BUILDING UP THE FAITHFUL

A major part of AC2019 is worshipping together, studying, learning, growing in our faith, and meeting as we plan for the future. From morning until night, we will have Matins, Divine Liturgy, Vespers, and Compline Services. They begin at 9 AM and end at 11:30 PM.  

 

On several days, there will be workshops for teens and adults. And in the evenings, we will have intimate conversations with our Clergy. Various Archdiocese Departments will hold their meetings and there will be a General Assembly Thursday and Friday, beginning at 11 AM. All are welcome to attend.

 

DAILY BIBLE STUDY

 

An old tradition of the convention is to start each day with Bible Study.

8:00-8:45 AM  Tuesday – Saturday in the Emerald Room

Philippians
Fr. Herman Acker in the Emerald Room

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During these five morning sessions we will be studying the Letter of St. Paul to the Philippians, from which our Theme has been drawn. We will be guided by the promise that this text, along with all of Sacred Scripture, is not meant to inform but to transform our thoughts, words, and deeds in conformity to the will of God in Christ. Bring your Bibles! We will proceed simply as follows: Tuesday–Introduction and overview, Wednesday–Chapter 1, Thursday–Chapter 2, Friday–Chapter 3, Saturday–Chapter 4 and wrap-up

Fr Herman began teaching at Eastern University, where he taught Biblical Studies until 2016. In 2016, He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood and serves at St. Andrew Church in Lewes, Delaware.

LATE NIGHT CHATS WITH SAYIDNA (HIERARCHS)

 

A new tradition of the convention this year, is to end each day with conversations with our beloved Clergy.

9:00-10:00 PM Tuesday & Thursday; 10:00-11:00 PM Wednesday & Friday in Emerald Room

In the evening on Tuesday through Friday, one of our hierarchs will lead a session for all ages. This will include a short presentation followed by Q & A, focused on a topic related to all ages and phases of life. Subjects could include: Handling Peer Pressure, Orthodox Family Life, How to Keep Faith Alive in the Young and the Older Generations, Challenges in Education and What Is and Isn’t Taught, Applying Village Success to Home Life, Orthodox Doctrine & Political Correctness, Staying Connected to the Church, Social Media, Strengths and Weaknesses in our Parishes, etc.

Tuesday, Bp. ANTHONY
Wednesday, Bp. NICHOLAS
Thursday, Bp. THOMAS
Friday, Bp. JOHN

ASK ABOUNA

 

11:30 PM- 12:00 AM Monday through Thursday in the Emerald Room

Ask a Priest any question that’s on your mind about any subject. Nothing’s off limits. It’s a time to talk together and talk things out.

 

CHOIR REHEARSALS

 

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Tuesday – Friday & 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM Saturday in the Chapel in Steelcase Ballroom A

 

 

FEATURED VESPERS SPEAKER immediately following Vespers Wednesday-Friday

 

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me
Mr. Paul Karos in the Chapel at Steelcase Ballroom A

Our Featured Speaker will offer a reflection after Vespers on Wednesday through Friday. Mr. Karos will be exploring our theme, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” by looking at various elements of Orthodox spiritual life and applying it to daily living. Mr. Karos looks through unique lenses as he is 99% blind, had a successful 35-year Wall Street career, and performs several Orthodox ministries in the Church (Life coaching, pre-marital counseling, prison ministry, and leading men’s/youth/parish retreats). He will use his own struggles, as well as what he has learned through the challenges of those with whom he helps, to delve into this important topic of the Convention.

Mr. Karos has had a successful 35 + year career on Wall Street. He ran hedge fund portfolios for 13 years at his own firm Aplos Advisors, Whitebox Advisors, and Millennium Partners. He was President of Piper Jaffray’s Investment Banking and Equities Division where he led the firm to become a national investment banking player. Earlier in his career, he was Managing Director of CS First Boston, where he was named the number one-ranked airline analyst in the world for five straight years.
As of June 2018, Mr. Karos founded Matrona Ministries, a lay Orthodox Christian ministry which performs coaching one-on-one, parish retreats, and Orthodox Christian life assessments. He is a bible study leader for the Minnesota Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Team. He conducts pre-marital counseling with and on behalf of priests as a trained Prepare and Enrich counselor. Mr. Karos earned his Master of Arts in Applied Orthodox Theology through the University of Balamand, Lebanon and a BS of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Karos is married to his wife, Cindy and has three children. He has been legally blind since his teen years, and is now 98% blind.

A FIRST TIME WORKSHOP FOR ALL CLERGY

For the first time ever at an Antiochian Archdiocese Convention, there will be a workshop for all the clergy. Every member of our clergy is invited to attend this event, Wednesday at 11am. Provided by Faithtree Resources, our priests and deacons will learn the steps for ‘Building an Effective Parish Ministry Team.’ They will become equipped to identify parishioners who can serve as co-laborers in collaborative ministry to help their churches thrive in community.

It Takes More than One: Building an Effective Parish Ministry Team –

11:00am – 4:00pm Wednesday, Ambassador Ballroom
Father Timothy Baclig, Father Paul O’Callaghan, Father Luke Veronis, Mrs. Cindy Karos, Mr. Paul Karos, Mrs. Tatiana Hoff, Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Ms. Stacey Mason, Mrs. Michelle Moujaes

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The workshop Faithtree Resources has produced for the 2019 Archdiocese Convention is a practical, high-energy, one-of-a-kind experience for Antiochian Orthodox Christian priests throughout North America. By providing direct instruction, giving take-away resources and tools, and by sharing practical team-building steps, our priests will be equipped to build a team of co-laborers (of both clergy and laity) in ministry with whom they can work toward a thriving community and a healthy parish. Faithtree Resources will present this training in workshop-style format so pastors can work side by side with their brother clergy to learn what real team-building looks like, how it operates and how it can best serve parishioners.

The Archpriest Paul O’Callaghan was appointed Dean of St. George Orthodox Christian Cathedral January 1, 1993. He is the author of The Feast of Friendship and a number of articles on theological topics, as well as being a contributor to the commentary on the Book of Revelation in the Orthodox Study Bible.

Archpriest Timothy Baclig Pastor of St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, California. He was elevated to the rank of Archpriest on Holy Pascha, 1995. Fr. Timothy is the co-founder of Faithtree Resources, an effort that began at St. Michael Church in Van Nuys.

Dr. Philip Mamalakis is a marriage and family therapist and an Assistant Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology teaching classes on pastoral care, marriage and family, grief, death and dying, and topics related to pastoral counseling. He is the President of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology and Religion (OCAMPR.org). He is the author of, “Parenting Toward the Kingdom,” (Ancient Faith Publications, 2016) and, together with Fr. Charles Joanides, published “The Journey of Marriage, a resource for couples preparing for marriage” (GOA, 2012). He enjoys offering seminars and retreats on intimacy, relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as religion and psychology.

Cindy Karos is passionate about supporting clergy and clergy wives in their ministries. Some of her favorite ministry work has included serving as the Antiochian Youth Director for the Midwest Region, leading the effort to merge

two Antiochian parishes in one city, developing and running family ministries including a Pan-Orthodox Family Camp, as well as serving as the Vice-Chair of Bishop ANTHONY’s Diocesan Council in the Midwest Diocese. Cindy uses her professional background in International and Domestic Sales Management to support Faithtree Resources as a board member.

Paul Karos has had a successful 35 + year career on Wall Street. He was President of Piper Jaffray’s Investment Banking and Equities Division where he led the firm to become a national investment banking player. In June 2018, Mr. Karos founded Matrona Ministries, a lay Orthodox Christian ministry which performs coaching one-on-one, parish retreats, and Orthodox Christian life assessments. He is a bible study leader for the Minnesota Orthodox Christian

Prison Ministry Team. He conducts pre-marital counseling with and on behalf of priests as a trained Prepare and Enrich counselor.

Mrs. Tatiana Hoff is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Professionally, she is a former specialist in Organizational Development and Internal Communications with tenure at Deloitte and PepsiCo. At these organizations, she focused on team effectiveness, learning and development, and helping individuals and teams build agility to work through change. She serves on the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers.

Stacey Mason currently serves as the Director of Operations for International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) where she is responsible for overall management of emergency, humanitarian and development programs at IOCC.

Archpriest Luke A. Veronis serves as the Director for the Missions Institute of Orthodoxy Christianity, which is located at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at both Holy Cross and Hellenic College. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) in St. Augustine, FL, and the Overseas Ministries Study Center (OMSC) in New Haven, CT. His published books include Go Forth: A Journal of Missions and Resurrection in Albania (2010) Lynette’s Hope: The Witness of Lynette Katherine Hoppe’s Life and Death (2008) and Missionaries, Monks, and Martyrs: Making Disciples of All Nations (1994).

Michelle Moujaes is the founder and volunteer Executive Director of Faithtree Resources, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that focuses on equipping our clergy and lay leaders in the Orthodox Christian Church as they create thriving parishes. When Michelle is not speaking or creating content for Faithtree Resources, you might find her speaking internationally on the topic of autism and interventions for adults and children with Extraordinary Needs.

 

 

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HERE IS A LIST OF EVERY WORKSHOP TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, AND SATURDAY 

TUESDAY WORKSHOPS (For Laity)

1:30-3:30 PM

I like, Love and celebrate myself! Living in the Image and Likeness of God
Dn. Saed Rihani in the Thornapple Room

This Workshop will guide Teens in dealing with how modern day pop culture has re-identified what our Image should be like as Teens, while God has already established our Image in His Likeness. Discussion will center on how we can offset the media’s definition of perfection, and confirm that we are made in the Image and Likeness of God! Workshop will include ice-breakers and videos related to the topic.

Archdeacon Saed Rihani is from St. Mary’s in Palos Heights, IL. He has led many Retreats for Teens and Young adults and other parish ministries at his local parish, diocese, and other dioceses throughout his 30 years in the ministry. He engages the participants in all the workshops with discussion and video presentations. He injects humor, as well as practical examples of everyday situations in all discussions. His career as Counselor at the Community Colleges in Chicago has given him a direct look into young adults’ trials and assisted many in achieving their life goals.

2:30 PM-3:30 PM

Parenting Toward the Kingdom, Part 1
Dr. Philip Mamalakis in the Emerald Room

Our temptation as parents is to notice our kids mostly when they misbehave, and then focus on correcting those bad behaviors. What gets lost in this is the person of our child, particularly their inner lives, their struggles, their joys, and their worlds. Parenting is more about drawing close to our children when they struggle rather than simply correcting behaviors. Dr. Mamalakis will discuss how we can stay focused on the inner life of our children as we respond to their misbehaviors.

Dr. Philip Mamalakis, with his wife Georgia, have seven children and live in Boston, Massachusetts where he is a marriage and family therapist and an Assistant Professor at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Dr. Mamalakis directs the field education program and teaches classes on pastoral care, marriage and family, grief, death and dying, and topics related to pastoral counseling. Dr. Mamalakis has an MDiv. from Holy Cross and a PhD. from Purdue University in child development and family studies, specializing in marriage and family therapy. He is the President of the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR.org), and has been offering marriage and family retreats and seminars since his oldest daughter was born, 23 years ago. He is the author of, “Parenting Toward the Kingdom,” (Ancient Faith Publications, 2016) and, together with Fr. Charles Joanides, published “The Journey of Marriage, a resource for couples preparing for marriage” (GOA, 2012). He enjoys offering seminars and retreats on intimacy, relationships, marriage, parenting, and family life as well as religion and psychology.

The Impact of Western Orthodoxy on Western Culture
Fr Edward Hughes, Fr John Fenton, Fr Patrick Cardine in the Pearl Room

Everyone knows All Saints Day is November 1, because everyone knows that Halloween is All Hallows Eve. This event has its roots in the Orthodox Church of the West, and is one of many common (but unacknowledged) instances in which Orthodoxy in the West created and formed Western culture. Even though modern Western culture likes to imagine itself secular and a-religious, most of the basic forms are still totally Orthodox Christian. Our presentation will illustrate this point with lively pictures and audio. Moreover, to help reach our secular culture, we will challenge you not to reject, but to embrace and refill these basics forms with their deep Orthodox Christian meaning.

The V Rev Edward Hughes has been the Vicar General of the Western Rite Vicariate since 2009. Fr Ed is the pastor of St George in Lawrence, MA, teaches at Holy Cross School of Theology, and has served as chairman of the Archdiocese Department of Liturgics.
The V Rev John W Fenton has been the Assistant to the Vicar General since 2009. Fr John is the pastor of St Michael in Whittier, CA, and has been published in The Word magazine.
The V Rev Patrick Cardine is the pastor of St Patrick in Bealeton VA, and the administrator of The Orthodox West, the website for the Western Rite Vicariate.

Pursuing Parish Health – Haldane Room
Presented by the Department of Missions & Evangelism

The Department of Missions & Evangelism is not just for missions anymore, it is also for parishes in pursuit of revitalization and renewal. Over the last two years, our department has been developing and sharing resources related to parish health. During this workshop, we will quickly review these resources and give a sneak preview of the resources coming in the near future. Attendees will leave with tangible resources ready to be used in their home parish.

V. Rev. John Finley has served in the Department of Missions and Evangelism since 1996. Previously, Fr. John taught Liturgical Studies at St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology in Santa Barbara, CA.

V. Rev. Joseph Huneycutt has served in the Department of Missions and Evangelism since 2016 and is the Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Houston, TX. He also produces a bi-weekly podcast for Ancient Faith Ministries entitled “The 153” and produces monthly articles for The WORD Magazine entitled “From These Stones.”

Rev. Dn. Adam Roberts is a Content Creator for the Department of Missions and Evangelism producing film series, documentaries, and a new website www.missionsandevangelism.com. Previously, Dn. Adam helped launch and served as Administrator for the Becoming Truly Human Project of the Antiochian Archdiocese.

3:30-4:30 PM

Parenting Toward the Kingdom Part 2
Presenter: Dr. Philip Mamalakis in the Emerald Room

Settling limits and giving consequences is a critical expression of our God-given parental authority. But it’s easy to misunderstand and misuse this authority in ways that affect our children as they grow and develop. Dr. Mamalakis will discuss setting limits and giving consequences to children in ways that support them to grow and thrive.

WORKSHOP WEDNESDAY!

Clergy Leadership Workshop: Building an Effective Parish Ministry Team

In the Ambassador Ballroom
Speakers:
Very Reverend Timothy Baclig, pastor St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church in Van Nuys, CA and co-founder of Faithtree Resources
Very Reverend Paul O’Callaghan, pastor St. George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral, Wichita, Kansas.
Father Luke Veronis, pastor Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster, MA.
Mrs. Cindy Karos, Vice-Chair, Diocesan Council of Toledo and the Midwest
Mr. Paul Karos, Founder of Matrona Ministries
Mrs. Tatiana Hoff, former Senior Manager of Organizational Development, Transformation and Communications, PepsiCo
Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology
Ms. Stacey Mason, Director of Operations for International Orthodox Christian Charities
Mrs. Michelle Moujaes, Founder and Executive Director Faithtree Resources

Summary:
Faithtree Resources recognizes that whether it’s the hire of a youth worker, finding the right person to run the parish Bake Sale, or working with Church School staff, instruction in key aspects of collaborative ministry and team building is not only essential for pastoral self-care, but also, mandatory for optimal parish health. When ministry is shared, deep pastoral authority and pastoral care can occur within a parish. When the right people collaborate in the right ways, everyone on a team is blessed.

The workshop Faithtree Resources seeks to create for the 2019 Archdiocese Convention is a practical, high-energy, one-of-a-kind experience for Antiochian Orthodox Christian priests throughout North America. By providing direct instruction, giving take-away resources and tools, and by sharing practical team-building steps, our priests will be equipped to build a team of co-laborers (of both clergy and laity) in ministry with whom they can work toward a thriving community and a healthy parish. Faithtree Resources will present this training in workshop-style format so pastors can work side by side with their
brother clergy to learn what real team-building looks like, how it operates and how it can best serve parishioners.

WORKSHOP SPEAKERS AND TOPICS (For Laity)

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

To Be Antiochian in America: Reflections on the History of Orthodox Grand Rapids 1906-2019 and the Lessons it Teaches for the Future
Archdeacon David Khorey in the Pearl Room

This workshop will recount the history of Grand Rapids’ Antiochian Orthodox community from its beginnings in the early twentieth century to the present. This history is a microcosm of the history of the Archdiocese. If significant events occurred in the Archdiocese during that time period, those events and their consequences occurred in Grand Rapids. Thus, the community experienced both trials and triumphs. What challenges are we likely to face in the coming years? What can the history of a community like ours teach us about how to prepare for and respond to those challenges, so that we can continue to build the Church?

Archdeacon David Khorey was ordained in 2003. He serves at St. Nicholas in Grand Rapids. He holds degrees from Notre Dame and Vanderbilt and obtained a Master’s in Applied Theology from Balamand University through the Antiochian House of Studies. He has done extensive independent research on the history of Grand Rapids’ Orthodox community with an emphasis on the early years of the church’s development.

Why Camp Works (And Why It’s Not Enough)
Fr. Philip Rogers in the Heritage Room

We all Love Camp!! God loves Camp!! Camp Works!! This workshop hopes to present concrete reasons why the camping program in our Archdiocese is doing so well at helping campers to fall in love with Christ and the Church. In addition, it hopes to provide a discussion for how parishes can bring camp home and build on the foundation of Camp!

Fr Philip Rogers is the pastor of St John Orthodox Church in Memphis, TN. He has been a priest for 13 years. Aside from his duties as parish priest, first at Archangel Gabriel in Lafayette and then at St John, for 10 summers, he was also the director of Camp St Thekla, the summer camp for the Diocese of Miami and the Southeast, currently directed by Fr Alex Mackoul. Even before serving camp as a director, the camping program of the Archdiocese has a special place in his heart. Prior to ordained ministry, Fr Philip served two summers as a staff member at the Antiochian Village and he has served in volunteer capacities with the summer camp and with the Special Olympics sports camp, both as a teen and as a priest. Though not currently officially working for camp, the vision and goal of camp is something that influences his parish ministry.

A Christian Ending to Our Lives
Drs. Dan and Jane in the Haldane Room

We pray each week during the Liturgy asking God for a “Christian ending to our lives, painless blameless,” but what does this entail for us as Orthodox Christians in the 21st century? In this session we will examine the nature and significance of suffering in the Orthodox tradition and explore elements of healing essential to our preparation for a good death. The role of excellent palliative care in assisting this process will be highlighted.

Dan & Jane both grew up in Southern California where they graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School then married during post-graduate training, Dan in General Surgery & Jane in General Psychiatry. They have served as faculty members at the University of Michigan Medical School since 1987. After becoming Orthodox in 1995 (sponsored by Gregory & Amal Dalack) they were drawn toward Palliative Care. Daniel re-trained at Cleveland Clinic during a sabbatical and worked as a Palliative Care specialist the remainder of his clinical career. They have done volunteer work in Africa, Serbia, Romania, and Lebanon as visiting faculty at St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at Balamand University, Transilvania University, and St.Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Dan is the author of two books from St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Suffering and the Nature of Healing & Touch and the Healing of the World, with an upcoming book from Notre Dame University Press, Thriving in the Face of Mortality: Kenosis and the Mystery of Life.

Sacred Music– PART 1: Choosing Right Music for Your Parish
Mareena Boosamra Ball in the Chapel at Steelcase Ballroom A

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In this workshop, we will offer a general assessment of the quality of church music throughout this archdiocese and will diagnose problems and prescribe solutions. Relationship between clergy and choir director will be addressed as well as a candid discussion on the role and expectations of both the choir and the director. Discussions on choosing the right music for your specific parish will be followed by a question and answer period. This workshop will be of key interest to church musicians and clergy alike.

Mareena Boosamra Ball is an established singer. In Spring 2020, she will debut as a Guest Conductor in Carnegie Hall, where she will conduct Schubert’s Mass in G. She has been the Sacred Music Coordinator for the Western Region as well as choral director at Holy Resurrection Antiochian Orthodox Church. This past December she celebrated 40 years of service with a beautiful Gala Concert. She is co-editor of the “Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts” music book, directed and produced two recordings done by the Western Region; “There is Joy in Bethlehem” and “Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts.”

12:45-1:45 PM

Social Media and Technology Safety Practices for the Family
Dn. Christian Manasseh in the Heritage Room

92% of people born between 1997 and 2000 (Gen Z) have a digital footprint. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? How are we as Christian parents to educate and inform our children about good social media practices? What can we do to communicate to them the good and the bad in social media? What tools are available to help us define some boundaries for healthy and safe online and digital presence? Come spend an hour in this workshop to discuss, explore and learn about these topics and more.

Deacon Christian Manasseh is a deacon at Saints Peter and Paul in Potomac, MD and the Director of Internet Ministry at the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. In addition to his theological training at the Antiochian House of Studies, Deacon Christian holds a PhD degree in Civil Systems and a Masters degree in Information Technology. He is CEO of Mobius Logic, a VA-based company that specializes in Artificial Intelligence and Data Science software solutions for financial and healthcare services companies. He has published several research journals and conferences on computer-human interaction and the use of digital media to understand human behavior.

Discussion Group Ministry – How to use it for Parish Revitalization AND Community Outreach?
Dn. Andrew Short in the Pearl Room

We will begin this workshop answering the question, “Why Discussion Groups?” and the reason behind developing intentional Christian community in our parishes. We will discover that discussion groups are on a mission beyond themselves and look at the top 10 Bible verses for using a discussion group model of growth in our parishes. We will also explore appropriate models for building Christ-like disciples in our churches and how discussion groups are part of contemporary Orthodoxy. We will answer the question, “Why Discussion Groups Don’t Work in Your Church” as well as encounter 6 discussion group lessons from the early Church. We will consider what the New Testament Church may have been like and consider what it would mean to embrace and Acts 2 community with our people.
Dn. Andrew Short is former foreign missionary and campus pastor with four decades of experience leading discussion groups and training others to do the same. His experience with OCF, Sunday School and Men’s ministry for the past 20 years at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, TN prepared him to serve as the Administrator and Trainer with the Becoming Truly Human ministry of the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of NA where he is currently training local parishes across North America in using discussion groups to reach out to their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors and experience engaging conversations about significant life issues. These conversations can result in deeper faith commitments by those hosting the groups and result in a welcoming environment for honest questions and sincere relationships between those in the groups. Dn. Andrew is attached to a new mission in middle Tennessee, St. Anna, and he and his wife, Sh. Belinda, are the parents of 5 grown daughters.

Church Bookstore Manager Roundtable
Carolyn Rock, Facilitator in the Berkey Room

This informal discussion will allow for the sharing of what’s working in our bookstores, and may feature some “coming attractions” from the publishers present in our vendors’ area.

Living and Dying Well: Lessons from Fr. Roman Braga
Drs. Dan and Jane Hinshaw in the Haldane Room

Fr. Roman Braga suffered imprisonment and torture under a Communist totalitarian state which taught him spiritual lessons he has shared with us through his living and dying well. In this session we will explore some of these lessons through studying his life and words which provide guidance for us to navigate this complex world as faithful Orthodox Christians.
Dan & Jane both grew up in Southern California where they graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School then married during post-graduate training, Dan in General Surgery & Jane in General Psychiatry. They have served as faculty members at the University of Michigan Medical School since 1987. After becoming Orthodox in 1995 (sponsored by Gregory & Amal Dalack) they were drawn toward Palliative Care. Daniel re-trained at Cleveland Clinic during a sabbatical and worked as a Palliative Care specialist the remainder of his clinical career. They have done volunteer work in Africa, Serbia, Romania, and Lebanon as visiting faculty at St. John of Damascus Institute of Theology at Balamand University, Transilvania University, and St.Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Dan is the author of two books from St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, Suffering and the Nature of Healing & Touch and the Healing of the World, with an upcoming book from Notre Dame University Press, Thriving in the Face of Mortality: Kenosis and the Mystery of Life.

Sacred Music– PART 2: Choosing Right Music for Your Parish 
Maureena Boosamra Ball in the Chapel at Steelcase Ballroom A

In this workshop, we will offer a general assessment of the quality of church music throughout this archdiocese and will diagnose problems and prescribe solutions. Relationship between clergy and choir director will be addressed as well as a candid discussion on the role and expectations of both the choir and the director. Discussions on choosing the right music for your specific parish will be followed by a question and answer period. This workshop will be of key interest to church musicians and clergy alike.

3:00 PM-4:00 PM

All Things
Mother Gabriella in the Heritage Room

Doing all things can sound grandiose, but in Christ, it really is possible! We will explore what a lifetime of monastic life can teach those of us living in the world about the possibilities that open when we live in Christ.

Mother Gabriella was born in ROMANIA. In 1974, she entered the monastery of Varatec and became the spiritual daughter of Mother Benedicta Braga. In 1978, she accompanied Mother Benedicta to the United States to the monastery of the Transfiguration in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania. In 1984, at the age of 29, she took the monastic vows and became Mother Gabriella. Three years later, in 1987, together with Mother Benedicta they came to Rives Junction, a small farming community in Southern Michigan, to found the Orthodox monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God. The monastery celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

Marriage: a Social Imperative within an Orthodox context
Presenter: Kh. Dr. Maggie Hock in the Emerald Room

What is the thing most needed in today’s society? Why is marriage a social imperative? How does maintaining a Christ-loving marriage minister to this world?

Kh. Dr. Maggie Hock is the North American Director of the Department of Marriage & Parish Family Ministries. She is a Psychologist in private practice, seminar presenter, author, and works to meet the counseling needs and resources for the families of this Archdiocese. Dr. Maggie also consults and travels for the Department of Defense and NATO regarding military and family life on military installations worldwide. Married to V. Rev. Don Nectarios Hock over 46 years with 5 children and 10 grandchildren and attends St. Mary Orthodox Church Omaha, Nebraska.

What’s up with Homeschooling?
Fr. Noah Bushelli in the Pearl Room

In this workshop, we will address the changing landscape in education and the opportunities available to families seeking a way to educate their children within the life of the Church. Additionally, we will discuss how to support and encourage the homeschooling families in your local parish.

Fr. Noah is grateful to be married to a living saint, Kh. Elizabeth, who homeschools their nine marvelous children. He is an Archpriest in the Antiochian Archdiocese and was received into the Orthodox Church in 1994. He met his wife at a Vespers service in Alaska and still remembers the joyous and awkward moment. After graduating from University of Alaska Anchorage with a B. Ed. in 2000, they moved to St. Vladimir’s Seminary where he graduated with an M. Div. in 2004 with his thesis exploring St. John Chrysostom’s notion of the Church as a Spiritual Hospital. After serving St. Nicholas in Bridgeport, CT for three years he moved to St. Philip in Souderton, PA in 2006. He is grateful to raise his family in this warm, generous, faithful and vibrant community and is working very hard to meet the demands of parish life as well as focus on “the one thing needful”.

Developing an Engaged Parish
Antony Bashir & Richard Robbat in the Haldane Room

What does it mean that a parish is a ‘living organism’ that can grow and thrive or that can die? What do you want your parish to become – to be known for by your parishioners and by your community? What are the practical and spiritual ‘bottlenecks’ that can keep your parish from growing and thriving? What are the elements of a useful vision for your parish? What does the statement “We are all stewards.” mean to you? These and other questions will be raised and discussed during our time together. Come and be with us as we focus on the elements needed to develop an engaged community – one that worships together God in spirit and truth and enacts the Good News of Jesus Christ. And bring your cell phones charged and ready to use. We look forward to being with you.

Anthony S. Bashir is a member of St. George Orthodox Church in Boston, MA. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Archdiocese and is now an Honorary Member of the Board. He also is a founding member of the Department of Lay Ministry. He served as the clinical coordinator of speech and language pathology services in the Department of Otolaryngology at The Children’s Hospital in Boston. He also has served as the Director of the Freshman Academic Studies Program at Emerson College and while there also was the Coordinator for Disability Services and Director of the Writing and Academic Resource Center. He now teaches part time at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, MA and at the Institute for Health Professionals of The Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Richard J. Robbat is a member of St. Mary Orthodox Church, Cambridge MA. He is a member of the Department of Lay Ministry of the Archdiocese and serves as the Vice-Chair of the Mission Council for the Diocese of Worcester and New England. In addition, he is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the Theophany School – an Orthodox Christian preschool serving the greater Boston area. He has served the Diocese in the past as the Stewardship Coordinator. He has been a public school teacher, coach, and superintendent of schools. Currently he is part of an initiative led by Bishop John that is developing an Orthodox Christian education program for the adults throughout the Archdiocesan parishes.

 

SATURDAY WORKSHOPS

YOUNG ADULTS–Coffee Meets Bagel
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Grand Gallery E-F at Devos Convention Center
Fr. Nicholas Belcher

Fr. Belcher will lead a discussion on relationships.
He is the Hierarchical Assistant to Metropolitan JOSEPH and serves as the Spiritual Director for the youth and young adults of the Diocese of New York and Wash. DC.

ENLIVEN TO CHRIST–Addressing the Sins of Pride and Anger
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM in the Pearl Room
Anthony Bashir and Richard Robbat

What is pride? What is anger? Why are they seen as sins in the eyes of the Church? What is sin anyway? Come and join us and find out the answer to these questions as we focus this year’s Enlivening to Christ on the sins of pride and anger. You’ll be surprised what you will
discover.