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ozgeorge:
We've set this topic as a "sticky" for the purpose outlined by ozgeorge in this post: for official documents from Chambesy, and the various Regional Episcopal Assemblies, except the North American Episcopal Assembly, which has its own "official documents" sticky thread.

Thank you all for your cooperation.

- Fr. George, Global Moderator

I thought it might be good to start a thread where we can post the official documents of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference at Chambesy and of the Regional Episcopal Assemblies which came out of it as a reference. Commentary should be posted in other threads rather than this one so as to keep the source documents easily referenced.

ozgeorge:
Chambesy Communique

Communiqué

Of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference

(Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Chambésy-Geneva, June 6-12, 2009)



    The 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference, convened by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with the mutual consent of Their Beatitudes, the Primates of the local Orthodox Churches, as expressed during the Holy Synaxis held at the Phanar from October 10th to 12th, 2008, gathered at the Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy-Geneva from June 6th to 12th, 2009.

    The proceedings of the Conference, which began with a Panorthodox Divine Liturgy on the Feast of Pentecost, were chaired by His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, representative of the Ecumenical Patriarch, with the assistance of the Secretary for the preparation of the Holy and Great Council, His Eminence Metropolitan Jeremiah of Switzerland. The proceedings were attended by representatives of all Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, at the invitation of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew.

    The Primates of the local Orthodox Churches conveyed greetings to the participants of the Conference through messages or else through their representatives. The members of the Conference sent telegrams to all the Primates of the local Churches, requesting their prayers and blessings for their impending task.

    The theme of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference was, in accordance with the will of the Primates and the representatives of the local Orthodox Churches, as expressed in the Message of their Holy Synaxis at the Phanar (October, 2008), the discussion of the subject of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora. The relevant decision regarding the agenda was agreed upon by the Conference at the opening of its proceedings.

    The Conference examined the texts prepared by the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Committee in its conferences at Chambésy, namely: a) from November 10-17, 1990; and b) from November 7-13, 1993; as well as the document of the Conference of Canon Lawyers held in Chambésy from April 9th to 14th, 1995. These texts, together with the relevant clarifications, supplements, corrections and additions, were unanimously agreed upon.

    The Conference expressed the common desire of all Orthodox Churches for a solution to the problem of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora, in accordance with the ecclesiology, canonical tradition and practice of the Orthodox Church. The Conference decided to establish new Bishops Assemblies in certain regions throughout the world in order to resolve the problem of the Diaspora, namely for the Orthodox faithful that have settled outside the traditional boundaries of the local Orthodox Churches. The Presidents of these Assemblies are the primate hierarchs of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in that region or, in their absence, the next in order of the Church Diptychs.

    The members of these Assemblies include all those recognized by all Orthodox Churches as canonical bishops, who shepherd the existing communities in each region. The mission of the Bishops Assemblies is the proclamation and promotion of the unity of the Orthodox Church, the common pastoral ministry to the Orthodox faithful of the region, as well as their common witness to the world. The decisions of the Bishops Assemblies are made on the basis of the principle of unanimity of the Churches, which are represented therein by bishops.

    The Conference also approved – by means of clarifications, corrections and additions – the draft Regulation of how the Bishops Assemblies would function, whereby the fundamental principles of organization and operation.

    The remaining issues of the Holy and Great Council, namely the manner of proclamation of Autocephaly and Autonomy, as well as the order of the Diptychs, will be examined in the following Conferences of Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Committees and will be submitted to the next Pre-Conciliar Panorthodox Conference for approval.

In Chambésy-Geneva, June 12, 2009
The President of the Conference
Metropolitan John of Pergamon

http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/documents/chambesy/communique

ozgeorge:
Decision

THE FOURTH PRE-CONCILIAR PAN-ORTHODOX CONFERENCE

THE ORTHODOX CENTER OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE

CHAMBÉSY, 6-13 JUNE 2009


THE ORTHODOX DIASPORA

Decision

 

The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference was convened by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, with the consensus of Their Beatitudes the Primates of the Most Holy Orthodox Churches expressed during their Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in October 2008. The Fourth Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference met at the Orthodox Center of Ecumenical Patriarchate in Chambésy, from 6 to 13 June 2009 under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan John of Pergamon, representative of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

This Conference, to which all of the most holy Orthodox Autocephalous Churches were invited and were represented, studied the issue of the canonical organization of the Orthodox Diaspora. Pursuant to article 16 of the Rules of Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conferences, this Conference discussed the relevant documents submitted in 1990 and 1993 by the Inter-Orthodox Preparatory Commission, amending and approving them as follows:

1. a) It is affirmed that is the common will of all of the most holy Orthodox Churches that the problem of the Orthodox Diaspora be resolved as quickly as possible, and that it be organized in accordance with Orthodox ecclesiology, and the canonical tradition and practice of the Orthodox Church.

    b) Likewise, it is affirmed that during the present phase it is not possible, for historical and pastoral reasons, for an immediate transition to the strictly canonical order of the Church on this issue, that is, the existence of only one bishop in the same place.  For this reason, the Conference came to the decision to propose the creation of a temporary situation that will prepare the ground for a strictly canonical solution of the problem, based on the principles and guidelines set out below. Of necessity, this preparation will not extend beyond the convening of the future Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, so that it (the Council) can proceed with a canonical solution of the problem.
 
2. a) This Conference proposes that, for the transitional period where the canonical solution of the issue will be prepared, “Episcopal Assemblies” of all canonically recognized bishops in each region should be created (or founded) in each of the regions defined below. The bishops will continue to be subject to the same canonical jurisdictions to which they are subject today.
    b) These Assemblies will consist of all the bishops in each region who are in canonical communion with all of the most holy Orthodox Churches, and will be chaired by the first among the prelates of the Church of Constantinople and, in the absence of thereof, in accordance with the order of the Diptychs. These Assemblies will have an Executive Committee composed of the first hierarchs of the different jurisdictions that exist in the region.

    c) The work and the responsibility of these Episcopal Assemblies will be the concern for manifesting the unity of Orthodoxy, the development of common action of all the Orthodox of each region to address the pastoral needs of Orthodox living in the region, a common representation of all Orthodox vis-à-vis other faiths and the wider society in the region, the cultivation of theological scholarship and ecclesiastical education, etc. Decisions on these subjects will be taken by consensus of the Churches who are represented in the particular Assembly.

3.  The regions in which Episcopal Assemblies will be created in a first stage are defined as follows:

    i. North America and Central America.
    ii. South America.
    iii. Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.
    iv. Great Britain and Ireland.
    v. France.
    vi. Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg.
    vii. Austria.
    viii. Italy and Malta.
    ix. Switzerland and Lichtenstein.
    x. Germany.
    xi. Scandinavian countries (except Finland).
    xii. Spain and Portugal.

The Bishops of the Diaspora, living in the Diaspora and possessing parishes in multiple regions, will be members of the Episcopal Assemblies of those regions.

4.  These Assemblies, which are formed by the decision of this present Conference, have the responsibility to complete the regulation of their operation in the specifications approved by this Conference, and to apply this regulation as soon as possible, and certainly before the convening of the Great and Holy Council.

5.  The Episcopal Assemblies do not deprive the Member Bishops of their administrative competencies and canonical character, nor do they restrict their rights in the Diaspora.  The Episcopal Assemblies aim to form a common position of the Orthodox Church on various issues. In no way does this prevent Members Bishops from remaining responsible to their own Churches, and to express the views of their own Churches to the outside world.

6.  The chairmen of the Episcopal Assemblies convene and preside at all joint meetings of the Bishops of their region (liturgical, pastoral, administrative, etc.). As for matters of a more general concern that require, by the decision of the Assembly of Bishops, a Pan-Orthodox approach, the Assembly’s chairman refers it to the Ecumenical Patriarch for further Pan-Orthodox actions.

7.  The Orthodox churches are bound not to advance actions that could hinder the above process for a canonical resolution of the issue of the Diaspora, and to do their utmost to facilitate the work of the Episcopal Assemblies and the restoration of normal canonical order in the Diaspora.

 

† John of Pergamon, Chairman



† Sergios of Good Hope



† John in Western and Central Europe



† Hesychios of Capitolia



† Hilarion of Volokolamsk



† Irenaeus of Batschka



† Irenaeus of Oltenia



† Neophytos of Roussis



† Gerasimos of Zoukdidi and Tsaisi



† George of Paphos



† Chrysostom of Peristerion



† George of Siemiatise



† John of Korytsa



† Tikhon of Komarno



† Jeremias of Switzerland, Secretary

http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/documents/chambesy/decision

ozgeorge:
THE FOURTH PRE-CONCILIAR PAN-ORTHODOX CONFERENCE
THE ORTHODOX CENTER OF THE ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE
CHAMBÉSY, 6-13 JUNE 2009
Decision
RULES OF OPERATION
OF EPISCOPAL ASSEMBLIES
IN THE ORTHODOX DIASPORA


Article 1.

1. All Orthodox Bishops of each region, from those regions defined by the Fourth Pre-
Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference, who are in canonical communion with all the
local Autocephalous Orthodox Churches, form each Episcopal Assembly.

2. Those Orthodox Bishops who do not reside in the region, but who have pastoral
ministry in parishes in the Region, are also members of the Episcopal Assembly.

3. Retired Bishops and Bishops visiting the Region, inasmuch as they meet the
requirements of paragraph (1), may be invited to participate in the Assembly, but
without voting rights.


Article 2.

The purpose of the Episcopal Assembly is to manifest the unity of the Orthodox
Church, to promote collaboration between the churches in all areas of pastoral
ministry, and to maintain, preserve and develop the interests of the communities that
belong to the canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Region.


Article 3.

The Episcopal Assembly will have an Executive Committee composed of the
Primatial Bishops of each of the canonical Churches in the Region.


Article 4.

1. The Episcopal Assembly and its Executive Committee will have a Chairman, one or
two Vice-Chairmen, a Secretary and a Treasurer, and any other positions of
responsibility that the Assembly may designate.

2. The Chairman is ex officio the first among the Bishops of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
and, in the absence thereof, in the order of Diptychs. The Chairman of the Episcopal
Assembly convenes the meetings thereof, directs its work and presides over its
colleagues. Regarding issues that were discussed during the meeting of the Episcopal
Assembly, and on which a unanimous decision was reached, the President (or another
member of the Episcopal Assembly charged by him), presents the common position
of the Orthodox Church in the Region to government, society and to other religious
organizations.

3. The Vice-Chairmen are appointed ex officio from the Member Bishops of the
Assemblies, from the next ranking Churches, in accordance with the order of the
Diptychs of the Orthodox Churches. The Secretary, Treasurer and other positions of
responsibility are chosen by the Assembly, and have the possibility not to originate
from the ranks of the bishops.


Article 5.

1. The competencies of the Episcopal Assembly are:

a. to safeguard and contribute to the unity of the Orthodox Church of the Region in
its theological, ecclesiological, canonical, spiritual, philanthropic, educational and
missionary obligations.

b. The coordination and leadership of activities of common interest in areas of
pastoral care, catechesis, liturgical life, religious publishing, mass media, religious
education, etc.

c. Relations with other Christian Churches and other religions.

d. Anything that entails obligations of the Orthodox Church in Her relations with
society and government.

e. The preparation of a plan to organize the Orthodox of the Region on a canonical
basis.

2. The definition of the scope of these competencies should in no way interfere with the
responsibility of each Bishop for his eparchial jurisdiction, or restrict the rights of his
Church, including its relations with international agencies, governments, civil society,
mass media, other legal undertakings, national and treaty organizations, as well as
other religions.

For specific linguistic, educational and pastoral issues of a particular Church, the
Episcopal Assembly may also collaborate with the ecclesiastical authority of the
Church in question, so that the diversity of national traditions may secure the unity of
Orthodoxy in the communion of faith and in the bond of love.


Article 6.
1. The Episcopal Assembly receives and records the election of Bishops of the Region,
and their reference to the most holy autocephalous Orthodox Churches.

2. It examines and determines the canonical status of local communities in the Region
that have no reference to the most holy autocephalous Orthodox Churches.

3. It must record every decision relating to clerics promulgated by their bishops, in order
that this decision is applied among all the Orthodox Churches in the Region.


Article 7.
1. The Episcopal Assembly meets once a year, at the invitation of the Chairman. It may
meet as often as it is deemed necessary by the Executive Committee, or at the written
request that shows cause of one third of the members of the Assembly.

2. The Executive Committee meets once every three months and whenever necessary at
the invitation of the Chairman or at the written request that shows cause of one third
of its members.

3. The invitations to the Assembly, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, are to be
sent two months in advance; and for the Executive Committee, one week in advance.
They are to be accompanied by the agenda items and related documents.

4. The agenda must be approved at the first session of the Assembly, and should only be
amended by a decision of the members present, be means of an absolute majority of
the votes.


Article 8.

The quorum for the Executive Committee is two thirds of its members and for the
Assembly, an absolute majority of members, including the Chairman.


Article 9.

The work of the Episcopal Assembly is conducted in accordance with the principles
of the Orthodox conciliar tradition and is directed by its Chairman, who has the
responsibility for supervising the implementation of its decisions.


Article 10.

1. The decisions of the Episcopal Assembly are taken by consensus.

2. In matters of more general concern which require, by the decision of the Assembly of
Bishops, a Pan-Orthodox approach, the Assembly’s chairman refers it to the
Ecumenical Patriarch for further Pan-Orthodox actions.


Article 11.

1. Upon the decision of the Episcopal Assembly, it is possible to form from its members
Committees for Liturgical, Pastoral, Financial, Educational, Ecumenical and other
issues, chaired by one of the Bishop-Members of the Assembly.

2. The members of these Committees, clergy or laity, are appointed by the Executive
Committee. In addition, advisers and experts may be invited to participate in the
Assembly or in the Executive Committee, without voting rights.


Article 12.

1. The Episcopal Assembly may establish its own Internal Regulations in order to
supplement and adjust the above provisions, in accordance with the needs of the
Region and in respect to the canon law of the Orthodox Church.

2. All legal and financial issues relating to the functioning of the Assembly are to be
decided in the light of the civil laws of the countries of the Region, in which members
of the Assembly exercise their jurisdiction.


Article 13.

The formation of a new Episcopal Assembly, the partition or abolition of an existing
Episcopal Assembly, or the merger of two or more of these Assemblies, occurs following
the decision of the Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches, at the request of a
particular Church, or the request of the Chairman of a particular Episcopal Assembly to
the Ecumenical Patriarch.

† John of Pergamon, Chairman

† Sergios of Good Hope

† John in Western and Central Europe

† Hesychios of Capitolia

† Hilarion of Volokolamsk

† Irenaeus of Batschka

† Irenaeus of Oltenia

† Neophytos of Roussis

† Gerasimos of Zoukdidi and Tsaisi

† George of Paphos

† Chrysostom of Peristerion

† George of Siemiatise

† John of Korytsa

† Tikhon of Komarno

† Jeremias of Switzerland, Secretary

http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/documents/chambesy/rules-pdf

ozgeorge:
Communique
First Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania

The members of the First Episcopal Assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Oceania welcomed the
opportunity to meet in Sydney from 16-18 October, 2010 under the chairmanship ex officio of His Eminence
Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.

The Assembly commenced with a Divine Liturgy manifesting our essential eucharistic unity at the Cathedral
of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Redfern, Sydney.

In accordance with the decisions of the pre-conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference convened in Charnbesy,
Switzerland from 6 - 13 June, 2009, the canonical Orthodox Bishops met in a brotherly spirit, and after
lengthy and edifying discussion centered on issues of mutual concern, such as pastoral care, catechesis,
liturgical life, reaffirmed the unity of all canonical Orthodox Churches.

Consequently, we strongly condemn all of those who attempt to destroy the precious unity of our Church
through adherence to new or existing schismatic groups and sects in our region.

In order to safeguard and contribute to the unity of the Orthodox Church in Oceania, the members of the
Assembly unanimously agreed u~on the formation of the following three Committees relating to:

1) Campus Ministry: cultivating the Orthodox faith amongst our University students and shielding them from
the effects of proselytism, co-chaired by Their Graces Bishop Irinej of the Serbian Church and Bishop
Ezekiel of the Greek Archdiocese.

2) Inter-Orthodox Liturgical Services: embracing common Pan-Orthodox services and adopting a unified
approach to pastoral and liturgical issues, co-chaired by Their Graces Bishop Mihail of the Romanian
Church and Bishop Seraphim of the Greek Archdiocese.

3) Canonical Issues: compiling a list of all canonical bishops and other clergy of Oceania and a secondary
list of schismatic groups and sects which attempt to promote themselves as being canonical Orthodox.
This Committee is chaired by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and consists of representatives from
each Orthodox Church.

The Assembly looks forward to meeting in years to come to continue working for the good of Orthodoxy in
our region.

Sydney, 18th October 2010
His Eminence s (Ecumenical Patriarchate - Australia)

His Eminence Metropolitan Paul (Antiochian Patriarchate)

His Grace Bishop Agapit (Russian Church)

His Grace Bishop Irinej (Serbian Church)

His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church)

His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilochios (Ecumenical Patriarchate - New Zealand)

His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop)

His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop)

His Grace Bishop Nikandros (Assistant Bishop)

http://www.greekorthodox.org.au/downloads/files/EpiscopalAssemblyCommunique2010

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