World Council of Churches about the Election of Archbishop Elpidophoros  

Archbishop Elpidophoros of America in Athens, May 20, 2019. (Photo by TNH/Anastasis Koutsogiannis)

GENEVA – World Council of Churches (WCC) General Secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit sent a welcoming letter to Metropolitan Elpidophoros of Bursa after his election by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as the new

Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

Rev. Tveit wrote that “Within the joyful atmosphere of the Easter season, we welcome joyfully your election by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate to the head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, one of the most prominent sees of the Church of Constantinople.”

He also wrote that “We do rejoice for the election to such an important ministry of one member of the Central Committee of the WCC and a Professor of Inter-Christian relations at the Theological Faculty of Aristotelion University in Thessaloniki.”

Rev. Tveit noted that Metropolitan Elpidophoros carries with him a very rich ecclesial, academic, and ecumenical record, as well as important pastoral and spiritual experience.

“We are confident therefore that, in your new position, you will generously share your skills, will continue your Ecumenical commitment, and will do your best in order to fertilize with your dynamism and your vision the ecclesial and ecumenical life in the new context of your ecclesial and pastoral responsibilities,” Tveit wrote.

“We would like to assure you, Your Eminence, that the thoughts and prayers of your many friends and companions in the WCC and the Ecumenical movement at-large will accompany you.”

4 Comments

  1. What orthodox Christian cares about the
    Abomination known as the world council
    Of churches? Liberal Protestant groups
    Who ordain woman, conduct gay weddings,
    And promote abortion, euthanasia, and
    Transgenderism.

    The new archbishop has failed to mention
    The other orthodox churches in america
    Which makes it clear what the future holds.
    This is the phanars church. The other
    Orthodox will not accept the first without
    Equals heresy and the destruction of the
    Ukrainian church. No room for cooperation
    With the orthodox.

    But the world council of churches are the
    Phanars allies. After the pseudo council
    Of crete the abbot of a monastery in
    Paros greece called for the patriarch
    To be given an ecclesiastical trial on the
    Charge of heresy.

    That sounds like an excellent idea.

  2. I hope Elpidophoros knows how to tactfully, and forcibly “fire” people from the GOA/NYC Headquarters ( department by department; from the top all the way down) and REALLY start fresh and anew without any incompetent dead wood, overtly greedy, power-hungry hypocrites, and liars!

    A new Archbishop, like a new CEO needs his very own regime of qualified personnel – no more decades old carry-overs.

    Hey NEW Archbishop – clean YOUR HOUSE, then bring in FRESH, NEW, COMPETENT people that will reflect who you really are and what you are all about in regards to YOUR ideas, policies, and convictions.

    We don’t need, want, or deserve another hollow marionette in fancy dress!

  3. They are broke at GOA but pay 6 figures a year in “dues” to belong to a Left Wing, Pro Same Sex Marriage, Anti-Amercan, Pro Abortion group of loser like the WCC. Shows you the GOA warped priorities.

    1. As directed to do so by Patriarch Bartholomew, the arch-ecumenist of the Orthodox world.

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