The Archdiocese’s Center for Family Care organizes a National Conference on the theme of “Pastoral Challenges in Marriage – Chronos & Kairos,” January 22-25, 2020. The conference will be hosted in collaboration with the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston, Texas.
Throughout the seasons of married life in created time (chronos), God acts decisively in the kairos moments of those seasons, both in the daily rhythms of married life and in milestone events, to draw us nearer to Him and, by His grace and our faithful response, to become like Him, being saved one day at a time within the blessed communion of marriage. This conference will seek to explore these concepts; and, to help equip professionals ministering to couples as they guide them through various marital challenges.
Workshops at the Conference will explore pastoral issues including: resolving conflict, issues with family of origin, infertility, families with special needs, the latter years of marriage, and vital characteristics of a healthy marriage. Keynote speakers include Dn. Michael and Gail Hyatt, Dn. Stephen Muse, PhD, LMFT, and Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD. George Stavros, PhD, MDiv, will lead an interactive session elucidating how to provide pastoral care to marriages experiencing intensive needs.
Our host parish, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Houston, will provide a wonderful evening of fellowship and learning which will be open to the local community as well as conference participants. George Papageorge, LMFT, Director of the Family Wellness Center of the San Francisco Metropolis, will be this evening’s presenter with the topic “Better Marriages from the Inside-Out”.
Register now to receive the early bird registration fee of $166, which will increase after November 30, 2019. Registration for the conference includes all presentations and activities as well as meals. For more information visit https://goacfc.wixsite.com/marriage
CENTER FOR FAMILY CARE
The Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America nurtures and empowers stewards who, at the forefront of ministry within the home and parish family, navigate the joys and challenges of life. Grounded in prayer and through multifaceted resources, trainings, and collaboration with the ministries of the Archdiocese and metropolises, we foster the building up of the Body of Christ.