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.
Ordained to the Orthodox Priesthood in 1954, Fr. Stanley S. Harakas has served as a full-time Priest in Lancaster, PA, Peabody, MA, Lexington, MA, and part-time (while teaching) in several other parishes. He taught Ethics for 29½ years at Holy Cross in Brookline, retiring in 1995. He has been active in the Ecumenical Movement, having given a Plenary Address at the World Council of Churches Assembly in Canberra, Australia. He has authored eighteen books. In 1986 he was the inaugural appointee to the Archbishop Iakovos Endowed Professorship of Orthodox Theology. He continues to write and publish. As a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, under the Ecumenical Patriarchate, he presently serves the Christ the Savior Greek Orthodox Mission Church of Hernando County, Florida.
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