Friday, August 05, 2005

Ninth Clergy-Laity Congress to be Held in Suzdal in September

(Suzdal Diocesan Bulletin - Vertograd, Suzdal)

By decison of the Hierarchical Synod of the Russian Orthodox (Autonomous) Church, the Ninth Clergy-Laity Congress of the Russian Orthodox Church will be held from September 3rd through the 9th in Suzdal. As in the past, the congress will be of a general nature, i. e. it will be open to all interested members of the clergy and laity of the Church of Russia.
Expected topics for discussion include current problems facing Church life, in particular, the convocation of the first Hierarchical Council of the Russian Orthodox (Autonomous) Church and its related expenses.
The previous congress (#8) took place in May, 2001, in Suzdal,and was incorporated into the festivities surrounding the canonization of the 20th century confessor of Orthodoxy, St. Philaret, First Hierarch of the ROCOR. Almost immediately after this congress, an apparently well planned attack started up against the Church in connection with the activities of Fr. Andrew Osetrov, as well as the persecution against Metropolitan Valentine, First Hierarch of the ROAC, that was done through the courts. All of these things upset the normal course of Church life and caused a postponement of any further congresses and councils.