New York, October 13, 2020
The Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America met in an extraordinary teleconference session yesterday, convened by Abp. Elpidophoros to evaluate the decisions made by the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople last Thursday.
As OrthoChristian reported yesterday, Abp. Elpidophoros personally praised Constantinople’s decision to suspend the GOA’s charter until a new one can be drafted, saying: “We have just received a wonderful opportunity to rebuild the Church in America from the ground up… I consider this decision to be divinely inspired and auspicious.”
The Synod echoed the Archbishop’s personal statement, resolving to express its “gratitude to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Holy and Sacred Synod for the opportunity provided to the Archdiocese of America to draft a new charter … in view of the completion of the first hundred years of its life in 2022,” reports Romfea.
The GOA Synod will commission a committee composed of representatives of the hierarchy, clergy, and laity to develop ideas for a new charter, and another to participate in the joint committee that will be established by the Patriarchate of Constantinople to convey the ideas of the first committee.
The Eparchial Synod also expressed its approval of the Archdiocesan press release stating that the Church’s administrative bodies will continue to operate as before until a new charter comes into effect.
The upcoming sessions of the Archdiocesan Council will be dedicated to formulating a vision for the new charter.
The Eparchial Synod also promises to ensure a dignified living for Met. Evangelos of New Jersey who Constantinople suddenly transferred to the Diocese of Sardis after 17 years of service in the GOA.
The GOA hierarchs also appointed a chancellor and the Metropolitan Council for the Metropolis of New Jersey.
As OrthoChristian reported yesterday, Constantinople’s decisions to suspend the charter, suspend Met. Methodios of Boston until Christmas, and to transfer Met. Evangelos have proven quite controversial throughout the GOA.