Charter

Metropolia of the
Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church
of North & South America






Article 1- Preamble and Jurisdiction

The Metropolia of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of North & South America ("Metropolia"), with headquarters located in the cities of New York, New York and Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. and Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, is an self-governing church sui ijuris in spiritual communion with the mother church of Ukraine and the Kyiv Patriarchate.

The Metropolia was established in order to preserve the particular identity, cultural and spiritual heritage of Ukrainian Orthodox Christians and is Autocephalous (independent) in all matters of its life and government, and its rights are equal with those of the other Autocephalous Orthodox Churches.

The Metropolia, being Sobornopravna, is governed by the Holy Scriptures, Ukrainian Orthodox tradition and the Church Sobor, called by the Primate and consisting of delegations of the clergy and laity.

The Metropolia may embrace within its spiritual and temporal administration other Christian Dioceses and Parishes that have voluntarily submitted to its jurisdiction and which acknowledge the dignity of the Patriarchal See of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine and the Primate of the Metropolia.

The Metropolia serves Ukrainian Orthodox Christians in the United States of America, throughout North and South America and in Western Europe and Africa.

Article 2 - Mission of the Metropolia

The mission of the Metropolia is to proclaim the Gospel of Christ, to teach and spread the Orthodox Christian faith, to vitalize, cultivate and guide the life of the Church in the Diaspora, according to the Orthodox Christian faith and tradition. The Metropolia sanctifies the faithful through worship, the divine liturgy and the sacraments, enhancing and edifying the spiritual and ethical life of the faithful an accordance with the Holy Scriptures, the Sacred Tradition, the doctrines and canons of the ecumenical and local councils, the canons of the Holy Apostles and Fathers of the Church and all other councils recognized by the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church.

The Metropolia serves as a beacon of witness of the message of Christ to all persons, through divine worship, preaching, and living the Orthodox Christian faith. As to its intra-Orthodox, intra-Christian and inter-religious activities, the Metropolia shall be guided by the positions and guidelines established by the hierarchy, in cooperation with the Metropolitan Council and ultimately, the Church Sobor.

Article 3 - Organization of the Metropolia

The Metropolia consists of all entities of the UAOC currently under its jurisdiction, including eparchies, exarchates and vicariates. The See of the Primate of the Metropolia is designated as New York, New York, according with the prestige, centrality and cosmopolitan nature of this primatial city. The Primate of the Metropoila is by the nature of his position, the Archbishop of New York. This is in continuity with the history of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church of the U.S.A.

The Archeparchy of Cleveland is comprised of parishes, monasteries and institutions in the continental United States, Central and South America, under the jurisdiction of the Eparchial Bishop of that See, who functions as the main vehicle of Ordinary jurisdiction in the Archeparchy.

The Archeparchy of Cleveland is divided into three Deaneries or Protopresbyteretes, namely, the Eastern, the Central and the Western Deaneries. These subdivisions of the Archeparchy are led by Deans who assist the Eparchial Bishop in matters of administration and also serve as a means of disseminating important information and announcements, as directed by the Primate or Eparchial Bishop.

The Archeparchy of Cleveland and its Ordinary are further assisted by the ministry of the Auxiliary Bishop, whose presence on the West Coast of the United States serves to assist clergy and faithful in those far reaching areas of the country, should the need or occasion arise. This is accomplished though the office of the Western Vicariate or more properly in canonical terms, Syncellete, which allows the Auxiliary Bishop to, at the direction of the Primate or Eparchial Bishop, to function in matters usually reserved for the Ordinary and as delineated in the Code of Canon Law of the Eastern Churches.

The Eparchy of Canada is comprised of parishes, monasteries and institutions in the territory of the country of Canada, with its eparchial See located at Mississauga, Ontario. It is divided into two Deaneries or Protopresbyteretes, one in the Eastern and another in the Western territories of the country.

The Eparchy of Western Europe with its See at Toulon, France administers the needs of the faithful in those countries of the European Continent, including France, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Great Britain and Italy, with missions also in Cuba and Africa.

The Exarchate of Germany, with its See in Brandenburg (Berlin), Germany, is an apostolic administration that serves the needs of the faithful living in that region where many Ukrainians first migrated after the Second World War.

Article 4 - Administration of the Metropolia

Comprised of the Metropolitan/Primate as President, the Co-adjutor Archbishop as Vice-President and the other Bishops as its members, the Council of Hierarchs or Holy Synod constitutes the highest ecclesiastical administrative authority of the Metropolia. The Metropolitan/Primate also has the distinction of "Major-Archbishop" which further describes his role as head of a self-governing church. Presided over by the Primate, the Council of Hierarchs is responsible for the spiritual administration of the Metropolia and ultimately responsible to the Metropolitan Council or Church Sobor.

Article 5 - The Council of Hierarchs

The Metropolitan/Primate convenes and presides over meetings of the Council of Hierarchs which shall meet regularly, according to the canons of the Orthodox Church, at least twice annually, in the spring and in the autumn. It may also meet specially at the request of the Metropolitan Council, the Major Archbishop/Primate, Coadjutor Archbishop or a majority of the members of the Holy Synod.

The Council of Hierarchs has the authority and responsibility which the canons ascribe to an "Eparchial Synod" of Autocephalous Churches or Churches, sui ijuris.

Regulations hereinafter promulgated by it shall govern its function.

Article 6 - Responsibilities and Rights of the Primate

In his capacity as Primate, President of the Council of Hierarchs and of the Metropolitan Council and, among other responsibilities, the Primate:

1. Together with the Council of Hierarchs over which he presides, is responsible to inform and update the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine concerning the administration and activities of the Metropolia.

2. Is the presiding hierarch of New York.

3. Together with the Holy Synod and the Metropolitan Council, oversees and coordinates the promotion and preservation of the unity of the Metropolia.

4. Exercises and performs all the rights and duties of an Metropolitan-Archbishop in accordance with the Code of Canons.

5. Presides over the Metropolitan Church Sobor ("Sobor"), meetings of the Metropolitan Council and various boards of trustees and commissions of the Metropolia.

6. Represents the Metropolia before ecclesiastical and civil authorities.

7. Promotes and fosters harmony and cooperation among all Christian churches and other religions within the jurisdiction of the Metropolia.

8. Cultivates and strengthens the bond of unity between the Metropolia and the Kyiv Patriarchate.

9. Carries out and implements the provisions of this Charter.

Article 7 - Responsibilities and Rights of the Eparchial Bishops

Each Eparchial Bishop within his Eparchy has the rights and responsibilities of a Bishop in accordance with the canons and established practices of the church, including the exclusive right to occupy the throne behind the altar and to preside over the Eucharist. Among the rights and responsibilities of an Eparchial Bishop are to: be a member of the Eparchial Synod and participate in its work; consecrate and sanctify for worship churches and chapels; administer his Eparchy in an orderly, harmonious and fiscally responsible manner for the common good; convene and preside over the Spiritual Court of First Instance in his Eparchy; issue permits for the celebration of the sacrament of marriage and decrees of ecclesiastical divorce; distribute to the priests the Holy Chrism (Myro) and, ordains priests, deacons and minor orders in his Eparchy.

Article 8 - Order of Commemoration

During the divine worship, sacraments and ceremonies, auxiliary bishops, priests and deacons commemorate the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine, the Metropolitan/Primate and their Eparchial Bishop.

Article 9 - Metropolitan Tribunal

1. Courts of First Instance. A Spiritual Court of First Instance functions within the Metropolia and each Eparchy. It is comprised of the Judicial Vicar and other clergy selected by the Eparchial Bishop, who presides over it, and hears cases involving family problems, divorce, as well as moral and disciplinary offenses of clergy and lay persons.

2. Court of Appeals. The Spiritual Court of Appeals is comprised of the Metropolitan/Primate, who presides over it, the Coadjutor Archbishop, the members of the Council of Hierarchs and the Chancellor of the Metropolia as secretary. In the absence of the Primate, the Coadjutor Archbishop presides. It is convened when the Council of Hierarchs meets, and hears and determines in a timely and definitive manner all appeals of decisions from the Spiritual Courts of First Instance.

3. The Synod convenes as a Spiritual Court of First Instance for cases involving bishops and auxiliary bishops.

4. Appeals from the rulings of the Spiritual Court of Appeals involving bishops, auxiliary bishops and other clergy or laity may be submitted to the Kyiv Patriarchate.

5. The operating procedures of the spiritual courts will be based upon regulations hereinafter promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs and approved by the Metropolitan Council.

Article 10 - The Church Sobor (Clergy-Laity Congress)

The Metropolitan Sobor ("Sobor") is convened and presided over by the Metropolitan/Primate. Except for doctrinal or canonical matters, it is concerned with all matters which affect the life, mission, growth and unity of the Church including but not limited to the uniform administration of the Metropolia, Eparchies and Parishes, education, financial programs, philanthropic concerns and its growing role and participation in the life of the United States of America, and in support of the growth and furtherance of the ancestral country, Ukraine. The Sobor makes such decisions as it deems appropriate.

The Sobor is presided over by the Primate and is comprised of the members of the Council of Hierarchs, the Auxiliary Bishops, the members of the Metropolitan Council and clergy and lay representatives of the parishes of the Metropolia.

The decisions of the Sobor are submitted to the Council of Hierarchs for review. Following the review by the Council of Hierarchs , the decisions must be faithfully adhered to by all parishes, whether or not they were represented at the Sobor.

Regulations hereafter promulgated shall set forth its composition, manner of operation and frequency of meeting.

Article 11- Clergy-Laity Convocation of the Eparchies

The Archeparchy of Cleveland and each Eparchy shall have a Clergy-laity Convocation ("Convocation ") convened and presided over its presiding Hierarch and is comprised of the clergy and lay representatives of the parishes within its jurisdiction.

The Convocation is concerned with matters affecting the life and growth of the particular Eparchy as may be applicable; including, but not limited to, its unity, uniform administration of its parishes, educational institutions, financial programs and philanthropic concerns as well as the better organization and functioning of its parishes. In addition, the Convocation may submit to the Metropolia, items for inclusion in the agenda of the upcoming Sobor.

Regulations hereinafter promulgated shall set forth its composition manner of operation and frequency of meeting.

Article 12 - Hierarchical Vacancies

In the event of a vacancy of the office of Metropolitan/Primate, the Coadjutor Archbishop or in his absence, the Bishop first in order of seniority of consecration, becomes the Apostolic Administrator (locum tenens) until the Sobor elects a successor.

In the event an Eparchial See becomes vacant, the Eparchial Consulters, in consultation with the Metropolitan/Primate, chose a priest of the Eparchy to serve as Apostolic Administrator of that particular Eparchy, who serves until the successor is elected. The Metropolitan/Primate or another bishop designated by him, shall see to any episcopal needs within the vacant Eparchy, until the new Eparchial Bishop takes canonical possession of the Eparchy.

Addendum to Article 12

As agreed upon at the 1998 Sobor of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Sobornopravna, held at the Cathedral of SS. Boris and Gleb in Cleveland, the current office of Metropolitan and Primate held by Metropolitan Stephan Petrovich shall be for life or until such time that he, by his own free will retires. This Sobor, consisted of clergy and lay delegates and elected Metropolitan Stephan to the position of Primate.

At such time of the death or voluntary retirement of Metropolitan Stephan Petrovich, the Coadjutor Metropolitan Archbishop Michael J. Champion will take up the position of Primate of the Metropolia, as also agreed upon at the Sobor of 1998 in Cleveland. There will be no vacancy in the Metropolitan See, since Archbishop Michael will succeed immediately, as provided for by the 1998 Sobor.

Neither the Primate, Metropolitan Stephan Petrovich or Archbishop Michael Champion, according to the provisions of the 1998 Sobor, can or will be voted out of their respective offices and shall remain in said offices until their deaths.

The historical election of a future Primate of the Metropolia shall also take place according to the ideals of Soborpravnist, i.e.: election involving both clergy and laity.

Candidates for the offices of Primate and Bishop must be Ukrainian by heritage and fluent in both Ukrainian and English. Only candidates of Ukrainian ancestry shall become bishops within the Metropolia. In the event that a candidate cannot be found in the United States, the Metropolitan Council will turn to our Motherland, Ukraine to seek a candidate for the episcopacy.

Article 13 - Election of the Primate

The election of the Primate is the right of the Church Sobor under the guidance of the Council of Hierarchs and the Metropolitan Council as follows:

Immediately following the vacancy of the office of the Primate, the Apostolic Administrator shall convene the Council of Hierarchs for the purpose of establishing the Metropolitan list of those who are eligible for the office of Primate. This list is submitted to the Metropolitan Council. Following receipt of the approved list from the Metropolitan Council by the Council of Hierarchs, the advice of the Consulters is requested.

Forty (40) days following the vacancy, the Apostolic Administrator re-convenes the Metropolitan Council for the purpose of nominating three (3) persons for election to the office of Primate from the list of those eligible.

The Council of Hierarchs, led by the Apostolic Administrator, will issue the call for an extraordinary Church Sobor, which will elect the new Primate. The Sobor will be held within ninety (90) days from the completion of the list of the three nominees in accordance with the canons of the church.

A nominee for the office of the Primate shall be a person of deep faith, a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian, a graduate of an academically recognized or accredited School of Theology, have a fluent knowledge of spoken and written English and Ukrainian, have proven ability in administration and pastoral work, be fully aware of ecclesiastical affairs of the Metropolia and be totally committed to the preservation of unity within the Metropolia as well as to the bond of spiritual communion with the Kyiv Patriarchate. In addition, he shall not be less than thirty-five (35) years of age and have a period of service in the Metropolia of not less than ten (10) years.

Those fulfilling the above conditions are candidates and are included in the catalogue of those eligible, regardless of the place of residence during the time of the election.

The process of election shall take place in accordance with the rules and norms set forth by the Metropolitan Council and previous Sobors.

The new Metropolitan/Primate shall take canonical possession of the Metropolia within thirty (30) days following the election.

These provisions are without prejudice to the provisions of the 1998 Sobor, as outlined above in the amendment given above.

Article 14 - Election of an Eparchial Bishop

The election of an Eparchial Bishop is the competence of the Council of Hierarchs, together with the Eparchial Convocation of the vacant Eparchy, and accomplished according to the following order:

Immediately following the vacancy of the office of an Eparchial Bishop, the Metropolitan/Primate shall convene the Council of Hierarchs for the purpose of establishing the list of eligible persons for the position of Eparchial Bishop. The list thus established is submitted by the Council of Hierarchs to the Metropolitan Council and Eparchial Council of the vacant Eparchy for approval. Following receipt of the approved list from the Metropolitan Council and the particular Eparchial Council, by the Synod, the advice of the Eparchial Consulters is requested.

Forty (40) days following the vacancy, the Metropolitan/Primate re-convenes the Council of Hierarchs for the purpose of nominating three (3) persons for election to the office of Eparchial Bishop. The three nominees are taken from the approved list of candidates as established above.

From the list of three (3) nominees thus established, an extraordinary Eparchial Convocation, called by the Apostolic Administrator and presided over by the Metropolitan/Primate together with the Council of Hierarchs, will elect the new Eparchial Bishop. A nominee for the office of Eparchial Bishop shall be a person of deep faith, a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian, a graduate of an academically recognized or accredited School of Theology, have a fluent knowledge of spoken and written English and Ukrainian and have a proven ability in administration and pastoral work.

The Eparchial Convocation shall consist of the Council of Hierarchs of the Metropolia, the Apostolic Administrator of the vacant See, the College of Consulters of that particular Eparchy, clergy delegates elected by them, and clergy and lay delegates chosen and elected by the respective parishes of that Eparchy.

In addition, the nominee shall not be less than thirty-five (35) years of age, and have had a period of preferably ten years, but not less than five (5) years of service in the Metropolia.

Those fulfilling the above conditions are candidates and are included in the catalogue of those eligible, regardless of the place of residence during the time of the election.

Article 15 - Election of Auxiliary Bishops

The number of Auxiliary Bishops shall be determined by the Synod in consultation with the Metropolitan Council. An Auxiliary Bishop may be elected and assigned by the Council of Hierarchs to assist the Metropolitan or any of the Eparchial Bishops as may be required. Such Auxiliary Bishops shall have the rights and responsibilities of their office in accordance with the code of canons and practices of the church, as modified by their assignment. The election of an Auxiliary Bishop is the competence of the Council of Hierarchs and is accomplished according to the following order:

In consultation with the Metropolitan Council, the Council of Hierarchs shall establish the list of eligible persons serving the Metropolia for the position of Auxiliary Bishop. From the list so established, the Council of Hierarchs shall nominate three (3) persons and from the list of three (3) nominees thus established, the Council of Hierarchs shall elect the new Auxiliary Bishop.

A nominee for the office of Auxiliary Bishop shall be a person of deep faith, a Ukrainian Orthodox Christian, a graduate of an academically recognized or accredited School of Theology, have a fluent spoken and written knowledge of the English and Ukrainian languages. He shall have a proven ability in administration and pastoral work. In addition, he shall not be less than thirty-five (35) years of age, and shall have had a period of service in the Metropolia of more than five (5) years. Those fulfilling the above conditions are candidates and are included in the catalogue of those eligible, regardless of the place of residence during the time of the election.

Article 16 - Assignment and Transfer of Clergy

The initial placement of a clergyman is made through consultation with the Primate and the clergyman's Eparchial Bishop, who designates the assignment.

The ordination, assignment and transfer of clergy within each Eparchy is the exclusive right and privilege of the Eparchial Bishop.

The assignment and transfer of clergy between Eparchies is the right of the Eparchial Bishops involved who will effectuate the transfer according to canonical procedures and communicate all transfers and assignments to the Metropolia.

Article 17 - Responsibilities and Rights of the Metropolitan Council

The Metropolitan Council is comprised of the Primate as President, the Coadjutor Archbishop as Vice-President, the other members of the Holy Synod and Auxiliary Bishops, seven clergy members and seven lay members. The clergy and lay members are elected by the Church Sobor. In addition, the Sobor elects four clergy and four lay alternatives, to serve in the place of other elected members who may become inactive. The Metropolitan Council shall meet at least twice a year and as often as necessary, usually in conjunction with the meeting of the Council of Hierarchs.

The Metropolitan Council shall be responsible for administrative decisions regarding the entire Metropolia which are not the spiritual competency of the Council of Hierarchs. The function of the Metropolitan Council reflects the synergy of clergy and laity in church government as contained in the principals of Sobornopravnist or Conciliarism. The Metropolitan Council is in effect, an extension of the Church Sobor.

The Metropolitan Council is concerned with the national ministries, institutions and financial affairs of the Metropolia. Together with the Council of Hierarchs, the Metropolitan Council is concerned with the implementation of the decisions of the Church Sobor. Except for matters of a doctrinal or canonical order, it interprets such decisions as well as the Regulations adopted pursuant to this Charter. The Metropolitan Council has such duties and responsibilities as set forth herein as well as those provided for under any Regulations pertaining to it.

In the event that action becomes necessary between Sobors, the Metropolitan Council shall exercise the authority of the Sobor when so convened by the Primate and advised as to the necessity thereof.

Article 18 - Eparchial Councils

The Council of the Archeparchy of Cleveland and of each Eparchy is the consultative and advisory body to the presiding Hierarch. It is concerned with matters that affect the unity, life and growth of the See and is comprised of the presiding Hierarch as Chairman and clergy and laity of the See.

The Council of the Archeparchy of Cleveland and of each of the Eparchies shall meet at least semi-annually, and in special sessions as often as the presiding Hierarch deems necessary. It is concerned with the ministries, institutions, programs, projects and financial affairs of the See and shall have such duties and responsibilities as designated by the presiding Hierarch as well as those provided for under the Regulations pertaining to it.

Regulations hereafter promulgated shall set forth its composition and manner of operation.

Article 19 - Education

The Metropolia shall establish and administer educational institutions, both religious and cultural, catechetical and Ukrainian, as may be necessary, such as the present St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary and SS. Boris & Gleb School of Ukrainian Studies. The Metropolia shall also establish educational programs, which may be necessary to cover its cultural and educational needs. The establishment of any educational institutions shall be pursuant to Regulations hereafter promulgated.

Full time seminarians, diaconate and pastoral minister candidates, cantors and interested laity of the Metropolia are matriculated at St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Cleveland, Ohio. Clergy of the Metropolia serve as adjunct professors in cooperation with the seminary and shall offer courses in Church History, Sacramental Theology , Liturgy and Language. Candidates for admission to St. Mary Seminary must have completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and take exams for entrance into graduate school as required by the seminary.

The St. Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary Distance-Learning Program allows interested clergy and laity to pursue the study of sacred theology as is feasible in their respective walks of life.

The Archeparchial Cantor's Institute of the Archeparchy of Cleveland is held at the Cathedral Center in Cleveland and is open to candidates from all Eparchies within the Metropolia and other applicants approved by the Metropolitan Commission for Sacred Music. Other programs for the training of cantors may be set up on the Deanery level, with the approval of the Eparchial Bishop. The completion of a Certificate in Sacred Music from the Archeparchial Cantor's Institute also requires the completion of courses in sacred theology either at St. Mary Seminary or as part of the Distance-Learning Program.

The Metropolia shall publish such religious and educational materials as may be appropriate to the fulfillment of its mission.

Article 20 - Ministries and Institutions

All national ministries and institutions of the Metropolia shall be the administrative and financial responsibility of the Metropolia. All ministries and institutions of the Archeparchy of Cleveland and of each Eparchy shall be their respective sole responsibility. All such institutions shall be established and maintained in accordance with applicable civil laws, regulations and standards.

The establishment of new institutions, including, but not limited to, educational, recreational, charitable, retirement and monastic communities, as well as the dissolution of such institutions, requires prior approval of the Council of Hierarchs and the Metropolitan Council or the Eparchial Bishop and Eparchial Council as may be applicable and shall be pursuant to the Regulations hereafter promulgated.

Article 21- Monasteries

Monasteries, as part of the tradition and life of the church, are ecclesiastical institutions. With the approval of the Council of Hierarchs, they are founded by the Metropolitan/Primate or Eparchial Bishop and are under his direct jurisdiction. Regulations for the establishment and operation of monasteries shall be established and promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

During divine worship and sacred services in general, the Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus-Ukraine, the Metropolitan/Primate, Coadjutor Archbishop and the presiding Hierarch of the See in which the monastery is located shall be commemorated.

Article 22 - Regulations

All Regulations pertaining to the implementation of this Charter shall be in conformity with it, and with the Code of Canon Law, tradition, and established practices of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. Regulations for the implementation of this Charter shall be promulgated as follows:

1. Regulations pertaining to the administration and operations of the Council of Hierarchs, the Metropolitan Tribunal and Monasteries shall be promulgated by the Council of Hierarchs.

2. Regulations pertaining to the procedure for the Amendment of this Charter, the composition and manner of operations of the Metropolitan Council and the Eparchial Councils of the Metropolia shall be promulgated by the Metropolitan Council.

3. All other Regulations, including, but not limited, to those pertaining to the composition and manner of operation of the Church Sobor, Eparchial Convocations, and Parishes of the Metropolia shall be promulgated by the Church Sobor.

Until the adoption and approval of Regulations under this Charter, all existing regulations shall continue in full force and effect.

All Regulations adopted and approved pursuant to this Charter shall be published.

The Metropolitan Council shall interpret all Regulations excepting those adopted pursuant to the provisions of Articles 5, 9, and 21 hereof.

Article 23 - Metropolia and Parish Properties

Neither the Primate or an Eparchial Bishop shall at any time have his name on any church property other than the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Gleb, nor will any bishop ever sign his name to the real estate of any parish in the Metropolia. This is forbidden by the ideals of Sobornopravnist.

All parish property in the Metropolia shall be owned by the church board and parish corporation of that particular parish. The Metropolia will not be involved with or demand real estate from any parish in the Metropolia.

Real Estate owned by the Metropolia or Eparchies for the purpose of carrying out ecclesiastical programs will be in the name of the Metropolitan or Eparchial Councils, with the exception of the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Gleb.

No bishop can represent any parish regarding ownership of any church buildings or property other than the Cathedral of SS. Boris & Gleb in Cleveland, Ohio. In accordance with the practice of Sobornopravnist, each parish will own its own buildings, including but not limited to, churches, halls and rectories.

Article 24 - Language and Governing Texts

The languages of this Charter and any Regulations hereunder promulgated shall be English and Ukrainian. The English text shall be deemed the legal and governing text.

The liturgical languages of the Metropolia are Ukrainian and English.

The Metropolia, the Archeparchy of Cleveland, the Eparchies, Parishes and Institutions are governed by the provisions of this Charter and the Regulations promulgated pursuant hereto.

Article 25 - Implementation

This Charter was prepared by the Metropolitan Charter Committee pursuant to the directive of the Council of Hierarchs. It was reviewed by an augmented committee whose representatives included clergy and laity from the entire Metropolia, in accordance with the recommendations of the 1998 Sobor. It becomes fully operative as of September 14, 2000.

Article 26 - Amendment

Amendments to this Charter may be proposed by: the Council of Hierarchs in consultation with the Metropolitan Council, the Metropolitan Council in consultation with the Council of Hierarchs or the Church Sobor. Regulations pertaining to the procedure for the Amendment of this Charter shall be promulgated by the Metropolitan Council in collaboration with the Council of Hierarchs.


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