Conference Schedule

The Persecution of Christians
in the Holy Lands & Middle East

Consequences & Solutions

The 3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom

Washington, D.C.
December 4-6, 2017

(As of 11/28/17)

 

Monday, December 4, 2017 – Day One

3:00 – 5:00 pm   Conference Registration
[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom] 
 
       
5:30 pm   Buses begin departing Trump Hotel for Metropolitan Club  
     

6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

Welcome Reception
[Metropolitan Club, 1700 H Street, NW] 

Program

  • Welcome: Conference Chairman Mike Manatos
  • Greetings: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
  • Remarks: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios 
     
8:15 pm   Buses return to Trump Hotel 

 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 – Day Two

8:00 – 9:30 am

 

Breakfast and Opening Remarks

[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom] 

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Conference Chairman Mike Manatos
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: Christian Research Institute President, Hank Hanegraaff
  • Patriarchal Message & Response: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, HE Archbishop Demetrios
  • Benediction: His Grace Bishop Angaelos,  Coptic Orthodox Church, United Kingdom
     

10:00 – 11:30 am

 

Session One: History of the Christian Church

[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom]

Moderator/Panel Chair

  • Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University, Archon George E. Demacopoulos

Panelists:

  • S.T., Professor of Early Christian Studies, Catholic University of America, Sidney Griffith
  • Fredrick A. Whitney Professor of Contract Law, St. Johns Law School, Mark Movsesian
  • Dean & Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Professor of Byzantine Studies, Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, James Skedros
  • Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, Samuel Tadros

 

 

 

12:30 – 1:30 pm

 

Capitol Hill Lunch

[Capitol Hill, Russell Senate Office Building, 2 Constitution Ave, NE, Kennedy Caucus Room]

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Andrew E. Manatos
  • Invocation: His Eminence Archbishop Dionysios Kawak, Syriac Orthodox Archdiocese
  • Greetings: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former Chairman, Helsinki Commission, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Remarks: Chairman, House Global Human Rights Subcommittee and Co-Chairman, Helsinki Commission, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) (invited)
  • Benediction: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
     

2:30 – 4:00 pm

 

Session Two: Persecution of Christians and Possible Solutions

[Capitol Hill, Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium] 

Please note that this event is not covered by the conference registration fee and is free.

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Co-Chair, Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce Andrew E. Manatos
  • Senator James Lankford (R-OK)
  • Co-Vice-Chair, Congressional Religious Freedom Caucus, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Moderator

  • CEO of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, William Antholis

Panelists:

  • His Eminence Archbishop Dionysius Kawak, Syriac Orthodox Church
  • His Grace Bishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Church, United Kingdom
  • V. Rev. Fr. Isaac Crow, Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • Anna Koulouris, Communications Advisor, Patriarchate of Jerusalem
  • Johny Messo, President, World Council of Arameans (Syriacs)

 

 

 

6:30 – 7:15 pm

 

Cocktails

     

7:30 – 10:00 pm

 

Conference Banquet

[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom] 

Hosted by The Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Foundation

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Secretary, The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Greetings: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: American Center for Law& Justice Executive Director, Jordan Sekulow
  • Remarks: Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
  • Response: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Benediction: His Eminence Metropolitan Serapion, Bishop of Los Angeles and Metropolitan of Southern California and Hawaii

 

   

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – Day Three

8:00 – 9:30 am

 

Breakfast

[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom] 

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Invocation: Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation
  • Remarks: Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus
  • Remarks: Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Human Rights Subcommittee & Commissioner, Helsinki Commission, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
  • Benediction: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

 

 

 

10:30 – 12:00 pm

 

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

[Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Auditorium]

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Chair/Archon National Secretary The Hon. B. Theodore Bozonelis

Moderator

  • Fox News Chief Religion Correspondent, Lauren Green

Panelists:

  • US Commission on International Religious Freedom Vice Chair Kristina Arriaga de Bucholz
  • Helsinki Commission Policy Advisor, Nathaniel Hurd
  • Newseum Institute Religious Freedom Center COO, Gene Policinski
  • Religious Freedom Institute Senior Director, South & Southeast Asia, Dr. Timothy Samuel Shah
     

12:30 – 1:30 pm

 

Lunch

[Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW] 

Hosted by the American Hellenic Educational and Progressive Association (AHEPA)

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: AHEPA Supreme President Carl Hollister
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Greetings: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Remarks: Archon Dr. Andrew J. Ekonomou
  • Remarks: American Center for Law & Justice Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow
  • Benediction: Very Reverand Father Isaac Crow, Antiochian Orthodox Church
     

1:45 pm

 

Participants begin walking from Newseum to Trump Hotel

     

2:30 – 4:00 pm

 

Session Four: Sacred Sites and Property Rights

[Trump Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Presidential Ballroom] 

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Chair/Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis

Moderator

  • Tufts University Fletcher School for Law & Diplomacy Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, Elizabeth Prodromou

Panelists:

  • US Ambassador to Qatar (retired), Ambassador Patrick Theros
  • President of the National Council of Churches / Director of the Ecumenical Office of theArmenian Church of America, His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
  • Chair of the FoleyHoag UN Practice Group, Christina Hioureas, Esq.
  • Executive Director, Armenian Legal Center for Justice & Human Rights, Kate Nahapetian
  • President and Founder, Appeal of Conscience Foundation, Rabbi Arthur Schneier 

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6:30 pm

 

Buses begin departing Trump Hotel for USIP

     
7:00 pm   Cocktails
     

7:00 – 9:30 pm

 

Farewell Dinner

[US Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW] 

Program:

  • Welcoming Remarks: Archon Andrew Manatos
  • Invocation: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Remarks: House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA)
  • Remarks: Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Response: Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Benediction: President, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Father Christopher Metropoulos
     

9:30 pm

 

Buses return to Trump Hotel 

     

 

 

Conference Concludes

 


Latest News

SEN. RUBIO URGES HELP FOR DISPLACED MIDDLE EAST CHRISTIANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sen. Marco Rubio emphasized Wednesday that with the increasing persecution of Christians in the Middle East, complacency with the current situation is not an option for the United States.
Leading Senators and Members for Religious Freedom urge stronger action to protect religious liberty
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Six members of Congress stressed the need for the U.S. government to take a more vigorously active role in protecting endangered Christians in the Holy Lands and the Middle East.
GREETING By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew
From the Sacred Center of our Faith, the Holy and Great Church of Constantinople, we commend our beloved and faithful Archons of our Ecumenical Patriarchate and express our thanks to them, for their zeal and faithfulness in holding their Third International Conference on religious freedom under the title: “Persecution of Christians In The Holy Lands & Middle East: Consequences and Solutions.”
US Secretary of Commerce troubled by persecution of Christians
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- “Violence arising from religious intolerance is a huge global problem,” U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross pointed out at the opening session of the three-day International Conference on Religious Freedom in the nation’s capital Monday night.
3rd Archon International Conference on Religious Freedom to spotlight persecution of Christians and impending disappearance of Christianity from the Holy Lands and Middle East.
Open Doors USA, the California-based non-profit that has tracked Christian persecution for the past 25 years, points out that millions of Christians face interrogation, arrest, torture, and/or death because of their religious convictions and cultural or ethnic identification. The U.S. State Department reports that Christians face persecution in more than 60 countries with Pew Research noting that between 2007 and 2014, Christians have been targeted for harassment in more countries than any other religious groups.