2019 Annual Conference
“Isolation. Violence. Hope and Communion.”
November 7 – 9
Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
1401 Wagner Rd., Glenview, IL (Chicago area)
Registration Deadline is October 15 (or $50 late fee applies)
Hotel Reservation Deadline is October 29
Hardly a week goes by without news of another tragedy, a shooting, violence in our cities, rising suicide rates, crazy stories of murder, abduction, human trafficking, and even abortion. We all know of people who refuse to watch the news at night because it is so disturbing. And we have all become familiar with the ritual of news of an active shooter, numbers of dead, capture/suicide of the shooter, stories of the lost, stories of the heroic, political rhetoric where the positions are pre-determined and the statements predictable. Increasingly we hear words of despair. “What can we do to stop the violence?”
Equally predictable is the sense of hopelessness we experience as individuals, communities, and even as a country in the face of violence. And the stories of the shooters, the perpetrators, are often the same. Men, mostly, who live lives of isolation and reflect a growing phenomenon in our wealthy country of psychologically and spiritually vulnerable individuals living painfully isolated lives who mentally snap under the weight of psychological and spiritual forces of rage and evil.
Particularly in our first world setting, where we have lived in relative peace for a lifetime, the presence of ongoing and random violence in our communities serves to unsettle us and frustrate our expectation that this should not be happening.
Yet for the Orthodox Church, violence is nothing new. The Church was birthed in violence. Thousands of babies were murdered at the command of Herod around the time of Christ’s birth. Eleven of the 12 apostles were brutally murdered. Church history is an unbroken history of Christian saints losing their lives, offering up their lives, to pirates, barbarians, and even enraged family members. First and foremost, we worship a God who died a violent death. However, He was not murdered. Christ, the Light, entered this world of violence and offered Himself and His Church as an invitation to communion and life in the face of violence.
Join us this Fall at our Annual Conference as we explore: “Isolation. Violence. Hope and Communion,” and how it is that we as Orthodox care providers can live and love as light in a violent world searching in vain for solutions.
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