Journeying Together in Faith
"The Spirit of Truth will Guide You"
Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambésy, January, 21-28, 2016
A Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church has been scheduled for 2016. In March of 2014, the leaders of all the autocephalous (independent) Orthodox Churches met in Constantinople (Istanbul), the sacred see of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which historically (since at least the fifth century) coordinates such assemblies, facilitating unity while serving as a center of appeal among these churches. Arguably the foremost decision unanimously agreed upon at that assembly of church heads was the convocation of a Great Council in 2016.
The council of 2016, which has been on the table for discussion and preparation since at least 1961 (although there were earlier proposals for such a council in the 1920s and 1930s), will gather representatives from all fourteen independent Orthodox Churches. The Great Council will be attended by patriarchs, archbishops, and bishops from the fourteen autocephalous Orthodox Churches, including those from all of the ancient patriarchates, with the exception of Rome.
Organization and Working Procedure of the Holy and Great Council
of the Orthodox Church
Chambésy, January 24, 2016
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