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Keynote

The Place of Gratitude in Youth Ministry

Fr. Alexander Goussetis

Rev. Alexander Goussetis serves as Director of the Center for Family Care. He is a graduate of Drexel University (B.S. in Accounting), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.), and Andover-Newton Theological School (D.Min. in Psychology and Pastoral Counseling). Prior to his appointment to the Center for Family Care, Fr. Alexander served more than twenty years as a parish priest, taught World Religion classes at the university level, and authored four books on Orthodox life and faith. His pastoral emphasis is making the Orthodox faith relevant for families in their everyday lives, and encouraging participation in all facets of our Holy Tradition. He is married to Presbytera Lisa, and they have three children – Julia, Nicholas, and Sophia.

First Group of Talks: Finding Gratitude

V. Rev. Stephen Loposky

Why be grateful for your ministry? How St. Paul did it – being grateful for everyone and everything.

Fr. Stephen was ordained to the holy priesthood on July 12, 1998 by His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos of blessed memory, the ruling hierarch of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA at that time.

He served as the parish priest for St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Corning, NY for 11 years before being assigned as the Administrator of Camp Nazareth in 2009. Camp Nazareth is the Youth Camp for the Carpatho-Russian Diocese.

Fr. Stephen was subsequently appointed as the Director of Youth for his Diocese. He lives at Camp Nazareth with his wife, Pani Daria, and their 4 children — Samuel, Joshua, Nicholas and Anna.

Erin Ghata

Characteristics of a grateful Youth/Camp Worker: Finding the Hidden Blessings in Your Ministry

 

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Eva Konstantakos

Making it Personal: What Youth Ministry Teaches Us and what is Your Responsibility as a Youth Worker

Eva (Kokinos) Konstantakos is a native of Anderson, IN. She has been serving as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Detroit since September 2003. She received a B.A. in Speech Communications from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Eva is a graduate of Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, receiving a Masters in Theological Studies in 2003. Eva also serves on the Orthodox Christian Fellwoship Board of Directors. She married her husband Sam Kostantakis in the fall of 2013.

Second Group of Talks: Gratitude Through Community

Fr. Daniel Hickman

Connecting Youth/Camping Ministry with Everything Else in Your Parish – How Youth/Camping Ministry helps the entire parish and how the entire parish helps Youth/Camping Ministry

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How a Young Person is formed by interactions with Older Church goers.

(The role of the Grandparent in the formation of Orthodox Youth.  Is Youth Ministry for the Young?  Is it for the old?  What’s the place of an older person in Youth and Camping Ministry?)

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Fr. Anthony Perkins

Understanding Parenting:  Stop Judging Parents and with Thanksgiving Pray for Them. 

Fr. Anthony serves as the Vocations Director of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. In addition to his diocesan role he is a professor at Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary and rector of St. Mary’s (Pokrova) Pro-Catherdral in Allentown, PA.  He is the host of the Ancient Faith Radio podcast “Good Guys Wear Black” (and along with Fr. John Peck maintains the Good Guys Wear Black website) and podcast OrthoAnalytika. Fr. Anthony is a convert to Orthodoxy and a late vocation to the priesthood. He shares his ministry with his wife Pani Matka Tina and his four children.

Third Group of Talks: Gratitude in Action

Fr. Barnabas Powell

Connecting Liturgical Thanksgiving with Daily Gratitude in Youth Ministry

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Fr. Alexis Duncan

Cultivating an attitude of Gratitude in our Youth

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Gratitude through Service

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