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2014 Convention Highlights and Archives

National Philoptochos Biennial Convention

July 6 - 9, 2014

Philadelphia, PA

2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Press Release

Philadelphia, PA- With a theme of “The Orthodox Christian Family: A Dwelling of Christ and a Witness of His Gospel,”  chosen by Archbishop Demetrios of America, the 2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention was held in Philadelphia, PA from July 6 to 9, in conjunction with the 42nd Clergy-Laity Congress. A record number of delegates attended the biennial event with over 440 registered to represent the 27,000 Philoptochos stewards from across the United States.  The Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos hosted the event in the City of Brotherly Love under the spiritual leadership of Metropolitan Evangelos.  

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President's Addresses

Clergy-Laity Congress Closing

National Philoptochos Convention Opening

Clergy-Laity Congress Opening

2014 National Philoptochos Biennial Convention Program

Philoptochos Convention Program/Agenda

Awards Programs

AGAPE Award Winners 

Chapter Award Winners

2014 Chapter Challenges

 

 

Convention Presentations

Human Trafficking with Guest Speaker Rachel Lloyd of GEMS

Mental Illness:  Our Community’s Journey to Understanding, Compassion and Hope 

Empowering the Next Generation: Leadership and Mentoring with Guest Speaker Cathy Avgiris

The Environment: On Earth As It Is In Heaven with Guest Speaker Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis

Philabundance

THE BRAVE ONES: Philoptochos Honors Military + Veterans

The 2014 National Philoptochos Convention in Philadelphia, PA culminated with a program to honor The Brave Ones.  His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah of Denver, Military Ordinary who oversees Greek Orthodox Chaplains, opened The Brave Ones program thanking Philoptochos while reminding the delegates of the importance to honor those in our parishes who so bravely serve their country.  The delegates viewed the emotional and moving video ‘The Brave Ones’ that highlights close to 1000 photos of Orthodox service men and women with a background of patriotic music that  was produced by Dr. George and Martha Stefanidakis.

National Philoptochos President Aphrodite Skeadas then presented sixty-five Homeward Bound Baskets donated by Philoptochos stewards and Chapters to Mr. Tim Meserve, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Veteran’s Multi Service Center to support sixty-five homeless veterans and their families as they transition to permanent housing.  Testimony followed by Mike Emanuel, FOX News Chief Congressional Correspondent describing his missions with his crew traveling in the dangerous war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan and how he made the conscious decision to take his faith with him.  Lt. Colonel Elizabeth Konon Sweet detailed her military career as an Orthodox woman and her peacekeeping and combat support missions around the world. 

The program concluded with the narration of The Brave Ones Past and Present Tribute and His Eminence Metropolitan Isaiah leading the delegates in the singing of “God Bless America”.

Click here to read The Braves Ones Past and Present Tribute.

THE BRAVE ONES VIDEO 

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Essential Convention Documents

2014 Biennial Convention Documents- Reference material for Convention


All photos above by Dimitrios S. Panagos except Photo 4 by Rania Richardson 

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2014 Convention Archives

Pre-Convention Material

Agenda and General Information

Preliminary agenda for the 2014 Biennial Convention

Preliminary schedule of events, hotel reservations, and more about what to expect

Save the Date letter

Registration

Online registration

Mail registration form

Convention Sponsorship

Sponsorship Letter

Sponsorship Form

Delegate Profile

Delegate expertise and interest survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/delegateprofile
 

Resolutions

Requirements and how to submit resolutions

The Brave Ones

Letter requesting photos for The Brave Ones Tribute

Awards

2014 AGAPE Awards Letter

2014 AGAPE Awards Nomination Form

Awards Program Introduction

Awards Program Brochure

Awards Program Application