Orthodox Institute 2012: Culture. Morality. Spirituality.November 1-4Antiochian Village + Ligonier, PA
(antiochian.org) - Cultural currents, aided by electronic media, have altered beliefs about traditional Christianity in a way no one could have imagined a few decades ago. Today there are a myriad of beliefs considered Christian, differing beliefs about truth, and a new set of beliefs about beliefs. We cannot allow ourselves to think that as Orthodox we and our children are immune to these ideas when we must live in a secular culture. The key is to understand, and be clear-headed. The upcoming 2012 Orthodox Institute is a conference to survey current cultural viewpoints, beliefs of the Church, and the moral challenges facing our young people.
Our keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Associate Professor at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Author of Sweeter than Honey, reviewed below, and podcaster on Ancient Faith Radio. Most of us are at a loss when confronted with comments such as, “It’s all the same God; why do you think Orthodoxy is the true faith?” Dr. Bouteneff will delineate the underlying tenets of relativism so we can understand and be equipped to respond to the multi-faceted philosophy. Dr. Vigen Guroian, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and well-known moral theologian, and Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Psychologist and Professor at Holy Cross/Hellenic College, are also on the roster.
Courses and Costs. The course titles are: Contemporary Culture and Religion, Issues Involving Sexuality, Spirituality and Social Media, Youth Sexuality Programs, Orthodox Parenting, The Child’s Moral Imagination, Engaging Youth in Discussion, Substance Abuse and Youth Ministry Programs, “God? Whatever. Our Youth and Our Church,” Homosexuality and Transgender Issues, and Spiritual but Not Religious. The cost of registration is $65; room and board is $254 per person, for triple occupancy. Participants will enjoy book-signings, free gifts throughout the weekend, and a CD with each presenter’s “paper” and handouts so the course can be re-presented at the parish level. Information on the program and presenters is available at www.antiochian.org/OI2012, or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Facebook: Orthodox Institute 2012.
In addition to those who are concerned about the intersection of Orthodoxy and current cultural beliefs, anyone who teaches or ministers to youth should be at this Institute. We sought very qualified and dedicated presenters for this important event. Orthodox conferences dealing with moral issues don’t happen often—make plans to attend now.
Complete information here.