Monday, March 26, 2012
Committee Members and Consultants
Objective of the Committee
The Committee for Canonical Regional Planning is charged with formulating a proposal for a plan to organize all the Orthodox faithful of every jurisdiction in the Region on a canonical basis, in accordance with the Rules of Operation, Article 5.e of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference in Chambésy. This plan is intended for presentation to the forthcoming Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church as per the Decision Article 1.b of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference.
Committee Activities and Accomplishments
- Global Vision and Principles for a Unified Organization (Metropolitan Jonah, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos(by invitation), Demetrios Moschos, Protodeacon Peter Danilchick) Consider and develop a draft global vision and principles for a united church administration and the associated canonical reorganization. Questions such as the following will be addressed: what is our vision for the administratively-unified Church, what should it look like, what particulars of the historical development of the various jurisdictions need to be known and publicized to gain proper perspective, what immediate steps might be taken towards greater cooperation, what transition measures would be appropriate to a long-term reorganization, etc?
- Canonical and Liturgical Issues (Archbishop Nicolae, Fr Nicholas Apostola, Demetrios Moschos, Tatiana Veselkina) List the present canonical and liturgical issues impacting the common life of the church, including a review of any disagreements within Orthodox jurisdictions in the USA. It was generally felt that the Committee, while unable and indeed not competent to resolve the issues, should at least identify them.
- Ecclesiastical Structure and Governance (Metropolitan Nicholas, Fr Joseph Abud, Steve Radakovich) Achieve better understanding of and document the various ecclesiastical and governance structures of the member churches in the USA. Review the roles of the clergy and the laity in the different jurisdictions, as well as the principles of formal church constitutions and by-laws.
These efforts will be undertaken in cooperation with other Assembly Committees, such as Canonical Affairs, Clergy Affairs, Liturgy, etc., with initial results to be reviewed by the entire Committee for Canonical Regional Planning in early April 2012.
The Committee would like to thank its Consultants for offering their energy, experience, expertise, and love for the Church towards the task of proposing a plan for canonical organization of all the Orthodox faithful in the Region.
Archbishop Nicolae, Chairman
Committee for Canonical Regional Planning