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Third Annual St. Macrina Orthodox Institute Conference, “Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World,” to be held August 12-13

KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] — The Midwest Diocese’s Saint Macrina Orthodox Institute will hold its Third Annual Conference at the new Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here August 12-13, 2016.

Matushka Vera ProctorThe theme of this year’s conference will be “Diakonia and the Liturgy of Good Works in the World.”  The talks will emphasize the broader understanding of diakonia as service which extends the depth and power of sacramental life into our interactions with the world, especially through the generosity and love shown through the good works of charity and ministry to those in need.

“We have many good speakers lined up, beginning with our keynote speaker, Matushka Vera Proctor, Director of FOCUS Minnesota, who will speak on ‘The Myrrhbearers’ Great Boldness in the Faith in Jesus Christ: As He Is, so are We in This World,’” said Archpriest Elijah Mueller, Institute Director.  “There also will be talks on Scripture and history and modern saints, all showing the connection between liturgy and the divine call to good works.”

Other presenters include

  • Archdeacon Kirill SokolovRebecca Luft, who will speak on “The Liturgy of Love of Your Neighbor: Commands of Law and Gospel.”

  • Dr. Eric Jobe, whose presentation is titled “Serving Tables: Diaconal Ministry in Liturgy and Charity in Ancient Israel and the Mediterranean World.”

  • Anna Strelka, who will conduct a practicum for catechists.

  • Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov, who will lead the diaconal practicum.

  • Deacon Jacob Van Sickle, who will speak on “Fourth Century Models of Christian Philanthropy and Diakonia.”

  • Dr. Helen Theodoropoulos, who will address the topic of “Modern Saints as Examples of Diakonia.”

Participants may also request private meetings with His Grace, Bishop Paul.

The $180.00 registration fee includes conference materials, instruction, lodging and meals.  Registration fee for commuters is $120.00.  In cases of financial hardship, please contact Father Elijah at 312-714-9775.  Registration deadline is July 25.

A registration form with additional details and complete schedule is available here.

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