First Diocesan Young Women's Conference Held
The Daughters of the King in the Northeast American Diocese, the first young women’s day conference, was held at St. Mary's Orthodox Church 130 Park Avenue Staten Island, New York on Saturday, 21 April 2012 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
More than 200 participants attended this event. The participants came from Boston to Virginia.
The theme of the conference was Daughters of the King from verse Psalm 45:11 “The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.”
The mission of the conference is to help women be active in their Orthodox faith and to deepen their relationship with our Lord, Savior and King, Jesus Christ, despite the challenges they face in their daily lives.
The speakers of the conference were Dr. Roberta Ervine, a Professor at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York and Matushka Jenny Mosher, an independent scholar & editor, researching, presenting and publishing on the place of children in the Orthodox tradition.
The Conference began with morning prayer, the Daughters of the King theme video, and a creative skit showcasing women’s busy lives and their challenges amidst the need to stay focused on God.
Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas, vicar of St. Mary’s Church, welcomed all to the church mentioning that this is the first type of program for the diocese.
His Grace Zachariah Mar Nicholovos, Metropolitan of the Northeast American Diocese, who gave the Presidential Address, stated that this should be more than an event, but a movement. His Grace explained that the conference is where the lay committee came to him for permission to host it. He quoted the Jet Blues logo and thanked the participants for attending this event.
Clergy from the diocese attended; Very Rev. Fr. Paulose Adai Chor Episcopos , Rev. Fr. Jacob Philip, Rev. Fr. Paulose T. Peter, Rev. Fr. Dr. C. K. Rajan, Rev. Fr. T. A. Thomas, Rev. Fr. Shibu Daniel, Rev. Fr. Gregory Varghese, Rev. Fr. Vijay Thomas, Rev. Dn. Philip Mathew and Rev. Dn. Geevarghese (Abu) Koshy.
The Conference Committee consisted of Ms. Pincy Jacob, Ms. Ceena Varghese, Ms. Sheena Samuel, Ms. Sheena Panicker, Dr. Joyce Raju, Mrs. Bessie Mathew, Ms. Divya Mathew. The committee members hailed from different parts of the diocese and provided an enjoyable and spiritual program.
The talks conducted by the two speakers were thought-provoking and insightful on relationships and how there are mirrors all around us. Small group discussions were held for groups from middle school to young mothers. The group leaders lead interactive discussions enabling the young women an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns.
Creative activities ranged from creating prayer bracelets
and candle lightening ceremony of leaving one’s burdens. During the prayer
bracelet activity, one of the participants marked how this activity teaches one
to be patient - placing the beads on the string. Activities such as these show
the ingenuity and effort of the committee members who worked tirelessly with
heart and dedication.
During the Question and Answer session, Rev. Fr. Vijay Thomas noted that the young women's conference was a dream realized by the lead of the Committee, Pincy Jacob.
A beautiful poem, written by Mrs. Bindu Alexander (DC) and read by her sister Mrs. Susan Mathew (PA), weaved all the female Biblical heroines as daughters of the King. It was a fitting end to the event.
One participant mentioned that her expectations of the conference went beyond what she imagined.
The conference indeed went beyond the imaginations and expectations of many.
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