Youth and Young Adult Conference, Baltimore

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,

By Albert H. Lee