Inspiring Generosity and Stewards
Participants are invited to sift through the treasures that God has entrusted to the Church and to each of us personally, and the great blessing and responsibility that we have been given to steward these treasures in our Church communities – particularly in light of societal challenges today. We will explore how personal stewardship grows as we participate in the divine-human exchange of God’s gifts as an ever-deepening cycle of service to God and others. Having consecrated ourselves to God, "in imitation of our Lord Jesus Who consecrated Himself to the Father," (Jn 17) we acquire a new vision of stewardship that sees beyond the familiar blessings of time, talent and treasure and clarifies our view of stewardship of the entirety of our lives. In this session we will also acquire practical tools that will enable us as the Church to fulfill our common stewardship mission, through Christian service, to bring the Father’s blessings to a world in need.
Rev. Dr. Robert Holet
Fr. Robert Holet, D.Min., a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, has served in leadership of the UOC Metropolia, as a parish priest in Pennsylvania and as founding pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Charlottesville Virginia.
Fr. Robert completed studies at Penn State University, Byzantine Catholic Seminary and the Antiochian House of Studies, leading to a Doctorate of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, in conjunction with the Antiochian House of Studies. Building on his study of Orthodox stewardship, he published The First and Finest, Orthodox Christian Stewardship as Sacred Offering, (Authorhouse, 2013). He offers reflections on stewardship on the Ancient Faith podcast, “First Fruits of Christian Living” and has also offered programs in the OCA, Antiochian and other Orthodox jurisdictions.
After retiring from parish ministry, Fr. Robert remains active in Orthodox stewardship, leadership and charitable endeavors. He currently resides with his wife, Christine in Central Virginia.