Being involved in the Orthodox Church community was a large part of my upbringing and has influenced the woman I am today. I barely knew anybody when I moved to Atlanta for graduate school, but I knew I wanted to attend the local Orthodox parish and make friends. My parents met through at a national Greek Orthodox young adult conference and told many stories about the friends they made through the ministry and how it helped them grow in their faith. I was inspired to help launch a similar movement in Atlanta. Many people joined not only from the Greek parishes, but also Antiochian, OCA and other jurisdictions, influencing the decision to make it a pan-Orthodox ministry. Thus, the Connect Conference was born.
The first two years of planning the Connect Conference, we faced many of the common challenges that come with building a nonprofit. I endured many personal challenges too, in school and at home (click here to learn more). But through God's grace, the conference was a success! Then building off of the momentum, we had an awesome event the following year. I am amazed at how our young adult network is growing and how excited people are to have this community of people. We inspire each other to be more involved at Church and strengthen our relationships with Christ.
In order to sustain our efforts in hosting an annual conference and grow our ministry, we are launching a peer-to-peer fundraising campaign. I'm excited to share my personal Connect story and help our movement reach more Orthodox Christian young adults across the country.
Our mission is to engage young adults by cultivating a pan-Orthodox community focused on spiritual growth, authentic conversation, and fellowship.