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Archon Symposium on Reviving the Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church: Has the Time Come? March 30

With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, an Archon Symposium is scheduled at the St. Sophia, Sts. Faith, Hope & Agape Greek Orthodox Church, Jeffersonville (Norristown), PA, on Saturday, March 30, 2019, focusing on the historical, canonical and ecclesiastical status of the female diaconate, including a fresh look at the role of deacons in the Orthodox Church and an examination of whether the Church will lose young women if women continue not to be ordained.

The symposium will be introduced by the Historian of the Order of Saint Andrew, Archon George E. Demacopoulos, Ph. D., Professor of Theology, Co-Director, Orthodox Christian Studies Center Fordham University, Bronx, New York. Lectures will be presented by the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, the renowned author and theologian, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch; Teva Regule, PhD, of Boston College, a scholar of liturgical theology, history and ritual studies and noted researcher in the fields of sacramental theology, ecclesiology, ecumenism, theological anthropology, and the ministry of women in the Church; Kyra Limberakis, M.T.S., Director of the CrossRoad Summer Institute and Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology; and Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD, Professor of Saint Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (UOC of USA), a board member of the Saint Phoebe Center for the Deaconess and the International Orthodox Theological Association.

Reviving the Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church: Has the Time Come?

Saturday, March 30, 2019

8:30-9:00am    Registration & Light breakfast

9:00-9:15am    Welcome & Invocation

9:15-9:30am    Introduction, George E. Demacopoulos, PhD, Fordham University, Professor of Theology

9:30-10:30am    The Diaconate in Christ: A Fresh Look at the Role of Deacons, Rev. John Chryssavgis, PhD, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate

10:45-11:45am    The Female Diaconate in the Orthodox Church? Teva Regule, PhD, Boston College, Professor

11:45-12:45pm    Lunch

12:45-1:00pm    About The St. Phoebe Center for the Deaconess

1:00-1:30pm    Young Women:  Will the Church Lose Them? Kyra P. Limberakis, MTS, Hellenic College, CrossRoad Institute, Director

1:30-2:30pm    Ordination:  Why Now? Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD, St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary, Professor

2:30-3:00pm    Panelists Question & Answer Discussion

St. Sophia, Sts. Faith, Hope & Agape Greek Orthodox Church

Fr. John A. Limberakis Cultural Center

900 South Trooper Road

Jeffersonville (Norristown), PA 19403

Presented by The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate


Cost:  Free & open to the public

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