Friday, July 15, 2022

To my great surprise, game of 2-for-flinching enters 2nd round

NEW YORK (GOARCH) – In a spirit of the careful responsibility for the preservation of Orthodox Christian unity in the United States of America, the episcopal ordination of His Grace Bishop-Elect Alexander of Nicopolis has been postponed until a consensus has been reached. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America is committed to engaging in an open dialogue of brotherly love and understanding with the other heads of jurisdictions of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the U.S.A., while at the same time determined to prioritize constructive partnership and cooperation.   

The Assembly of Bishops is a unique venue where all the Orthodox Christian jurisdictions participate in the building of Christ’s Body in America through dialogue, joint program development, and concelebration. As Saint Paul proclaimed: “You were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.” (Ephesians 4:4-6) 


  1. Here in America, the GOA inner circle perhaps realized that this had become symbolic and to keep their position at the head of the table of "conciliarity" they needed to change course. It's not that their thought/spirit has fundamentally changed, or that post-Empire-jurisdictional "conciliarity" has suddenly become more substantial.

    Probably even more important, the gay baptism and the reaction in Greece caught the attention of EP Bartholomew and the inner circle over there, and the EP (as institution) is freezing in place for a bit to access the map as it were.

    All speculation of course. None of it really matters much, because the "Assembly of Bishops" does not matter for anything other than the status quo.

    For us here in America, what happens within at the Methodist General Conference (to name just one example) might be more practically relevant to the spiritual lives of the faithful (in a myriad of ways) than our structures...