Pan-Orthodox Young Professionals Conference in Austin, TX


A note to our young adults from Fr. David Barr of St. Elias Church in Austin, Texas. Father David writes:

Howdy, y'all! We are thrilled to be hosting Austin's first pan-Orthodox Young Professionals Conference. Join us on October 24th-26th, 2014, deep in the heart of Texas, for an incredible weekend, packed full of spiritual and social activities. Get to know and spend time with fellow Orthodox Christians as we learn what it means to live authentically. Explore the concepts of 'Real Life, True Faith' with Dr. George Stavros during the keynote address, as well as during breakout sessions led by both esteemed clergy and theologians. Later on, perhaps you'd like to check out the vintage shops on South Congress, or maybe you'd rather try your luck at paddling on Town Lake. One thing's for sure -- you can't leave Austin without some authentic BBQ! We'll reflect, learn, and worship together, discover Austin's hotspots, and form lifelong connections.

Early bird registration ends on September 1st.

Register on our website: http://peliniko.wix.com/yal-2014-austin
Check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/AustinConference#!/events/268607640009171
Email us at: youngadultsaustin2014@gmail.com

ABOUT THE EVENT

The Young Professionals Conference is geared for Orthodox Christians ages 20 to 40 who want to explore the riches of their Orthodox Christian faith, discuss challenging social and personal issues of our time, and enjoy quality fellowship with one another. The theme for this weekend's conference will center around authenticity. "Authentic" is one of the top buzz words of the year, but what does it really mean? In our changing world, it's not only the catch phrases that alter day to day; it often seems that reality itself is constantly shifting. In this context, how do we anchor ourselves to Christ's reality and find authentic human living? We can't wait to see you as we explore these questions!

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

We are proud to announce Dr. George Stavros as the keynote speaker!!! We will discuss the topic of living an "authentic" life in a secular world. How do we submit ourselves into the hands of God regardless of what others will say? It's not easy. Colleagues, friends, and even sometimes family can make us feel isolated because of the life we have chosen to live in God. During the conference, we will discuss this topic as an internal and external struggle and how we can better approach it in our daily lives.

George Stavros is the Executive Director of the Danielsen Institute and Clinical Associate Professor of Pastoral Psychology at Boston University. His teaching and research interests are in psychotherapy, psychotherapy training, and religion and spirituality in clinical practice. He is a licensed psychologist and holds a Master of Divinity from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He and his wife Despina are parents to four daughters.