(AOB) - The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America held an official meeting at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan headquarters in New York on Tuesday, August 13. Under the chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, the Executive Committee made final preparations for the fourth general Assembly of Bishops meeting in September. The members of the Executive Committee also reviewed the process by which the Assembly would reach consensus, when required. An issue of such importance it can't be overstated. Getting this right will be a major requirement for the success of the committee. It is worth stating that this very issues is one of the primary impediments to holding the upcoming Great and Holy Council.
Participating in the meeting were: Archbishop Demetrios (Ecumenical Patriarchate); Metropolitan Philip (Patriarchate of Antioch, by phone); Archbishop Justinian (Patriarchate of Moscow); Bishop Longin (Patriarchate of Serbia, by phone); Archbishop Nicolae (Patriarchate of Romania); Metropolitan Joseph (Patriarchate of Bulgaria); Metropolitan Antony, Treasurer of the Assembly (Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA); and Bishop Basil, Secretary of the Assembly (Patriarchate of Antioch, by phone). Metropolitan Dimitri (Patriarchate of Georgia) was unable to participate.