In this episode, Father Niko and Chris interview their first guest, Daniel Silver the organizer and co-founder of Doxacon.

Doxacon is a pop culture conference that is taking place at St. Sophia Cathedral in Washington, DC, on November 2-4th, 2018. This will be the 4th year of the conference.

Doxacon is a conference-style event aimed at exploring how our favorite genres of entertainment intersect with the Christian worldview.

Seattle Washington also started a chapter conference devoted to the exploration of Christian themes in speculative fiction, such as science fiction and fantasy.

Daniel goes into detail about the conference and his journey from his Protestant faith to converting to Orthodoxy.

Both Father and Chris will be attending the conference and will be interviewing the guest lecturers including Steven Christoforou, a graduate of Yale and Fordham University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Christoforou is currently the director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and Camping Ministries for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Of America. You may know Steven best for his very popular YouTube channel “Be the Bee”.

Get a cup of coffee, sit back relax and enjoy!

About Creative Blessings

A Greek Orthodox priest and an artist walk into their home studios… and connect across 3,000 miles to share their musings on comics, pop culture, and their Orthodox faith.

Father Niko Bekris of Castro Valley, CA, leads Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church while writing the popular blog Christ, Coffee and Comics and raising two growing boys Christos and Dimitrios with the love of his life, Presbytera Stella. Father Niko enjoys ministry a great deal. His joy is spending time with his family, Greek folk dancing, contemporary Greek and American music and life in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also an avid Seattle sports fan and comic book/graphic novel reader.

Chris Kotsakis of Cinnaminson, NJ, is a life-long comic art enthusiast and frequent guest of Artists’ Alleys at Comic Conventions. This love led him in 2016 to co-found Artistacon, a unique conference designed to help aspiring creatives by connecting them with industry professionals for a weekend of education and mentorship. Planning is underway for the next Artistacon in 2019. After graduating from the University of the Arts in 1992, Chris enjoyed a long professional freelance illustration career that included work for much prominent advertising, editorial, and publishing companies, and advertising for DC and Marvel Comics. Chris and his wife Janet are members of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill, NJ, they are active workers in the church, Sunday School, and youth programs, sharing their faith through an example with their young son Constantine (Dean).

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