Getting Saved in America: How to Talk to Non-Orthodox about Your Spiritual Journey

Fr. Brendan Pelphrey

This session will look at some of the questions Orthodox Christians are likely to be asked, and why these questions are frequently raised: especially, how we understand the Trinity, salvation, and worship. Participants should be bring examples of questions they have been asked before. This topic may be most important for students who have not previously lived outside an Orthodox Christian context, or who feel that they did not have a good grounding in Orthodox theology and spirituality.

Rev. Dr. Brendan Pelphrey is a retired priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese who works with the Department of Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical, and Interfaith Relations, the OCF, and as a missions specialist for the Orthodox Christian Mission Center. Among other topics he has taught Orthodox theology and spirituality, world religions, the history of science, and Western Civilization in a number of universities and theological seminaries in Hong Kong and the United States, including Hellenic College/Holy Cross School of Theology (Brookline, MA), St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Boundbrook, NJ) and St. Mary’s (Roman Catholic) Seminary (Houston, TX). He and Presvytera Sharon live in San Antonio, Texas, and he is currently involved in Orthodox and inter-church projects in Denmark, Sweden, and England.