Nearly two hundred and fifty women gathered this past 17 an 18 November at St. John of Damascus Orthodox Church in Dedham, Mass. to participate in a conference for Orthodox Christian women entitled, "Gifts of the Spirit." Sponsored by the St. Nina Quarterly and the Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches of Central Massachusetts, and with the help of a dedicated local planning committee, this was the first time that Orthodox Christian women in the New England area gathered as one to explore the ministry of women in the Church.
WOMEN's Second Annual Symposium on "Women in the Church" held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1, 1995 in Denver, Colorado yielded a weekend of dialogue, excitement, and eagerness for more than thirty attendees from four Orthodox jurisdictions throughout the United States.
Nearly two hundred women attended "A Journey in Faith: A Conference for Orthodox Christian Women," held on Saturday, February 8, 1997, at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, Wisc. Participants from twenty-six Orthodox Christian parishes in Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Georgia came to hear speakers Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green and Rev. John Matusiak as well as to participate in a variety of breakout sessions that addressed spiritual concerns and social issues of interest to Orthodox Christian women.
"Living by Acts of Faith" was the theme of the sixth annual Orthodox Christian Women of Montreal conference, held this year at St. Michael & St. Gabriel Greek Orthodox Church. As usual the day was the first Saturday in Great Lent. It was also a day after a blizzard, but sixty-six people managed to make it.
The keynote speaker, Irene Vodantis Lafakis, from Birmingham Alabama (it was her first encounter with snow), told the story of her personal faith journey, trying to cope with her little girl's death.
In preparation for Great Lent, the Ladies’ Philoptochos of Weston sponsored a women’s overnight weekend retreat held at Holy Cross Seminary in Brookline, Mass. on March 3–5. The campus of Holy Cross, with its beautiful Chapel, was the perfect setting to give glory and honor to God. I am compelled to share the events of the weekend retreat as we are all instructed to “always be ready at all times to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15–16).
On Saturday, 20 November 1999, women from several Cleveland-area Orthodox parishes and neighboring churches gathered at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Church in Broadview Heights, Ohio, for a day of reflection on the theme “With Faith and Love Draw Near.”
“Together in our Faith” was the theme for a pan-Orthodox women’s conference held October 22-23, 1999, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Planned and organized by Cathleen Callen who was assisted by Fr. William Olnhausen and Fr. Joseph Tzougros, the conference brought together women from many states to share fellowship, discussion, and worship on the theme of our togetherness in Christ.