Self-Expression and Self-Esteem

Sponsored By: Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute (OCCI)

Has parenting exhausted you? We’ve invited Allena Barbato, a licensed family therapist and associate of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Group (OCCI), to speak with Fr. Christopher Metropulos to offer guidance when generations clash. Allena brings encouragement to parents who struggle to balance the dependence/ independence their children are experiencing through social media, peer pressure, and self expression.

But first, we have Fr. Ari Damaskos of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Toledo, OH to talk about his new book, Keeping the Light Burning: Meditations from Pascha to Pentecost. This small gem contains a series of daily Epistle and Gospel readings, as well as meditations for the Eastern Orthodox faithful that keep the spiritual momentum achieved at Pascha going through the celebration of Pentecost. It is available through Light and Life Publishing.

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.