On Friday, August 11, 2023, Archbishop Elpidophoros of America met virtually with clergy from both the Metropolis of Atlanta and the Metropolis of San Francisco to continue open dialogue regarding proposed revisions to the Charter of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese.
The first meeting, consisting of more than 60 clergy from the Metropolis of Atlanta, began with a welcome from Rev. Fr Paul Kaplanis, President of the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council and Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral in Atlanta.
In the second meeting, with Metropolis of San Francisco clergy, Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco thanked the Archbishop for the opportunity to discuss the Charter and encouraged the more than 60 clergy in attendance to offer their questions and concerns.
The Archbishop opened both sessions with remarks describing his vision for increased coordination both between the Metropolises and with the GOA. He shared his thoughts on what a revised Charter should accomplish:
1. Establish a more canonical administrative structure for the Archdiocese
2. Increase transparency, accountability, and financial efficiencies
3. Create more effective, efficient, and consistent ministries
The Archbishop reiterated that the clergy informational sessions are a dialogue – an opportunity to offer his recommendations, but also an opportunity to listen to suggestions from our clergy. He also commented that the website will soon include modifications, reflecting the thoughts and concerns that have come through the Metropolis clergy meetings.
For more information and to submit questions and comments please visit the dedicated site for the GOA Charter: charter.goarch.org.