Archive | July, 2014

18th All-American Council web site goes “live”

18thAACA special site dedicated to the 18th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America went “live” on the OCA web site at http://18aac.oca.org on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

“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.”

Read letter from His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon

To the Venerable Pastors, God-loving Monastics and Devout Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America:

I greet all of you as we mark one year before the opening of the 18th All-American Council, slated to convene in Atlanta, Georgia from July 20-24, 2015. The Council, which will provide an opportunity for the entire Church to gather in worship, fellowship and discipleship, is one of the most inspiring events in the life of our Orthodox Church in America. And the task of the 18th All-American Council appears to be all the more uplifting inasmuch as it has as its theme “How to Expand the Mission” – the very theme that Saint Tikhon pursued at the First All-American Sobor that gathered in Mayfield, Pennsylvania in 1907.

During this year, in which we mark the 220th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Orthodox Christian missionaries in Kodiak, Alaska, I ask that we dedicate ourselves to reflecting on the mission of Orthodox Christianity in North America and that we embrace the communal and personal challenges the Council theme places before us: How can we – as the Orthodox Church in America, as dioceses and deaneries and parishes, and as members of the Body of Christ – expand the Church’s ministry and witness on this continent? How can we, collectively and individually, continue the vision of Saints Herman and Innocent – and all those, known and unknown, who have struggled and sacrificed to make Christ’s Church on this continent a vibrant expression of “the life of the world to come”?

As we prepare to gather in Council, our task will be to witness our unity in Jesus Christ, our thirst for His Will to be done within our communities, and our ability to discern, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, how we might continue the work of Saint Tikhon, who challenged his flock to “expand the Mission.” Hence, I encourage every member of the Orthodox Church in America – those who will be attending the Council as well as those who will follow its proceedings from afar – to consider not only where we have been during these past 220 years, but where we are going in the immediate future and beyond. Only by coming together to discern our call to discipleship will we truly discover and reveal the strength and power of the Body and Bride of Christ, the Church.

I encourage you to visit regularly the official All-American Council web site – 18aac.oca.org – for important updates, documents and Council-related resources during the coming year, that “with one mind we may confess Father, Son and Holy Spirit, the Trinity one in essence and undivided.”

With love in Christ,

✝ TIKHON
Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada

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