SUMMER May 31-June 1, 2013: Conference on Poverty


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"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach him to fish and you feed him for life!"Keynote Speaker Jay RichardsKeynote Speaker Jay Richards

How may we re–think our response to issues of poverty, and how may we offer positive solutions to address the needs of the poor? This conference, co-hosted by the Seminary and the Acton Institute—a body dedicated to researching principles that link economics with virtue—will offer some fresh ideas for Orthodox Christians. 

The Keynote Speaker will be Jay Richards, author of Money, Greed, and God and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute; his presentation will launch the conference at 7:30 p.m. Friday evening. At 9 a.m., Saturday, June 1, a panikhida will be served in memory of +Dn. John Zarras.

Two other speakers will then offer presentations:  Michael Matheson Miller, Acton Institute Research Fellow and Director of PovertyCure; and a Trustee of the Seminary, The Rev. Dr. Philip LeMasters, professor of Religion and Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Religion, McMurry University.

Rounding out a concluding panel discussion with the above speakers will be Dr. Antionios Kiriopoulos, SVOTS alumnus and officer in the National Council of Churches, along with SVOTS Trustee Dr. Nicholas Pandelidis and Subdeacon Paul Abernathy, local director of FOCUS North America, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, representing FOCUS North America.

Lunch will be served at mid–day, and the event will conclude at 2:30 p.m.

View Acton Institute's engaging videos from "PovertyCure," an international coalition of organizations and individuals committed to entrepreneurial solutions to poverty that challenge the status quo and champion the creative potential of the human person. Acton Institute manages PovertyCure's efforts in the USA.

This conference is offered as a tribute to Dn. John Zarras (+ 2012 ), an alumnus ('06) who earned his M.Div. degree over a period of several years as a late–vocations student. Deacon John also served as a member of the Board of Trustees and the president of the St. Vladimir's Seminary Foundation.

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  • Registration and Workshop—$50  
  • Room & Board—$70
  • Total—$120.00 
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On–Campus Accommodations

On-campus housing is in non-smoking, non-air conditioned, dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms.Michael Matheson MillerMichael Matheson Miller Because there are a limited number of single rooms, they will be given to the first registrants. Staying on-campus includes meals at the refectory, which are catered, without individual meal options. The seminary staff will provide sheets and towels. Please bring your own personal items (such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and small fans.) Wireless access to the Internet for personal laptops will be available in the Library when the Reading Room is open, but wireless access in dormitory rooms cannot be guaranteed.

For questions about this event, please contact Tanya Penkrat, Special Events Coordinator, at, or 914.961.8313, x351 

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