There are a total of 6 member churches in the Standing Conference for Oriental Orthodox Churches.
The Coptic Orthodox Church is also known as the Church of Alexandria, Alexandria being the capital of Egypt during the Greco-Roman period. The word “Copt” derives from “gypt” in Aigypptos, the Greek word for Egyptian.
The Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church was recognized by Coptic Pope Shenouda III after Eritrea became independent in 1993.
The Ethiopian Orthodox Church is also known as the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church. The word Tewahedo, which means, “made one,” was chosen to profess the one nature of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Syrian Orthodox Church of Antioch is also referred to today as the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch.
The Church of the People of Armenia is also called the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church or simply the Armenian Church.
The Malankara Syriac Church is also referred to as the Syrian Orthodox Church of India, or the Syriac Orthodox Church of India.