General Information

Official Dates

The 2016 Clergy-Laity Congress & the National Philoptochos Convention will convene on Sunday, July 3rd - July 8th, 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.


The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center a premier Opryland hotel in Nashville, TN, offers guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof.

Nestled in a bend of the meandering Cumberland River, this Nashville resort features an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping and recreational activities underneath signature glass atriums. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

During downtime, enjoy the Opryland hotel’s 9 acres of lush indoor gardens and cascading waterfalls.

2800 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN 37214 Phone (615) 889-1000

Hotel Reservations

Reservations may be made by calling the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center directly at 1-877-491-7397. Please advise reservations that you are with “Greek Orthodox” to obtain the special rate of $189.00

On line reservations may be made:

To be guaranteed our discounted rates please make your reservations prior to JUNE 8, 2016.

Congress Registration

Online Registration is now available: at

Please note the following registration fees for the 43rd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress.

  • $625 Registration Fee for Clergy and Duly elected delegates
  • $625 Archdiocesan Council
  • $625 National Philoptochos Delegates
  • $650 Non-Delegates/Guests (Will only receive ticket packet)
  • $500 Registration for National Sisterhood of Presvyteres
  • $150 Registration for retired Clergy not serving a parish and retired Presvyteres
  • $650 Registration for Non-Delegate Priest (2nd Priest in Community)
  • $200 Workshop Only Registration (no event tickets)

The Congress Registration Fee is inclusive of all Clergy-Laity meal functions, Workshops, Forums, Congress Registration folio and other collateral materials.

The Registration hours for Clergy-Laity & National Philoptochos are:

  • Saturday, July 2nd 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm (subject to change)
  • Sunday, July 3rd 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Monday, July 4th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Miscellaneous Information

The Congress Exhibit Hall located in the Ryman Ballroom will be open from Sunday, July 3rd thru Thursday, July 7th at 5:00 pm.

Tickets for family, friends and guests to specific CLC events will be available for purchase at the Congress.

The Divine Liturgy will be held at the GRAND OLE OPRY HOUSE.

All other events will be held in the Delta Section of the hotel. 

For further information please contact:

Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Clergy-Laity Congress
8 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
tel.: (212) 570-3549
fax: (212) 570-3587

Download the General Information in PDF format.

Messages from Archbishop Demetrios

Clergy-Laity Congress Theme Article - Part IV

In this article our focus is on how we are offering the voice of Christ in a changing world through the ministry and service of our Greek Orthodox Church in America. During our discussions in Nashville, our primary work should be evaluating the current ministries and resources at all levels of our Holy Archdiocese and planning for more opportunities to offer the voice of Christ.

Clergy-Laity Congress Theme Article - Part III

As our theme affirms, we live in a changing world. It is a challenging and complex world due to change. We experience this in our own lives as we go through each day, as we reflect on the past month and years and consider the course of our lives over time. Due to multiple means of communication and 'real time' information, we are presented constantly with events and moments of change from around the world.

Clergy-Laity Congress Theme Article - Part II

As we are sent by Him to be the light of the world, to be His voice, it is essential that we know His voice, and we are able to offer the Gospel in a changing world. We know the voice of Christ as we live in His presence and are connected to Him in faith. We hear His voice offering truth, guidance, and assurance, and we respond by following His will. We hear His voice as our Lord sends us into the world to speak to others about what we see and experience in Christ.

Clergy-Laity Congress Theme Article - Part I

As we prepare for our Clergy-Laity Congress and consider the implications of our Lord’s commission for our work throughout this Holy Archdiocese, it is important that we reflect prayerfully on this theme. In this first of a series of articles, our focus is on the importance of knowing Christ in order to be the voice of Christ. If we are to carry the Gospel to the ends of the earth, if we are to speak a message of hope into lives filled with despair, if we are to proclaim salvation and...