From 20 to 24 July 2015, XVIII American Council of the Orthodox Church in America took place in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Such councils are held every three years, and both ministers and delegates of the laity, from all the parishes of the OCA (i.e. from the United States, Canada and Mexico) participate in them. Our parish also sent a delegate to the Council.
The Council adopted a new version of the Charter of the OCA, as well as the resolution on the financial system of the OCA, and a resolution on abuse of spiritual power.
The Council was attended by Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine Onufry, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA Ioann Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, and Vicar of the Diocese of Chernivtsi and Bukovina, Evseviy, Bishop of Khotyn.
The materials and the resolutions of the Council can be found at the OCA website: http://18aac.oca.org/
Photos from the Council:
At the plenary session. In the hall where the meetings and the Divine services took place, there was an iconostasis mounted and reliquaries with the relics of the saints placed, so the delegates could venerate them.
The delegates came to the Council from across the US, Canada and Mexico
Icon of All Saints in the America
Reliquary of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
Antimension that Saint Innokenty of Alaska used for Divine Services