Listen to Podcasts from the 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

Listen to Podcasts from the 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

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The Persecution of Christians in the Holy Lands & Middle East – Consequences & Solutions

The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate held The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. on December 4-6, 2017.   The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate engaged scholars, human rights advocates, top government officials, and religious leaders from around the world to  confront this Christian crisis.

The Archons and Orthodox Christian Network strategically collaborated at this conference to make to bring you these thought provoking podcasts.

Click on the links below to listen to the sessions!

Session One: History of the Christian Church 

Moderator:

  • Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University, George E. Demacopoulos 

Panelists:

  • S.T., Professor of Early Christian Studies of Catholic University, Sidney Griffith
  • Fredrick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law at St. Johns Law School, Mark Movsesian
  • Dean & Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies at Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology, James Skedros
  • Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Samuel Tadros

Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

Opening Remarks:

  • Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Panel Co-Chair, Andrew E. Manatos
  • Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Co-Vice-Chair, Congressional Religious Freedom Caucus, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)   

Moderator:

  • CEO of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, William Antholis

Panelists:

  • Syriac Orthodox Church, His Eminence Archbishop Dionysius Kawak
  • Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom, His Grace Bishop Angaelos
  • Antiochian Orthodox Church, Very Reverend Father Issac Crow
  • Communications Advisor, Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Anna Koulouris
  • President, World Council of Arameans (Syriacs), Johnny Messo

Conference Banquet 

Hosted by The Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation

  • Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Secretary, The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Greetings: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: American Center for Law& Justice Executive Director, Jordan Sekulow
  • Remarks: Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
  • Response: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Benediction: Bishop of Los Angeles and Metropolitan of Southern California and Hawaii, His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Chair/Archon National Secretary The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis

Moderator:

  • Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent, Lauren Green

Panelists:

  • US Commission on International Religious Freedom Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz
  • Helsinki Commission Policy Advisor, Nathaniel Hurd
  • Newseum Institute Religious Freedom Center COO, Gene Policinski
  • Religious Freedom Institute Senior Director, South & Southeast Asia, Dr. Timothy Samuel Shah

Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Chair/Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis

Moderator:

  • Tufts University Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, Elizabeth Prodromou

Panelists:

  • US Ambassador to Qatar (retired), Ambassador Patrick Theros
  • President of the National Council of Churches / Director of the Ecumenical Office of theArmenian Church of America, His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
  • Chair of the FoleyHoag UN Practice Group, Christina Hioureas, Esq.
  • Executive Director, Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights, Kate Nahapetian
  • President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Rabbi Arthur Schneier 

Farewell Banquet and Closing Remarks

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Archon Andrew Manatos
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Remarks: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
  • Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Response: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Benediction: President, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Very Rev Father Christopher Metropulos

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HISTORY OF THE ARCHONS

The Order of St. Andrew of the Ecumenical Patriarchate was organized on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 10, 1966 when His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos conferred upon thirty outstanding laymen of the Church the various Offikion or Offices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate on behalf of His All Holiness Patriarch Athenagoras of blessed memory. They were honored because of their love, loyalty and support of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and their contribution to its advancement and welfare.

 

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Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America

The Order of St. Andrew the Apostle comprises Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate who have been honored for their outstanding service to The Orthodox Church by having a Patriarchal title, or "offikion," bestowed upon them by His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Those upon whom this title of the Mother Church has been conferred are known as "Archons of the Great Church of Christ," and the titles are personally conferred by the Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios. The Order of St. Andrew's fundamental goal and mission is to promote the religious freedom, well-being and advancement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which is headquartered in Istanbul, Turkey.