- Date(s): February 21, 2014 to February 22, 2014
- Location: Saint Herman Orthodox Church 6988 En Dove Road, Wasilla, Alaska
A retreat that examined the inner life of the thoughts and how to deal with them in an Orthodox manner
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:1-2)
Before the arrival of the period of Great Lent, the springtime renewal of the soul, we gathered together for a retreat that equipped us to handle the struggles we face everyday. We examined what it means to become Orthodox inwardly, and how it is essential to see that the battlefield is in the “mind.”
Areas of focus included: What do the Holy Fathers and our Holy Orthodox Tradition teach us about struggling with bad habits, addictions, dependencies, harm from others and past events, and resentments? How do I react with holiness to troubling events? Why am I angry? What is the goal of the spiritual life? And do we really believe that God loves us?
Session 1 – Friday Feb. 21, 2014
Session 2 – Saturday Feb. 22, 2014
Session 3 – Saturday Feb. 22, 2014
Father Stephen Lourie, formerly the Assistant Priest at St. John Orthodox Cathedral in Eagle River was a convert to Holy Orthodoxy after leaving the role of pastor with the Presbyterian Church in America, moving his family to Alaska in 1991. He left Alaska with his family in 2004 to become pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Altoona, Pennsylvania where he served until 2012. He is currently the pastor of Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, (OCA) in Venice FL. He has training and experience as a substance abuse counselor, hospice and hospital chaplain, family counselor and pastor. Fr. Stephen also has many years of experience working with teens and originated the St. John Summer Camp. He and his wife Khouriyeh Nancy have four children and two grandchildren.