The Ancient Faith Conference (and Fr. TED!)

This summer, we gathered together in Wisconsin for the first ever Ancient Faith Podcasting and Writing Conference. There’s a whole community of wonderful people who contribute to Ancient Faith Ministries, from our brilliant behind-the-scenes business people and editors and producers to the writers and podcasters we have all grown to love, and yet — we exist as a community in isolation, each working from a different home base. Most of us have never met outside of virtual conversations on facebook and email exchanges.

Spending a few days together was rejuvenating and inspiring. I met people whose writing has shaped the way I think about God and whose voices are as familiar to me as my own family’s — and I had coffee with them, and laughed with them, and we came up with all sorts of ideas for projects we could do together. I arrived as a person who writes what she loves, and is lucky enough to have a place to post it, and I left as a part of a supportive community, a loving web of wonderful friends. Ancient Faith Ministries is a collection of fascinating and delightful people, and I am honored to be included.

See for yourself: Ancient Faith has posted video of the main speakers at our conference — watch Fr. Stephen Freeman, Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick, Christian Gonzalez and Steven Christofouro dazzle us with their wit and wisdom!

One of the delightful people I met was Fr. Ted Paraskevopoulos of FrTEDTalks, a wonderful new Ancient Faith video podcast. Fr. Ted takes questions via email from his listeners, and produces short videos that provide real, candid answers to those questions. I was honored to join him on an episode called, “Raising Kids in the Church”, recorded right there at the conference, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Elissa Bjeletich

About Elissa Bjeletich

Elissa Bjeletich hosts three popular Ancient Faith Radio podcasts: Raising Saints, Everyday Orthodox, and together with Kristina Wenger, Tending the Garden of Our Hearts. She is the co-author of Blueprints for the Little Church: Creating an Orthodox Home and author of Welcoming the Christ Child: Family Readings for the Nativity Lent, and In God’s Hands: A Mother’s Journey through Her Infant’s Critical Illness. She serves as the Sunday school director at Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church. Elissa lives near Austin, Texas, with her husband, Marko, and their five daughters. You'll find more information on her website: elissabjeletich.com

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