News from the 2016 National Convention in Nashville
On Sunday, July 3, 2016, The National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was called to order at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, TN where 367 women gathered to celebrate 85 years of Philoptochos! The theme of this year Clergy-Laity Congress was “Be the Voice of Christ in a Changing World” which correlates with the goals of Philoptochos.
This year’s congress offered some excellent presentations. One speaker talked about the changing use of technology, which can be used to engage new and younger members. We also heard from a graduate of St. Basil’s Academy who shared the touching story of her life. Also, Fr. Chris Metropoulos, President of Helllenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, shared a brief video about HC/HC and Louis Zagami, Development Director of IOCC, showed a video reflecting the works of IOCC. Maria Logus then presented him with a check from National Philoptochos to assist the victims of the West Virginia floods.
Another informative presentation was given by a representative of Thistle Farms and Magdalene Homes, which assist in helping victims of abuse and human trafficking. She shared her story of abuse and addiction and how she found healing at Thistle Farms. 350 gift cards, amounting to over $8,500, which included notes of encouragement and an icon, were collected from the delegates in attendance and presented to the representative to distribute at the organization.
A report on Feeding the Hungry was presented and with only 100 chapters responding, it was reported that 667,504 meals have been served across the country! This total far surpassed the goal of 250,000 meals that our National President Maria Logus had strived for. The challenge may be over but the work is not done. Everyone was urged to keep the momentum going on this very worthy project.
Chapter Challenges from all nine Metropolises were given with our own Annunciation Cathedral in Houston giving a wonderful presentation on their project. St. George in Albuquerque, NM has been challenged with the Chapter Challenge to be presented at the 2018 Clergy-Laity
On Tuesday morning, the Metropolis of Denver was delighted to host a breakfast for all 30 of our delegates and on Wednesday morning a breakfast was held in honor of the AGAPE Award recipients from all Metropolises. Eleni Kyriazis of Annunciation Cathedral in Houston was chosen as the recipient from the Metropolis of Denver for her philanthropic endeavors and her service as a true steward of Philoptochos.
The outstanding workshops and evening cultural events rounded out a spectacular week of wonderful sisterhood and interesting information that I hope all delegates brought home to share with their chapters.
2016 National Convention in Nashville
Social Services Training Pt.1
Social Services Training Pt.2