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Thursday, Nov 27, 2014  

-Start Your Planning Now-
Family Life/All-Auxiliaries Conference

“With Faith and Love, Draw Near”
July 4 – 7, 2013
Vatra Romaneasca

Listen to an audio interview about the Conference - CLICK HERE (The segment starts at the 2:18 mark and goes until 7:46.).


 Exploring the Gospel of Mark

Looking for a Church School curriculum for Lent? An Adult Education Program?

In preparation for the BIBLE CHALLENGE at this year’s Family Life Conference, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Nathaniel and the cooperation of our Department of Religious Education, we encourage an Episcopate-wide study of the GOSPEL OF MARK.  Mark is the Gospel reading on many of the Sunday Divine Liturgies in Great Lent, and is considered to be the first written account of the life and message of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

We encourage all parishes to study this text during this pre-Lenten, Lenten, and Paschal season and then come to the Family Life Conference and compete in the BIBLE CHALLENGE.  Study guides and practice questions are available at:

3 members make up each BIBLE CHALLENGE team. We are planning for 3 divisions—teen/Jr. AROY (12-18 yrs), young adult/Sr. AROY (19-30), and adult (31+).  The winning team’s parish will receive $1,000, donated by The Orthodox Brotherhood!  For more information, contact: Teva Regule ( or  Fr. Ian Pac-Urar (


“Re-imagining my Church Family… Staying connected and growing in the faith in our 20s…Our Service to the Lord in Liturgy and Life…”

These are the themes of the first Oratorical Contest of our Episcopate.  We’ve designed the contest so that youth and adults alike feel encouraged to think more deeply about our faith and to begin to articulate it to others.  We plan to have 3 divisions with scholarship prize money available for the winners!  Contestants should each build their essay using the resources of our faith—the Bible, Liturgy, Ancient and Modern Church writings—as well as their own experience. 

Oratories will be judged on theological content, coherence of thesis, and delivery.  All contestants should submit the final version of their oratory in advance to the Chair by June 21, 2013.  Chair: Ron Muresan (          

Teen/Jr. AROY division (12–18 yrs.)
Theme: “Re-imagining my Church Family: Who is my Family and What does this mean to me?”

Study the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25–37) and apply it to your life today.  Oratories should be 4–7 minutes in length.

Young Adult/Sr. AROY division (19–30yrs.)
Theme: “Staying Connected and Growing in the Faith in our 20s: Challenges and Opportunities”.

     The experiences and decisions of early adulthood often set the foundation for a large part of the rest of our adult lives.  Explore the challenges and opportunities of connecting and growing in the faith during this time in our lives from the resources of our faith.  Topics may include experiences of the college years, first jobs, relocating to a new city, marriage and/or first serious relationship.  Oratories should be 5–8 minutes in length.

Adult division (31+ yrs.)
Theme: “Our Service to the Lord: In Liturgy and Life”

     The theme of our conference is “With Faith and Love, Draw Near.”  These are the words of invitation to receive and become more fully the Body of Christ.  As members of the Church, we are called to gather as the Body of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit and become a light for the entire world. We do this when two or three are gathered in His name.  In the Liturgy, we offer ourselves and the work of our hands in the form of bread and wine which we receive back as the Body and Blood of Christ so that we may participate in His Life.  After the Liturgy, we are all called to continue this work day by day, for the continuing sanctification of the whole world. 

     Explore and connect some of the challenges and opportunities of service in liturgy and life.  What are the implications of this work for strengthening the entire Church, our local parish, and/or our own relationship with God?  Oratories should be 7–10 minutes in length.


      • In order to take care of all the many logistics of putting on this conference, we need VOLUNTEERS to come and help.  For example, can you devote a few hours to helping with registration, staffing the gate, setting up tables, clearing tables, etc.?  You don’t have to belong to ARFORA, AROY or Brotherhood to VOLUNTEER, but you’ll probably want to join once you have helped! Workers are welcome to stay at the Vatra gratis.  To volunteer, please contact Ron Muresan (

     • The Planning Committee would like to thank the folks at St. Mary’s parish in Chicago for volunteering to sponsor the Friday evening Cultural/Talent Night as well as provide some meals for the conference!  Do we have any other parishes willing to help?

CLICK HERE for more information.

Listen to an Orthodox Christian Network interview with Teva Regule about the Conference - CLICK HERE. (The segment starts about the 2:18 mark and goes until around 7:46.)

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