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UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
CONSISTORY OFFICE OF PUBLIC RELATIONS
Hierarchs of the UOC of the USA Participate in the Proceedings of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America in Detroit, MI
Forty hierarchs from across the United States of America arrived to Detroit, Michigan in order to participate in the Seventh Annual Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.
His Eminence Metropolitan Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel participate in this year’s conference in dual capacity: first and foremost as hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA; secondly as officers of the Assembly: Metropolitan Antony serving as Treasurer of the Assembly and Bishop Daniel as a Liaison of the Assembly for the Legal Committee of the ecclesiastical body of the Orthodox Church in the United States of America.
The first plenary day of the Assembly began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St. Mary Orthodox Church (Antiochian Orthodox Christian Jurisdiction) in Livonia, Michigan. The hierarchs took part in the common Eucharistic celebration at St. Mary’s, the church that is modeled after St. Simeon the Stylite in Aleppo, Syria.
During the first working session, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Chairperson of the Assembly of Bishops (Exarch of Ecumenical Patriarch) opened 2016 gathering with the reflection on the latest developments in the life of the Orthodox Church following the Convocation of the Great Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete. The plenary sessions continued throughout the day, primarily reviewing the ministry of Agencies of the Assembly: Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry, International Orthodox Christian Charities, Orthodox Christian Mission Center, Orthodox Christian Network, Orthodox Christian Fellowship. In conclusion of the first day of meetings, the hierarchs reflected upon the proceedings of the Pan-Orthodox Council in Crete and the importance of various theological documents that were released following the Council.
The schedule of the second day of the Assembly consists of various presentations, addressing the issues of Religious Liberty, review of ministerial projects of Assembly’s Committees and Organizations as well as the election of new officers and appointment of Liaisons for the vacant Committees.