Annual Conference “Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit"
Annual Conference “Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit"

The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion is pleased and honored to announce the 2017 Conference theme - "Resiliency: Body, Mind and Spirit." This pan-Orthodox gathering of healing professionals, clergy, and all interested persons will be held November 2 - 4, 2017 at the Cultural Center of the Spiritual Headqurters of the Ukrainian Orthodox Churchof the USA  Cultural Center in Somerset, NJ.

The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion is pleased and honored to announce that the Keynote Speaker for our 2017 Conference will be His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver. 

His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver was elected to the rank of Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, in 1986. He was consecrated a Bishop at Holy Trinity Cathedral in New York City and served as the Chancellor of the Archdiocese in New York. He was enthroned as Bishop of Denver in 1992. In 1997 he was elevated to Metropolitan of Proikonisos and Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver. The Diocese was elevated to the status of a Metropolis in 2002 and in 2003 the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected Metropolitan Isaiah as Metropolitan of Denver. 

Plenary Speakers:

Medical Perspective: Dn. Euthym Kontaxis, M.D.

Dr. Kontaxis is the Medical Director of the Emergency Department at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. He completed medical school at University of Oregon Health Sciences and did his Residency and Fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. He worked as an attending physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Mount Auburn Hospital while earning a M.Div. at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

Psychological Perspective:  Demetra Jaquet, D.Min.

Dr. Demetra (Dee) Velisarios Jaquet (retired in western CO) taught Religious Studies, was a Pastoral Counselor/Spiritual Director, was a Board Certified Chaplain, and a Supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). She was also a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). She founded Orthodox People Together (OPT), and sponsored four conferences on Orthodox unity. She also founded the Women’s Orthodox Ministries and Education Network (WOMEN). For many years Dr. Jaquet was an Orthodox representative at three European World Council of Churches (WCC) conferences and at several interfaith conferences of women theologians in America.

Theological Perspective: Very Rev. John Behr, D.Phil.

Fr. John Behr is the Dean, Rector, Director of the Master of Theology Program and Professor of Patristics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY. He teaches courses in patristics, dogmatics and scriptural exegesis at the seminary, and also and Fordham University, where he is the Distinguished Lecturer in Patristics. Fr. John received his D.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University, where his doctoral work was supervised by Bishop Kallistos (Ware). He is the author of numerous books and articles, including Becoming Human: Meditation on Christian Anthropology in Word and Image.

Call for Workshop and Paper Proposals

OCAMPR, an international, pan-Orthodox organization endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America, welcomes Workshop and Paper Proposals related to Orthodox and healing to be presented at our Annual Conference. The Annual Conference offers a unique opportunity for Orthodox clergy, theologians, and healthcare professionals to come together for fellowship and to discuss how the Orthodox healing traditions interface with contemporary theories and practices of care.  Submittals traditionally include current work on theories and practices of Orthodox care by clergy, physicians, psychologists and numerous other types of healthcare practitioners and researchers. Submissions are encouraged on any topic related to the mission of OCAMPR, and particularly on topics related to the theme of the Annual Conference.  All presentations will be made available online and considered for publication in the Conference proceedings.

Workshop Criteria

Workshops are one hour and should include didactic as well as an interactive, experiential and/or discussion component. A Workshop may be presented by one or more persons, and could include a panel format.

Paper Criteria

Papers are limited to 20 minutes, are presented by one author, and are followed by 5 minutes for questions.

Submission Information

Submit all Proposals to no later than May 1, 2017. Include the title, whether your Proposal is for a Workshop or a Paper, an abstract (one paragraph), and your credentials.

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