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The Office of Pastoral Life is pleased to announce our fall Pastoral Life Synaxis online conference for the clergy of the Orthodox Church in America on Tuesday, September 20th from 2:00-4:00 PM EDT. Father Sean Levine, an Orthodox U.S. Army military chaplain stationed at Fort Carson, CO, will be the featured speaker talking about the unique stressors of ministry and the potential impact of chronic ministry stress our mind and body. There will be time in the breakout rooms to discuss ways of mitigating the negative impact of these stressors in our lives.

These online clergy Zoom conferences are intended to nurture spiritual brotherhood by offering a meeting place for our clergy to learn from one another, to support one another, and to be strengthened by their contact with one another, so that they may all be empowered to fight the good fight of faith.

Although the conference begins at 2:00 PM, the Zoom meeting will be open for fellowship at 1:30pm. After the keynote presentation, registered participants will be divided into groups of four to seven clergy and sent to breakout rooms to discuss their personal experiences and potential positive action options. The breakout session will be just under 1.5 hours long with a facilitator placed in each breakout room. The breakout session is based on the model of Peer Learning where the interaction and relationship of the participants form a community of learning focused on priestly and pastoral ministry.

Whether you have enjoyed past Synaxis events or look forward to your first experience, please invite your fellow brother clergy. When registering, you’ll be able to request to be placed in a small group with specific people, or to be placed in a random group.

To find out more about clergy peer learning, please visit the Thriving in Ministry website at

Below are buttons to click to register and to view a one-minute video with a short description from our guest speaker. 

Register for Synaxis