Poverty Conference Four
June 05, 2013 Length: 1:18:40
Discovery Institute Senior Fellow and noted author Jay Richards was the keynote speaker at the Conference on Poverty, May 31 - June 1, 2013, at St. Vladimir's Seminary. Co-hosted by the Acton Institute, the event featured speakers from diverse backgrounds and disciplines who offered fresh ideas for Orthodox Christians on how to effectively minister to the poor. Other speakers and panelists included Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos, St. Vlad's alumnus and officer in the National Council of Churches; Seminary Trustee Dr. Nicholas Pandelidis; Fr Philip LeMasters, Dean of Social Sciences and Religion at McMurry University in Abilene, TX; Michael Miller of the Poverty Cure at Acton; John Couretas of Acton; and director of FOCUS North America in Pittsburgh, Subdeacon Paul Abernathy.
Fr. Chad Hatfield: Anyone who speaks at conferences like this or lectures in a classroom right after lunch knows that that’s always the most difficult time to present. In a sense I save what may be one of the most active exchanges of the conference for after lunch, for that very reason. We have four speakers that all have been introduced previously, so there will be no introductions. They’ll each come and give some sort of opening salvo here on the question: What is social justice in the Orthodox Christian context? We’ll then hold all the questions until all four speakers have had a chance to sort of do their opening remarks, and then we will open up to Q&A as we have done before. Same format, because it works very well if you can just begin to queue up, form a line here so I can see that there are people with questions. Again, state your name, make your point as concise as possible, and direct it to the person or persons that you would like to respond. First up is Dr. Kireopoulos.
Dr. Antonios Kireopoulos: Thank
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