North American Conference of OPF 2010
The Annual North American Conference of OPF will take place in Irvine, CA, October 1 through 3, 2010. The unifying theme is "Interfaith Dialogue." Speakers will come from the Orthodox tradition, as well as Jewish, Muslim, and others. The program will be a mix of talks and discussions, music, comedy, award-winning films and one-on-one conversation. Though differences exist and need to be acknowledged, we can learn from one another and create a more peaceful world in the process. Non-members are welcome -- this conference is not to be missed!
"Registration can be done by returning this form to Alex Patico at [email protected] in advance, or onsite at the conference venue in Irvine."
Conference Theme: "Interfaith Dialogue"
Friday, October 1
1:00 - 5:00 pm Registration, St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA
3:00 - 5:00 pm Meeting of Conference Staff (Church Conference Room) or: Free Time
5:00 - 6:00 pm Conference Opening/Keynote: The Interfaith Conversation:
A Talk with Ben Johnson, founder of Interfaith Institute
6:15 - 7:15 pm Dinner in the Church Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm I'd Like to Buy an Enemy - Ted & Company
8:30 - 9:00 pm Discussion of issues related to the show
9:00 pm Transportation back to hotel
Saturday, October 2
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast at hotel (or elsewhere)/ Transportation to Church
8:00 - 9:00 am Registration/Conversation
9:00 - 10:15 am Concurrent Sessions
A Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
Daniel Spiro and Hytham Younis
Co-founders, The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (Washington, DC Area)
B Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue
Fr. Steven Tsichlis, St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church (Irvine, CA) and
Fr. Al Baca, St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church (Tustin, CA)
C Orthodox-Mennonite Dialogue
Alexander Patico, OPF Secretary (North America)
Fr. Alex Goussetis, Annunciation Gr. Orthodox Cathedral (Lancaster, PA)
10:15 - 10:30 am Break/ Refreshments
10:30 - 11:45 am Community Dialogue
Fr. John-Brian Paprock, Interfaith Awareness Week (Madison, WI)
Ms. Jahan Stanzai, Culver City Interfaith Alliance (Culver City, CA)
11:45 am - noon Break
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Church Hall
Remarks by Attillah Kahveci, Pacifica Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Free Time for conversation or meditation, or
OPF Organizational Meeting (optional)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Film: Arranged
Note: This film concerns arranged marriage in the Muslim and Orthodox
Jewish communities and dealing with modernity and tradition.
3:15 - 3:45 pm Film discussion
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:22 pm Film: Out of Cordoba: Averroes and Maimonides in Their Time and Ours."
Note: This film shows the rich tradition of inter-religious harmony and
synergy in the ancient Spanish city of Cordoba.
5:30 - 6:00 pm Discussion with filmmaker Jacob Bender
6:00 - 6:45 pm Vespers at St. Paul's Sanctuary
6:45 - 7:45 pm Dinner at area restaurant
8:00 - 10:15 pm Workshop and film: God and Allah Must Talk
Ruth Broyde Sharone (Los Angeles, CA)
Note: Ms. Sharone will be leading conferees in an energetic examination of what we each might do to increase understanding and promote peace.
Sunday, October 3
Note: please complete your check-out in the morning, or make alternate arrangements
8:00 -9:00 am Breakfast at hotel (for those not fasting in preparation for Liturgy)
9:00 am Orthros Service
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Serving: Fr. Steven Tsichlis, other clergy
11:45 - 12:45 Luncheon in the Church Hall
Closing Remarks: Fr. John-Brian Paprock
Note: regarding 2011 Conference OPF-North America on "Forgiveness."
1:00 pm Conference Close