Synodal Divine Liturgy at Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church
Join His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros and the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod for an uplifting service featuring choral accompaniment by the members of the National Forum of Church Musicians.
Opening of the Exhibit Hall
The Clergy-Laity Exhibit Hall will open to all with an official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Sunday afternoon. Throughout the week, make sure to visit the Exhibit Hall where you can meet with representatives from various Archdiocesan departments as well as many affiliated Orthodox Christian Ministries. Each one can help equip your ministry team with the tools you need to grow your parish! Also, don't forget about the dozens of vendors from all over the world, selling everything from vestments and ecclesiastical items to books, icons, and even jewelry!
A highlight of our Exhibit Hall this year will be the Center Stage, where our Ministry Panels and organizational receptions will take place.
Monday, July 1
Joint Opening of Clergy-Laity Congress and the National Philoptochos Convention
Delegates from the Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention will join His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America and the members of the Holy Eparchial Synod for the Join Official Opening. The program will include an Agiasmo service, guest speakers and dignitaries, and the Keynote Address from Archbishop Elpidophoros.
Archdiocesan Council Committee Meetings for Delegates
Following the Opening of the Congress, Tuesday is dedicated for delegates to attend meetings of the various committees of the Archdiocesan Council. Each committee encompasses the work of one or more departments of the Archdiocese. This is an opportunity to delegates to hear directly from Archdiocesan Council Members as well as departmental staff as to the work that is being done in a specific field. Each Committee meeting is open to any delegate to attend.
The Metropolis of San Francisco will open the first night with a huge Welcome Party....so huge in fact, it's taking place on an aircraft carrier! Join us on aboard the USS Midway Museum. for food, drink, entertainment, and lots of fun. Transportation to this event will be provided.
Following the Midway event, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros will welcome monastics from across the country to open their Monastic Synaxis with a midnight vigil. This beautiful service is open to all who would like to attend.
Tuesday, July 2
Ministry Panels and Workshops
On Tuesday, delegates will have the opportunity to attend various ministry panels and workshops on a wide variety of topics. The content for these sessions was selected after an Archdiocesan-wide call for papers. These panels and workshops will focus on all areas of ministry, from congregational singing and Byzantine chant to Artificial Intelligence and developing parish leaders. With a plethora of options to choose from, delegates should not have any difficulty finding a session that will benefit their parish ministry!
In the evening, His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America, our Patriarchal Representatives, and the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese will attend the biennial Clergy Family Reception!
Delegates will have the opportunity to explore San Diego this evening and see many of the amazing sights in the warm, breezy night along the water!
Wednesday, July 3
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
For the first time at a Clergy-Laity Congress, there will be a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy for all Clergy-Laity Congress and National Philoptochos Convention delegates. His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros is inviting all Hierarchs of the Archdiocese as well as any Priest of the Archdiocese who would like to serve to do so. This truly memorable Liturgy will bring together all the members of the Clergy-Laity Congress together with the delegates of the National Philoptochos Convention and the attendees of the Monastic Synaxis.
Following the Divine Liturgy, there are more Ministry Panels and workshops in the late morning and early afternoon featuring the work of successful ministries of the Archdiocese.
This year, the Plenary Session will take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. At the Plenary Session, delegates will hear official reports from the Committees of the Archdiocesan Council and a variety of official and affiliated ministries of the Archdiocese. In addition, the Plenary Session is where the official work of the Clergy-Laity Congress takes place, including all discussion and passing of resolutions and the other business of the Congress.
Thursday, July 4
Clergy Breakfast with Archbishop Elpidophoros, Patriarchal Representatives, and the Hierarchs of the Archdiocese
Ministry Panels will continue Thursday featuring the work of successful ministries of the Archdiocese. The highlight of the Thursday panels will be the last Panel, in which the attendees of the National YAL (Young Adult) Conference will visit the Clergy-Laity Congress and take part in a panel about how to gain and retain young adults in our parishes.
The Plenary Session will continue on Thursday afternoon.
Clergy-Laity Congress Gala and Fourth of July Celebration
Lastly, we will close our event with the Clergy-Laity Congress Gala and Fourth of July Celebration. This event, specially planned by the Metropolis of San Francisco, will celebrate both our expansive Archdiocese and the amazing American Spirit! Join us for the gala and then do not miss our private front-row seating for one of our country's most spectacular fireworks presentations, Boom on the Bay!