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​Bishop ANTHONY Keynote Speaker for Reformation Conference at St. Nicholas, Grand Rapids

Christians around the world are​ poised to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation​ on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 It was on that day in the year 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany, beginning what now know as Protestant Christianity.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Grand Rapids, MI ​is ​set to host a conference reflecting on ​this occasion, on Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The gathering is entitled, "That They May be One: A Time of Remembrance & Reflection on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation​.​​"​ While we Orthodox were not involved in the​ Reformation, it has influenced the world we live in to a great extent,​ and we have definite views on the issues that both led to and came out of the Reformation. We are inviting the Christian community in our area to hear our perspectives and to hear theirs. Following opening remarks by host pastor Fr. Michael Nasser, and the mayor of Kentwood (where St. Nicholas is located) Stephen Kepley, His Grace Bishop​ ​ANTHONY will be offering the ​k​eynote ​a​ddress at 7 PM at October 30​. ​We have employed a variety of means to invite the Christian community ​of our area, including a direct mailing to almost 1,000 churches in a three county area.​ The goal of this conference will be to engage in dialogue within our Christian community with a view toward greater interaction and development of respectful relationships.​ ​

Each of the three main addresses will be followed by short presentations by representatives of different Christian traditions, followed by dialog and questions from the audience. There is no charge for the event, but registration is required to attend the lunch on Tuesday. Information and registration can be found at the St. Nicholas website. All presentations are being recorded for download from the Ancient Faith Radio website.


Conference Schedule​

​Monday, October 30

7:00 PM Welcome & Prayer​: Fr. Michael Nasser​, Pastor, St. Nicholas Orthodox Church
Opening Remarks​: The Honorable Stephen Kepley​, Mayor, City of Kentwood
The Reformation​, Remembrance & Reflection​: His Grace, Bishop ​ANTHONY, Diocese of​Toledo and the Midwest Antiochian​ Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

​ ​Response Forum​: Dr. Frans van Liere​, Professor of History, Calvin College
​ Dr. Stephan Davis​, Associate Professor of Theology, Aquinas​ College

8:45 PM Syrian Relief video presentation followed by refreshments

​Tuesday, October 31

9:00 AM ​Morning Coffee

9:15 AM Welcome & Prayer
Christian Unity​: Dr. Jack Mulder​, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Hope College

​ ​Response Forum​: Fr. Gregory Hogg​, Affiliate Professor, Grand Valley State University
​ Rev. Michael Wentzel​, Pastor, St. Mark Lutheran Church

11:00 AM Break

11:15 AM ​ The Reformation and the ​Mission ​of the Church: ​Jim Samra​, Senior Pastor, Calvary Church
Response Forum​: Themis Fotieo​, Attorney, Reamon·Foteio·House PC
​ Fr. Scott Nolan​, Pastor, St. Stephen Catholic Church

12:45 PM Lunch

1:30 PM Small Group Discussions

2:45 PM Closing Remarks​: Keith McAdams​, Parish Administrator, St. Nicholas Church