Cleveland to host first Assembly of Bishops’ public forum on unity

Assembly of Bishops

The Orthodox Christian community of Cleveland, OH will host a public forum on the Assembly of Bishops and the future of Orthodox Church unity in America on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

The program will begin with Vespers followed by a presentation by Protodeacon Peter Danilchick, member of the Secretariat of the Assembly of Bishops. Protodeacon Danilchick will discuss the history of the Assembly, its goals, and highlights from the fourth annual meeting in Chicago. Three hierarchs — Metropolitan Savas (Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America), Bishop Gregory (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese), and Bishop Peter (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) — are expected to attend. Following the presentation, clergy and laity will have an opportunity to ask questions about the Assembly and discuss the future of Church unity.

The forum, which was planned by Cleveland-area laity, has received the blessing and support of the Assembly of Bishops and the Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy. It is the Assembly’s hope that the forum will serve as a model to be replicated in other cities, as a means to promote pan-Orthodox understanding and dialogue about the Assembly and its mission.

The Cleveland event will begin at 5:00 p.m. on October 27 at Holy Trinity Church [OCA], 6822 Broadview Rd., Parma, OH. The event is free and open to the public.