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The Department of Inter-Orthodox and Inter-Faith Relations represents the Antiochian Archdiocese in ecumenical activities both within the Orthodox Church and with other Christian churches. Orthodox participation in ecumenical dialogue with other Christian churches is motivated by Christ’s call to love the whole of humanity, to witness to Orthodoxy everywhere, and to listen to and learn from others, acknowledging what is good and positive wherever it exists. With this said, Orthodox participants in ecumenical dialogue believe that the imperative to participate in ecumenism is always checked by the belief that true Christian unity cannot be achieved on the basis of a common minimalism. Thus, our beliefs and practice cannot be changed or be reduced to accommodate notions of unity that are not grounded in the fullness of the Orthodox faith.

The Antiochian Archdiocese participates in inter-Orthodox activities and the ecumenical movement in the following areas: 1) The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America; 2) Christian Churches Together in the USA (CCT); 3) Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation; 4) Orthodox-Lutheran Theological Consultation.



Metropolitan Joseph Hosts Lunch Honoring His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

On Monday, January 23, 2017, His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph hosted a lunch for thirty people honoring His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, at the Archdiocese headquarters in Englewood, NJ. Orthodox and Catholic hierarchs, clergymen, and laymen from the greater New York area were present, including: Metropolitan Tikhon of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Maronite Catholic Bishop Gregory Mansour, Syriac Orthodox Bishop Mor Dionysius Jean Kawak, Syriac Catholic Bishop Yousif Habash, Archbishop Mor Titus Yeldo Pathickal of the Malankara Archdiocese of the Syrian Orthodox Church in the USA, and Bishop Nicholas of the Antiochian Archdiocese. Prominent laymen including Mr. Fawaz El Khoury, Vice-Chairman of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees, Mr. Adib Kassis, Managing Director of Middle East Airlines, and Mr. John Abi-Habib, owner of MSI Net, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY, were also present along with greater New York area members of the Archdiocese Board of Trustees. (View more photos.)

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