Parish Life Conference Season Begins June 5
There is still time for you to register for your diocese's "family reunion" this summer, your regional Parish Life Conference (PLC)! The theme for this year, "The End of History...The Last Judgment," will be the focus of the Creative Festivals, a highlight of the conferences. Youth and organizational meetings, spiritually edifying speakers and services, and social events for kids and adults alike, all make the PLCs one of the Archdiocese's most established and popular traditions. Visit the Conventions and Conference Planning page for full information.
First up is the Diocese of Wichita PLC, kicking off on June 5 in Kansas City. St. Basil Orthodox Church hosts the PLC at the Westin Kansas City Hotel in downtown Kansas City, "one of America's Best downtowns" according to Forbes magazine.
The Diocese of Miami PLC is up next, on June 12–16. St. Basil Antiochian Orthodox Church hosts the event at the Hilton New Orleans, where guests will sample the history and cuisine of this historic city. "Fine dining, New Orleans style, means lots of tasty seafood! Tour the city, the river, and the bayous of New Orleans, LA."
After Miami, the Diocese of Toledo will hold its PLC on June 19–23. Hosted by St. Michael Orthodox Church at The Galt House Hotel, the event takes place in the heart of Louisville on the banks of the Ohio River. "Hey Teens, You like science, right? On Thursday, June 20, Teen SOYO will spend time volunteering at the Kentucky Science Center in downtown Louisville. This is a terrific place that hosts many visitors each year."
On the eastern seaboard, the Diocese of Worcester's PLC will commence June 27–30, with host St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. "For our Caribbean Themed Buffet Dinner featuring a live Calypso band, come and feel like you are on the islands with great Caribbean food and music! Stop by later in the evening to relax, socialize and enjoy some live jazz music."
Next, the two Dioceses of Los Angeles & Eagle River both meet from July 3-7, 2013. St. Luke Orthodox Church hosts the PLC at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Anaheim, CA, hometown of the original Disneyland. "We are privileged to have Archpriest Dr. John Behr as our keynote speaker, addressing this year’s theme of 'The End of History … The Last Judgment.' Fr. John is the dean and professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics at Fordham University."
Along with their western brethren, the Dioceses of Charleston and New York are also convening on July 3-7, 2013. St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church hosts the PLC at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in beautiful Lehigh Valley. "Featured talks at the PLC will include keynote speaker Prof. Christopher Veniamin (Patristics Professor at St. Tikhon’s Seminary), Samuel Noble (researcher in medieval Arabic Orthodox Christianity), Jonathan Jackson (General Hospital and Nashville actor), and Fr. Noah Bushelli (pastor and homeschooling father of six)."
During that same busy weekend, the Diocese of Ottawa also meets July 3-7, 2013, thanks to the host parish St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church. The Sheraton Laval Hotel in Montreal, Quebec, will be the site of Ottawa's conference. "Visit and worship with friends in beautiful Montreal! Antiochian Women, come and tour Old Montreal, stretching for over two kilometres along the St-Lawrence River!"