Annual Report January 2007
Prepared by Anthea Lukashonak, Lay Delegate
Father Andrew and I attended the 45th Midwest Diocesan Assembly, on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10th and 11th, 2006, in Palatine, Illinois. The assembly was highly anticipated due to the scandal currently affecting the national Church (OCA) in regards to the allegations of misallocation of funds and spending by the Chancellery, during the years of 1992 to present day. Under the leadership of Archbishop JOB, who led for an investigation and continues to lead for full disclosure, the OCA was forced to take legal steps and to investigate the charges. This assembly was the first opportunity for the clergy and lay delegates of the Midwest Diocese to meet as a body, for discourse, prayer, and action, and in support of our hierarch, Archbishop JOB, and as faithful servants of the Holy Orthodox Faith.
My report of the 45th Assembly was submitted to the Parish Council on October 26th, 2006.
For the sake of accuracy, the report includes the official transcripts of the minutes taken at the 45TH ASSEMBLY OF THE DIOCESE OF THE MIDWEST, by the Diocesan Secretary. Also, the Assembly packet, which includes copies of all reports, is available for parish members who wish to read these documents on their own.
I highly encourage all members of our Parish Council, and all parishioners, to read Archbishop JOB’s opening address presented at the 45th Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest. The address may be found at www.midwestdiocese.org. I found His Grace’s address to be reflective and instructional, reminding us of our responsibility to the Church and to our Orthodox Faith, and would like to share the following quote as part of this report:
* The crisis facing our Church today is not theological; it is one of ecclesiology and how we have failed to live it, it is one of proper administration. It is not our hope in the Gospel and the Lord it proclaims that we lack - rather, it is the failure of the Church to administer herself effectively so as to proclaim that Lord and salvation in Him.... - Archbishop JOB
The following resolution was made by the 45th Midwest Assembly and submitted to His Beatitude, Metropolitan HERMAN, the Holy Synod of Bishops, and the Metropolitan Council, of the OCA:
"We acknowledge that the current financial scandal and leadership crisis within the OCA is intolerable to the faithful members of this diocese. It is the mind of the Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of the Midwest, meeting in Palatine, Illinois, this 11th day of October 2006, that we have no confidence in the manner in which the administration in Syosset, New York, has handled this crisis and scandal. "We call upon the Metropolitan, the Synod of Bishops, and the Metropolitan Council of the OCA to adhere to the Statutes of the OCA in their entirety including accepting the competencies of all bodies within the OCA." In an effort to provide administrative accountability and fiscal transparency, the recommendations of the auditors for full financial disclosure and generally accepted accounting principles need to be fully implemented [e.g., quarterly budgetary reporting]. "If by the Spring Session of the Synod of Bishops, March, 2007, any aspects of the Statutes are being violated, the Diocese of the Midwest will begin putting its assessment in escrow." His Eminence, Archbishop Job, with the Diocesan Council, will make the determination on this matter."
To keep fully informed of the investigation of the national church, please log onto www.ocanews.org and look to "Chronology of the Scandal" and "Latest News".