Clergy of the Orthodox Church in America who participate in the OCA’s 2013 Parish Ministries Conference, slated to be held at Marymount University here July 10-13, 2013, will receive Continuing Clergy Development credits [CCD], according to Archpriest Ian Pac-Urar, chair of the Department of Continuing Education.
“All conference sessions will be credited hour-for-hour as CCD units,” said Father Ian. “That is, a one-hour session is worth one hour of CCD credit toward the 20 hours per year required of all clergy—five of which must be taken in the area of legal, professional and ethical issues directly from the Department of Continuing Education.”
The conference theme—“Faith in Action: Equipping the Saints for Worship, Learning and Service”—will be developed by speakers and personnel from the OCA’s departments of Christian Education, Christian Service and Humanitarian Aid, Liturgical Music and Translations, and Youth, Young Adult and Campus Ministry. Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of Saint Vladimir’s Seminary, Yonkers, NY, will deliver the keynote address.
A detailed schedule and on-line registration forms may be found here. A list of workshop speakers will be available in the immediate future. Early registration at a reduced rate is available through May 31.
Additional accredited programs are being offered this summer by Saint Vladimir’s Seminary and Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA. Information may be found here and here respectively.
The OCA Department of Continuing Education was established by the Holy Synod of Bishops in January 2013 to provide for the ongoing development of clergy and lay leaders. The Holy Synod simultaneously mandated a continuing education requirement of 20 hours annually for all priests and deacons. Further information may be found here.