Apr 16 - 17, 2021


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“There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change.” –Saint Basil the Great

Beloved in the Lord,

The clergy and lay leaders of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco will have the opportunity to gather virtually for the 2021 Metropolis Clergy-Laity Assembly utilizing the Zoom platform. This annual meeting provides a forum for the leadership of all our communities to deliberate on important matters for our Metropolis and engage in dialogue and fellowship to enrich our common ministry. The Assembly will begin promptly at 1:00 p.m. PDT on Friday, April 16, and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17, 2021.

This year’s Assembly will focus Moving Beyond the Pandemic and Returning to Worship, featuring guest speaker Rev. Father Barnabas Powell. His insightful, informative and practical presentation will focus on how to re-engage our faithful in parish life following the challenges of this past year. There will also be the annual review of the Metropolis finances and the presentation and approval of the 2021 Metropolis Budget.

Online registration is now open and we are requesting full representation from each of our parishes. Registration is complimentary for all our parish delegates as this will be a virtual event.

Please review the agenda and register online today. Your timely response is requested by Monday, April 5, 2021. Please plan your schedules accordingly so that you may fully participate in this Assembly and benefit from the valuable presentations and information that will be offered.

Beseeching the Lord that He may continue to bless you with His grace, peace and love, always protecting you with His Mighty hand, I remain,

With Love in Christ,
+ G E R A S I M O S

Metropolitan of San Francisco


Friday, April 16, 2021

  • 12:45 p.m. Online Check-in (Zoom)
  • 1:00 p.m. WelcomeHis Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
  • 1:15 p.m. Moving Beyond the Pandemic and Returning to WorshipRev. Father Barnabas Powell *Interactive Dialogue and Q&A to Follow
  • 2:45 p.m. Annual Missions and Evangelism Survey PresentationThomaida Hudanish
  • 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and BenedictionHis Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos

Saturday, April 17, 2021

  • 9:30 a.m. Online Check-in (Zoom)
  • 10:00 a.m. Opening Prayer ServiceHis Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
  • 10:15 a.m. Keynote AddressHis Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
  • 10:45 a.m. Appointment of Presiding Officer and Secretary. Approval of Minutes.
  • 11:00 a.m. Ministry Spotlight –A Year in Review
  • 11:30 a.m. Metropolis Financial Report: Year-End 2020 Michael Syrengelas
  • 12:15 p.m. Lunch Break
  • 12:45 p.m. Clergy-Laity Assembly Resumes
    Metropolis Council Report
    Fanis Economidis, Vice President
    Metropolis Financial Presentation 2021

    Total Commitment
    Philippos Athanasiades
    2021 Metropolis Budget
    - George Psefteas
    Election of two members for Audit Committee
  • 2:00 p.m. New Business and Q & A
    Closing Remarks
    His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos
  • 2:30 p.m. Benediction and Adjournment

Who Can Attend?

As specified in the 2019 Uniform Regulations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, each parish is expected to have four delegates in attendance at the Clergy-Laity Assembly, comprised of the following:

  1. The Parish Priest.
  2. 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.
  3. Two members of the Parish elected by the Parish Assembly.

There is no cost to attend this year’s virtual Clergy-Laity Assembly, however online registration is required to obtain secure Zoom login credentials. Registration Deadline: Monday, April 5, 2021. An information packet and the Zoom link will be emailed to all registrants by Friday, April 9. If you have any questions, please contact or call the Metropolis Office at 415-753-3075.

Our Guest Speaker

Profile Fr Barnabas Powell

Fr. Barnabas Powell is the proistamenos of Saints Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church in Cumming, Georgia. While serving as an Evangelical Protestant pastor, a reading program in Church History and Theology would eventually lead him to the Orthodox Church in 2001. He is a 2010 graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Beyond his parish, Father Barnabas founded Faith Encouraged Ministries in 2014 and is the host of Faith Encouraged LIVE on Ancient Faith Radio. Father Barnabas produces the Monday through Friday devotional called Faith Encouraged Daily. “A Journey to Fullness” is another project he developed which is comprised of a video series to help parishes introduce the Orthodox faith to the average person.