DOS Pastoral Conference - 02/07/12
On Tuesday, February 7th, the Diocese of the South held is annual Pastoral Conference at Holy Ascension Church in Mt Pleasant, SC. The leadership of the diocese would like to thank the community at Holy Ascension for their labors in putting on a spectacular conference. We are also grateful that His Grace, Mark, Bishop of Baltimore was able to attend, as was Fr John Jillions, Chancellor of the OCA.
Events centered on a series of lectures on sexuality and purity as they relate to our life, youth, family, and parish. Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, began the series with a talk on “The Role of Gender and Sexuality in the Christian Life.” Dr. Albert Rossi, who teaches courses on pastoral theology, discussed “Purity: Youth, Family, Parish.” Fr. Thomas delivered a talk titled “The Power of Weakness: Reflections on Salvation, the Meaning of the Cross, and the Necessity of the Crucifixion” at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion. You many listen to these talks here.
Other events include a meeting of the Diocesan Council; the minutes of the minutes of which will be forthcoming. Dn James Bozeman was ordained a priest at the hand of His Grace, Bishop Mark. Fr James is a student at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and will be graduating at the end of this semester. There was a walking tour of downtown Charleston for the Matushki and a tour to Ft Sumter for those who wished to attend.
Please see the gallery for images from this rejuvenating event.
On Tuesday February 7th at 6:30pm, Fr. Gregory Jensen, from St. Ignatius Mission in Madison WI, will be visiting Waxahachie and speaking on the topic of planting an Orthodox mission as well as ways to reach out to the local community. Please contact us if you would like to attend.
Many of you know that Dn Mark and Mat Elizabeth Barna wrote a book about the traditional Christian burial. They recently had an informative article about the same topic published on the OCA website. Please read this article which can be found here.