Historic Series of Meetings Begins
The Metropolitan Council began three days of meetings, two of which will be in joint session with the Synod of Bishops, according to schedule at mid-morning today in Syosset, New York.
The first day's agenda includes three major items: a presentation by the Reorganization Task Force on plans to restructure the central administration of the OCA; a report on "Best Practices" with reference to the Council's earlier-requested attorney review; and the proposed 2007 budget.
A number of other items are also scheduled to be discussed in the afternoon (and evening hours, should an additional session be necessary). These include appointment of legal counsel, the Kondratick lawsuit, the Alaska Lands Commission, the establishment of additional Metropolitan Council committees (such as Charity, Investment and Audit) as well as review of the distribution of funds from the Honesdale loan.
The key day, however, is Tuesday, December 12th. In a rare joint session, both the Synod and the Council are scheduled to hear a report from Steven Lamos, CPA concerning the 2004 & 2005 Audits, the 2001-2005 Review of Appeals, and the 2006 Nine Month Review of Accounts. Later that same morning, attorney Sarah Gold from Proskauer Rose LLP will present a report and answer questions concerning her investigation into the OCA central administration. It is anticipated that there will be working lunch. Following Ms. Gold's presentation, the joint session may discuss the 15th All American Council. It is expected that the Synod and Council will each meet separately to have their own discussion session, if necessary, in the evening.
On Wednesday, December 13th, the Feast of St. Herman, participants will celebrate an early (8 AM) Divine Liturgy together, followed by a final joint session. The meeting is schedule to conclude with a mid-morning Service of Thanksgiving. Participants have been warned that this agenda is subject to change based up the needs that may arise during the course of the meetings.
Please remember the Synod, Council, and all who assist them, in your prayers as they make the the difficult decisions that will impact the Orthodox Church in America for years to come.