Facilitating Great Discussions

Anna Kallis

A major part of college life–and life after college–is learning and growing through discourse. Orthodox Christian leaders must also learn how to engage those around them in discussion, allow opinions to be expressed, and walk on the path of salvation with humility and meekness alongside those whom we engage in conversation. What does this facilitation look like, and how can we do it in OCF? What styles of facilitation exist, and what skills are necessary to implement them? Most importantly, can we learn to disagree not in the manner the world models for us, but as Orthodox Christians who are always seeking communion and reconciliation?

Anna Kallis works for Faithtree Resources as well as the CrossRoad Summer Institute. She is a curriculum developer and interim Director of Operations for Faithtree Resources she was the co-author of Faithtree’s newest resource, The Relationship Project. She also works for the CrossRoad Summer Institute as the Director for the Chicago Session. In her spare time, Anna teaches the High School Sunday School class and assists her husband in leading the GOYA program at SS. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church in Glenview, IL. Anna graduated with a Masters of Divinity from Holy Cross School of Theology in 2013 focusing her studies in Religious Education and Youth Ministry. She worked for the CrossRoad Summer Institute for four years, first as a staff member and then for three years as the Assistant Director. During that time she developed and taught curriculum as well as trained staff to write and teach high-level curriculum. Additionally in her portfolio of experience, Anna has developed and lead countless retreats, worked as a camp counselor for many summers, and is currently producing her own curriculum for her Sunday School class.