Schedule for Facing Forward: An Ancient Faith Conference for the Second Half of Life

Facing Forward is a new conference planned by Ancient Faith Ministries to answer a need expressed to us by many people. Increasingly, we hear from people working hard to care for aging parents, often while still raising their own children. We hear from parents asking the church’s help to reconnect with teen or adult children who are leaving the faith or drifting away from their families. We hear from professionals who are wondering how to keep life meaningful when they retire.

The middle years of life – the 40s, 50s, and beyond – are a season of change and realization, and they can be a time of great joy and great suffering. Ancient Faith Ministries cordially invites you to a weekend of thought-provoking conversation, worship, and fellowship as we study the specific issues and blessings that confront us in mature adulthood.

Facing Forward will take place the weekend after Memorial Day. It will be May 28-31, 2020, at Antiochian Village in Bolivar, PA. If you have not yet registered, you can learn more HERE. You can learn about our speakers and topics HERE.

We’re delighted to announce the schedule of events for Facing Forward. If you have additional questions, please contact organizer Melinda Johnson at email hidden; JavaScript is required.


Thursday, May 28

3:00 PM               Guests arrive at or after 3 PM

5:00 PM               Dinner (The Cedars)

7:00 PM               Vespers (St. Ignatius Church)

8:00 PM               Welcome and orientation

Friday, May 29

7:00 AM              Matins (Sts. Peter and Paul Chapel)

8:00 AM              Breakfast

9:00 AM              Fr. Gregory and Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green: A Conversation for Parents of Adult Children.

10:15 AM            Break

10:30 AM            Bill Marianes: Why Are You Here? How Do You Discover Your Calling And Live A Life Of Greater Significance?

12:00 PM             Lunch

1:00 PM               Steve Kellar: Managing Risk in Retirement.

2:15 PM               Walk the Prayer Trail (weather permitting)

4:00 PM               Supplication Service to St. Raphael of Brooklyn (at the graveside, weather permitting)

5:00 PM               Dinner

6:30 PM               Panel: Live audience radio event

8:00 PM               Visit and relax

Saturday, May 30

7:00 AM               Matins

8:00 AM               Breakfast

9:00 AM               Fr. Joshua and Kh. Tamara Makoul. Caring for Aging Parents.

10:15 AM            Break

10:30 AM            Dn. Mark Barna: A Christian Ending.

12:00 PM             Lunch

1:00 PM               Kh. Tammy Makoul: Gathering for those who have lost a spouse

2:30 PM               Free time

4:00 PM               Vespers

5:00 PM               Dinner

6:30 PM               Film Screening: New Men (Documentary about a monastery)

8:00 PM               Wine and snacks at the Antiochian Village Bookstore

Sunday, May 31

8:00 AM              Matins

9:00 AM              Divine Liturgy

10:00 AM            First airport shuttle

11:00 AM            Brunch

12:00 PM              Last airport shuttle

About Melinda Johnson

Melinda Johnson is an Orthodox Christian, wife, mama, writer, and the author of Letters to Saint Lydia (AFP 2010) and the Sam and Saucer books (AFP), among others. Melinda has a Master’s in English Literature because she loved taking literature classes so much she couldn’t stop doing it. When she is not seeing “heaven in a wildflower,” Melinda enjoys writing for children, walking and talking, and baking bread.

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