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