I might be attending the Family and Youth Conference this year. That all depends on how much my work study check will be this month. I'm still undecided.
Has anyone of this forum gone before?
"Family and Youth Conference 2005: Preparations Are Underway
IOH News Service
New York April 26 2005: The Family and Youth Conference-2005 of the American Diocese, will be conducted from July 5 to 9 at the Hudson Valley Resort & Conference Center, Kerhonkson, New York,
The theme for the conference will be "Be ye perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect (St. Matthew 5:48).” the sum and substance of our Lord's Sermon on the Mount.
The Diocesan Metropolitan H.G. Mathews Mar Barnabas and Assistant Metropolitan H.G Zachariah Mar Nicholovos are the leaders of the conference.
The keynote speakers for this year are Rev. Fr. T.J. Joshua (Director General, the Orthodox Church Sunday School Association and Professor, Orthodox Theological Seminary, Kottayam) and Very Rev. Fr. Michael Dahulich, Ph.D. (Dean and Associate Professor of New Testament and Ethics, St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Pennsylvania).
The venue offers luxurious rooms with modern amenities and the choice of delectable food, and is exclusively available for the conference. Unlike past years, the rooms and meeting halls are all in the same building which makes it easily accessible.
The presence of our Bishops, priests, and deacons of American diocese, will be a great blessing of the conference. Those need counseling, certified pastoral counselors are available at the conference.
"The prayers, sermons, devotional addresses, bible studies, retreats, holy confession, etc., will contribute to the spiritual enrichment of the participants. The quiet and calm resort center surrounded fabled Shawangunk Mountains provides a great opportunity for meditation and contemplation. The melodious choir (youth & adult) adds vigor to the conference" the organizers believe.
Concurrent sessions are conducted for adults, youth, children and toddlers. There will be seminars and meetings of Clergy Association, Sunday School Teacher’s, Men's forum, Women's forum, Literary forum etc. Group discussions and question answer sessions will add interests to the participants of the conference. The entertainment and talent night gives the opportunity for all the parishes to present their talents for a maximum of 7 minutes each. Competitions in sports will be conducted for all age groups. Participants will also have access to Basketball courts, Volleyball courts and indoor activities like Ping pong, and Video games at their leisure time.
The organizers expect delegates from all the parishes of the American Diocese. "Early Registration deadline will be May 15 2005 ($180 for ages 6-12 and $260 for ages 13 and up), and late registration deadline will be May 31 2005 ($205 for ages6-12 and $ $285 for ages 13 and above). Kids 5 years old and under are admitted free. The conference center is easily accessible by car, train and air", said Fr. Dr. George Koshy the Coordinator of the conference and Susan Varghese, the Secretary.
The Family Conference committee is working diligently to make this year’s conference spiritually nourishing. "The great location, superb facilities, inspiring and enlightening sermons combined with fabulous food will make the conference a successful event" they added.
For more information:www.conference2005.indianorthodoxtv.com
May peace be upon thee and with thy spirit.