|Doctrines|| ||On all major issues the
Orthodox Church in America is in agreement with other Eastern Orthodox
Churches. (See Eastern Orthodoxy.)|
|History|| ||The Orthodox faith came to
America through the missionary activities of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The Orthodox Church established itself in 1784 in Alaska, which at that
time was Russian territory. In 1872 the episcopal see moved from Sitka,
Alaska to San Francisco; then in 1905 to New York.|
After the Russian revolution relations with the Russian Orthodox Church were broken. An attempt at reunion with the Russian Church in 1946 led to a division among the American Orthodox between those who supported reunion and those who opposed it. This problem was resolved in 1970 when the Russian Orthodox Church granted autocephalous status to the Orthodox Church in America.
|Symbols|| ||Festal icons, Christ as
Pantocrator, Mary as Theotokos. (See Eastern
|Adherents|| ||The church currently has
600,000 members (Europa Publications Limited 1995, 2:3289).|
675, Syosset, New York 11791; tel. (516) 922-0550.|