Ep. No. 220
June 24, 2013
TO ALL CLERGY, CHURCH-SCHOOL CONGREGATION EXECUTIVE BOARDS,
DIOCESAN COUNCIL AND AUDITING BOARD MEMBERS, AND THE KSS
OF THE WESTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE OF THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Following the ancient Tradition of the Church, in the spirit of Her conciliar nature, and in accordance with Article 21 point 3 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, We hereby summon the Annual Assembly of the Diocese of Western America to be held in conjunction with the 17th Annual Diocesan Days Gathering at Saint Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California from Friday, August 30th to Sunday, September 1st, 2013.
The Assembly of the Diocese is comprised of:
1. The Bishop
2. Active Clergy, both orders
3. Presidents of all Church-School Congregations or their Alternates
4. Members of the Diocesan Council
5. Members of Auditing Board
6. One Elected delegate from each Church-School Congregation
7. Two representatives of the Federation of Circle of Serbian Sisters of the Diocese
Should the President of the Church-School Congregation also be a member of the Diocesan Council, the Vice-president of the Executive Board may represent the Church-School Congregation at the Diocesan Assembly.
The enclosed Credentials form requesting the names of the Delegates who will represent your congregation, must be submitted to the Diocesan office no later than Wednesday, July 31, 2013. The Assembly Agenda, Financial Statements, and Committee Reports will be emailed to our parish clergy to distribute to their delegates prior to the meeting. These documents will also be distributed to each delegate when they register at the Assembly.
The Annual Clergy Symposium, Annual KSS Meeting, and Diocesan Council Meeting, will be held on Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Cathedral. Friday evening will include presentations by our honored guests: V. Rev. Dr. John Erickson, SVS Emeritus, Dr. James Skedros, Professor, Holy Cross School of Theology, and Mr. Michael Pravica, Assistant Professor, University of Nevada. The Annual Assembly will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31st. Please see the attached schedule for many other events that will be taking place throughout the weekend. The weekend’s festivities will conclude on Sunday, September 1st with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy followed by a Banquet and an afternoon of fellowship and music.
Let us approach these gatherings of clergy and laity with joy and gladness and with the hope that God will grant us a productive and prosperous Assembly. We anticipate that every delegate will fully participate in not only the work of our Assembly, but most importantly in the Divine Services and Holy Eucharist.
With Archpastoral Blessings,
Bishop of Western America