Prelacy Sunday School Teachers and Deacons Invited to a Community Dialogue to Increase Collaboration and Address Key Issues

The Western Prelacy launched the first in a series of meetings with key church servers to increase collaboration in the church’s role in addressing important community issues. Prelacy Sunday School directors, teachers, and deacons were invited to the conference, which was held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale. The conference was held under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and with the participation of clergy, and Executive Council member Mrs. Ani Mgrdichian-Garikian.

The main theme of the meeting was that the church belongs to all of us and together we can build greater faith and spiritual meaning in the community.

Nearly 75 church servers, mostly youth, came together to enhance the dialogue between those who are active in providing spiritual leadership in the community and to build greater collaboration. Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian began the meeting with a collective prayer followed by opening remarks by the Prelate, who set the context of the dialogue, including a review of how various bodies in the church are elected through a democratic process involving church members, clergy and lay delegates. Archpriest Fr. Vicken Vasillian then gave a presentation about the church’s structure, by-laws, the working relationship between the Prelacy and the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and Church tradition, in order to refresh everyone’s knowledge about how the church conducts its work in the community.

The Prelate concluded the presentation, stressing the foundation and mission of the Western Prelacy and underscoring that the work done by the Sunday school teachers and deacons are of critical importance in the community.

The final part of the meeting was a question-answer session, giving the chance for participants to express their thoughts and concerns, and ask important questions about various activities in the church. The Prelate and clergy members addressed many questions and engaged in constructive dialogue, listening to ideas from devoted followers including questions about how to better engage the youth in the community. The Prelate agreed that more effort to engage the youth is a high priority for the church and that the clergy and Prelacy leadership needed and welcomed the youth currently involved in helping invigorate youth programs.

In closing, His Eminence took the opportunity to announce that the “Lousavorich” choir has started its preparation for a concert under the leadership of Rev. Fr. Ghevont Kirazian, and called for wider participation and support. He then once again blessed the Sunday school teachers and deacons, commending their will to serve the Lord. The conference was closed in prayer after which attendees received DVD copies of the “Lousavorich” choir’s inaugural concert as a gift and to serve as inspiration for even greater engagement.
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