The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


28 March 2007

What Is SCOBA aka "Episcopal Assembly"?

Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the Americas
-founded in 1960

Of course SCOBA has a different definition of itself, but here is ours:

SCOBA was formed in recent times [60's] for the purpose of legalistically formalizing a superficial false unity. SCOBA is a "club" where the members validate each other in their acceptance and/or condoning of renovationism and ecumenism. The only requirement for joining this club is to accept world Orthodoxy as valid, it is not necessary to adopt the innovations, just to approve of or overlook their use by other fellow SCOBA members. 

There were no such clubs in Apostolic times. If the SCOBA churches had true inner unity, they would not need the external show of a club.

Unity of the faith is something that is attained spiritually, it is not something obtained by declaring it. In the Prayer of the Hours we pray,

"...Compass us about with Thy Holy angels, that guarded and guided by their array, we may attain to the unity of the faith..."

As of May 28, 2010 SCOBA has a new name: Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America:  ACOBA

SCOBA bishops are listed here: