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 11/17/17)

 

Monday, December 4, 2017 – Day One

5:45 pm   Buses begin departing Trump Hotel for Metropolitan Club  

6:00 – 8:00 pm

 

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

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] 

Official Greetings

  • Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
     

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 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

 

Chairmen's Lunch

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

   

Opening Remarks:

  • Archon Andy Manatos
  • Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis

 Speakers

  • Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and former Chairman, Helsinki Commission, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
  • Chairman, House Global Human Rights Subcommittee and Co-Chairman, Helsinki Commission, Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ) (invited)

2:00 – 3:30 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/Archon/Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)

Moderator

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

Panelists:

  • His Grace Bishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom
  • Archbishop Dionysius Kwak, Syriac Orthodox Church
  • Johny Messo, President, World Council of Arameans
  • V. Rev. Fr. Isaac Crow, Antiochian Orthodox Church
  • Senator James Lankford (R-OK), (invited)

 

 

 

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

 

   

 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – Day Three

8:00 – 9:30 am

 

Breakfast

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

Speakers

  • Chairman, Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Human Rights Subcommittee & Commissioner, Helsinki Commission, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (invited)
  • Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (invited)

 

 

 

10:30 – 12:00 pm

 

Session Three: Freedoms of Religion and the Press

[Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Auditorium]

Opening Remarks:

  • Panel Chair/Archon Judge 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
  • Religious Freedom Institute Senior Director, South & Southeast Asia, Dr. Timothy Samuel Shah

Newseum Institute Religious Freedom Center COO, Gene Policinski

12:30 – 1:30 pm

 

Lunch

[Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW] 

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

   

Speaker

  • American Center for Law& Justice Chief Counsel, Jay Sekulow 

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, Archbishop Vicken Aykazian
  • Chair of the FoleyHoag UN Practice Group, Christina Hioureas, Esq.
  • Knights of Columbus VP of Communications & Strategic Planning, Andrew Walther, Esq.
  • International Religious Freedom and Human Rights Activist 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] 

Speakers

  • Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios
  • Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limberakis
  • Ambassador-At-Large for International Religious Freedom-designate Sam Brownback (invited)
  • Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)

9:30 pm

 

Buses return to Trump Hotel 

 

 

Conference Concludes