Assembly 2017

Not your Mother's Appalachia.

WHEN July 25, 2017 4:00pm
WHERE Chattanooga, TN Marriott Convention Center

Conference Documents

All Conference Documents and reports can be found here.
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An Invitation to the Faithful of the Diocese

Q: Why would you want to use your valuable vacation time attending a convention or business meeting?
A: You wouldn't ... but you certainly should consider coming to the DOS Assembly this year!

We have been hard at work in recent months, crafting an event that can serve as the backbone of an excellent family vacation. How does spending 3-4 nights in a historic port city (close to the beach and accented by morning or evening worship services with scores of other like-minded Orthodox Christians) sound? Forget about the business meetings that the official delegates (and your clergy!) will be attending, and spend your free time sight-seeing or enjoying the sun. For good measure, throw in a bluegrass and BBQ reception at a historic, southern mansion and a banquet with entertainment and a top-notch speaker. Attend morning or evening services, and experience the joy of worshiping with hundreds of other voices. Register your chidren, ages 7-18, for the youth program, and enjoy some peace and quiet on the river or at the beach while they learn about their faith. You can be certain that they will be having memorable and fun times with other, Orthodox Christian kids their age.  This is why you should plan to attend the DOS Assembly this year!

We have gone out of our way to make the week family friendly, with ...

  • An excellent location that is ideal for leisure and fun - you have adventure and history at your doorstep in Wilmington.
  • A comprehensive youth program led by the folks from Youth Equipped to Serve (YES) and Father John Cox, who has a passion for inspiring youth in their faith. In addition to hands on ministry, there will be recreation and teaching components to the program.
  • A keynote speaker (Sister Vassa) who inspires and encourages the faithful worldwide with her dynamic, internet teaching ministry.
  • The flexibility for attendees to register for events "a la carte", and to attend events/functions at their leisure.
  • Opportunities for families to have a meaningful faith experience in the midst of a summer vacation.

We hope that you will spend some time on this site, learning about the conference. Download and print the conference bulletin insert, and spread the word at your parish. Review your family schedule, and make plans to celebrate our life in Christ together this summer. It is our pleasure to be your hosts!

Sincerely, in Christ,

Fr. Peter Robichau
Priest-in-Charge, St. Basil Mission
Wilmington, NC

Welcome from our Diocesan Administrator ...

This year we move ahead to respond to the challenge issued last summer to “expand the mission of the Church.” Our task is “Mission Possible,” to present the significance of the Christian faith in an age that dismisses our faith as irrelevant...

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Speakers (Keynote and Youth)

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Youth Program

Father John Cox will be the retreat master for the youth program, and we will have a full day "Youth Equipped to Serve" retreat! Bring your youth to the assembly for learning, fun and fellowship!

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Venue for the Week

The 2016 Diocesan Assembly will take place at conference and event venues in historic downtown. The sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will be held in the brand new conference facilities at Cape Fear Community College, just a short two-block walk from the Marriott Courtyard - Downtown Wilmington. Divine Liturgy and a catered lunch on Wednesday will be at St. Basil Mission, about 10-15 minutes from downtown. You should not need a rental car for the week as there will be shuttle service and taxis (or Uber) available from the airport, and we will coordinate transportation to the church on Wednesday. Downtown is very walk-able.

What's Included

We have tried to include as much as possible in the registration fee this year. For the cost of a parish registration (clergy only), you will receive: 1 ticket to the opening night reception, lunch on Wednesday after Liturgy, and 1 ticket for the banquet on Thursday evening. Clergy are also be invited to attend a breakfast with the bishop on Friday morning. Additional registration to all events for delegates and observers may be purchased a la carte - each participant must be registrered. Non-registered guests and family may purchase tickets to the reception or banquet separately. Continental Breakfast packages will be placed in every room for Thursday and Friday, and there are many affordable restaurants close by.

Getting to Wilmington

Wilmington will be a two-hop flight for most people traveling from areas throughout the Diocese of the South, with Delta offering direct flights to Wilmington through Atlanta. American/USAir offers direct flights through Charlotte. Other airports in the region (for comparison) are: Raleigh (2 hours west) and Myrtle Beach (90 minutes south); both are serviced by more carriers. Many delegates will be able to make the drive to Wilmington in a day or two (and we encourage you to arrive early or stay a few days later to enjoy all the region has to offer). Those traveling from Europe, Africa and all points east are welcome to arrive by power boat, canoe, sailboat or (for the adventurous) swimming.


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Prices for parish registration and all events will increase by 25% on May 25, 2016. Registration for the conference closes on June 24 (though tickets to individual events will remain available until July 15). Hotel block expires on June 24th as well.

Childcare During Events ...

There will be several periods during the conference where childcare will be provided.

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