==Second All-American Council==
The second council was also held at St. Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan from [[October 19]]-21, 1971. The council adopted the revised Statutes for the Orthodox Church in America (OCA) which was based upon the short constitution adopted at the council in 1970. The Statutes specified convening an All-American Council every two years. The council also welcomed into the OCA the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese led by Bp. Stephen (Lasko).
==Third All-American Council==
==Fifth All-American Council==
The fifth council was held in the Canadian Archdiocese, in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on [[October 25]]-28, 1977. This council was the first held outside the United States. The first order of business for this Council was the election of a metropolitan, as Metr. [[Ireney (Bekish) of New York|Ireney]] had announced his retirement six months earlier due to failing health. After failing to gain a two thirds majority on the first vote, a runoff second vote was held to choose two candidates for selection by the Synod of [[Bishop]]s. While gaining only 179 votes to 348, Bp. [[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor)]] of Pittsburgh was selected by the Synod over Bp. [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri (Royster)]] of New England. Discussion and deliberations at the council after the election of the new first hierarch were held under the theme of ''Stewardship''. Attending the Council for the first time was the Bulgarian [[diocese]] led by Bp. [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill (Yonchev)]] which had been received into the OCA in 1976. This council introduced the attendance of observers, including women, to council sessions. The council moved the date for the sixth Council to 1980, from the normally scheduled 1979, to coincide with the tenth anniversary of autocephaly.
==Sixth All-American Council==
The sixth council was held in Detroit, Michigan, on [[November 9]]-14, 1980. Discussions and deliberations for this Council were held under the theme of ''Orthodoxy, America, and The Future''. The council amended the Statutes to admit women as delegates at All-American Councils. The council also revised the Statutes to schedule convocation of the All-American Councils every three year instead of every two years. The council also expressed support for Abp [[Valerian (Trifa) of Detroit|Valerian
]] (Trifa), bishop of the [[Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (OCA)|Romanian Diocese]] of the OCA, who was defending himself against accusations of being a Nazi war-criminal. At the council the Synod of Bishops announced the formation in 1981 of the [[Diocese of Washington (OCA)|Diocese of Washington (DC)]] as the see for the Primate of the OCA. The council was also advised of the established in 1978 by the Synod of Bishops of the [[Diocese of the South (OCA)|Diocese of the South]].
==Seventh All-American Council==
==Ninth All-American Council==
The ninth council was held in Saint Louis, Missouri on [[August 20]]-25, 1989. The discussions and deliberations of the council were under the theme of ''The Orthodox Church in America: Reflecting on the Past, Planning for the Future''. The ninth council reflected a change in the format for sessions by reverting back to plenary sessions only. The council noted the retirement of Fr. Daniel Hubiak who had been the Chancellor of the OCA since he succeeded Fr. [[Joseph J. Pishtey II|Joseph J. Pishtey]] after he died on November 2, 1972. The council also noted that the newly appointed chancellor was Fr. Robert Kondratick.
==Tenth All-American Council==
==Thirteenth All-American Council==
The thirteenth council was held in Orlando, Florida on [[July 21]]-26, 2002. The theme for the council was: ''The Parish Community: Our Life in Christ''. The principal business of the council was the election of a new Metropolitan to succeed Metr. [[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor)]], who had voluntarily retired because of reportedly poor health. While Bp. Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada received
a majority of votes on the first ballot, the election proceeded to a second vote by the Synod of Bishop since the majority of two thirds for election was not met. The Synod of Bishops selected Abp. [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York|Herman]] (Swaiko) of Philadelphia as the new Metropolitan .
==Fourteenth All-American Council==
==Fifteenth All-American Council==
The 15th All-American Council,
will take place in Pittsburgh, PA, November 10-13, 2008 .
*[http://www.oca.org/DOCindex-councils.asp?SID=12 OCA Councils]
*[http://www.oca.org/DOCindex-statute.asp?SID=12 The Statute of the Orthodox Church in America]
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