June 22, 2015
Dear Friends and Faithful of the Diocese of the South,
Christ is in our midst!
The DOS Assembly will take place July 20, 2015 (the opening day of the 18th All-American Council) in Atlanta, GA, at the Atlanta Hilton (Crystal Ballroom A & F) from 9:00 AM through 12:30 PM.
As has often been the case in those years in which there has been an All-American Council, our assembly will be simply "business only". There will be no other activities related to the Diocese of the South Assembly. The delegates and observers from your parish, mission, or monastery for the All-American Council will be considered as your delegates to the Diocese of the South Assembly (and we will be using the registration lists and badges provided by the OCA for this purpose).
Please note: There will be no Diocesan Council meeting in conjunction with this assembly.
Please be sure to familiarize yourselves with the reports below. As has been our practice for several years now, delegates (and observers) will need to bring their own copies (electronic or hard) of all assembly materials.
I look forward to seeing you all in Atlanta! Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions at all.
With all the blessing of our Lord,
Fr Marcus Burch
Chancellor. Diocese of the South
Updated July 18, 2015
We welcome the Clergy and Lay Delegates to the 2015 Diocesan Assembly in Atlanta, GA.
In contrast to our lengthy Assembly in Dallas in 2014, the Diocesan Assembly this year is abbreviated by virtue of its coincidence with the 18th All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America.
The main tasks set before this Assembly are to confirm a Diocesan budget and to elect representatives to the Metropolitan Council.
Our Diocese continues to face difficult challenges: the transformation of missions into parishes, the formation of clergy as a Diocesan priority, the increased costs of supporting clergy, and the careful planning for the transition of clergy into retirement.
Each year our Diocese takes many steps forward; it is wonderful to share these positive changes.
Nevertheless, we face important challenges, such as finding the most suitable priest for each parish community, financing and building churches, strengthening our parishes as worshipping communities, and responding with one voice to the spiritual and moral collapse of our society. There are obstacles to overcome in making our Church communities visible, accessible, and welcoming to our neighbors. Each day we are responsible for raising our children in the Orthodox faith and making our parishes safe havens for families and children.
Our DOS Assembly is meeting this year within the larger context ofthe All-American Council in which we will address the limitations of our present Statutes and the mechanisms by which we financially support our Church.
Thank you for the sacrifices you have made to reach Atlanta and spend time united in fellowship with the faithful of our Church.
Administrator of the Diocese of the South