Houston Leadership Camp 2010
More than 120 delegates from various corners of the Malankara Church in North America gathered together in Houston for the 10th Annual MGOCSM Leadership Camp. Under the leadership of His Grace Alexios Mar Eusebius, Diocesan Metropolitan of the South-West American Diocese, and the guidance of priests, deacons and seminarians, members of the MGOCSM dedicated themselves to the service of Christ and His Church during the days of July 22 to 25, 2010. United under the MGOCSM motto of 'Worship, Study, & Service', the delegates were inspired by Fr. Maximus, an Orthodox Missionary on how to have a vision as a leader, how to implement that vision, and enduring leadership.
Delegates enjoyed fellowship and shared their ideas on how to make their own faith in Christ stronger and how to carry that light to others. The highlight of the camp, was observing the ancient and sacred prayers of the 'Shimo Namaskaram' in English. On Saturday evening, the mood of the camp changed to a somber and meditative atmosphere, as the retreat began. Fr. Mathew Alexander, youth minister of the Dallas area, was the Retreat Father. Many participants participated in the Sacrament of Holy Confession and in various meditation stations which included, counseling, chanting, and hymns. The camp ended with Holy Qurbana in English, celebrated by His Grace Mar Eusebius, assisted by the priests, deacons, and seminarians.
Reflecting upon the camp, one MGOCSM delegate of the Northeast American Diocese, shared that she learned to be a leader in " the faith zone, and not the safe zone."
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