PLC 2013 Speakers

christopher-veniaminDr. Christopher Veniamin is Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and a spiritual son of Elder Sophrony Sakharov, a spiritual giant of the 20th century. He earned his M.A. in Theology from the University of Thessalonica and went on to receive his D.Phil. from Oxford University, under the direction of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware.

Dr. Veniamin will be giving our keynote address, “Transforming Psychological States into Spiritual Ones: Some Practical Advice from the Fathers.” How do we live as Christians? Or perhaps a better way of framing the question would be, How do we die every day as disciples of Christ in this broken world of ours?

This presentation aims to give some practical advice on living the commandments of Christ, based on the theology of the Church Fathers, and in particular of St Gregory Palamas, St Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex.

jonathan-jackson-emmyJonathan Jackson is a five-time Emmy Award winning actor and musician. Among many roles in both film and television, he has starred as “Lucky Spencer” in General Hospital (1993-1999, 2009-2011) as well as “Avery Barkley” on Nashville (2012-present), and he is the lead singer of the independent rock band Enation (2004-present). In 2012, Jonathan and his family were baptized into the Orthodox Church (read about and listen to an interview our pastor Fr. Andrew did with Jonathan on his conversion to Orthodoxy here). Jonathan will be playing a “coffee house” concert for us as well as speaking about his journey into the Orthodox Church.

samuel-nobleSamuel Noble is a researcher in medieval Arabic Orthodox Christianity and Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies at Yale University. He specializes in numerous forms of Arabic and has especially focused his research on Arabic and Syriac Orthodox Christianity in the Middle East from the 8th to the 18th centuries. Among other projects, he is working on translating the homilies of St. Raphael of Brooklyn into English. He will be presenting a talk entitled “Remembering Antioch’s Forgotten Saints.”

noah-bushelliThe Rev. Fr. Noah Bushelli is pastor of St. Philip Orthodox Church in Souderton, Pennsylvania. He is also a homeschooling father of six children and has presented several retreats on both parenting in general as well as homeschooling, in addition to retreats designed for middle school age children. He will be presenting a talk on Orthodox Christian Parenting entitled “Extended House Guests: Parents’ Task of Raising God’s Children to Seek First His Kingdom.”

If you have not yet registered for the 2013 Parish Life Conference, you may read more here.