Documents that will be presented by the Strategic Planning Committee in preparation for the 16th All-American Council October 31-November 4, 2011, are now available in PDF format on oca.org.
Delegates should read the documents — particularly those reflecting the goals of special interest to them — prior to the Council, according to Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. The themes correspond to the ten working groups in which delegates will participate.
“Delegates who have yet to indicate which working groups in which they intend to participate should complete and return the appropriate form to the Chancery as soon as possible,” Father Eric added. The form may be found on the OCA web site here. Delegates will be informed via e-mail as to the group to which they’ve been assigned, based on their top three indicated choices.
“To date, parish development, leadership and management, finances, and evangelism are the most requested groups,” said Father Eric.
Facilitating the working groups are the following individuals:
1. Contemporary Issues — Archpriest Michael Oleksa
2. Continuing Education — Archpriest Ian Pac-Urar
3. Diocesan Revitalization — Donna Karabin
4. Evangelization — Archpriest John Reeves
5. Funding — Protodeacon Peter Danilchick
6. Inter-Orthodox Relations — Archpriest Leonid Kishkovsky
7. Leadership and management — David Grier
8. Parish Development — Dr. Dmitri Solodow
9. Theological Education — Archpriest Alexander Garklavs
10. Youth — Archpriest Michael Anderson
At their most recent meeting on September 7, members of the Preconciliar Commission learned that nearly 500 delegates have registered. Commission members also finalized the Council agenda.
“The Preconciliar Commission is still accepting registration, while the hotel is getting close to being completely booked, so parishes are urged to register as soon as possible,” Father Eric concluded.
All reports, together with the delegate handbook, will be released October 1, 2011. Resolutions, which by Statute must be released 30 days prior to the opening of the Council, will be included in the handbook.