July 2005 Symposium

Salt of the Earth, Light of the World: Living the Similitudes in our Communities

A Symposium on Orthodox Ministries of Peacemaking, Social Outreach, and Environmental Stewardship.

Friday: Joe May “Downward Mobility: Voluntary Simplicity in Christian Life and Witness.”

Matthew 25 House is a house of hospitality in Akron, Ohio, offering transitional housing to homeless men. Many guests have been refugees from Latin America. Joe May founded the house in 2001 after graduating from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.

Saturday: Fr. Paisius, “The Icon of God: Getting Beyond ‘Us’ and ‘Them.'”

Fr. Paisius Altschul, is the pastor of St. Mary of Egypt and director of Reconciliation Ministries in Kansas City, an inner city, interracial ministry of over twenty years in what was once a bombed out area (now rapidly challenged by gentrification, which brings other problems, such as where do the poor go?). He is also the guiding spirit of the Ancient Christianity and African-Americans Conferences.

Date:

July 29-31, 2005

St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, New York

Register:

OPF-NA, PO Box 390838, Cambridge, MA 02139

(781) 316-2449

or use the online registration form

Cost:

$199, includes room and board.

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 2005 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” (Matt. 5:16).

Workshops to be lead by Participating Ministries:

Zoe for Life, Treehouse Center for Women, Prison Ministries, St. John the Compassionate Mission Homeless Ministry, Reconciliation Ministries, Matthew 25 House of Hospitality, and more.

The Orthodox Peace Fellowship is an association of Orthodox Christians seeking to apply the principles of the Gospel to situations of division and conflict, whether in the home, the parish, the community we live, the work place, within our particular nation, and between nations. We work for the conservation of God’s creation and especially of human life.