Alexis Liberovsky, Archivist and Director of the Department of History and Archives for the Orthodox Church in America will be giving a parish retreat on Saturday, December 3, on the subject of the early history and growth of the OCA, from 10:00AM-4:00PM. In his presentation, titled “The Autocephaly of the Orthodox Church in America and Church Unity: From Historical Vision to the Present,” Mr. Liberovsky highlights key people, events, and documents that have shaped the Orthodox Church’s life on this continent beginning with the Alaskan mission in 1794 to the granting of autocephaly to the OCA in 1970. He also will speak of various efforts to unite the Church in North America throughout the 20th century and the current work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America. A PowerPoint presentation with over 200 historical images accompanies the lecture.An image from Mr. Liberovsky’s presentation depicts the future OCA Primate, Metropolitan Ireney (Bekish), during his tenure as Bishop of Japan in the 1950s