On Friday, February 22nd, 2008 His Grace Bishop Maxim together with the Clergy and Delegates from each Parish in the Western American Diocese gathered for the Annual Diocesan Assembly at the Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church in Moraga, California. The day began at 9:00 am with the Invocation of the Holy Spirit. A continental breakfast was served while Clergy and Delegates registered. This year the Keynote address was given by the well-known author and speaker, His Excellency Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. His Eminence spoke to our Clergy and guests on the topic, "The Future of Orthodoxy in the United States". Following the lecture, His Eminence answered questions from the audiance. A delicous luncheon was served following the Keynote Address afterwhich the Assembly reconvened. Vespers began at 5pm followed by dinner and an evening of fellowship.