Registration closes on December 18, 2018
Sometimes, the demands of our faith can seem remote from everyday life in today's world. It can seem like to be a saint, to follow the teachings of Christ, we have to leave the world. But our Lord Jesus Christ has called us to be "in the world, but not of the world," and most Orthodox Christians throughout the ages have walked the path to salvation in the midst of the world.
What does it look like to live our faith in the midst of today's world? Is the culture of 21st century America hostile to our faith, or is it place where we can live out our dedication to Christ and grow in our Christian calling? Or both?
How do we as Orthodox Christians deal with the trials and struggles of modern life? How do we find the peace of Christ in the midst of the challenges that we face very day?
How do we as Orthodox Christians respond to what we are taught in schools, in the media and in the surrounding culture? Is the wisdom of this world entirely opposed to our faith? Can we find points of intersection? Can our faith enlighten and, as it were, "baptize" the knowledge and experience given us by the world?
Join us as we explore these and other question together -- but most importantly, as we enjoy fun and fellowship with other Orthodox Christian youth from around the diocese and beyond!
The cost for food, lodging and all activities is $180. The conference is for college and high school youth age 14 and older.
We will be staying at YMCA Camp Duncan near Chicago and enjoying a variety of indoor and outdoor activities provided by the camp. Their website is https://www.ymcachicago.org/duncan/#.
TRANSPORTATION TO THE CONFERENCEEach participant is responsible for their own transportation. There will likely be vans going to the conference from Chicago, IL, Cincinnati, OH, Kansas City, KS and Houston, TX; contact Fr. Daniel if you would like to join them. If you will be traveling by plane, please fly in to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. We will meet everyone arriving and provide transportation to the conference, but you must provide us with your flight plans in advance. For all questions about transportation, contact Fr. Daniel (firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 255-2648).
REGISTRATION AT THE START OF THE CONFERENCERegistration is from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26 at Camp Duncan. Dinner is at 6:00 p.m.; the conference program begins at 7 p.m.
THINGS TO BRING – VERY IMPORTANT!All participants are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bag, pillow, towels and toiletries! Bring several changes of clothes appropriate for church (Dress shirts and pants for boys, skirts/dresses for girls). Bring work clothes for our volunteer project as well as warm clothes to be worn outside. Activities (depending on the weather) may include sledding, hiking and other outdoor adventures, including a bonfire. Bring appropriate clothes and footwear. Bring a prayer book to help with preparation for Holy Communion. If you play a musical instrument – bring it along!
THINGS TO LEAVE AT HOMEElectronic devices, except for cameras. If you bring a cell phone, it will be collected and returned to you at the end of the conference. We want you to spend your time interacting face-to-face! Alcohol and cigarettes are prohibited even if you are of legal age.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCEIf you need assistance with the cost of registration or travel to the conference, please contact Fr. Daniel Marshall, Chairman of the Diocesan Youth Committee, at email@example.com or (513) 255-2648.
END OF CONFERENCEThe conference will end following the Divine Liturgy and lunch on Sunday, Dec. 30. Divine Liturgy will begin at 9am at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery, at 32377 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville, IL, and the luncheon will follow at New Gracanica Serbian Orthodox Monastery, at 35240 W Grant Ave. Third Lake IL 60046. If you are a picking up a participant, come to New Gracanica by 2:00 p.m. All parents and friends are welcome to join us for the liturgy and/or lunch. If you plan to join us for lunch, please indicate this on the form below.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS?Contact Fr. Daniel Marshall: firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 255-2648.