The GreekAmerican - June 27, 1998

34th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress to Convene in Orlando

NEW YORK - Plans are near completion for the 34th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, which will convene in Orlando, Florida from July 4-9 at the Marriott Orlando World Center.

His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, spiritual leader of more than 1.5 million Greek Orthodox in America, will preside at the Congress, which is expected to attract some 3,000 delegates, observers and guests from over 500 parishes of the Archdiocese. Meeting in conjunction with the Clergy-Laity Congress will be the Ladies Philoptochos Society, Young Adult League (YAL), Archdiocesan Council, Leadership 100, Presbyters Council, Sisterhood of Presvyteres, National Forum of Church Musicians, DOXA, Retired Clergy Association, and St. Basil's Academy Teachers' College Alumnae.

"One Faith, One Family, One Future: Together to the New Millennium" is the theme for this year's congress and the charge of Archbishop Spyridon in his keynote address on Monday, July 6, at the official opening of the congress. The theme forms the centerpiece of the congress educational program designed to provide delegates with the valuable opportunity to further understand the theological, ecclesiastical, and societal underpinnings of various priorities and areas of growth for the Greek Orthodox Church in America. These will be implemented through a series of forums examining these components of parish life, Orthodox marriage, Orthodox spirituality, and Orthodox communications.

The Clergy-Laity Congress is the highest legislative body of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, and the delegates will include priests and lay leaders representing parishes in the United States. During forums, workshops, committee meetings, and plenary sessions, the delegates will deliberate on the issues facing the Church and approve programs and budgets affecting the various Church ministries over the next two years.

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