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Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services
October 5, 2000

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Preparations for 1700th Anniversary Celebration Gain Momentum

Preparations for the 1700th anniversary celebration are gaining momentum in Armenia and around the world. The jubilee year is only three months away. Now is the time to plan your participation in this historic celebration.

Over the past several weeks Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Executive Secretary of 1700th Anniversary Committee, has been traveling around the world to coordinate the many different aspects of our celebration. At the end of July, Abp. Hovnan was in France to meet with GAMA to coordinate public relations and international media coverage in over 50 different magazines and media outlets world-wide for the 1700th activities. International coverage has also been secured for the youth pilgrimage and other 1700th anniversary events to assure that the world is aware and informed of this momentous occasion.

During his visit to North America, Apb. Hovnan succeeded in enlisting the participation of many groups from the Eastern and Western Dioceses of the United States. He also held meetings to encourage the participation of his flock in Canada, where he continues his responsibilities as Primate. He met with potential sponsors for two important 1700th programs -- the rebuilding historic churches and monasteries in Armenia, and spreading Christianity throughout Armenia through the Catechism Mission, which aims to provide every young person in Armenia with basic knowledge of Christian doctrine and ethics.

Back in Armenia this September, he met with the local organizers of the youth pilgrimage, the coordinators of the Catechism Mission, and the designers of the 1700th anniversary official web site. The web site, www.etchmiadzin.com, will be on-line starting September 15th and will feature up-to-date information on 1700th activities and various ways to participate in the celebrations as well as a wealth information about our church. Check it often.

The whole system of 1700th anniversary activities relies heavily on volunteer support. During this visit to Armenia, Abp. Hovnan mobilized two very important associations in Armenia. The first is a group of 17 organizations that specialize in travel and tourism in Armenia and are ready to support the pilgrimage effort. The second is a consortium of Armenian youth organizations that is working intensively to engage a broad spectrum of volunteers to staff the youth pilgrimage. The youth of Armenia are eagerly making preparations to welcome the pilgrimage groups from the Diaspora.

The Youth Pilgrimage will be from July 10 through 20, consisting of a core pilgrimage from Khor Virap to Etchmiadzin to Yerevan on July 14-16 in which all groups will take part, and regional pilgrimages on the days before and after the core pilgrimage. Parishes and dioceses around the world are encouraged to start planning and organizing groups of twenty young people to take part in the youth pilgrimage. Check with the 1700th web-site (www.holyetchmiadzin.org) and your local parish or diocese to find out more about how you can join or take part in one of these groups.

Here is a list of upcoming events for next year, the 1700th year since Armenians accepted Christianity as their state religion. See you in Armenia next year!

December 31, 2000-January 1, 2001 1700th Anniversary Opening Ceremony
January 6, 2001 Christmas
April 15 Easter
June 16 The Belfries of All Christendom
June 17 Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin
July 10-July 20 Youth Pilgrimage
September 21-23 Consecration of St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan, Blessing of Muron (Chrism), Celebration of the10th Anniversary of Armenian Independence
September 30 Consecration of Bishops





OFFICE OF THE 1700TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE HOLY ETCHMIADZIN, ARMENIA

PRESS RELEASE
Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Information Services
October 5, 2000

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Summer Catechism Program Successfully Completed and Preparing to Expand throughout the Country

Introduce an Armenian Child to Their Faith Through the Catechism Mission

In celebration of the 1700th Anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as Armenia's state religion, Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Executive Secretary of the 1700th Anniversary Committee, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, initiated a vital Catechism Mission for the reaffirmation of Christianity in our homeland throughout the dioceses of Armenia. The first round of the Catechism Mission has been successfully completed this summer in Yerevan, where the basic religious education of 120 nine to fourteen year olds was acknowledged with clapping and proud tears in the course of four unusually well attended Sunday Church Services.

In church on these special graduation days, the seventy year gap between those elderly believers who retained something of their faith before communism, and this new generation of 9-14 year old believers, was filled by the typically absent 30-50 year olds. Proud of the accomplishments of their children or relatives, and applauding the effort of the Armenian Apostolic Church to reach out to its parishioners, the Catechism has entered the lives of the entire Armenian community through the unguarded hearts of their children.

The religious education of these children, as well as their entire community, continues to develop through more advanced education and involvement in their parish, while classes for the next round of 120 children in the four pilot-churches are just underway. The long-term goal of the Catechism Mission is to reach all of the approximately 200,000 Armenian youth of this generation.

But to speak in the manageable reality of the next three years and in connection with the 1700th Anniversary Celebration, the Catechism Mission has two financial needs. The first is to finance the outreach of the current generation in the shortest time possible, 3 years of 50 parishes, 20 students, 6 times a year (18,000 pupils per year), so that the inspiration we have seen on a smaller scale will penetrate the entire country and resonate with the joyous proclamation of the 1700th Anniversary. We also want to make this program permanently endowed for the target age group of adolescents, not just for the Catechism, but also for sustained follow-up instruction.

The Catechism is largely being carried out on a volunteer basis; however, there are direct costs of approximately $10 per pupil. This covers the Manual of Christian Instruction and other materials, light refreshments for the students who come to Catechism directly after school or during summer vacation, Bibles as graduation gifts, training for instructors, transportation costs for oversight of the program, and subventions to parishes to support follow-up Christian instruction through after school, Saturday and Sunday School programs. Thus the budget for the Catechism Mission is approximately $180,000 per year for the next three years, totaling $540,000. The funds for the Program will be held in a separate non-profit fund affiliated with the church but under the supervision of an independent board of laity and clergy.

The Catechism Mission has not only inspired Armenian children and their families, but also many diasporan Armenians, who have helped the program both financially and by coming to Armenia to participate directly in the project . The Catechism Mission is extending an open invitation to those called to support the program in any way.

Join us as we bring Armenian children closer to God, Jesus, and their church.

Some children were brought to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples told them not to bother him. But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." And he put his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left. (Matthew19:13-15)

OFFICE OF THE 1700TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE HOLY ETCHMIADZIN, ARMENIA

August 4, 2000

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SPREADING THE WORD:

A Cateshism Program Launched by the

Armenian Apostolic Church

In celebration of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as Armenia's state religion, the Armenian Apostolic Church has started a catechism program aimed at reaching every man, woman and child in Armenia. The pilot program has already begun in the Ararat Diocese on a trial basis this summer with young people aged 9-16. The catechism aims to teach the people of Armenia the fundamental principles of Christian faith, ethics, practices, and traditions. Presently more than 80 students (ages 9-13) are attending the Catechism courses in four parishes in the Araratian Diocese.

The course of instruction is being conducted by parish priests, deacons and trained lay teachers, with the aim of drawing young people into the church as a community of faith. The materials include a short catechism consisting of 12 questions and answers and a longer catechism consisting of 130 questions. The materials are oriented toward Christian practice, explaining how to be and become a Christian.

The catechism explains basic Christian concepts- the Holy Trinity, the founding of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Baptism, Communion, the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the Golden Rule and the Great Commandment, the Lord's Prayer, daily prayer, and the goals of a God-pleasing, Christian life. In addition to receiving instruction, participants are introduced to the parish, church services and other social and counseling services of the church. The month-long catechism courses meet weekly, and include prayer, bible study, singing, fellowship, and light refreshments.

One of the indirect goals of the Catechism program is to provide the people of Armenia with a Christian vocabulary and world-view. Armed with this knowledge our faithful will be better able to discuss and understand their society from a Christian point of view and to promote societal fairness and ethics in public life.

Graduates of the Catechism program will be enrolled in more advanced Christian education courses, to take part in parish events and church services, and to tell their friends and neighbors about the things they have learned, encouraging them to participate as well.

Although the 1700th anniversary committee is providing the initial sponsorship for the program with oversight by the Holy See, the catechism program is being implemented by the Diocesan Primates and the local parishes. The countrywide program, including publications, fellowship, instruction, and graduation certificates, costs approximately $4 per graduate. It is estimated that various sects in Armenia are being financed from external sources at $25 to $50 per convert. What more fitting way to celebrate the 1700th Anniversary of St. Gregory's mission in Armenia than to contribute to the Catechism Endowment, insuring that every child in Armenia received Christian instruction by the age of 12? The six month pilot program which is targeted to reach 1,700 young people in the Araratian Diocese has a budget of $6,600. The initial Catechism Endowment target is one million dollars in 2001. Thereafter, the catechism program will require only incremental funding.

We urge all Armenian Christians to take part in this mission to spread the Word in our homeland. For those who cannot participate in pilgrimages to Etchmiadzin, this may be the mission that has the greatest impact on the health and regeneration of our Church and our Homeland.

Please transfer your donations to the following account:

Re: 1700 Anniversary Catechism Program

ACCOUNT number: 157001075405-00

ARMIMPEXBANK

SWIFT: ARMIAM22

375010, Yerevan, Armenia

2, Nalbandian

U.S.A. residents:

Please send your tax-deductible donations to the “Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America” for the 1700th Anniversary Catechism Endowment Program.

Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America

630 Second Ave, New York, NY 10016-4885

Tel: 212-686-0710

Fax: 212-779-3558

e-mail: prmoff@armeniandiocese.org

Web: http://www.armeniandiocese.org

Canadian residents:

Please send your tax-deductible donations to the “ Armenian Holy Apostolic Church – Canadian Diocese” for the 1700th Anniversary Catechism Endowment Program.

Armenian Holy Apostolic Church – Canadian Diocese

615 Stuart Ave., Outremont, QC, Canada, H2V 3H2

Tel: 514-276-9479

Fax: 514-276-9960

e-mail: adiocese@aol.com

Web: http://www.canarmdiocese.org

1700TH ANNIVERSARY OFFICE


August 4, 2000

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FROM KHOR VIRAP TO ETCHMIADZIN: IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ST. GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR

Armenian youth from around the world are called to gather in Etchmiadzin in July 2001 in honor of the 1700th Anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as Armenia’s state religion.

Following in the footsteps of St. Gregory the Illuminator, thousands of Armenian youth will make the spiritual journey to God. Starting at the Holy Church of Khor Virap, where St. Gregory was held captive for 17 years at the foot of Mt. Ararat on the Arax River, they will track the journey to the triumph of Christianity in Armenia at Etchmiadzin, where Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God descended, designating that sacred place as the Holy See of our Church. Youth will also have the opportunity to see Armenia’s many ancient sites and enjoy its natural beauty and the hospitality of our people and homeland.

The youth pilgrimage will take place under the auspices and with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, the Catholicos of All Armenians. Pilgrimage is symbolic of our shared journey through this life as the congregation of the faithful. By joining in this journey, young Armenians from around the world will meet each other, make new friends, and confirm their commitment to the Armenian Church and to each other. The pilgrimage aims to restore and refresh our Church by creating new bonds among our youth, whom history has scattered around the globe. These new ties will bind our church and its faithful together for generations to come. The pilgrimage will be a source of spiritual strength and renewal. As pilgrims renew their faith, “the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Is. 40:31).

The youth mission begun during the pilgrimage will culminate in a new continuous youth ministry within our church worldwide to carry forward the vision of our Church’s patron saint, St. Gregory, for coming generations.

The Youth Pilgrimage will be organized by the 1700th committee and overseen by a governing board and diocesan committees to be formed in July and August 2000. By the end of August 2000, guidelines for participation in the Youth Pilgrimage will be announced. Watch for registration information on the web-site (to be launched by September 15, 2000) and the “Question of the Day” program. Young people are encouraged to register for the “Question of the Day” program. Those who answer more than 80% of the questions correctly will be entered in a random drawing for scholarships to take part in the Youth Pilgrimage in July 2001.

Youth from around the world are encouraged to take part in this historic event. For further information, please contact the 1700th Celebration Committee at 1700@etchmiadzin.am or our diocesan office. We will put you on our mailing list and guide you toward a pilgrimage that will change your life.

1700TH ANNIVERSARY OFFICE


Youth Pilgrimage - Structural Overview

1. Basic Facts

1.1. Dates: Tuesday, July 10- Friday, July 20, 2001

1.2. Core Pilgrimage: Saturday, July 14- Monday, July 16, 2001.

1.3. All pilgrims will take part in the Core Pilgrimage from Khor Virap to Etchmiadzin to Yerevan July 14-16. Pilgrim groups will also have the option of registering for up to 4 Regional Pilgrimages. Pilgrim Groups that will be in Armenia for the full 10 days, will, therefore, have 7 days of events organized by the Pilgrimage Committee and 3 days for independent travel, rest or recreation.

1.4. The basic unit of the pilgrimage will be the Pilgrimage Group. Each Group will consist of no more than 20 pilgrims, organized before arrival in Armenia, usually from the same diocese, who will move as a group through out the pilgrimage, have a Group Leader (ideally two leaders, one man and one woman, perhaps a Priest or mature deacon or Sunday School Teacher, who has been to Armenia), and a local guide (ideally a Priest or seminarian or both, fluent in the language of the pilgrimage group) Twenty has been selected as an maximum size, so that the group with its leaders and guides can move comfortably as a unit in one bus or two mini vans. Each Group will have its own Flag for Core and Regional Pilgrimage Events. Dioceses may have more than one Pilgrimage Group. Multiple diocese that have less than 20 participants, may join forces to form a single Pilgrimage Group.

1.5. Pilgrimage is a communal activity, fostering new friendships and promoting ties among our youth world-wide. For this reason, pilgrims may only participate in the pilgrimage as part of a group. In order to properly organize and accommodate the large numbers of participants anticipated for the pilgrimage, individual pilgrims must be registered and remain part of a Piligrimage Group. Unregistered or unaffiliated pilgrims will be organized into Stand-By Pilgrimage Groups on July 13 to assure that they derive the maximum benefit from the pilgrimage.

1.6. The pilgrimage is a spiritual journey. Pilgrims will be issued a guidebook for the pilgrimage which includes services, readings, instruction, historical and cultural information explaining the significance of various pilgrimage activities and events. All pilgrims must be prequalified by their Diocese. They must be baptized and have demonstrated a basic understanding of the Armenian Church and Christianity to participate. They are expected to take part in all organized events during the pilgrimage, including religious services and religious and cultural education programs.

1.7. Each pilgrim is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from Armenia.

1.8. The Youth Pilgrimage Program will provide room, board and transportation from July 10-20 for pilgrims. Pilgrims are responsible for their own expenses on non-scheduled excursions, shopping, dining, etc.

1.9. To assure appropriate accommodations and travel, Pilgrimage Groups must be registered by April 15, 2001.

2. Organizational Structure

2.1. International Organizing Committee

2.1.1. 8 Members appointed by Hovnan Srpazan

2.1.2. Sets the general policies, schedules, and oversees the Youth Pilgrimage

2.1.3. Assists in Promoting the Pilgrimage

2.2. Continent Representatives Council

2.2.1. One or more coordinators from each continent appointed by Hovnan Srpazan

2.2.2. Coordinate Diocesan Activities on their Continent

2.3. Diocesan Representatives Council

2.3.1. One representative from each diocese appointed by the diocesan Primate

2.3.2. Coordinate Pilgrimage Participation in their Diocese

2.3.3. Form Pilgrimage Groups

2.4. Pilgrimage Group Leaders

2.4.1. one for each Group of 20 Pilgrims

2.4.2. Ideally, a priest or mature deacon or Sunday School teacher, who is familiar with Armenia and has experience accompanying groups of young people on trips

2.4.3. Responsible for · recruiting youth pilgrims · processing applications · handling visas, airline tickets, etc (in coordination with Central Office in Yerevan) · register the Group for Regional Pilgrimages · organize activities and supervise pilgrims on free days, if any. · conduct and participate in daily worship and religious instruction · Supervising the Group throughout the Pilgrimage in Armenia

3. Organizational Structure in Armenia

3.1. Central Office

3.1.1. Opens in September on 8 hour basis, expands to 16 hour basis in January, and 24 hour basis June-July 2001

3.1.2. Coordinates activities of all committees, reports daily to the International Coordinating Committee

3.1.3. Maintains web-site

3.1.4. Directs individual pilgrims to Diocesan committee for assignment to Pilgrimage Group

3.1.5. Sets Schedule and Critical Path for all Committee Work

3.1.6. Receives and evaluates suggestions, etc.

3.1.7. Establish program for youth who cannot participate in the Youth Pilgrimage July 10-20, but may come at other times, information packets on pilgrimage sites and routes, perhaps arrange with several local tour companies and have Stand-by Guides (e.g., 1-2 days per week for groups of 10 or more)

3.2. Core Pilgrimage Committee

3.2.1. Site Committees

3.2.1.1. Khor Virap - Religious service and pilgrimage to Etchmiadzin

3.2.1.2. Etchmiadzin - Religious service

3.2.1.3. Yerevan - Tour of key sites in Yerevan (e.g., Erebuni, Matenadaran), and evening program

3.2.2. Each Site and each event should have a team that coordinates the entire event, with one (1) Coordinator and one (1) Deputy, who coordinates the event as it is being prepared and carried out

3.2.3. On the day of the event, the team should be linked by Walkie Talkies or Ear phones to faciilitate coordination and to monitor problems and make emergency decisions

3.2.4. Emergency/contingency plans should be made for each event and activity

3.2.5. Each Site and Event should have its own spokesperson

3.3. Regional Pilgrimages

3.3.1. Site Committees

3.3.1.1. Geghard

3.3.1.2. Sevan-Martuni

3.3.1.3. Noravank

3.3.1.4. Astarak

3.3.1.5. Oshagan

3.3.1.6. Haghbat-Sanahin

3.3.1.7. Haghartsin-Odzun

3.3.1.8. Tatev

3.3.1.9. Etc.

3.3.1.10. Each site committee will be responsible for assuring · 1 meal · basic lavatory facilities · tour and religious observance, tour guides should be fluent in Armenian, English, Russian, French and Spanish · Submit description of site and program at the site

3.3.2. Spirituality Committee

3.3.2.1. Prepares/designs activities and materials for travel time in buses or on walking pilgrimages, evenings, mornings, before and after meals, etc. and at sites to enhance the spiritual nature of the Piligrimage · design services and prayers · musical and other group activities · journal writing · have religious materials available at sites, e.g., bibles, church service books, prayer cards · instruction in basic Church beliefs, practices, and traditions

3.3.2.2. Trains guides in how to conduct such activities

3.3.2.3. Reviews Site and Event programs to assure that the programs and activities well-designed to enhance the spiritual growth of the Pilgrims

3.3.2.4. Trains Regional Site teams, drivers, and all persons involved with the Pilgrimage in how to maintain and enhance the spiritual experience of the Pilgrims and their own spiritual experience during the pilgrimage (including code of conduct and a clear understanding of the concept of pilgrimage, the 1700th, etc).

3.3.2.5. Design a momento of participation in the pilgrimage to be given to each participant (both local organizing and staff) and Pilgrims; e.g., a laminated card, a certificate, a pin.

3.3.2.6. Preparation/Orientation Program for June-July of prayer and historical information for the Pilgrims (posted on the web-site)

3.3.2.7. Follow-up material, interactive programs

3.3.3. Health and Safety Committee

3.3.3.1. assure emergency medical care at all major events and along all pilgrimage routes

3.3.3.2. assure security and good order, protection for pilgrims and dignitaries at all events (need State Security Teams for all sites and events)

3.3.3.3. assure sufficient water and food at all events and along all pilgrimage routes

3.3.3.4. provide 24-hour hot-line, ambulance service

3.3.3.5. identify hospitals, doctors and clinics in all locations where pilgrims will be living or visiting, who can handle pilgrim cases

3.3.4. Transportation and Telecom Committee

3.3.4.1. meet each group of foreign Pilgrims at the airport (up to 80 Pilgrimage Groups) with either a bus or two minibuses to take them to their accommodations in the village

3.3.4.2. coordinate transportation for Pilgrimage Groups

3.3.4.3. Hire mechanics and or backup transportation in case of break downs

3.3.4.4. perhaps divide the Regional Pilgrimage Routes into zones that are patrolled by local mechanics and support teams (they should have schedule of which groups will be passing through their zone and a rough idea of the time so that they will know when there may be a problem)

3.3.4.5. assure that all Pilgrimage Groups can be contacted at all times and that all Pilgrimage Groups can contact the Hotline or Site Coordinator at all times

3.3.4.6. Network of mobile phones, radios for all vehicles (or a list of phone sites along all pilgrimage routes, perhaps designated contacts in each village to facilitate communication)

3.3.4.7. Survey airlift into and out of Armenia from around July 10 through July 20 and assist pilgrims from abroad to reserve blocks of tickets.

3.3.4.8. Arrange for transportation for Pilgrims from Armenia who may show up without transportation or may be using only public transportation.

3.3.5. Room and Board Committee

3.3.5.1. Survey all villages and facilities within 20 km of Etchmiadzin and Yerevan for suitable places for up to 80 Pilgrimage Groups (25 people each including leaders and guides)

3.3.5.2. Assure adequate water, food, emergency medical care in each location, including lavatory and toilets, washing of clothes

3.3.5.3. Identify, stock and fund (as set up) stores and restaurants along the Piligrimage Routes and coordinate Pilgrimage Groups so that they do not all go to the same place at the same time for food, drinks, etc.

3.3.5.4. select appropriate host-families or other accommodations for youth pilgrimages

3.3.5.5. Arrange for appropriate activities in the village so that pilgrims experience village life and meet youth from the village

3.3.5.6. Arrange subsidy for host families

3.3.5.7. Arrange for contingency houses, camping or out-of-doors living for July 14-16 for overflow (tents, water supply, electricity), esp. for Pilgrims from Armenia who may not want or be able to commute each day.

3.3.6. Hotline/Information Central

3.3.6.1. A 24 hour hotline with connections to all Regional Sites and Villages where pilgrims are located

3.3.6.2. Information Center that has adequate phone, fax and e-mail to provide quick responses on questions about the program, last minute information about up-coming events, lost and found, message center for emergency calls from abroad, complaints, suggestions, etc.

3.3.7. Publications and Souvenirs

3.3.7.1. Pilgrim's Guidebook in several languages (Armenian, English, Russian, French, Spanish) with prayers, history, services, and other information on travel in Armenia, including full descriptions of all Core and Regional Sites and full program at each, contact information for Pilgrim Groups

3.3.7.2. Preparation of Official Youth Pilgrimage Souvenirs, e.g., books, posters, post cards, crosses, bookmarks, teeshirts, caps, candles

3.3.7.3. Arrange for several stores in Etchmiadzin, Yerevan, and other Regional Piligrimage sites to be stocked with Youth Pilgrimage Materials - including spiritual materials, bibles, history books, prayer cards, etc.

3.3.8. Promotion, Public Relations

3.3.8.1. Web-site

3.3.8.2. News releases

3.3.8.3. Letters to Church leaders, including non-Armenian Churches

3.3.8.4. Visits by Hovnan Srpazan and other members of the Organizing committee to various diocese and parishes.

3.3.8.5. Assure adequate coverage and documentation of the promotional efforts and the pilgrimage itself

3.3.8.6. Secure International Coverage of the Event

3.3.8.7. Prepare press packets

3.3.8.8. Secure local coverage of events

3.3.8.9. Prepare a video on the pilgrimage in various languages

3.3.8.10. Posting of Directory of Pilgrims on Website

3.3.8.11. Web-site retrospective on the Youth Pilgrimage

3.3.8.12. Spokespeople for each event and from each Pilgrimage Group or Diocese. The Spokespeople for each event should meet to assure that there is a common theme and approach to their public statements.

3.3.8.13. Each Pilgrimage Group should have its own spokesperson and should be encouraged to have its own "historian," who takes pictures of the group and writes the story of the Group's impressions of the Pilgrimage. Gather histories into an archive and perhaps publish an anthology or "collective history"

3.3.9. Liaison and Coordination with State and Other 1700th Activities

3.3.9.1. Gather information regarding events planned by the State and other organizations in connection with the 1700th

3.3.9.2. Assure that to the extent possible there is cooperation and joint efforts

3.3.9.3. Resolve conflicts in time, places, event planning etc.

3.3.9.4. Provide materials and hold meetings to promote a common vision and message for the 1700th.

3.3.10. CIS and Eastern European Diocese Committee

3.3.10.1. Organize and recruit youth to take part in the Pilgrimage from Russia, Ukraine and other CIS and East European Countries where Armenian Church youth is not currently organized

3.3.10.2. Assist in establishing some kind of permanent youth organizations or in supporting youth ministry in these dioceses in connection with the Pilgrimage

3.3.11. Youth from Armenia Pilgrimage Committee

3.3.11.1. Assure high levels of participation at the Core Pilgrimage events (July 14-16) from all around Yerevan

3.3.11.2. Arrange for buses to bring youth from regions

3.3.11.3. Arrange for interaction with Pilgrimage Groups from abroad

3.3.11.4. Arrange for Regional Pilgrimages, possible at times other than July 10-20.

3.3.11.5. Assist Diocese and Parishes around Armenia to set up youth ministry

3.3.12. Intergroup Relationship Building Committee

3.3.12.1. To facilitate interaction between Pilgrimage Groups through · sports, musical, or other special interest activities. e.g., having a set time and place in each village for soccer/football matches between Pilgrimage Groups or with local village teams have rehearsals on two nights and a concert in which Pilgrimage Groups can participate · other special interest groups - e.g., professionals, chess players, future clergy, etc

3.3.13. International Technical Committee

3.3.13.1. Computer and internet contacts around the world who can help make the web-site accessible in their regions, including localization of the web-site (e.g., translation into local languages

3.3.13.2. Translators group to assist with translation of Guidebook and other materials, including web-site into local languages

3.3.13.3. Assisting in creating on-line directory, interactive, virtual community for pilgrimage and pilgrims after the event

3.3.14. Interfaith Pilgrimage Committee

3.3.14.1. Contact other Christian Churches to encourage participation in the youth pilgrimage

3.3.14.2. Arrange special support (e.g., translators, orientation, etc.) for such groups

3.3.14.3. Arrange for meetings between Armenian Pilgrims and pilgrims of other denominations

3.3.14.4. Special outreach to Armenian Catholic and Protestant youth

3.3.15. Fund-raising Committee

3.3.15.1. Based on the budget for these events, design a campaign to fund various aspects of the Pilgrimage

3.3.15.2. Seek endowment for International Youth Ministry

3.3.15.3. Raise funds for scholarships to defray costs of participation for worthy pilgrims from abroad (e.g, those who qualify for the random drawing by achieving 80% or more on the Question of the Day)

3.3.15.4. Develop and provide materials to Diocesan and Pilgrimage Groups so that they can engage in fund-raising to participate in the Pilgrimage

3.3.16. Follow up - International Committee for Continuing Youth Ministry

3.3.16.1. Recruit individuals from among the Pilgrims to join in a continuous International Youth Ministry

3.3.16.2. Establish the organization with bylaws and blessing from Vehapar

3.3.16.3. Arrange for youth from Diocese who have organized youth ministries to meet, exchange ideas, visit, intern, and perhaps establish sister Diocese or sister Parish relationships

3.3.17. Musical and other special effects

3.3.17.1. Bands, orchestras, choirs, etc. along walking pilgrimage routes

3.3.17.2. Artists to create posters, placards, billboards, banners

3.3.18. Stand-by Pilgrimage Group Organizing Committee (During the Youth Piligrimage)

3.3.18.1. Organize unaffiliated, or unregistered pilgrims into groups for Core Pilgrimage and Regional Pilgrimages

3.3.18.2. Perhaps out-contract this to a tour company

3.3.19. Youth Outreach Committee

3.3.19.1. Year-long Committee that specially welcomes and greets youth (local and foreign) at each site and event, throughout the year, arranges meetings with local youth groups, etc. so that young people who come to Armenia at times other than the official Youth Pilgrimage have the opportunity to meet and get to know young people from Armenia (40-50 staff for the entire year - official 1700th Youth Greeters).

3.3.19.2. Establish program for youth who cannot participate in the Youth Pilgrimage July 10-20, but may come at other times, information packets on pilgrimage sites and routes, perhaps arrange with several local tour companies and have Stand-by Guides (e.g., 1-2 days per week in the off season for groups of 10 or more youth)

3.3.19.3. Arrange Pilgrimages for local youth from Armenia throughout the year and include foreign, visiting youth to join these groups

4. Schedule, Time-Critical Events

4.1. September 2000 · Airlift into Armenia - a survey of flights and seats available in and out of Armenia for July 10-20, 2001 · Announcement of Core Pilgrimage and Regional Programs · Appointment of International Organizational Committee, Continent Representatives, and Diocesan Representatives · Web-site and on-line registration · Open Central Office

4.2. October 2000 · Appoint Pilgrimage Group Leaders from each Diocese · Letters to Inter-faith Pilgrims - e.g., Armenian Protestants and Catholics, other Christian Denominations · Appointment of Committees · Survey of villages for potential housing, water, food, toilet, and bathing facilities, including list of site renovations required (e.g., outdoor showers, etc). · Survey of distances, realistic walking and travelling times · Survey of medical, foreign language and other capacity in each Village. · translation of Web-site into foreign languages and posting on mirror sites on various continents - coordination of those sites.

4.3. November 2000 · Interdiocesan Meeting in Etchmiadzin · Regional Site teams established, facilities survey, materials, site renovation assessment (if needed) · For Youth Outreach Committee with representatives in each main site

4.4. December 2000 · Core Pilgrimage Program designed for each site, with full minute by minute schedule, list of key participants · Selection of team members, clergy, musical groups, caterers, etc. for all events.

4.5. January, 2001 · Complete design of services, prayers, etc. for Core Pilgrimage and Guidebook · Follow up with Interfaith and other Pilgrimage Groups · Preliminary assessment of participation levels, design and deployment of more intensive promotion and recruitment if necessary. · Youth Outreach Committee beings operations for Youth who visit outside of the time

4.6. February 2001 · Approval of Final Guidebook · International Media Coverage, Press Packet

4.7. March 2001 · Translation of Guidebook into various languages

4.8. April 2001 · Deadline for Registration for the Pilgrimage and for registering Group Preferences for Regional Pilgrimages · Interdiocesan Meeting to review the entire program as it will be executed · Announcement of Question of the Day scholarships

4.9. May 2001 · Publication of Guidebooks based on registration data · Make necessary renovations at living and Regional Sites, e.g., bathing, toilets, washing, · Start Rehearsals and team practices for Core Events and Regional Sites · Reservations of all tickets for foreign pilgrims · Final list of all registered Pilgrims · Preparation of Directory of Pilgrims

4.10. June 2001 · Start 24 hour Hotline at Central Office · Rehearsals for Core Events and Regional Sites · Dry-runs for all walking and traveling, including emergency tests of medical and other back up systems, with local Armenian Youth Pilgrimage Groups · Inspection of all living quarters, toilets, bathing areas, host families, etc. · testing of all vehicles and drivers, back up drivers and back up vehicles

4.11. July 2001 · Pilgrimage, July 10-20, 14-16 Core Program

4.12. August 2001 · Release video and brochure on the Pilgrimage and its meaning, in time for Sept-Oct 1700th Events · Web-site retrospective on the Pilgrimage, ideas for continuing participations, opportunities to go on Pilgrimage even if they could not take part in the July Youth Pilgrimage

4.13. September 2001 · Continue Youth Outreach for young people who come to Armenia outside of the Youth Pilgrimage, e.g., with parents for other events (Blessing of Myron)

4.14. October 2001 · Distribute International Youth Ministry Materials - Follow up on Youth Piligrimage in connection with Holy Translators

4.15. November 2001

4.16. December 2001 · Retrospective Documentary on Youth during 1700th

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