September 15, 2014 is the first meeting of Bishops, Clergy and Laity in an Open Forum related to developing a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Church in the USA. The “Clergy-Laity gathering” will take place following a doxology at Holy Trinity Church, Dallas,Texas. The bishops will welcome questions and answers from those gathered to exchange ideas. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides, Director of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, will moderate the Forum. His email is: [email protected]. Father Christopher Constantinides is the local organizer of the event. His phone number is 972-991-1166. His email is: [email protected] Bishop Basil, Chairman of the Secretariat of the Assembly, will be part of the program. You may also email your questions to OCL at [email protected].
The Assembly of Bishops will hold its fifth annual meeting September 16-18, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. This year’s agenda includes a session on evangelism and outreach with
presentations by the Assembly’s Agencies (see the list of agencies here). Canonical regional planning and a national youth rally are other key topics of discussion. The full agenda can be found here on the Assembly’s website.
The hierarchs of the Assembly request the prayers of all clergy, monastics, and laity for a spiritually fruitful meeting.
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America is a body of all active, canonical Orthodox bishops in the USA. There are currently 52 bishops in the Assembly, representing the following archdioceses and dioceses in the US: Albanian, American Carpatho-Russian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Greek, Orthodox Church in America, Romanian, Russian, Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Serbian, and Ukrainian. The Assembly was established to address the pastoral needs of Orthodox faithful, present a common and unified witness of the Orthodox Faith, and manifest the unity of Orthodoxy.[subscribe2]