What follows is a contemporaneous accounts of the 16th All-American Council which is being held as we speak in Seattle. The blog will be updated as conditions warrant. Please forgive the episodic nature of the reportage as we will be reporting events from several different locations. Monomakhos will only publish those incidents which we witnessed, heard, or have been verified by independent sources. Some editorial comment will accompany.
Part I: The Same Old Same Old?
The dearth of vision and tone-deafness of the Syosset Set were telegraphed to the entire OCA when they released their Strategic Plan in anticipation of the AAC. I can only say that Syosset’s torpid embarrassemnt of riches is clearly on display. First of all, they envision an increased centralization of power in Syosset –to the detriment of the Dioceses and parishes. Secondly, to handle this increased “workload,” they want to hire four additional apparatchiks even though the percentage spent presently on administration is almost 50 percent. Where the additional funding for them will come from is anybody’s guess.
On a positive note (I say this with a hint of sarcasm), a pall seems to permeate the air among the majority of delegates. This is good insofar as it bespeaks a seriousness that is absent from the pie-in-the-sky assessment of the Strategic Plan. People are saying things like “this AAC isn’t like the previous ones,” and “I wonder if this is going to be the last one.” The number of delegates is also at an all-time low.
Part II: The Diocesan Assemblies
Three Dioceses met today: the West, the South, and the Midwest. Things were even more positive at the Diocesan level. Fr John Jillions (the presumptive Chancellor) made appearances at all the Diocesan Assemblies held that day (the South and the West). He was accompanied by Bishop +Melchizedek at the Diocese of the South Assembly because the locum tenens for the South, Bishop +Nikon is gravely ill and cannot attend.
The Diocese of the South voted overwhelmingly for The New York Plan. In fact, a budget for the DOS based on the $50 assessment was created with a proviso for money set aside for Syosset in an escrow account. This amount would be predicated on Syosset coming up with a transition for decentralization. They also voted to withdraw from the National Council of Churches. Jillions gave an equivocal answer stating something to the effect that the NCC in Canada is not as leftist as it is in the United States.
The Diocese of the West also voted to withdraw from the National Council of Churches.
As of now, we have no information to relate from the proceedings of the Diocese of the Midwest.
CORRECTION: We just learned that the tone of the speech was not nearly as dire as earlier reported. He is NOT –repeat NOT–going to check into a “rehabilitation unit” and he is only taking responsibility for “administrative failures.” Acccording to other sources, the speech was quite positive and was well-received. The speech will soon be posted on this website as well as www.oca.org. Monomakhos regrets the error.
Met. Jonah’s Address