a constructive spirit of brotherhood at the Antiochian Orthodox Center in Englewood, N.J.

The topics discussed included the upcoming visit of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Orthodox theological education in the United States, and common Orthodox interests and activities surrounding the approaching millennium.

Another area of concern for the three church leaders centered on the future role of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America (SCOBA), particularly as based on the established Pan-Orthodox working relationship found throughout the world.

During this discussion, particular emphasis was given on injecting new life into SCOBA as a valuable instrument for promoting Orthodox cooperation and co-existence. The hierarchs expressed their will to direct new energy and activity into this inter-Orthodox body.

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