Meeting of Clergy from the Eastern and Western Archdiocese During 48th Annual Convention
The 48th Annual Convention of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch for the United States and Canada was underway on Thursday, July 21st and began with a meeting of Clergy from the Eastern and Western Archdiocese. The opening prayer at this first session was delivered by His Eminence Mor Clemes Eugene Kaplan, Archbishop of the Western Archdiocese.
The meeting’s agenda highlighted a Biblical presentation given by Very Rev. Rabban Raboula Somi from Sweden. The presentation was entitled “The Brothers of Jesus in the Syriac Tradition.” Present also was the Very Rev. Fr. Joseph Shabo of Aleppo.
Decisions taken at this first session included a proclamation that the week between the two Holy Days of the “Consecration of the Church” and the “Renewal of the Church” be designated as a week of Bible Reading for our Syriac Orthodox Church in North America.
The second decision called for cooperation between the Eastern and Western Archdiocese in the publication of religious books and the standardization and printing of the Annual Calendar.
A discussion on continued education for clergy resulted in a decision requiring clergy to take refresher and self-improvement courses of study which include theology, sociology, management and public speaking.
At the conclusion of this four hour session, His Eminence Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, Archbishop of the Eastern Archdiocese gave closing comments and ended the meeting with a prayer.