The Albania team, which will depart on September 17, will conduct spiritual retreats for clergy wives, women lay leaders and women’s groups. The Tanzania team, which will depart on October 27, will offer theological training for the clergy of the Orthodox Metropolis of Mwanza, while the Uganda team, which also departs on October 27, will offer Christian stewardship workshops to clergy and lay persons in various communities.
“Are you able to serve on one of these teams?” asks OCMC’s Kenneth D. Kidd. “If so, you are urgently needed! Without ten additional volunteers these teams may not go.”
“The web site features a plethora of information designed to assist in preparing the faithful, and especially AAC delegates and observers, for the gathering, slated to convene in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “Among the various resources found on the site is a video message and introductory message by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon. AAC-related documents, resources, and study materials will be added regularly, while a special section offering information on Atlanta’s attractions also will be made available.
“And for the first time, registration for the AAC, as well as the hotel, will be handled through a secure, dedicated section of the web site, beginning January 1, 2015,” he added. “In the fall, a section dedicated to the AAC youth component, detailing its program, costs and related information, will be featured.”
Among the site’s current and future features are
reports and resources concerning Statute Revisions and the Finance Revision Plan, which will be released in the fall for review and commentary by the Church.
a dedicated blog for members of the Church to offer comments and ask questions on these plans. These will be integrated into the discussions by the various committees desiring feedback on these and related issues.
a section in which resolutions for consideration by the AAC’s delegates may be offered. This feature is slated to appear in January 2015.
“In the coming months, the OCA web site will announce new updates, resources and information posted on the AAC site as they become available,” Father Eric added. “In the meantime, we hope that all of the Church’s faithful will rely on the AAC web site for the latest with regard to the 18th AAC in a Church-wide effort to put the Council’s theme—‘How to Expand the Mission’—into action.”
Archbishop Melchisedek of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania opened the Forum with a message of encouragement and support.AnnMarie Mecera (left) shared principles and ideas for determining successful charitable outreach for the small parish.Archpriest Daniel Rentel gave the keynote address.Archpriest Jonathan Proctor shared the success story of Holy Trinity in St. Paul, Minnesota.Participants heard a variety of presentations geared to strengthening the parish, committing to long term viability, and developing reachable goals.Archpriest Daniel Rentel gave the keynote address.David Drillock led a choir workshop in which he stressed that smaller choirs may sound better singing in just parts rather than four.Participants heard a variety of presentations geared to strengthening the parish, committing to long term viability, and developing reachable goals.Archpriest John Reeves discussed the unique characteristics of parishes of different sizes.The hospitality of Christ the Savior Church, headed by Parish Council President John Fedorko (center) was outstanding and memorable.
The first-ever Small Parish Forum was at Christ the Savior Church here July 10-12, 2014. It was co-hosted by the Diocese of the Midwest and the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
Geared to parishes with 50 members or less, the forum featured speakers who presented ideas, principles and tactics for strengthening the parish, committing to long term viability, and developing reachable goals.
Participants came from as far away as New England, North Dakota, and Saskatchewan. In addition to clergy and laity attendees from Orthodox parishes, the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma, Ohio was represented by Priest Dennis Hrubiak.
“It truly was excellently planned and executed!” said an enthusiastic Archpriest William (John) Evansky of Holy Ghost Church, Ambridge, PA and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. “I heard numerous positive comments from the attendees, many of whom look forward to similar events in the future.”
Presentations were supported with workshops, case studies, clergy and lay breakout sessions, and time for networking. Participants will be given the opportunity to stay in touch with one another for support and reinforcement through an electronic e-mail group.
Given encouragement to hold another conference in 2015, organizers will begin preliminary planning in the coming months and year.