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The Black Sea Networks Initiative, Schedule of Events
Apr 21 – Sep 1 all-day

A yearlong Black Sea Event Series, co-hosted by Columbia and Yale, fostering creative exchange among the project’s team and advisory board, scholars at Columbia across divisions, and outside experts, artists, and activists.

An interdisciplinary symposium on Crimea will be held at Cambridge University on April 21, 2017, co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Studies Endowment Fund.

A two-day conference at Columbia in September 2017, generating a special issue of the journal Southeast European and Black Sea Studies.

A team-taught Global Core course, “Black Sea Cultural Capitals,” under the umbrella of the new Humanities project “Cities of Knowledge: Reading the Global Metropolis.” The course will include seven modules: six focused on a single city (Istanbul, Plovdiv, Belgrade, Constanta, Odessa, and Tbilisi), and one on the Crimean peninsula. The course will use technologies currently employed exclusively for language acquisition through the Mellon-sponsored Columbia-Cornell-Yale shared course initiative, and create an open-access digital library for Black Sea Studies that will support a future multi-media publication.

A summit at Columbia Global Centers | Paris that will present initiative results to partners in the Black Sea region and to representatives of Global Centers with potential stakes in the project (Istanbul, Paris, Amman, Beijing), and open lines for further collaboration and broader adoption of the Black Sea model.

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Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred: New York City
May 1 – May 4 all-day

This is an International conference presented by the Sacred Arts Initiative and the Arvo Pärt Project at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University is pleased to host the academic sessions of this international and interdisciplinary conference, bringing together scholars from diverse fields (music, theology, sacred acoustics/sound studies, architecture, religious studies, philosophy, et al.), as well as artists experienced in the performance and recording of Pärt’s music, to create a unique forum for the exchange of ideas, research, practices and creativity on the topics of sound and the sacred.

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The Seventh International Conference on Orthodox Church Music: Joensuu, Finland
Jun 6 – Jun 11 all-day
The Seventh International Conference on Orthodox Church Music: Joensuu, Finland @ University of Eastern Finland, School of Theology | Joensuu | Finland

Conference on Orthodox Church Music – “Liturgy and Music”.  The International Society for Orthodox Church Music is pleased to announce the call for papers for the Seventh International Conference on Orthodox Church Music, with the theme “Liturgy and Music,” which will be held at the University of Eastern Finland, in Joensuu, Finland, on 6 – 11 June 2017.

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2017 National Youth Ministry Conference: San Francisco, CA
Jun 21 – Jun 25 all-day
2017 National Youth Ministry Conference: San Francisco, CA @ Not provided at this time

You are cordially invited to our 2017 National Youth Ministry Conference.   Our Theme will be: “Living Icons: Seeing The Image of God In Those Around Us!” With the assistance of the local parishes there, the Conference high-point will certainly be the venerating of the relics of the Blessed St. John Maximovitch at the Cathedral.

But we need your help: if you can, send at least one, but better yet, two high-school students, age 14-17, to this awesome event, it would make the Conference this year one of the best ever. If you are unsure of what the Youth Conference is all about, please contact your YM Representative within your Diocese (Committee members listed below), or visit our Youth Ministry link at our Serbian Orthodox Church Website.

This will be the Twelfth Year of the National Youth Conferences, but the first time that our youth will have the opportunity to venerate relics of a beloved Saint in our country, so we are excited that this will truly be a memorable experience. In the near future, your parish will be receiving additional correspondence providing more details, as well as guidance on how to register.

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Fourth Small Parish Forum: New Kensington, PA
Jul 13 – Jul 15 all-day
Fourth Small Parish Forum: New Kensington, PA @ Saint John the Baptist Church  | New Kensington | Pennsylvania | United States

The Orthodox Church in America’s Diocese of the Midwest and Diocese of Western Pennsylvania will co-sponsor the fourth annual Small Parish Forum. The theme of the 2017 Forum is “Becoming a Community of Engagement — On Behalf of All”.

The 2017 New Kensington, PA location is just a two-hour drive from Cleveland, four and a half hours from Detroit, less than four hours from Buffalo, and five hours from Philadelphia.  Over half of the OCA’s parishes are within a manageable drive of the site.

Fellowship Conference 2017: Oxford, United Kingsom
Aug 16 – Aug 18 all-day

Fellowship Conference 2017: “Authority in the Church”

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