The Annual North American Conference of OPF, Irvine, CA 2010

North American Conference of OPF 2010

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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."

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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