We are so happy to have Dn. George Bithos as one of our speakers! The son of a Greek Orthodox priest, he served as a lay person on many Archdiocesan, Diocesan and parish councils as well as on many civic and educational commissions. He was bestowed the title of Archon Exarchos of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for his service to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Dn. George received his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Durham in England, where he had two disciplines: Orthodox Theology and Byzantine History. This was only the start of the opportunities that led him to Oxford, Patmos Greece, and back to the U.S., sharing podiums with Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Fr. John Jillions, Frederica Mathewes-Green, Rev. Dr. Andrew Louth, Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Rev. Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald and Deborah Belonick. Please make sure you look at his speaker page, as his knowledge far exceeds this short synopsis!
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Molly Sabourin is a freelance writer focusing on issues of family, faith, and community. Her work appears in the publications The Handmaiden, Salvo, and MOMSense. Molly is a regular podcaster for Ancient Faith Radio. She is also an Orthodox Christian, a wife, and a mother of four. Her first book, Close to Home (Conciliar Press), is due out this spring. We are so pleased that she has joined the OSB! Please check out her speaker page for more specifics!
Actually, the first month will be over this week! Time is flying by, but we did get our first newsletter out. If you didn’t receive it, please make sure you sign up on the OSB home page. I’m busily working on February, and hope to send it out to even more people, keeping them up to speed on new speakers, our new packages and a featured speaker’s schedule every month…..not to mention links to recent work and new book announcements. God willing, this year will bring everyone, hosts and speakers alike, more exciting opportunities!
Please help me welcome Peter and Helen Evans to the OSB! They are authors of the book, “Get Serious! The Church’s Stand on Contemporary Culture.” Consider these questions….. How do we respond to the co-worker who says she’s considering having an abortion? Is it really compassionate to put Great Aunt Sally out of her misery through euthanasia? What about all this “non-judgmental” stuff and how does it fit in a Christian life? Are we just animals? What is the best “welfare” to help the poor? Are the rich really evil? Is war ever the answer?
As you can see, their topics are not for the faint of heart! Take a look at their speaker page for more information about this delightful couple and their quest for the Truth.
It’s my pleasure to announce one of our newest speakers, Father David Bissias! Father David graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Upon ordination, he served as deacon to (then) Bishop Iakovos of Chicago. Since 2004, aside from becoming a parish priest, he also serves as a Special Administrative Assistant to Metropolitan Iakavos of Chicago. Additionally he is a member of the Metropolis Council and the Bishop’s Task Force on AIDS. Father David’s current book, “The Mystery of Healing: Oil, Anointing, and the Unity of the Local Church” will soon be followed by a new book on “The Question of Gender: Male and Female in Orthodox Tradition”. Please take a look at Fr. David’s speaker page, and help me welcome him into the OSB!
Wow, another wonderful speaker has been added to the OSB this week! Welcome Father Joseph Huneycutt! Fr. Joseph’s writings appear regularly in The WORD magazine and on the Antiochian Orthodox webpage. He hosts a blog called “Orthodixie,” and delivers a weekly Podcast on Ancient Faith Radio by the same name. His book on American converts and their pastoral struggles, One Flew Over the Onion Dome - American Orthodox Converts, Retreads & Reverts, was published in 2006; his latest book, DEFEATING SIN: Overcoming Our Passions and Changing Forever was released in October, 2007 —both published by Regina Orthodox Press. Fr. Joseph offers an excellent retreat for couples! Please take a look at his Speaker Page for more information.
Anotherwarm welcome to our newest speaker, Father John Peck! Fr. John is best known for his contributions of “firsts”. He founded the Incarnation Broadcast Network, the first 24 hour Orthodox Christian internet radio broadcast in the world. He established the first Orthodox seminary website in the world. He also hosted the first Orthodox Media Guild gathering in Chicago in 2004, inviting Orthodox media ministries from around the country to plan how to use their new technologies to reach the unchurched.
What is Fr. John’s current interest? “On the top of my list is what I would call ‘The Orthodox Church of Tomorrow.’ I am very interested in where the Church is going, especially how it should engage and penetrate American culture, what shape it might take when it does, who can be reached by the Gospel of Christ, who might embrace the Orthodox faith.
You can read more about Father John and his topics on his Speaker Page!