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|The Lana Schwebel Memorial Lecture in Religion and Literature. Renowned as a “poet of witness,” Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry. Her first poetry collection, Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award. In 1977, she traveled to Spain to translate the work of Salvadoran-exiled poet Claribel Alegría, and upon her return, received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to travel to El Salvador, where she worked as a human rights advocate. Her second book, The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), received the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, and was also the Lamont Selection of the Academy of American Poets. Her third book of poetry, The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), was chosen for The Los Angeles Times Book Award. Blue Hour is her fourth collection of poems (HarperCollins, 2003). She is currently at work on a memoir of her years in El Salvador, Lebanon, South Africa, and France. Carolyn Forché is Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University and lives in Maryland.
Book-signing follows. Presented in collaboration with the Yale Divinity Student Book Supply.
For more information:http://ism.yale.edu/
Renowned scholar Dr. Mary B. Cunningham, author of Gateway of Life: Orthodox Thinking on the Mother of God, will deliver the Annual Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture, which is part of this year’s Orthodox Education Day and is entitled, “The Mystery of Mary: The Mother of God in the Orthodox Christian Tradition.” Dr. Cunningham is Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.
For more information: http://www.svots.edu/events/orthodox-education-day-2016
Liturgy from British composer Fr. Ivan Moody. The new Greek Liturgy is now completed and will be recorded and premiered by the St. Romanos Cappella. The world premiere will be sung at the celebration of Divine Liturgy at St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church in Chicago. The work is dedicated to the memory of John Bartholomew, member of the Order of St. Andrew Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarch.
For more information: http://www.societyromanos.org/
The Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield, CEO of St. Vladimir’s Seminary, will be a featured speaker at “Walk Through the Door to Holiness,” an ecumenical conference that will explore the nature of Christian character in a post-Christian culture. The Most Reverend George Carey, 103rd Archbishop of Canterbury, and The Right Reverend Edward B. Scharfenberger, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, are also guest presenters as well.
For more information: http://www.svots.edu/events/walk-through-door-holiness
Date: Oct. 5, 2016 – 4:30 pm
Presenter: Andreas Georgiou, the former Chief Statistician of Greece.
Topic: The Struggle Between Modernization and Backwardness: The Recent History of the Official Statistics of Greece
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 – 4:30pm
Presenter: George Papaconstantinou, the former Minister for the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change and former Minister of Finance for Greece.
Topic: Game Over: The Inside Story of the Greek Crisis
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 – 4:00pm
Topic: Roundtable, Global Peace and Regional Risks: Challenges to Peace and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean
Place: Luce Hall (LUCE), Auditorium
For more information: http://hsp.macmillan.yale.edu/
All events will be held at central locations on the Cornell University Campus, excluding the optional excursion to the Corning Museum of Glass following the last paper sessions.
Online registration for the conference is now closed, but on-site registration will be available, so please join us. Please see below under “Special Events and Locations” for on-site registration locations. On-site registration is at a higher rate and payable by check.
For more information: http://bsc2016.weebly.com/
Our 23rd annual conference is entitled: “Principles of Reconciliation”. Featured keynote speaker, Bishop Neofitos of Kenya.
Register online for this year’s conference here: Click here
For more information: http://myocn.net/2016-brotherhood-st-moses-black-conference/
This retreat is held in October each year at the monastery.
Speaker: Fr. Silviu Bunta
For more information: http://www.dormitionmonastery.com/
First Friday Lecture Series: “Reading Irish Illuminated Manuscripts Iconographically, in Light of the Fathers”, presented by Dr. Alfred Kentigern Siewers.
Join us for a series of lectures each month by scholars/clergy who specialize in the Byzantine World and aspects of the icon.
For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/lectures/
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage – Tarpon Springs, FL
Open Seats UNLIMITED 2016-10-8, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage – Daytona Beach, FL
Open Seats UNLIMITED 2016-10-15, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
“The Theological Relavance of the Old Testament” by His Grace, the Right Reverand Alexander. Vespers will follow the Retreat.
Session Title: Defining Cults in Byzantium (Session 7A)
Session Date: Oct 8, 2016 (2:00 PM – 4:00 PM). Sponsored session.
Recent publications on the Virgin, icons, and relics have stimulated anew discussions on cults and cultic practices in Byzantium. Scholars are re-examining the ways in which a cult is made manifest in architecture, monumental decorative programs, images, and luxury arts. There is also interest in phenomenology, senses, and emotions, and their place in cultic experiences. The traditional definition of cult is once again being considered and debated. This session brings together distinct approaches that will stimulate further debate on the definition of cults, and question the ways in which art, architecture, and related texts can provide evidence for a cult’s origin, duration, decentralization, and audiences.
For more information: http://maryjahariscenter.org/sponsored-sessions/42nd-annual-byzantine-studies-conference
Keynote Speaker is Louis A. Zagami, Develpment officer, IOCC. A native of Boston, Massachusetts he is trained as a “First Responder” and member of IOCC’s Emergency response network. Mr. Zagami has been with IOCC since September 2009.
For more information: http://www.forcc.org/forccevents_11.html
Our first program in the Fall Lecture Series features Dr. James C. Skedros. The topic will be ” The Thessalonians and Thessaloniki, their contributions to the life of the church.”
For more information: http://stgeorgecathedral.org/news/2016-lecture-series
The annual Fall Lecture Series at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, featuring four public lectures on Tuesdays throughout the month of October began Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
The following are the weekly topics and speakers:
October 11 at 7:00 p.m. — “Identity and Knowledge: A Reflection on Leading Reading Groups on the Church Fathers.” Dr. Timothy Becker, PhD, teaches at the Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture at Eastern University in Philadelphia, where he also leads a popular reading group for anyone interested in the Church Fathers and Orthodoxy. Dr. Becker will reflect on why and how participation in this communal activity has been transformative for students and others.
October 18 at Noon — “Vocation & Ministry in the Orthodox Church.” Sr. Vassa Larin, PhD is host of the popular YouTube show “Coffee with Sr. Vassa,” author of various scholarly and popular works, and Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Vienna in Austria. She will explore the intriguing concepts of “ministry” and “vocation” in the context of our post-modern, globalized world. Have these concepts “changed” in the Internet-Age — an Age of Fluidity?
October 25 at 7:00 p.m. — “Money to Burn: A New (Old) Approach to Christian Stewardship.” Dr. Andy Geleris, MD, completed medical school and a neurology residency at UCLA and has been a practicing neurologist for 33 years in southern California. He and his family became Orthodox as part of Saint Peter’s in Pomona, CA, a Protestant congregation that converted to Orthodoxy in 1996. In his talk, Dr. Geleris will examine how embracing a biblical and patristic vision of generosity can revitalize one’s spiritual life and the Church’s witness to the world.
Refreshments will be provided. Please direct questions and RSVP to the Contact Person.
The Ancient Church Library is hosting a series of lectures in October.
- 12 October: Who is God? The Trinity, Love, Humility and the Incarnation
- 19 October: What is the Eucharist? the Scriptures, Jewish Thought and the Ancient Christian Teaching on Communion
- 26 October: What is the Church? Sacrament, Theosis and the Body of Christ
All Are Welcome! Public lectures hosted by THE ANCIENT CHURCH library.
for more information: http://www.theancientchurch.org/
In this talk, Judith Herrin (Professor Emerita of Late Antique & Byzantine Studies) and Constantine Leventis (Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London) answers the question, “Why study Ravenna?”
For 350 years this city served as the western capital of the Roman Empire where a very particular integration of Germanic and Roman occurred that had significant consequences for western Europe. The buildings and mosaics that date from this period inspired visitors for centuries and continue to inspire us today.
For more information: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/why-ravenna/
The 41st International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) Conference, with the plenary theme: ‘A Matter of Devotion: Matter and Spirit in Theory and Practice’, will feature Caroline Walker Bynum, Professor Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study, University Professor Emerita, Columbia University; and Catherine Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland.
International Conference for Orthodox Music is pleased to announce the upcoming conference to be held in Prague.
The Conference Theme
The idea of a Byzantine ars nova has existed for some time as a description of the elaborate repertories of kalophonic chant, on the analogy of the western mediaeval “new art”. It is also useful, however, as a term to include other kinds of “new art” in the field of Orthodox church music.
This conference aims to explore the idea of innovation in Orthodox chant, from the Byzantine period to compositions written today; topics include, but are not limited to, the way in which innovation can be reconciled with tradition, analysis of the reception of different kinds of innovative repertories, correspondences and contrasts between Eastern and Western techniques of chant composition, and discussion of the means and techniques by which an “ars nova” might be implemented.
For more information: http://www.isocm.com/
The language of the Conference is English.
2016 Chicago Synergy Annual Symposium will feature Father Alexii Altschul as our guest speaker focusing on “Holiness in Contemporary Culture”.
For more information: http://www.chicagosynergy.org/
Do you want to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable families around the world? Join our IOCC team at the Baltimore Running Festival and help raise money for those in need in places like Syria, Greece, and Ethiopia!
Sign up here and receive a personal fundraising page, promotional materials, and additional incentives when you meet certain fundraising goals. Make sure to also register for the race at www.thebaltimoremarathon.com!
Born in 1903 in the northeastern Pennsylvania coal region to parents from the Lemko village of Rzepedz in the Bieszczady Mountains of southeast Poland, Nicholas Bervinchak was a coal miner-turned-artist whose work was displayed worldwide, including in the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the White House.
An exhibit of his etchings, his church art (including actual murals from the recently closed St. George church in Minersville, Pennsylvania), and memorabilia will take place in the temporary gallery of the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of NJ this Fall.
For more information: http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2016/2016_Bervinchak_Poster.pdf
“CALLED BY CHRIST… GIFTED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT”
These words define the experience we all will have when we gather together at our Metropolia Center in the Name of God in the Holy Trinity to convene the twenty-first Regular Sobor of our Church.
For more information: http://uocofusa.org/21convocation.htm
Sister Dr. Vassa [Larin], the well known liturgiologist of the University of Vienna, Austria and nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia who hosts a popular You-tube series of catechetical programs titled “Coffee with Sr. Vassa”, will offer five presentations across eastern Pennsylvania October 17-20, 2016.
On Monday, October 17, Sister Vassa will speak at Holy Cross Church, 1725 Holy Cross Lane, Williamsport, PA at 7:00 p.m. Her topic will be “Sharing the Gospel in the Age of the Internet.”
Saint Tikhon’s Monastery and Seminary, 175 Saint Tikhon’s Road, South Canaan, PA will host Sister Vassa on Tuesday, October 18 at noon, when she will speak on “Contemporary Challenges in Pursuing Vocations.” At 7:00 p.m. that evening, she will speak on “Keeping Christ in Orthodoxy” at Holy Trinity Church, 401 East Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA.
“Scripture in Orthodox Liturgy and Everyday Life” will be the topic of Sister Vassa’s presentation at Christ the Saviour Church, 5501 Old Locust Lane, Harrisburg, PA on Wednesday, October 19 at 7:00 p.m.
The final presentation in the series will be delivered at Saint Stephen Cathedral, 8598 Verre Road, Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, October 20, at 7:00 p.m. Sister Vassa’s topic will be “Keeping Christ in Orthodoxy.”
The series is being presented by the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania of the Orthodox Church in America and the Orthodox Council of Churches of South Central Pennsylvania. A PDF flyer is available on-line. For more information:
Asa Eger offers an new interpretation of exchange along the Islamic-Byzantine frontier.
The retreat of the Byzantine army from Syria in around 650 CE, in advance of the approaching Arab armies, is one that has resounded emphatically in the works of both Islamic and Christian writers, and created an enduring motif: that of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier. For centuries, Byzantine and Islamic scholars have evocatively sketched a contested border: the annual raids between the two, the line of fortresses defending Islamic lands, the no-man’s land in between and the birth of jihad. In early representations of a Muslim-Christian encounter, accounts of the Islamic-Byzantine frontier are charged with significance for a future ‘clash of civilizations’ that often envisions a polarized world. In this lecture, Eger examines the physical and ideological aspects of this frontier. By highlighting the archaeological study of the real and material frontier, as well as acknowledging its ideological military and religious implications, he offers a more complex vision of this dividing line than has been traditionally disseminated and challenges prevailing notions of jihad.
Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and Harvard University Standing Committee on Medieval Studies.
Theme: “The Christmas & Epiphany Services””
Speakers: Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Seraphim Dedes
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Theme:”Uncompromising Faith in Compromising Times”
Presenter: Fr. Evan Armatas
For more information: http://www.chicagosynergy.org/
Please join us for the second one-day workshop (in a series of 8) designed to elevate the student’s iconography awareness, technique and skills. Open to iconography students and artists of all levels, this one-day workshop is taught by Byzantine Iconographer Magdalene Grace Deane at the Hagia Theodora School of Byzantine Iconography in Newberg, Oregon. Class will be held at our intimate, Old World–style studio filled with solemnity, Byzantine chant and prayer.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.