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Attendees: Archbishop Andronik, Bishop Andrei, Mitred Archpriest Mikhail Konstantinov, Mitred Archpriest Gregory Kotlaroff, Archpriest Sergey Klestov, Priest Dimitriy Dobronravov, Priest Chad Arneson, Deacon Timothy Claider, Reader Aleksey Klestov, Dimitri Gontscharow, Mark Kotlaroff. Resolved: The name of Archbishop Andronik’s diocese is changed to the Diocese of New York and North America. Appropriate decrees will be […]
As the episcopal consecrations of several of our Bishops were performed with the participation of Bishops from the Synod of Metropolitan Cyprian (Kutsumbas), we believe that it is necessary to clarify our position in regard to the ecclesiology of this hierarch.
Archbishop Andronik issues an Ukase for the inclusion of clergy and laity in the Inter-Conciliar Committee
Akathist to the Kursk Icon of the Mother of God – in Church Slavonic
We can no longer reconcile ourselves with the situation that has developed in our Church. Owing to his
selection of certain people, Metropolitan Agafangel is now in the position that any of his decisions are
approved unopposed by a majority of bishops obedient to him. The Synod serves only to approve the
Metropolitan’s decisions. Such a situation, though seemingly lawful, is in essence anti-canonical.
Metropolitan Agafangel is violating the sobornost of the Church, placing it under his personal control.
The Metropolitan is not the Pope of Rome; the Metropolitan is the first among equal bishops. He does
not have the right to be in command of the dioceses of other bishops.
August 13\26, 2016 – Apodosis of the Transfiguration.
The meeting was held on the grounds of the Tolstoy Foundation in Valley Cottage, New York.
Attendees: Archbishop Andronik (Kotlaroff) (Chairman), Archbishop Sophroniy (Musienko) (as an
observer), Hegumen Nestor (Mikhaylenko), Archpriest Gregory Kotlaroff, Fr. Dmitriy Amelchenko, Fr.
Dmitriy Dobronravov, Fr. Aleksandr Krivoshlikov, Hierodeacon Pavel Lipin, Sub-deacon Viktor
Kachrovskiy, George Lukin, Leon Chernyak, Anatoliy Gorovoy, Artur Mifedov-Frolov, Sergey
Ivanovich Sokiran, Maria Petrovna Chayskiy, Mark Kotlaroff, Svetlana Kotlaroff, Ilarion Marr, Margaret
Marr, E.I. Budzilovich, Tatiana Nikolayevna Rusiecki, Aleksandr Zudenko, Tatiana Shatalov, Tatiana
Manveladze, Tatiana Yemelyanov, Irina Hopersky, Olga Amelchenko, Marina Yevdochenko-Wells,
Valentina Tarasenko, and Anna Chemerov.
The following attendees participated by telephone: Hegumen Andrei Erastov, Archpriest Nikita
Grigoriev, Archpriest Andrew Kencis, Archpriest Daniel Meschter, Archpriest Oleg Mironov, Dimitri
Gontscharow and other laypeople.
The 14th canon of the First-Second Council of Constantinople states: “If any Bishop, on the basis of charges against his own Metropolitan, shall secede or apostatize from him before a conciliar verdict has been issued, and shall abstain from communion with him, and fail to mention his name, in accordance with established custom, in the course of the liturgical celebration of the Eucharistic mystery, the Holy Council has decreed that he shall be deposed from office…”
This rule thus prohibits bishops from ceasing to commemorate a Metropolitan accused of any sin before he is adjudged by a Council.
The subsequent 15th rule, however, provides us with the single exception: “when he publicly preaches heresy.” In this case, subordinate clerics are required to break communion with the heretic.