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Pan-Orthodox endorsement agency in The Netherlands
The Orthodoxe Zendende Instantie (OZI, Orthodox endorsement agency) has been established as the official Orthodox body responsible for the endorsement of Orthodox chaplains in The Netherlands. OZI was founded on 16 December 2018 by Metropolitan Athenagoras, chairman of the Orthodox Church in the Netherlands (OKIN) and Bishop Arseny, chairman of the association of Oriental Orthodox Churches (SOKIN). OZI represents the approximately quarter of a million Orthodox in the Netherlands of both the Eastern Orthodox and the Oriental Orthodox church families at a governmental level. In practice this means the Ministries of Justice and Security, of Defence and of Education. OZI also will act as coordinating body for Orthodox chaplains employed by hospitals and similar private institutions. Finally, OZI will be the ecclesial authority for St Irenaeus Orthodox Theological Institute, which is currently being founded and will take the place of the Amsterdam Centre for Orthodox Theology.