Orthodox young adults from throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will gather in Baltimore, Maryland, for the 21st Annual National Young Adult Ministry (YAL) Conference scheduled for July 3 through 7, 2003. This year's conference theme is "The Sign of the Cross: Vision and Victory." A welcoming reception on Thursday evening, July 3 will kick off the conference. Friday's schedule features diverse workshops on Orthodox issues, highlighted by a keynote luncheon address by the Rev. Dr. George Liacopulos, pastor of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. Fr. Liacopulos holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary's Mission, Ecumenics and History of Religions Program. The evening festivities will include a firework extravaganza at Baltimore's Inner Harbor and a social event at the conference hotel.
On Saturday, attendees will participate in a variety of service projects, which will be followed by a crab feast at Saint Demetrios Church. The evening concludes with a Baltimore Orioles baseball game at the historic Camden yards, followed by a late night discussion.
A Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated on Sunday morning by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios at the Annunciation Cathedral. Following a formal reception, the Archbishop will lead a community--wide Bible Study at the Cathedral. The Conference will conclude with a Grand Banquet, and dancing to the sounds of Zephyros.
For further information, visit the Conference website, http://www.yal2003.org.
By Albert H. Lee