Orthodox Christian Parenting Seminar to be presented in Livonia, MI


LIVONIA, MI [MW Diocese Communications] — The Mariam Center, located on the campus of Saint Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church here, will be hosting a Parenting Seminar on March 2, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  The public is welcome.

The keynote speaker is Dr. John Chirban, a well-known Orthodox Christian expert and author of several books on the topic.

The $10.00 registration fee includes lunch.  Register on-line at http://saintmarylivonia.com/home/?p=1469.

For additional information please contact Father Jim King at 734-422-0010.

The seminar program and Dr. Chirban’s biographical info follow.


– Meeting the critical challenges of effective parenting –

 The seminar will be held at the Mariam Center within St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church,

18200 Merriman Road, Livonia, Activity Center, the lower level of the church.


9:45 AM          Registration and opening remarks

10:00               Session 1

11:00               Q & A

11:30               Lunch – provided with registration

Noon               Session 2

1:30                 Q & A

Dr. John Chirban maintains special interest in integrative studies of medicine, psychology, and religion and serves as clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Health Alliance.  In 2003, he was named Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.  He also serves as professor of psychology and chairman of the Human Development Program at Hellenic College. Dr. Chirban serves as Director of Cambridge Counseling Associates and Director of the Institute of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Chirban has served on the Advisory Board of the Dr. Phil Show since its inception.  His current research includes a national study on the impact of divorce of children and parents, the survey hosted on Dr. Phil’s website http://drphil.com/speak_main/.  Following a working relationship with B. F. Skinner (The Father of Behaviorism) spanning two decades on psychology and religion, Dr. Chirban is completing a psychohistory of Dr. Skinner based on their extensive library of recorded interviews.

Dr. Chirban’s recent books include How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex (Thomas Nelson, 2012); Holistic Healing in Byzantium (Holy Cross Press, 2010); What’s Love Got to Do with IT? (Thomas Nelson, 2007); True Coming of Age—A Dynamic Process that leads to Emotional Well-Being, Spiritual Growth, and Meaningful Relationships (McGraw-Hill, 2004); Raised in Glory:  Orthodox Understandings of Death, Resurrection, and Immortality (Holy Cross Press, 2002); and Sickness or Sin? Spiritual Discernment and Differential Diagnosis (Holy Cross Press).  He is a contributor to numerous scientific journals, popular magazines, and a frequent guest of television and radio talk shows.

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