Syndesmos, the World Fellowship of Orthodox Youth, is recruiting Orthodox young adults from around the world to serve as stewards at its 50th Anniversary General Assembly, slated to convene at Resurrection of Christ Theological Academy, Durres, Albania July 14-20, 2003.
“Syndesmos, which today counts 126 member movements in 42 countries around the world, was established in 1953 as an international network of Orthodox youth movements and theological schools,” according to the Very Rev. John Matusiak, Communications Director of the Orthodox Church in America and former Syndesmos Vice-President. “Among Syndesmos’ founders are His Beatitude, Archbishop Anastasios, who as Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania will have the honor of hosting the Assembly; and the late Fathers Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff, both former Deans of Saint Vladimir Seminary.”
Assembly stewards will provide practical support for the Assembly’s 200-plus delegates.
“Being a steward means hard work—from making photocopies to carrying chairs or planning cultural events,” says Mr. Hildo Bos of Amsterdam, Holland, Syndesmos President. “It also is a rare occasion to be a part of a unique international Orthodox meeting of great significance. It means working, praying and enjoying yourself together with other Orthodox youth from around the world.”
Stewards will prepare for their task during a training program which will be conducted July 8-14, one week before the Assembly’s opening.
Potential stewards, who are responsible for covering their own travel expenses, must be between 18 and 35 years of age. Syndesmos will provide all stewards with complimentary room and board, while a limited number of travel subsidies will be provided.
For general information on Syndesmos, visit http://www.syndesmos.org.