The Orthodox Peace Fellowship [OPF] announces the 2004 North American Conference which will take place October 29-31, 2004 at St. Nicholas Ranch, Dunlap, CA focusing on the theme: “Salt of the Earth, Light of the World…Living the Similitudes in Our Communities.”
The full text of the OPF 2004 Conference announcement reads as follows.
The Similitudes are the words of Christ that immediately follow the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world.” While the Beatitudes speak of the interior qualities of those who await the Kingdom of God, the Similitudes have particular reference to the way these characteristics are lived out in the world.
The 2004 Orthodox Peace Fellowship North American Conference will be a symposium on ministries of peacemaking, social outreach, and environmental stewardship, featuring lectures and workshops that focus on finding ways of living our Orthodox faith within our local neighborhoods and communities, so that others “may see our good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.”
Jim Forest is secretary of the International Orthodox Peace Fellowship and author of The Ladder of the Beatitudes, Praying with Icons, Confession: Doorway to Forgiveness, The Resurrection of the Church in Albania, etc. His topic is “You are the Salt: an Orthodox understanding of peacemaking.”
Fr. John Chryssavgis is a deacon of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He has served as professor of theology at St. Andrew’s Theological College in Sydney and Holy Cross School of Theology in Boston.
Greg and Margaret Yova are founders of Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage. Project Mexico is a ministry that specializes in involving young people in the alleviation of suffering by building homes for Mexico’s poor. St. Innocent Orthodox Orphanage in Tijuana provides a home for teenaged boys who live on the streets. They will speak on “Love Charity, and Sacrifice: There is No Greater Witness in this World.”
Partial list of ministries invited to participate:
Byzantine-Latino Quarter Urban Redevelopment, Los Angeles; Fellowship of the Transfiguration - Orthodoxy and the environment; Martha and Mary House Women’s Shelter - crisis pregnancy counseling; Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry Prison and aftercare ministry; Philanthropia AIDS ministry; Southern California; Philoptochos Society Kids ‘n’ Cancer Ministry; Project Mexico Orphanage and home building, Mexico; Raphael House Homeless shelter, San Francisco; St. Nicholas House Urban Outreach, Los Angeles; Spiritual Renewal Ministries, Metropolis of San Francisco
The cost of the conference is $199, which includes registration, lodging, and all meals.
To register for the conference, contact:
St. Nicholas Ranch
Tel: (559) 338-2103
Saint Nicholas Ranch website: www.stnicholasranch.org.