(Nashville, Tennessee, USA) – Every two years, the Clergy-Laity Congress of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America comes together to discuss issues that pertain to the Orthodox Church in the United States. This year, the 43rd Clergy-Laity Conference will take place in Nashville, Tennessee from July 3-8, 2016 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. Each conference is based around a theme, and this year the theme is, “You are the Voice of Christ in a Changing World.” Demetrios, the Archbishop of America, asks that participants of the conference to reflect on this theme leading up to and during the conference.
The Congress’s theme, “You ar the voice of Christ in a changing world,” is inspired by John 20:21, a verse in the Bible that states “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” In an article about the Congress’s theme, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America says:
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…our focus is on the importance of knowing Christ in order to be the voice of Christ.
However, religious topics aren’t the only ones that are on the agenda. Any topic that pertains to the Orthodox Church will be covered, including its growth, finances, administrative topics, philanthropy, education and more. They will also discuss the role the Orthodox Church of America has within the nation itself. The conference falls under the Metropolis of Detroit and is under the leadership of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas and the Congress’s co chairs are Mr. and Mrs. George and Lee Ann Anderson, who are members of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Nashville Tennessee.
While the Clergy-Laity Conference is going on, other organizations will also meet in the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. These include the 2016 National Ladies Philoptochos Convention,the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council, the Retired Greek Orthodox Clergy of America, the National Sisterhood of Presbyteres, the Order of Saint Andrew – Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. All of these meetings give people a chance to come together from all over the United States and discuss topics of mutual concern.