Apr 26 - 27, 2017


All Day


Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center

38526 Dunlap Rd
Squaw Valley, CA 93675


Each year the leadership of our parishes gather for our annual Clergy-Laity Assembly which provides us with the opportunity to learn and grow in our faith, gain new insights into the ministries and programs offered by our Metropolis, and take an active role in the governance of our Church.

This year the clergy and lay leaders of the Metropolis of San Francisco will come together at the 2017 Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly to be held on April 26 – April 27, 2016 at Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center in Dunlap, California. Focusing on the theme, “Building Unity Through Love,” the Assembly will explore the important Christian characteristics of unity and love as they relate to each person individually, as parishes, and as a Metropolis. This theme will be further exemplified by our featured speaker, V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeondies, who will provide an enlightening presentation on the recent Holy and Great Council. Father Nathanael serves as the Director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Please consult the Assembly Agenda for more detailed information.

Online registration is available now through April 7, 2017. Representation from every parish in the Metropolis is required, including the following:

  • The Parish Priest
  • The President of the Parish Council, and in his or her absence the Vice President, or in his or her absence any member of the Parish Council designated by it
  • Two members of the Parish elected by the Parish Assembly.

We look forward to your active participation and sharing with you exciting information on the work of our Metropolis as well as providing useful information to enrich the work of your parishes!

Guest Speaker

V. Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides

Profile Symeonides2

The Very Reverend Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonides was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated from Hellenic College in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in 2003 with a Master of Divinity degree. He received his Master of Sacred Theology degree in 2003, and earned a ThD (Doctor of Theology) in Bioethics in 2006, both from Boston University. He also completed post-doctoral studies in public health ethics at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Fr. Nathanael has authored numerous articles in theology and bioethics, and is a guest professor of Christian Ethics at Saint Vladimir Orthodox School of Theology, Fordham University, and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He is fluent in Greek and English and has a working knowledge of French.

Fr. Nathanael was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in 2003 and to the Holy Priesthood in 2010 by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America. He served as a Deacon to the Archbishop from 2006 – 2010 and as the pastor of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, New York City, from 2010 – 2013. In September of 2013, Archimandrite Nathanael was appointed Director of the Office of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America as well as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. He is also the Director of the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee on Science and Technology.

Archimandrite Nathanael is a brother of the historic monastic community of St. George Epanosifis in Crete, Greece.