METROPOLIS OF BOSTON CLERGY LAITY CONFERENCE 2013

METROPOLIS OF BOSTON CLERGY LAITY CONFERENCE 2013

On Saturday, October 5th, 2013, 250 clergy and laity gathered at the Maliotis Cultural Center for the 2013 Metropolis of Boston Clergy Laity Conference.  This year’s theme, “Best Practices in Successful Ministries” highlighted the very successful ministries offered by our communities throughout New England.  The morning session provided attendees an overview of the various Archdiocesan and Metropolis ministries, while the afternoon session offered the attendees the opportunity to discuss the presentations more extensively.   The conference was an opportunity for all delegates to grow in the image and likeness of Christ. 

The conference speakers presented reports on the following ministries:

Archdiocese:

      Internet Ministries – Jamil Samara, Director of the Department of Internet Ministries, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

      Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism – Fr. James W. Kordaris, Director of Stewardship, Outreach & Evangelism, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

      Youth and Young Adult Ministries – The Rev. Fr. Jason Roll, Director of the Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America

      Enriching Catechism: Lifetime Learners – The Rev. Fr. Robert Archon, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Portsmouth, NH

      Finance Report – Ted Speros, Member of the Archdiocesan Council

Metropolis of Boston:

      Emerging Leaders Ministry – Fr. Ted Barbas, Chancellor

      Youth and Young Adult Ministries – Chrysanthy Tiggas, Youth Ministry Program Coordinator

      The Metropolis of Boston Camp – Michael Sintros, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and of the St. Methodios Faith and Heritage Center

      The St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center – Michael Sintros

      Philoptochos Ministries – Frances Levas, President

      The Philoxenia House – Eleni Pantelis, Coordinator

      Administration and Finance Reports – Metropolis Finance Team

During his keynote address, His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios referred to the plight of Christians living in the Near East, expressing his disappointment that the leaders of our nation “do not have the courage to publicly protest this systematic genocide”. 

The following resolution was passed by the Assembly.

“The delegates of the Clergy Laity Assembly representing the 62 parishes of the Metropolis of Boston deplore the wanton destruction of Christian Churches, monasteries, convents, orphanages and hospitals in Syria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and throughout the Middle East.  The ethnic cleansing of Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians must end.  We call upon the leaders of our nation to protest these unspeakable acts of terror and to work unceasingly to bring to an end the heinous genocide of our brethren.”

Additionally, in response to His Eminence’s remarks concerning the need to involve young adults in the administration of our communities, the conference passed the following resolution.

 “All Communities in the Metropolis of Boston are strongly encouraged to renew their Parish Councils by inviting young adults between 25-50 years of age to serve”.

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