A Cabinet member sent this intel along:
One of the reasons that the Parma church was selected (St Michael’s and others are larger ) is that it has no pews but has moveable chairs that could be taken out. It would be a standing room only sobor (assuming people show up)!
Here’s a problem… prior to every election at every sobor, there’s been politicking. One day doesn’t allow for that. Besides which, it takes a couple of hours, at least (if not more) to properly register all participants. Apparently, Syosset has a candidate in mind, but that doesn’t mean that the parishes will go along. Remember, the Syosset/SVS gang wanted Seraphim Storheim for the white hat in ’02, and they convinced a majority of the delegates to vote for him, but the Holy Synod chose Herman instead (that was Bobby’s triumph over Lyonyo and the SVSers). As for this time, what shall the Synod do if there’s a poor turnout? I’ve heard that a lot of parishes don’t want this excuse for a sobor.
There’s a great deal of sullen and silent opposition to this planned “sobor”… shall it even happen? I’d say, watch the events that unfold outside the OCA… you see, this sobor could end up stillborn. Don’t attend to oca.org… that’s Lyonyo’s mouthpiece. Watch the London Conference… that, we know, is on course and on track. Parma could end as “the Sobor that Never Was”…