Practical Guidance for Peacemaking in the Church
Fr. Philip LeMasters
Resources for peacemaking in the Orthodox Church are often overlooked to the detriment of all concerned. This session draws on Orthodox worship and belief to help young leaders think about how they may respond to conflict in a way that manifests the peace for which the Church prays in the Divine Liturgy. The session will challenge participants to consider the practical implications of our faith through discussion of case studies and sharing of their experiences in peacemaking in parish and other church-related settings.
Fr. Philip LeMasters lives in Abilene, TX, where he is the pastor of St. Luke Orthodox Church (Antiochian Archdiocese) and Professor of Religion at McMurry University. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and teaches there as an adjunct professor. Fr. Philip studies and writes about ethics and moral theology with a focus on practical challenges such as peacemaking, poverty, politics, sexuality, and interfaith cooperation in the context of the Orthodox faith. He is married to a pediatrician and has two daughters who are university students in North Carolina. Fr. Philip likes to cook, exercise, and speak Spanish to his perplexed cats.