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The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion [OCAMPR] recently announced the keynote and plenary speakers for its 2019 Annual Conference, “Isolation, Violence, Hope and Communion.”

The Conference, which will be held at Saints Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church, Glenview, IL November 7 through 9, 2019, will offer an opportunity for Orthodox Christian healthcare professionals, therapists, chaplains, theologians, clergy and others to discuss how the Church’s healing traditions interface with contemporary theories and practices of care.  Proposals for workshops and papers reflecting professional, academic discussion on critical issues regarding the helping professions and pastoral care are invited and may be submitted before May 1.

His Grace, Bishop Irinej [Dobrijevic] of Eastern America of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America will introduce the conference theme in his keynote address, while the medical perspective will be presented by Donald Jenkins, MD, FACS, a Clinical Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX and a Distinguished Chair in Burn and Trauma Surgery and Associate Deputy Director of the Military Health Institute.  Kathryn Bocanegra, PhD, LCSW, a post-doctoral fellow at Loyola University of Chicago’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice, will present the psychological perspective.  The theological perspective will be offered by Deacon Perry Hamalis, MDiv, PhD, the Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion at North Central College, Naperville, IL.

Additional conference information is available online.

OCAMPR, an international, pan-Orthodox organization endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, exists to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and promote Christian fellowship among healing professionals in medicine, psychology and religion.  Members pursue an understanding of the whole person which integrates the basic assumptions of medicine, psychology and religion within the Orthodox Christian faith in educating and serving Church and community.

Recordings of presentations offered at OCAMPR’s 2018 Conference, “Compliance and Resistance,”  are available from Ancient Faith Ministries.