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HCHC to Host OCAMPR Conference

This November 3-5, the Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion (OCAMPR) will come together in a pan-Orthodox Conference at Hellenic College Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. Participants will consider the theme, “On Pain and Suffering.”

OCAMPR exists to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and promote Christian fellowship among healing professionals in medicine, psychology and religion. Members seek to understand the whole person, and hope to educate and serve the Church and the community. This association, which is inter-jurisdictional and endorsed by the Episcopal Assembly (formerly SCOBA), endeavors to contribute to the spiritual sustenance and growth of healing professionals for whom their Orthodox Christian faith is the center of their professional life and ministry.

The Right Reverend Dr. Alexander (Golitzin), Bishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America, will deliver the keynote address. Three plenary speakers will expand on the topic of “On Pain and Suffering,” with medical, psychological, and theological perspectives. Donald Jenkins, MD, FACS, will give the medical perspective. He is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. Albert Rossi, PhD, Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY, will speak on the psychological perspective. Rev. Emmanuel Clapsis, PhD, will address the theological perspective. Fr. Clapsis is the Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA.

In addition to the four plenary talks, the conference will host 13 workshops on topics related to faith and healing, as well as 12 paper presentations.

OCAMPR’s annual conference is open to everyone who has questions about the integration of medicine, psychology, and religion, and desires an opportunity to dialogue with like-minded Orthodox Christians. Members, nonmembers, professionals, nonprofessionals, clergy, students and all interested persons are invited. For more information, please visit OCAMPR’s website at www.ocampr.org