Re: Travelogue: St. Herman's Conference
>Sounds like a good conference. Wish we had more such for ADULTS. Maybe forThere are actually plenty of opportunities out there for adults. The Southern
>church school teachers and administrators too.
Missions Conference comes quickly to mind. Also various parishes sponsor small
scale retreats on a regular basis. My parish has had such a retreat at times
during Great Lent. And on the West coast there have been usually at least 2
weekend retreats during the summer months that have been advertised. And for
the musically minded, there are a variety of options also available - the summer
choir school at Jordanville, the annual Church Music conference (usually around
October), and possibly the English choir workshop that has been held in the
Don't forget your own parish's "adult education" or "Bible study" groups. Most
clergy I know would be more than happy to have such a thing *IF* anyone would
come - but usually it starts, goes great guns for 2-4 weeks and then dies. The
St Herman's conference continues because the kids come - if they didn't, the
conference wouldn't happen. Putting on a conference like St Herman's or the
Southern Mission's conference isn't easy - it requires a lot of work and up
front money (St Herman's costs are actually partially underwritten by a variety
of chartiable contributions as well to make it possible for kids to come). Also
the host parish needs to put together a lot of preparation and support work as
well. So, if your parish is in the Northeast (that is from Ohio to the Coast or
from DC north) and you want to have this opportunity in your back yard - put
together a working group, investigate your resources and send a letter to the St
Herman's Exec. Committee to request having the conference in *your* parish.
Oh, and btw, this summer there will be at least two spiritual events in the
Western diocese that I can think of right off. The first will be the 50th
anniversary of the parish of All Russian Saints in Denver on their patronal
feast (July 14th - one of the very few times that this feast occurs outside of
the Apostle's fast). Quite a few clergy and hierarchs have been invited and Fr
Boris is trying to arrange a series of talks to be given as well. The other
will be the annual pilgrimage at the All Merciful Savior monastery on Vashon
Island (Seattle) usually the first part of August (right before the Dormition
There now you have some "adult" or "family" options - go for it.
Priest David Moser +++ moserd@...
St Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church (ROCOR)
- Fr. David- Perhaps then the problem is partially one of communication. Since we
don't have a "newspaper" as such, most of this info. has to come through the
priest. If he doesn't share it.... Also, I guess I haven't seen anything in
my general area (central New York). For some of us, it is prohibitive to fly
to conferences and stay at hotels and such. I Have found that the other
jurisdictions are not only better about offering things (Christian ed
workshops, women's retreats, etc.), but also providing low cost or no cost
housing. While I think many laity have interest, it is really the clergy who
have to "talk up" and, I think, initiate these things. I have not had much
luck getting anything going that the priests have little interest in!
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