Orthodox Christian Synergy is a pan-Orthodox organization consisting of clergy and lay representatives of Chicago-area Orthodox Christian parishes who seek to project awareness of Orthodox Christianity to the public at large. Synergy works together with its parent organization, the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Greater Chicago, and with the blessings of the Chicago-area Orthodox Hierarchs.
The topic of Synergy’s 2009 Symposium was “The Future of Orthodoxy in America,” and featured were two speakers: Fr. Stanley Harakas, Emeritus Professor of Orthodox Theology at Holy
Cross Seminary, who spoke on “The Future of Orthodoxy in America: Challenges and Required Attitudes and Actions” and Fr. Deacon Nicholas Belcher, Dean of Students at
Holy Cross Seminary, who spoke on “Raising Orthodox Christians for the Next Generation.” It took place at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cicero, Illinois on Saturday, October 17, 2009.
Fr. Dcn. Nicholas Belcher is Dean of Students at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He received his B.A. in History and B.S. in Education from the The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, in 1997 and his M.Div. from Saint Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2005. After graduating from the Citadel, Dn. Nicholas returned to his hometown of Altoona, PA, to teach World History and A.P. Government at the Altoona Area High School. During his summers, he served as a counselor, Head Counselor, and Program Director at the Antiochian Village summer camp in Ligonier, PA. Upon graduation from seminary, Dn. Nicholas worked as the Assistant Director of the Office of Vocation & Ministry and Director of CrossRoad until his current assignment as Dean of Students. He serves at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in West Roxbury, MA, where he was ordained to the Holy Diaconate by His Eminence Metropolitan Philip in April of 2007.
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