2019 Conference


“Isolation. Violence. Hope and Communion.”


Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church
1401 Wagner Rd., Glenview, IL (Chicago area)

The Conference will begin at 7:00 pm Thursday and end at 6:30 pm Saturday.


Keynote Address: His Grace the Right Reverend Irinej (Dobrijevic), MDiv, Bishop of Eastern America, Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, New Rochelle, NY, assumed the Throne of the Bishops of Eastern America in October, 2016. He was previously Bishop of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand.

Medical Perspective: Donald Jenkins, MD, FACS, is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX. He also is a Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery and Associate Deputy Director of the Military Health Institute. Dr. Jenkins was the principal architect of the Joint Trauma Theater Trauma System in Iraq and Afghanistan, deploying five times, and retired in 2008 after nearly 25 years of active duty service with the USAF.

Psychological Perspective: Kathryn Bocanegra, PhD, LCSW, is a post-doctoral fellow at Loyola University of Chicago’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. She has extensive clinical, administrative, and research experience in community-based mental health and public safety, and has been appointed to several state commissions, including the Illinois Sentencing Policy Advisory Council, the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, the Women’s Justice Initiative, and the Attorney General’s Transition Team.

Theological Perspective: Dn. Perry Hamalis, MDiv, PhD, is the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College, Naperville, IL, where he teaches courses in Christian Ethics, Philosophical Ethics, Religion and Politics, and related topics. He has over 30 academic publications. His most recent major work is the book he co-edited, Orthodox Christian Perspectives on War (2018).

Click here for a list of our Workshop Presentations

Click here for a list of our Paper presentations

Click here for the complete Conference Program

Hotel Information

Many attendees are staying at the Sheraton Chicago Northbrook Hotel at 1110 Willow Road, Northbrook, IL. Rooms.  Please note, our discounted room block has sold out, but you can call 847-480-1900 for reservations at the Sheraton. Free shuttle buses will transport attendees between the Sheraton and the church (just three miles away).  Another hotel option is the Best Western Plus Glenview.  They have very reasonable rates.  Please see the Best Western reservation website for information.

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