CR 2018 Session One: Day 9

Yesterday, after celebrating Divine Liturgy on campus, the CrossRoaders heard part 2 of Dr. Rossi’s talk on “Prayer”. In the afternoon they were given an opportunity to serve their elderly neighbor, another neighbor that is often marginalized. The participants went to two different nursing homes and spent time talking and engaging in activities with the elderly. It brought the residents much joy to have so many loving visitors!
In the evening we enjoyed a special visit from Fr. Luke Veronis who gave a talk on his experiences serving as a missionary in Africa and Albania.

CR 2018 Session One: Day 7

Yesterday, the CrossRoaders had their last day of theology classes, which included some time for Q & A’s with the professors. Following the lectures, the participants had an opportunity to participate in a variety of activities during structured free time.

The participants then visited St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church where they had a Paraklesis service and listened to a talk by the parish priest.

Last evening was the end of Stage 2, “Vocation and Christ.” The participants were again given the chance to journal and reflect on all they learned during Stage 2. Many of the CrossRoaders got up in front of their peers and shared their reflections. We closed the night by preparing for Stage 3, “Vocation and Christ in the Face of the Other.” They were challenged to answer the question, “Who is my neighbor?” and explored what it means to serve our neighbor.

CR 2018 Session One: Day 6

Today, the participants engaged in their third day of Theology and Scripture courses! They are learning so much and are asking many wonderful questions. The staff has been really impressed with their participation in discussion groups.

Following the lectures, we took our second adventure into downtown Boston, where we had lunch and walked around Faneuil Hall, one of the oldest, most historic sites in the country!

Last evening, we ventured into Boston to visit St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Cambridge where had vespers and enjoyed dinner together!

CR 2018 Session One: Day 5

Today, we began our day with Orthros. We then had our second day of theology and scripture classes. These lectures and sessions have sparked thoughtful and insightful questions and comments from the participants!

Last evening concluded with a parish visit to Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church and was followed by a very special staff-led session in the Holy Cross Chapel titled, “Night with the Saints.” In this session, the participants were divided into small groups to “meet” different Saints, venerate icons and relics in the Holy Cross Chapel, and learn what sainthood means. The takeaway of the evening was that every person has the opportunity and calling to be a Saint.

 

CR 2018 Session One: Day 4

Today the participants had their first day of theology and scripture classes with Fr. Maximos Constas (Senior Research Scholar at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology) and Dr. George Demacopoulos (Professor of Theology Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies). Small staff-led break out discussion groups followed their theology and scripture lectures.

Following the lectures, we took our first adventure into downtown Boston where we had lunch at the Boston Common, the oldest park in the country, followed by a tour of the city. The evening concluded with a talk and vespers service at St. George Albanian Orthodox Cathedral in South Boston.

It was a full day of fun, learning, and growing closer as a group!

CR 2018 Session One: Day 3

Yesterday morning after Orthros, the participants explored the magnitude and beauty of God’s creation through the interactive session, Sanctification of Creation. In the afternoon, we had an engaging interactive session on popular culture and technology which was followed by a tour and talk at St. Mark’s Coptic Church.

In the evening Dr. Elizabeth Prodromou (International Relations at Tufts University offered an engaging session on the topic of Orthodoxy in the Public Square.

Yesterday evening completed stage 1 of CrossRoad. All of the participants were invited to share their reflections on the first stage of CrossRoad. It is very moving to hear how much the participants are learning already!

They are all really engaging with the content as well as growing closer as a group. The laughter in the cafeteria and on the bus is such a joyful sound to hear! Please continue to keep us all in your prayers.

 

CR 2018 Session One: Day 2

The CrossRoaders started their day with Orthros and Divine Liturgy at Holy Cross Chapel. After Liturgy and breakfast we headed up north to a ropes course run by Project Adventure where we engaged in some great team-building activities. After the ropes course, we returned to HCHC and participated in a session run by CrossRoad Director, Fr. Michael Tishel, on vocation. The CrossRoaders are invited to consider vocation as “your unique and ongoing response to Christ’s call to love God with heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself.”

CR 2018 Session One: Day 1

Yesterday, 32 participants from 15 different states arrived at the beautiful campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, all ready to take the challenge!

The CrossRoad participants spent their first evening getting to know each other through a series of icebreakers. They also engaged in an activity reflecting on their unique and God-given strengths exploring how they can develop these strengths to serve God and neighbor.

We are very excited for CrossRoad 2018 Session 1!