“Speaking to Secular America” Conference to be held at HCHC

October 2015 – Holy Cross Hellenic College 

The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity will present the conference “Speaking to Secular America: How the Church Is Reaching Out to the Non-Religious in Our Society” October 28-30, 2015, at Hellenic College Holy Cross. The conference is being held in conjunction with the inauguration of HCHC’s 21st President, the Reverend Christopher T. Metropulos, DMin, which will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at 2:00 p.m.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will give the keynote address, “Beyond Secularism,” on Wednesday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m.

Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28. To register for the conference or for more information, please contact Fr. Luke Veronis at lveronis@hchc.edu or visit http://www.hchc.edu/missions/news/releases/speaking-to-secular-america.

Hotel rooms are reserved at Hilton Boston Dedham, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at 781.407.1644. Booking code is HCHC.

Featured speakers:

“Hellenic College Holy Cross Reaching Out to the World”
Inauguration address offered by Rev. Christopher T. Metropulos, DMin, as the 21st President of Hellenic College Holy Cross

“Welcome and Introduction to ‘Speaking to Secular America’”
Fr. Luke A. Veronis, Director of the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, Adjunct Instructor at Hellenic College Holy Cross, Priest of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Webster, MA

“Understanding the Changing Demographics of Religion, Christianity, and Specifically Orthodox Christianity in America”
Dr. Andrew Walsh, Associate Director of the Greenberg Center at Trinity College, Hartford, CT

“Creating a Church That Reaches Out and Welcomes the Non-Religious”
Fr. Theodore Dorrance, Director of COME (Commission of Missions and Evangelism for the San Francisco Metropolis), and Pastor at St. John the Baptist GOC, Beaverton, OR

“Raising Children Who Will Hold On to the Faith in Our Secular Age”
Dr. Philip Mamalakis, Professor of Pastoral Care Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

“Inspiring the Apathetic and Reaching Out to the Nones and Dones”
Fr. John Parker, OCA Director of Missions and Evangelism, Pastor of Holy Ascension Orthodox Church, Charleston, SC

“An Orthodox Christian Response to Atheism”
Dr. John Mark Reynolds, President of St. Constantine School, former Provost and Professor of Philosophy at Houston Baptist University

“The God You Don’t Believe In – Conversations with a Secular World”
Fr. Stephen Freeman, St. Anne Orthodox Church, Oak Ridge, TN, and author of the blog “Glory to God for All Things” and the book Everywhere Present: Christianity in a One-Story Universe