19th AAC Handbook released, available online

In accordance with the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America, Article 3, Section 5, the Delegate Handbook for the 19th All-American Council [AAC] is now available online.

As widely announced, the 19th AAC will be held in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018. The Council theme will be “For the Life of the World,” inspired by the classic book of the same name written by the late Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann.

“The Handbook, which according to the Statute must be issued 60 days prior to the opening of the AAC, includes the approved agenda, instructions, rules and arrangements for the AAC, as well as submitted and approved Statute amendments and resolutions for consideration by AAC delegates,” said Archpriest Eric G. Tosi, OCA Secretary. “The Handbook also provides procedures for submitting resolutions during the AAC.

“The Handbook has been blessed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and delegates are requested to read it in its entirety, download it and bring it with them to the AAC,” Father Eric added. “Hard copies will not be available at the Council. Upon registering, delegates will receive three-ring binders in which to place the Handbook.”

Reports on the OCA’s various offices, departments and institutions will be released online 30 days prior to the AAC’s opening, in accordance with Article 3, Section 5 of the Statute.

Questions or concerns may be addressed to the Preconciliar Commission at 19aac@oca.org.

19th AAC Youth Program agenda announced

With over 130 youth and 30 staff members already registered, the Youth Program slated to be held during the 19th All-American Council [AAC] of the Orthodox Church in America promises to provide a faith-filled week for children and teens.

As widely announced, the 19th AAC will be held in Saint Louis, MO July 23-27, 2018. The theme of the gathering is “For the Life of the World” — a theme that will be explored by the youth in a variety of workshops, outings and related activities. A detailed schedule of youth events is now available online.

“We will be visiting Saint Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch, Forest Park’s Science Center and Zoo, Six Flags, and the City Museum,” said Priest Benjamin Tucci, who is coordinating the program. “Youth will enjoy a brunch with the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops. They will explore the Divine Liturgy, Orthodox Christian chanting and singing, and what it means to be an Orthodox Christian during the week’s educational sessions and workshops.”

The youth also will offer a presentation to AAC delegates and observers at the closing plenary session.

Registration officially closes on May 15.

“We are anticipating a faith-and-fun-filled learning experience as we grow together in Christ,” Father Benjamin concluded.

Questions may be directed to Father Benjamin at 612-599-1125 or frbentucci@gmail.com.

The AAC Youth Program curriculum also is available online in PDF format.