You folks are nearly correct concerning the Nasrani-Nestorian Church of the East a.k.a. Nazaraean Orthodox Church of Jerusalem. I was once a member and clergy within this splinter jurisdiction of the Assyrian Orthodox Church of the East. This Church separated from the Catholicosate of the East (Baghdad) after H.H. Catholicos-Patriarch +Mar Binyamin Shimun was martyred in 191 in Kurdistan.
They were members of the Mar Thoma Nasranis in Kerala & Tamil Nadu...as well as in Ceylon, Goa and Burma. They have now, under the present leadership fallen completely into heresy and no longer reflect Nazaraean Orthodoxy..whether Assyrian or Thomasine. Their American Clergy are in Camden, Tn, New Hampshire, Beaverton, Oregon and in Brazil. They now number in the Western Hemisphere less than 1000 souls, praise God! They're Catholicos "Malakosois Isagelos Chazak Yaza a.k.a. Mar Michai" has fled to his Family in Eretz Y'srael.
I and my Church severed all ties to them November 15, 2005 due to their heresies and innovations...not to mention their leadership's membership in Gnostic, Theosophic and Universalist Societies and groups. Nettara was and remains a hoax. I have exposed this from within, and I am the reason that they have sought to erase their past and prior web sites clean of all that existed prior to my departure. I was an Orthodox Nasrani seminarian when I found this jurisdiction and joined some years back. I went into Holy Orders and eventually became bishop of the US Pacific Northwest, and was a counsellor to Michai. Then I began to see that there was heterodoxy and heteropraxy within the American Church and I believe in the rest of the Church which exists in small parishes in India, Syria, Israel and South America. Their Leader informed me he was Shemishqo i.e. Desposyni and descendant of Mar Yakov ha'Tzaddiq (i.e. St. James the Just...Messiah's step brother by Joseph the Carpenter). Then came Papal like canons, Universalist beliefs, Judaizing of non Hebrew Natzari (Gentile Nasranis). My own Archdeacon fell into such heresy and so I removed him from office and denounced the church as an Apostate Sect and Promulgator of Deceits and stealing the grand history of the Church of the East as if it were there own...yet they no longer continue as Mar Thoma Nasranis of Assyrian heritage.
I have gone on-line to expose them and now they circle their feeble wagons and create a new facade for themselves...I am ashamed and have asked Mar-Yah's forgiveness for ever joining or becoming a member of this Montanists like sect of Oriental & American misfits. I know all the well known players in the USA and overseas.
If you'd like all the datum just email me and I'll give you my Yahoo forum addresses so you can see all the old htmls, documents, map of Nettara and other documents they failed to expunge before I saved them all. I now have my small Mission here in McMinnville, Oregon and oversee a few refugee Parishes in Lisbon, Portugal. We call ourselves the Nazaraean Orthodox Church-Qehal d'Natzari Shamrani (USA) & the Independent Iberian Orthodox Church (Portugal). What has happened to the Anglican Communion has begun to happen in this Jurisdiction.....a schism between we few Orthodox and the rest who have fallen asleep in the Light under the spelll of False shepherds.
Our Faith is very close to Eastern Orthodoxy and our Practices akin to the Assyrians and Mar Thoma Nasranis from which we are derived. We retain the same essential Faith, Rites, Orders and Practices...yet we do have our particulars such as Sabbath Observances as well as Sunday Observances. We use unleavened Bread (Motzah) on Shabbat and High Holy Days, but on Resurrection Day and other Sundays we use Leavened Bread as our other Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Brethren do. We have Mebaqqar'im (bishops), Zeqan'im (Priests) and Shamash'im (Deacons)...and all my marry before ordination. We have celibates, Monks, Nuns etc. In the West we use Icons etc, but in the East many still refrain from doing so so as not to give wrong impressions to Muslims and Hindus.
My Liturgy is now in English and is Westernized..as that is who I evangelize. I tend to use Eastern Orthodox language theologically, and unlike others, My Canon of the Tanakh (O.T.) and the Brit Chadashah (N.T.) is the Koine Greek LXX and Byzantine Text NT. Our Canon is the same as in Eastern Orthodoxy, with the exception that we do accept the Didache, the Book of Enoch and Jubilees. Our Calendar is the Jubilee or old Assyrian type.
We seek Unity in Essential Dogmas, Liberty in Ritual non-essentials and Charity in all things. I am glad to have stumbled upon this forum. I thank you for your time. And please remember, that not all Natzari (i.e. Nasranis) are cultists and apostates like these Yazaeans (i.e. followers of Chazak Yaza). I pray one day the Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldaeans and Mar Thoma Nasranis of the Orient shall re-united on this basis so that we may be one as He is One. Maran Y'shua Ha'Meshikha Atta!
May Mar-Yah bless and keep you all.
H.G. +Mar Kenat'el W. Huffman (email@example.com
Mar Timotheos Mission of Oregon
Qehal d'Natzari Shamrani
Nazaraean Orthodox Church (USA) & Independent Iberian Orthodox Church (Portugal)
In Communion with the Western Rite Orthodox Church (USA).