Lesser Synod of Bishops to meet Friday, December 9, 2011

The Lesser Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America will meet at the Chancery here on Friday, December 9, 2011.

In addition to His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, the meeting will be attended by His Grace, Bishop Tikhon; His Grace, Bishop Benjamin; His Grace, Bishop Melchisedek; His Grace, Bishop Matthias; and His Grace, Bishop Michael.

Agenda items include a number of clergy matters; a review of the work of the Sexual Misconduct Policy Advisory Committee; updates on the work of the OCA’s departments, committees, and commissions; recommendation for 2012 Church Planting Grants; follow-up to the 16th All-American Council; and plans for the spring 2012 Metropolitan Council and Holy Synod meetings.

The Lesser Synod meets four times every year to continue the work of the Holy Synod between sessions and plan for upcoming meetings.

As reported earlier, on Saturday, December 10, Metropolitan Jonah and the hierarchs will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia at the latter’s Cathedral in New York.