Armenian archbishop appointed one of 12 presidential advisers on interchurch
- 03 July 2009
[Machine translation] A hierarch of the Echmiadzin Diocese, chairman of the National Council of Churches USA, Archbishop Ayhazyan Vigen (sp??), head of the Eastern United States Diocese, was appointed a member of the Organizing Committee of Advisors on interchurch dialogue (Task Force), with U.S. President Barack Obama.
The organizing committee consists of 12 religious leaders and prominent ecumenical figures, which meet every two weeks to discuss with the President of the United States the most important religious questions through telephone conferences. Over the past few months, archbishop Ayhazyan together with advisory bodies under the President of the USA has participated in numerous discussions of issues related to the approval of peace in the Middle East, as well as other issues of American Churches.
The bishop's name is Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, and he is currently the Diocesan Legate for the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern). Basically, the diocese of the Armenian Church in the United States that includes all of America aside from Nevada and California. Also note that this is the diocese attached to the Holy See of Etchmiadzin, the traditional Holy See of the Catholicos of All Armenians.
You can read more about him at either of these links:
He is active in both the National and World Council of Churches, and currently is the president of the National Council of Churches. He has also been involved in various charitable groups, most notably being extremely instrumental in fostering the presence of Habitat for Humanity in Armenia. Habitat has done wonderful work in Armenia over the last several years, and it has much to do with Abp. Vicken.
The Diocesan biography is a bit out of date, but it explains well what his job as Diocesan Legate entails.
Here is a link to the press release from the Armenian Church as well:
Sdn. Aram Sarkisian
St. John Armenian Church