2017 Keynote

Posted on April 01, 2017

Fr. John Oliver is the priest of St Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Conciliar Press, and Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Christian Tradition, published by Paraclete Press. A graduate of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History. He and his wife Lara have three daughters and two sons, and they serve St Elizabeth Orthodox Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Keynote: The Virtue of Failure: Giving God Space to Create

Session I - Dealing with Failure Personally: How can we use the inevitable human experience of failure to the benefit of ourselves and our families? What are the purifying possibilities of failure, and how does God do His best work on us while we’re standing in the ashes of our “best-laid plans?"

Session II - Dealing with Failure Vocationally: How can we use the refining properties of failure as a productive part of our homeschooling process? What holy lessons—for ourselves and our children—are hiding in the frustrations of educating our children?