On the occasion of the 2016 Clergy Laity Assembly and Philoptochos Convention of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey held at “The Venetian” in Garfield, NJ, on May 16-17, 2016; be it resolved that:
“Whereas, the name Macedonia refers to a specific region of Northern Greece dating back centuries with known historical events and persons, such as Alexander the Great;
Whereas, the name Macedonia continues to be hijacked by other countries and specifically, The FYROM (The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), thereby denying the facts of the history of the Hellenic Republic.
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, together with the Clergy, Lay Delegates of this 2016 Clergy/Laity Assembly, the Metropolis of New Jersey Ladies of Philoptochos and all Orthodox Christians, as well as Hellenes and Phil-Hellenes hereby reiterate in the strongest possible voice that MACEDONIA IS GREEK AND GREEK ONLY.
Be It Further Resolved, that we the faithful Orthodox Christians of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of New Jersey, under the spiritual and administrative guidance and leadership of His Eminence, Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, fully object to the erroneous 2004 decision of the United States Government and others to recognize and use the name Macedonia for a country that is not Hellenic in origin and hereby that all US Government authorities and other Nation understand history and resolve this Hellenic and Ethnic issue immediately by reversing all 2004 decisions and proclamations.