Clergy-Laity Congress 2018
The 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress will be held at the Boston Marriott Copley Place from July 1 through July 5, 2018. Hotel reservations may be made by phone (617-236-5800) or online. A secondary hotel, the Westin Copley, is also available. Reservations at the Westin may be made by phone (617-262-9600) or online. The two hotels are connected by an enclosed sky bridge. Please make your reservations by June 7 in order to receive the discounted Clergy-Laity rate.
Registration is available at https://www.clergylaity.org/en/registration. Clergy-Laity Congress registration is $500 for presvyteres and $125 for retired clergy/presvyteres not serving a parish.
Please scroll down a bit to read a letter from our President regarding Clergy Laity.
ARCHDIOCESE BENEFITS OFFICE (Location TBD)
- Office Hours
1:00pm-5:00pm Monday, July 2
9:00am-5:00pm Tuesday, July 3
9:00am-5:00pm Wednesday, July 4
9:00am-1:00pm Thursday, July 5
BIOSCREENING (FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL BLOOD TEST AND BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING)
- Dates and Times TBD
May 18, 2018
Dear Sisters in Christ,
Here we are only 6 weeks away from the 44th Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Boston, Massachusetts! The theme is All Things are Possible to the One Who Believes in Christ (Mark 9:23). This Congress is hosted by the Holy Metropolis of Boston and His Eminence Metropolis Methodios. Your NSP Board and the Boston Metropolis Sisterhood have many exciting things planned for you.
Many of you have asked for Clergy-Laity information. The Clergy-Laity committee has been hard at work trying to accommodate everyone’s needs. They are committed to providing us rooms for our meetings, the Clergy/Presvyteres Benefits Presentation and Q&A, and our Clergy/Presvyteres Workshop. Unfortunately, not every thing is finalized, thus, no Clergy-Laity schedule is yet available. We decided to prepare this Clergy-Laity newsletter with the information we have. Updated information will be available via email and our NSP website (www.nsp.goarch.org).
If you have not already done so, please go to http://nsp.goarch.org/about_us/clergy-laity-congress-2018, register for the Clergy-Laity Congress, and book your hotel. There are special rates for presvyteres ($500) and retired (not serving a parish) priests and presvyteres ($125). You have a choice of hotels—Boston Marriott Copley Place and Westin Copley. The Clergy-Laity meetings will be held at the Marriott. Once you register and book your hotel, you can pretty much relax and wait to receive communication from us.
Our NSP schedule will pretty much be the same as in the past. The Congress will begin with an Hierarchal Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation. The official opening of the Congress will take place at the Marriott with the Keynote Address by Archbishop Demetrios.
On Monday afternoon, we will meet in our room, have an Icebreaker, Nominations, Minutes of the 2016 Clergy-Laity NSP meetings, and the President’s, Treasurer’s, Benevolent Fund, and Corresponding Secretary’s reports. Then, we will have time for individual metropolis meetings and pictures.
We will meet on Tuesday morning for our Metropolis and Committee reports and vote on a 2020 Nominating Committee. In the afternoon we will go to HCHC where we will participate in HCHC Day and enjoy a barbecue together. There will be a Congress cultural event on Tuesday night, but I do not know anything beyond that.
Our meetings will continue Wednesday morning and that afternoon we will have a Benefits Presentation and Q&A followed by our Workshop (presenters Fr. Nicholas and Presv. Roxanne Louh). We decided to do one large workshop due to the last Clergy Laity’s survey results and comments that were given directly to us. It will be interesting to have a different format.
On Thursday morning, we will have elections and free time from 9:00am-10:00am. We will then announce the results of the elections, announce the Metropolis Representatives, tend to any other business, take a break, and then go on our Presvyteres Outing.
Please take the time to thank Leadership 100 Chairman, Argyris Vassilious, Executive Director, Paulette Poulos, and all the members of L100 for their donations to our Clergy-Laity workshop, our clergy family event, and our retreats. They make these events possible. Thank you, L100!
Looking forward to seeing all of you at Clergy Laity, I am
Your sister in Christ,
Additional information will be uploaded as it becomes available.
Third Finding of the Precious Head of St. John the Baptist; Therapon the Hieromartyr, Bishop of Cyprus; Memory of the Finding of the Holy Icon of Saint Demetrios the Great-Martyr and Myrrh-Streamer in Syria; Aldhelm, Bishop of Sherborne