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Theme: “Answering Athiests” & “Grant Me a Chaste Vision”
Speakers: Fr. John Whiteford & Nadezhda Sexton (Psychologist)
A trip to Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY is scheduled along with great workshops, round table discussions, social activities and of course, beautiful services with a youth choir.
For more informationr: http://www.sthermanconference.com/
The Greek Institute invites you to the Sixth Annual Byzantine Christmas, a concert of virtuosic Byzantine Chant and the traditional Greek Kalanda for the Christmas season, directed by Spyridon Antonopoulos and sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble.
Dr. Antonopoulos and PSALTIKON will be joined by Dr. Menios Karanos of Hellenic College / Holy Cross and acclaimed world musicians Beth Bahia Cohen (violin and lyra) and Mal Barsamian (oud and clarinet), in a program of Byzantine chants and kalanda, the traditional Christmas carols from various regions of Greece. Beautiful passages from the Christmas stories of Photios Kontoglou (1895–1965) and Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) will be narrated throughout the program.
To purchase tickets, contact The Greek Institute at GreekInst@verizon.net
617-547-4770 (phone) / 617-661-9150 (fax)
By mail:The Greek Institute, 1038 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
THEME: How to be “salt” and “light” of the world in the XXI century? Challenges for Youth.
Rev. Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Rev. Hieromonk Atanasie Popescu, Ph.D., Spiritual Advisor of ROYA. This conference takes place from December 27, 2015 to January 2, 2016.
15-18 years old, and 19-25+ years old
For more information: http://www.romarch.org/news.php?id=5364
Iconographer: Mick Michieli Beasley
For more information: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
Theme: Listening to our Youth – Discussing the Future.
This conference is for youth ages 7-17. Complete this Application Form and bring it and a check to registration on December 27th:
Theme: “Are we Saints in Progress?”
Theme: “St. Alexander of Munich: A Modern Confessor in the Face of Tyranny”, “Worldly Conforming to Christly Transforming”, and “Homosexuality: An Orthodox Christian Perspective”
Speakers: Matushka Elena Perekrestov, Fr. Timothy Pavlatos & Archpriest James Baglien, respectively
For more information: http://wadiocese.org/news_151021_3.html
This conference is hosted by St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
This conference is intended for high school and college age youth 14 and older. Conference takes place from December 28, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
For more information: http://chicagodiocese.org/
Registration form: http://goo.gl/forms/Rj6H3858AJ
Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conferences host hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, prayer, and exposure to reputable Orthodox speakers.
Theme: Modern Martyrs: Witnesses of the Word
This College Conference theme will address our calling to be martyrs for Christ by being witnesses of the Faith. As college students living in a secularized world, there are numerous opportunities for us as Orthodox Christians to be witnesses/martyrs for Christ on college campuses: in the dorm room, on social media, and in every aspect of our lives.
This theme will also address the current-day persecution of Christians and provide some insights into how we can best aid our Christian brothers and sisters across the globe.
Registration for College Conference East and West 2015 is now OPEN! Go to: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/
This program, which was the first all-chant concert ever given by Cappella Romana (to sold-out audiences in 2001), features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. These performance include examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts.
Please go to this website for dates, venues, and prices: http://www.cappellaromana.org/epiphany-medieval-byzantine-old-roman-chant/
Seattle, Friday, 1 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Blessed Sacrament
Portland, Saturday, 2 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and
Sunday, 3 Jan. 2016, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral
This event takes place between March 26 to April 2, 2016.
The 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities.
For more information: http://www.ocmc.org/about/view_team.aspx?TeamId=167
ELLADA will be performing at the largest and most famous celebration of “EPIPHANY”. Ellada will be performing immediately following the retrieving of the CROSS from the Bayou of Tarpon Springs. A delicious dinner will be served by the community of St. Nicholas throughout the afternoon and evening. Also performing will be LEVENDIA, Tarpon’s world famous folk dancers. Come one, Come all! Epiphany starts at St. Nicholas at 11am and goes through the early evening! Join the thousands of attendees and witness one of the most famous celebrations of the “EPIPHANY”
For more information: http://musicofellada.com/Performance_Information.html and for Epiphany Liturgical Events –
Theme: “A Christian Ending to our Life: An Orthodox Perspective on Death”
Speaker: Fr. Gregory Horton and Fr. David Sommer
Register online by Monday, December 21
For more information: http://www.dlawyoungadults.com/events/winter-retreat-2016/
Adult Religious Retreat – What better way to start the New Year off than by rekindling our spiritual life.
For more information: http://www.greekboston.com/event/religious-retreat-woburn-ma/
We will be offering Byzantine chanting classes. Instruction will be in English and in Greek, if necessary. With simple steps we will learn the basics of byzantine chanting. The school will offer classes for beginners in a) the theory of Byzantine music b) its practical application and c) the proper behavior at the Analogion (Chanter’s Stand). The mission statement of the programs is to teach, preserve and present the rich history and tradition of Byzantine Music of our Eastern Orthodox Church, to inspire persons to learn and serve the Church by participating in the Analogion during church services and to transmit Byzantine hymnology into the English language by enabling the chanter to effectively chant in English.
For more information: http://bulletinbuilder.org/SNC-SanJose/current#NewsandEvents
Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder,
artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra. Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music— from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical
favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.
For more information: http://absorchestra.org/
Theme: “Happiness and Spirituality: Health”
A six-session guided meditation workshop presented by V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Maria Baltazzi , Meditation Teacher and Purveyor of Happiness, and John Kopatsis, Huffington Center Director
Workshop: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (with a 15 minute break). Time will be given at the end for everyone’s questions and feedback.
For more information: http://www.stsophia.org/herald/herald_2015-11.pdf
Alison Locke Perchuk (Art, California State University Channel Islands) considers the production of individual and communal identity as a complex process operating at the intersections of exterior and interior, of physical environment and mental structures, of bodily comportment and spiritual and intellectual practices. Through research in art and architectural history, political and social history, theology, liturgy, literature, and memory and landscape studies, Professor Perchuk’s book project offers a new understanding of this process at work within a medieval European monastery. It reveals a community deeply invested in dominant political and social discourses emanating from Rome, yet also engaged in establishing its own sense of place and identity, rooted in its landscape and its sacred patrons, including the prophet Elijah. It also offers an example of how to tell history in the absence of texts, and indicates how seemingly peripheral monuments can offer ways through scholarly impasses concerning objects and events deemed more central.
Alison Locke Perchuk is a specialist in the art and architecture of medieval Europe and the Mediterranean basin. She has written and spoken on such topics as tenth-century Iberian manuscript illumination, eleventh-century Byzantine bronzes, and twelfth-century architecture and wall painting near Rome. She holds a BA in Art History from Williams College, an MA in Medieval Studies from the Catholic University of America, and a PhD in Art History from Yale University. Prior to her appointment at CSU Channel Islands, she taught at the University of California, Riverside, and Occidental College. She currently serves as the treasurer of the Italian Art Society.
For more information: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/monastery-of-elijah/
Above image: Apse frescoes, church of S. Elia, Castel S. Elia (VT). Photo: Alison Locke Perchuk
Theme: “Soil & Sacrament: The World as Gift”
We’re heading into our sixth year of organizing the Eighth Day Symposium and every single year it keeps getting better.
After the most successful symposium to date, back in January, we fearfully wondered if we could outdo ourselves yet again. We’re confident we have and we can’t wait to see you in Wichita on January 14-16.
For more information: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_symposium_2016
The book of hours is one of the most familiar of medieval manuscript genres, and yet it has not played a large part in most histories of medieval reading. In this talk, Jessica Brantley (Associate Professor of English, Yale University) will explore the importance of the book of hours for English literary history. These wildly popular prayerbooks played a central role in many of the dramas of late-medieval literary culture: the rise of private reading, the development of lay literate piety, the emergence of female readers, and the growing influence of the vernacular as the language of literate practice of all kinds. The book of hours often shaped medieval readers’ fundamental understanding of how a person should engage with a book, with enormous consequences for our sense of how medieval literary culture worked. The hours’ multiple languages and systems of images made a rich hybridity of representation central to the most common reading experience of the late Middle Ages.
Image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum; “Initial E: David Playing the Harp” by the Bute Master (Franco-Flemish, active about 1260 – 1290) in tempera colors, gold, and iron gall ink on parchment.
In one of the smaller initials in the Bute Psalter, the initial E of Psalm 44, King David sits before a city. Singing as he plays the harp, David appears not only as the author of the psalms but also as their performer. Angels clustered nearby accompany him with musical instruments, including a vielle (fiddle), a buisine (straight trumpet), and percussion.
At the bottom of the page, a queen and her court of noblewomen pray from open books. Through such images, the original owner of this manuscript, most likely a noblewoman, could recognize the importance of her own devotional act of reading the psalms.
For more information: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/event/history-of-the-book-lecture-brantley/
Iconographer: Dmitri Andreyev
For more information: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
This year’s theme will be P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens). In addition to the presence of H.G. Bishop Youssef, our guest speakers will be H.G. Bishop Angaelos (General Bishop in the United Kingdom) and Fr. Matthias Shehad (St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Houston, TX). We looking forward to seeing you all there!
Due to the size of the retreat center, spaces are limited this year so please sign up early. Registration will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, day registration may be available at a later time. No walk-ins will be allowed this year due to space. No exceptions.
For more information: http://susgrads.org/2016-dates/
For more information: http://www.youth.sanfran.goarch.org/editor/young-adult-2015-2016-calendar-of-events/
“Preparing for the Journey of Marriage” is a workshop for couples marrying in the Orthodox Church.
Register Online Here
For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/upcoming-events-2/ or http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Jan-16-2016-TARPON-Pre-Marital-Seminar-Information.pdf
ZOE for Life! will sponsor a pan-Orthodox “Akathist for the Unborn”. The Very Rev. Andrew Harmon, the priest at St. Matthew, will conduct the prayer service. A free-will offering will be collected, and a speaker and refreshments will follow the service.
The speaker will be Lisa Palivoda, a member of St. Matthew and a former co-coordinator of the post-abortion recovery program at the Oasis of Hope Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Medina who will join the ZOE staff in January. She will share her personal experience in the program and “God’s compassionate, loving and faithful promise of redemption, restoration and renewal.”
The public is invited to attend the service.
Theme: “Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life”
The Orthodox Church in America, on behalf of all Eastern Orthodox Youth Ministry/Camping Departments in America, is delighted to host this Annual Conference in 2016 at St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Dallas, TX.
Clergy, campus ministers, youth workers, camp leaders, and volunteers gather every January for fellowship, worship, and continuing education. Apart from our Keynotes focused on Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life and Self-care For the Shepherds, there will be workshops focusing on:
- Campus Ministry
- Camping Programs
- Parish-based Youth Ministry
Registration costs $150/person and is available here.
For more information: http://orthodoxcamps.org/conference
Lecturer: Georg Fischer, Visiting Fellow at the Program of European Union Studies at Yale University
Theme: “North-South Convergence and Divergence in the European Union”
Description: Georg Fischer is the 2015-16 European Union Fellow. He is on leave from his job as the analysis/evaluation Director at the Employment and Social Policy Department of the European Commission. He is a labor economist who, before joining the EU, worked for the Austrian Finance and Labour ministries in Vienna, the OECD in Paris, the Social Science Center Berlin and the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv.
Mr. Fischer’s main research interests are integration and divergence in the US labor market and welfare system as a source for reflection on how the EU can achieve a higher degree of labour market and social convergence – increasingly seen as condition for the long term sustainability of the European Economic and Monetary Union. He is also interested in EU and US relations and in exchanges with students and scholars on European affairs and developments.
“The Diaconate in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches” is hosted by St. Nicholas Cathedral.
Orthodox Speaker: Fr. Deacon Maxime Najim, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, San Diego, CA
Roman Catholic Speaker: Deacon David J.Estrada, Director of Diaconate Formation, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
Public welcome. A freewill Offering will be taken
Organizer: Society of St. John Ch rysostom-Western Region
Phone:760-212-4888, Email:Anne Petach <firstname.lastname@example.org>