KANSASVILLE, WI [MW Diocese Communications] -- Registrations are still being accepted for a leten retreat for college students, young adults, and Orthodox Christian Fellowship [OCF] members from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois at the Saint Iakovos Retreat Center here April 5-7, 2013. Those planning to attend are asked to send registration info, together with a $50.00 check, to Saint Elizabeth Church, 2020 Silver Bell Road, Eagan, MN 55122. Questions and requests for additional info may be addressed to Hollie Benton, District Coordinator, at email@example.com. A retreat flyer may be downloaded here.
Priest Marc Boulos, pastor of Saint Elizabeth's, will deliver the keynote presentation, "Idolatry, Power and Identity: A Study of Paul's Letter to the Galatians." A graduate of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY, Father Marc is founder and chair of the Minnesota Bible Lecture Series and co-founder of the Ephesus School, a biblical studies program for children and adults. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Orthodox Center for the Advancement of Biblical Studies.
In addition to the keynote presentation, attendees may participate in three workshops.
*** Dr. Richard Benton will speak on "The Parting of Ways: Judaisms in the Advent of Christianity." Dr. Benton completed his PhD in Hebrew and Semitic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught courses in Jewish Studies in the US at the University of Wisconsin, Beloit College, the University of Washington-Seattle, and The Evergreen State College and abroad at the Ukrainian Catholic University and Lebanon's Balamand University.
*** Priest Elijah Mueller, a PhD candidate in Church History at Marquette University and pastor of Saint Makarios Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago, will speak on "Finding the Heart, Reason, Image and Will of God with the Ascetic Tradition." Also a graduate of Saint Vladimir's Seminary, Father Elijah serves as chaplain for the University of Chicago OCF and the Great Lakes District of the OCF and Director of Catechist and Diaconal Vocations for the Chicago Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America. He also has taught classes at Marquette University in spirituality, Church history, sacraments, homiletics, and catechesis.
*** Presvytera Rebecca Luft will speak on "Dying to Worship: Sacrifices and Sacrifice in Scripture and in Our Life." Currently a doctoral candidate in Hebrew Bible at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, Presvytera Rebecca holds an MDiv and MA in Hebrew Bible from the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA, and a ThM in Biblical Studies from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago. She has taught in the Diaconal Vocations program in Chicago and the OCA Midwest Dicoese for the last eight years and is a member of Saint Makarios Mission, Hyde Park/Chicago.
There is no registration fee for youth leaders and clergy, although donations to offset the costs for student participants, provide scholarships, and cover retreat expenses will be appreciated.