SVS Site of Parish
Ministries, Evangelization Conferences
CRESTWOOD, NY [OCA
Communications] -- Over 100 men and women from across North America
gathered at Saint Vladimir Seminary here on Wednesday, July 28 for a
parish ministries conference sponsored by the Orthodox Church in
America's Department of Christian Witness and Service. The opening
session featured welcoming remarks from John Erickson, Dean of St.
Vladimir Seminary and Protopresbyter Robert S. Kondratick, Chancellor of
the Orthodox Church in America who brought the greetings and best wishes
of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman to the conference
Keynote speakers for the four-day conference are the Very Revs. Sergei
Glagolev and George Gray, who will introduce the conference theme,
Action," from a number of
theological, pastoral and practical perspectives.
"The conference provides a unique opportunity for clergy and laity
involved in active ministries to share ideas and to share the means and
methods to strengthen existing ministries and initiate new ones,"
according to Donna Karabin, Department Chairperson. "In addition to
the keynote speakers, a number of panel discussions and over 20 workshops
on a variety of topics are being made available to conference
Four broad areas are being explored during the conference: parish
ministry, community outreach ministry, family ministry, and senior
For many years Father Glagolev, Director Emeritus of
the Fellowship of
Orthodox Stewards, has been involved
in numerous aspects of the Church's life, including parish ministry. He
brings to the conference years of experience and observation, as well as
a personal enthusiasm for equipping the laity to engage in various
ministries. Father Gray, rector
of St. Nicholas
Church, Portland, OR, also has a
wealth of experience in lay, parish and youth ministry.
Saint Vladimir Seminary will also be the site
of a conference sponsored by the OCA Department of Evangelization,
"A Challenge to the Parish: For the Perfecting of the Saints, for
the Work of the Ministry, for the Edifying of the Body of
Christ," August 30-September 1, 2004.
"The theme was selected in response to a similar conference held
last year, at which participants identified various areas of parish and
mission life that need to be addressed," according to the Rev. Eric
Tosi, Department Chairperson. "These areas include revitalization of
parish life, ministry within inner city and ethnic parishes, healing
divisions in parish communities, addressing the needs of parishes in
declining demographic regions, outreach programs in mission-oriented
parishes, and building community among parishioners of different
Speakers include the Very Revs. Joseph
Hirsch, Joseph Lickwar, John Pierce, and Matthew Tate and the Revs.
Vladimir Alexeev, and Thomas Soroka. Evangelization Department members
will also be present to offer presentations and lead discussions.
The conference is open to all clergy and
faithful committed to the work of missions and evangelization.
Cost for the full program, which includes
meals and seminary housing, is $200 [$250 after July 30]. For those not
requiring housing, the cost including meals is $100 [$150 after July 30].
Off-campus housing with a special rate of $110 per night has been
arranged at the Royal Regency Hotel, Yonkers, NY and the Holiday Inn
Yonkers, both within minutes of the seminary campus.
Registrations forms, schedules, and other
pertinent information may be downloaded from the OCA web site
at 2004 Missions
Conference. Completed registration
forms should be mailed for faxed to the OCA Department of Evangelization,
PO Box 675, Syosset, NY 11791-0675; fax 516-922-0954.
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