In a letter dated Friday, April 3, 2015, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon shared the intention of the Holy Synod of Bishops to continue the process regarding the revision of the Statute of the Orthodox Church in America and the presentation of the final draft at the 18th All-American Council [AAC] in Atlanta, GA July 20-24, 2015.
The text of the letter may be accessed here.
While weighing concerns that the time allocated for a Church-wide review of the revisions is insufficient, the members of the Holy Synod agreed to continue the current process and to make the proposed revised text available on-line and in hard copy 60 days before the Council’s opening, as required by the current Statute. As previously reported, the revision will be considered as a whole through an “up and down,” rather than an “article by article,” vote by AAC delegates.
Concurrently, the Statute Revision Committee has issued a letter offering an update on its activities and the continuation of the Church-wide vetting process, which is available here. Also available is the text of Article XIII—not found in the current Statute—which addresses the OCA’s monastic institutions.
In related news, the deadline for submitting resolutions is April 17, 2015. In addition to offering comments on the Statute, resolutions may be submitted on-line at http://18aac.oca.org/statute-revisions-resolutions.
Related information may be found here.