Welcome to I.S.T.O.C.
The International Synaxis of True Orthodox Churches
WELCOME TO I.S.T.O.C.
Welcome to the website of the International Synaxis of True Orthodox Churches. We are an international community of Orthodox Churches seeking to live out the Truth of the Ancient Christian Faith in the modern world.
Our mission is to take the Gospel to all people and all nations through and in the body of Christ on earth, the Orthodox Church. We welcome all people to hear God’s Message and support and nourish the faithful in the lifelong conversion to which it calls us through the ancient Traditions of our Worship.
From humble beginnings in Greece, I.S.T.O.C. now counts member diocese from across Christendom and beyond, and has a growing missionary presence in Africa and the Far East.
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I.S.T.O.C. is comprised of five main Synods from Greece, Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, Georgia and the Americas and UK. Each of these Synods is itself comprised of many bishops local to a particular geographical area.
In the Orthodox Church, unlike in the Roman Catholic Church, each diocese and bishop is considered to be a ‘church unto itself’, and there is no single bishop considered to be 'in charge'.
All of our member Synods therefore meet on an equal footing, and regularly come together to perform the Liturgy, to meet and to discuss important issues of the day.
These meetings also give an opportunity for the bishops to collaborate their efforts on questions of doctrine, advice to the faithful and missionary and charitable endeavours. They are also times to share hospitality between peoples and nations and for the younger clergy and lay people to meet with one another in a festive atmosphere.