ORTHODOX CHURCH IN AMERICA
PO Box 675
Syosset, NY 11791-0675
Office: 516-922-0550 Fax: 516-922-0954
ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS MEET IN PITTSBURGH
TO EXAMINE PAST, SET COURSE FOR THE FUTURE
Members of the Orthodox Church in America will gather in Pittsburgh,
PA, for their 15th All-American Council from Monday, November 10 to
Thursday, November 13, 2008.
"The All-American Council is the highest legislative and
administrative authority in our Church," said OCA Communications
Director, the Very Rev. Andrew Jarmus. "Councils are held every three
years to examine and evaluate activities and issues faced during the
preceding three years and to establish future priorities and goals."
This upcoming Council will review recent changes to the OCA Chancery
Office's administrative and financial policies and procedures. The
early part of the Council will be dedicated to the review of the
problems encountered and that are being addressed by the changes that
Central to the Pittsburgh All-American Council will be the election a
new Metropolitan (First Hierarch and Primate) for the Orthodox Church
in America. The new Primate - the Metropolitan of All America and
Canada - will oversee a Church that includes parishes in all of the
United States of America, Canada and Mexico. The OCA's former
primate, Metropolitan HERMAN (Swaiko), a native of Western
Pennsylvania, retired in early September.
The Metropolitan is canonically elected by the Holy Synod of Bishops
from among a candidate or candidates chosen by ballot by the clergy
and lay delegates at the AAC.
Although he will begin his duties almost immediately, the new
Metropolitan's official installation will not take place until
December 28, 2008 at the OCA's Saint Nicholas Cathedral in Washington, DC.
Council delegates also will discuss a process of strategic planning
for the future of the Orthodox Church in America that will be the
emphasis of the next three year term. "The effort to once again
embrace our vision in these present social and historical
circumstances will be an important point of discussion at our
Council," Fr. Jarmus said.
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Director of Ministries and
Communication Archdiocesan Press Spokesman
Orthodox Church in
of Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania
Media Registration Information
1) Attached is a media registration form that we ask all media to
please fill out and to return to the Press Desk in the AAC
Secretary's Office (The Duquesne Room on the first floor) in the Hilton Hotel.
2) In the AAC Secretary's Office there will be a press packet
containing detailed information on the 15th All-American Council for
your information. In the packet you will find:
a. Onsite communications numbers for communications staff;
b. Communications information for the Orthodox Church in America;
c. FACT Sheet on the 15th All-American Council;
d. FACT Sheet on the Orthodox Church in America;
e. The 15th AAC Agenda;
f. What Orthodox Christians belief.
3) Formal passes will be available from the Communications Staff
to provide media with access as needed for AAC sessions and
events. These passes are important as they will allow the AAC clerks
to be able to keep an accurate count regarding Delegates, Observers
and others present in the sessions.
4) According to the OCA's procedure for electing a Metropolitan,
the doors to the plenary room will remain closed for the duration of
the election; no one will be allowed in or out of the room. The
entire election process could take up to three hours. If time is an
issue, it is recommended that you arrive closer to noon, when the
election is scheduled to end; speak with personnel in the Secretarial
Room and they will notify Communications Staff who will bring you
into the plenary room as soon as possible.
5) Photography is permitted at all sessions and events, but
access is restricted to certain parts of the plenary room; please
speak with Communications Staff for details.
6) If you have a special need, please let either Fr. Andrew or
Fr. Patrick know what it is and we endeavor to facilitate it.