Friday, September 30, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: V. Rev. Nicholas T. Graff
Cancer: The Power of Faith & Prayer
OCAMPR’s 15th Annual National Conference
The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion is dedicating this year’s annual conference to the interdisciplinary exploration of Cancer: The Power of Faith & Prayer from October 28 – 29 on the scenic campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (Brookline, MA).
This informative and timely conference features Brother Charles Anthony of the Monastery Center for Disease Prevention, Panagia Philantropini in Ormylia, Greece as the keynote speaker. This center is committed to serving the needy neighbor by offering such ministries as medical care, public health, and scientific research. At the Center of Panagia Philanthropini, annually more than 18,000 persons undergo cancer early detection and screening examinations. Over 36,000 persons participate in health educational programs at the Center, whereas more than 50,000 locals and 200,000 tourists are reached through multi-media health educational materials and television and radio broadcasts developed by the Center. All services are rendered completely free of charge and are offered without preference to race, religion, gender, or creed.
The conference’s plenary sessions feature a diverse group of experts each addressing an aspect of healing. The speakers include Panagiotis Anastasiadis, Ph.D. presenting on cancer research (MAYO Clinic); Georgia Photopoulos, cancer survivor, author, and columnist; and Roxanne Louh, Ph.D., discussing Scarring, Disfigurement, Body Image and the Healing Power of Faith and Prayer. An interdisciplinary group will address the case study, Mary, a Young Mother Recently Diagnosed with Breast Cancer. The conference will close with its annual dinner banquet. This year’s dinner speaker is Rev. Elias Kyprianos Bouboutsis, Ph.D. who is Professor of Greek, Sociology, and Ritual Studies at the Florida Center for Theological Studies in Miami. His topic is Infirmity and Healing in Orthodox Folk Religion.
OCAMPR exists to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and promote Christian fellowship among helping professionals in medicine, psychology and religion. Members pursue an understanding of the whole person, which integrates the basic assumptions of medicine, psychology and religion with the Orthodox Christian faith in educating and serving Church and community.
A conference brochure and registration form as well as more information can be found on OCMAPR’s website www.ocampr.org.
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