Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Interfaith Dialogue: Searching for the Peaceable Kingdom

Interfaith Dialogue: Searching for the Peaceable Kingdom

The Orthodox Peace Fellowship Annual North American Conference

Registration deadline extended - so if you haven't made plans to attend now is the time to join us

Dates: October 1-3, 2010
Place: Irvine, CA
Host: St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway
Theme: Interfaith Dialogue: Searching for the Peaceable Kingdom

For more information or to register for the conference, contact:
Alexander Patico at:
Registration forms and full conference schedule can be viewed and downloaded here:

Schedule and registration form in text below as well
Friday, October 1
1:00 - 5:00 pm Registration, St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church, Irvine, CA
3:00 - 5:00 pm Meeting of Conference Staff (Church Conference Room)
or: Free Time
5:00 - 6:00 pm Conference Opening/Keynote: The Interfaith Conversation:
A Talk with Ben Johnson, founder of Interfaith Institute
6:15 - 7:15 pm Dinner in the Church Hall
7:30 - 8:30 pm I'd Like to Buy an Enemy - Ted & Company
8:30 - 9:00 pm Discussion of issues related to the show
9:00 pm Transportation back to hotel
Saturday, October 24
7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast at hotel (or elsewhere)/ Transportation to Church
8:00 - 9:00 am Registration/Conversation
9:00 - 10:15 am Concurrent Sessions
A Jewish-Muslim Dialogue
Daniel Spiro and Hytham Younis
Co-founders, The Jewish-Islamic Dialogue Society (Washington, DC Area)
B Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue
Fr. Steven Tsichlis, St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church (Irvine, CA) and
Fr. Al Baca, St. Cecilia Roman Catholic Church (Tustin, CA)
C Orthodox-Mennonite Dialogue
Alexander Patico, OPF Secretary (North America)
Fr. Alex Goussetis, Annunciation Gr. Orthodox Cathedral (Lancaster, PA)
10:15 - 10:30 am Break/ Refreshments
10:30 - 11:45 am Community Dialogue
Fr. John-Brian Paprock, Interfaith Awareness Week (Madison, WI)
Ms. Jahan Stanzai, Culver City Interfaith Alliance (Culver City, CA)
11:45 am - noon Break
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch in the Church Hall
Remarks by Attillah Kahveci, Pacifica Foundation (Los Angeles, CA)
1:00 - 2:00 pm Free Time for conversation or meditation, or
OPF Organizational Meeting (optional)
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Film: Arranged
Note: This film concerns arranged marriage in the Muslim and Orthodox Jewish communities and dealing with modernity and tradition.
3:15 - 3:45 pm Film discussion
3:45 - 4:00 pm Break
4:00 - 5:00 pm Film: Cordoba
Note: This film shows the rich tradition of inter-religious harmony and synergy in the ancient Spanish city of Cordoba.
5:00 - 5:45 pm Discussion with filmmaker Jacob Bender
6:00 - 6:45 pm Vespers at St. Paul's Sanctuary
6:45 - 7:45 pm Dinner at area restaurant
8:00 - 10:15 pm Workshop and film: God and Allah Must Talk
Ruth Broyde Sharone (Los Angeles, CA)
Note: Ms. Sharone will be leading conferees in an energetic examination of what we each might do to increase understanding and promote peace.
Sunday, October 25
Note: please complete your check-out in the morning, or make alternate arrangements
8:00 - 9:00 am Breakfast at hotel (for those not fasting in preparation for Liturgy)
9:00 am Orthros Service
10:00 am Divine Liturgy
Serving: Fr. Steven Tsichlis, other clergy
11:45 - 12:45 Luncheon in the Church Hall
Closing Remarks: Fr. John-Brian Paprock
Note: regarding 2011 Conference OPF-North America on "Forgiveness."
1:00 pm Conference Close

Registration Form
Date: __________________
OPF-North America 2010
Venue: St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church, 4949 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604

Conferee Name/s: 1) ___________________________________________________________
2) __________________________________________________________

Arrival Day/Time: _______________________________ Flight # _________________________
Name of Airport: _____________________________________Driving direct?_______________
(Note: Depending on times and possibilities for grouping new arrivals, we will do our best to provide transportation to and from the airport for those who require it.)

Home Address: __________________________________________________________________
Home Tel: ________________________________ Cell: _________________________________
Emergency Contact: ______________________________________________________________
Telephone number:____________________________________ Relationship: _______________
Special Needs (med./dietary/other): __________________________________________________

Conference Fees:
• $ 40 per person covers conference registration, two meals & breaks from Friday evening to mid-day Sunday. $25 covers Saturday-only registration (includes sessions, lunch & breaks).
• All-inclusive registration fee for a couple: $70 Saturday-only couple: $40
• NOTE: Each OPF member receives a $ 10 discount (a new annual OPF membership, including subscription to quarterly journal, In Communion is $35; check here if you wish to join )
Amount enclosed with this form: $_____________

A limited block of rooms has been reserved at Residence Inn Irvine near John Wayne Airport, 2855 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614. It will first-come/first served, up to that number. Specially-discounted price: $99/ night (single or double; includes continental breakfast and internet access). Call: (949) 261-2020 , referencing "OPF." (If full, there are a number of other nearby hotels.)
There are a number of other hotels in the area, but transportation will be provided from this property only.

Return Form to: Alexander Patico, 5448 Hound Hill Court, Columbia, MD 21045
Queries (or electronic return of this form) to:


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