Source: Orthodox Church in America
SYOSSET, NY [OCA] The Delegate Handbook for the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America has been released in accordance with Article III, Section 5 A of the current OCA Statute, which mandates the Preconciliar Commission “to publish and distribute the agenda, notices, and arrangements for the All-American Council at least 60 days prior to the established date.”
“The Handbook contains instructions for delegates, AAC procedures, the proposed agenda, and other pertinent information,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “Also included are two proposed resolutions, vetted and approved by the Resolution Committee and the Holy Synod of Bishops that will be considered in plenary session.
“The first resolution, to be presented by the Metropolitan Council after review by the Chancellors and Treasurers of the OCA’s dioceses and with the blessing of the Holy Synod of Bishops, was prepared by the Finance Committee of the Metropolitan Council,” added Father Eric. “The second resolution, which deals with matters of pastoral abuse, was presented by Holy Trinity Church, State College, PA with the approval of His Eminence, Archbishop Melchisedek.”
The Handbook also includes a copy of the proposed revised Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, which was posted on May 7, 2015 and distributed by e-mail on May 14, in accordance with Article XIII of the current Statute.
Additional reports will be posted on the OCA web site by June 20, in accordance with Article III, Section 5 of the Statute.
“Delegates are reminded to print copies of the reports, as well as the Handbook, prior to the AAC. Printed copies will not be available at the Council, although each delegate will receive a three-ring binder and tote bag when registering,” said Father Eric. “The bag also will include a map, a variety of helpful instructions and flyers of interest to delegates and observers.”
Delegates, observers and youth participants who have not already done so are urged to register on-line at their earliest convenience, and tomake hotel reservations. Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to and from the hotel.