2022 National YAL Conference Schedule

2022 National YAL Conference

June 30 - July 4, 2022 | New York City

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Welcome to the National Young Adult League (YAL) Weekend in NYC, a gathering of young adults from all over the country, to join together for four straight days of Faith, Fellowship, Networking and FUN! 


Saturday Conference Schedule

Note: This schedule is for Saturday only. For the general schedule for the full weekend, visit https://www.clergylaity.org/yalconference/#schedule

Orthros (8:45 am)

Breakfast (9:30 am)

Welcome Remarks (10:15 am)

Harry Koulos & Konstantinos Ouranitsas - Conference Co-Chairs
Chrysanthy Tsakopoulos Demos - Co-Chair of the 46th Clergy-Laity Congress

Hon. Michalis Firillas - Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in NY
H.E. Alexandra Papadopoulou - Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic to U.S.

Fr. Panagiotis Papazafiropoulos - Chief of Staff to the Archbishop
Fr. Evagoras Constantinides - Clergy-Laity Congress Coordinator

Keynote Speech

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America

Discussion of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine

Fr. Andreas Vithoulkas - Archepiscopal Vicar of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church & National Shrine

General Session 1: Religious Freedom and the Ecumenical Patriarchate

Fr. Nicholas Kazarian - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America - Ecumenical Officer and Director, Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations

Petros Kasfikis - MEGA News DC Correspondent

Lunch and Networking

General Session 2: Understanding Our Faith

Prof. George Demacopoulos - Fordham University

His Grace Bishop Athenagoras of Nazianzos - Holy Eparchial Synod

Fr. Bartholomew Mercado - St. George & St. Demetrios (NYC)


Breakout Session Part 1

Session No. 1. Practical Theology

Dr. Peter Ahr - Seton Hall University

Fr. Sotiris Michalatos - Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church NYC

Fr. John Vlahos - St. Paraskevi Shrine

Session No. 2. Wellness and Mental Health

Kristina Headrick - Founder of Yia Mas

Stella Stephanopoulos - Certified Yoga Instructor at CorePower Yoga

Session No. 3. The East Med

Hon. Michalis Firillas - Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in NY

Petros Kasfikis - MEGA News DC Correspondent


Breakout Session Part 2

Repeat seminars described above for Breakout Session Part 1. Attendees may attend another session.

Conference Conclusion at 3:15pm

Session Descriptions:

General Session 1: Religious Freedom and Ecumenical Patriarchate

A panel discussion among lawyers, journalists, professors and clergy members about the political and legal issues relating to Greece and the Greek Orthodox Church, such as the autocephalous status of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine, the Hagia Sofia, any developments regarding the Halki Seminary and other topics.

General Session 2: Understanding our Faith

A panel discussion among clergy members and professors about the history and ecclesiastical structure of the Eastern Orthodox Churches, the Greek Orthodox Church in America and its relationship to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the issues and challenges for the Orthodox faithful in the modern era.

Breakout Sessions

Attendees may choose to attend one of the four following sessions:

  • Session No. 1. Practical Theology. Clergy and professors will discuss philosophy, the Bible, practical theology, and current topics that implicate our faith.

  • Session No. 2. Wellness and Mental Health. Wellness coaches, authors, psychologists, and athletes will discuss wellness and mental health, especially ideas for maintaining wellbeing and mental health for yourself and those around you during difficult times.

  • Session No. 3. The East Med. Journalists, think tank members, and lobbyists will discuss the East Med, especially the relationship between the U.S. and Greece, Cyprus, and Turkey and current events in the Eastern Mediterranean more generally.


Will we see you there?