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Ukranian Art Exhibit: NJ
Oct 15 – Nov 10 all-day

From Social Realism to Church Art: the Work of the Ukrainian-Lemko Artist Nicholas Bervinchak

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.

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CONVOCATION of the 21st SOBOR of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA
Oct 17 – Oct 23 all-day


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.

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Schedule of Presentations for Sister Vassa: Eastern Pennsylvania
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

Sr. Vassa

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:

Lecture: Cambridge, MA
Oct 20 @ 6:15 pm – 7:45 pm

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.

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ANNUS EST CHRISTUS Series 4: Westchester, IL
Oct 21 – Oct 23 all-day

Theme: “The Christmas & Epiphany Services””

Speakers: Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Seraphim Dedes

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Retreat: Chicago Area
Oct 22 all-day

Theme:”Uncompromising Faith in Compromising Times”

Presenter: Fr. Evan Armatas

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Iconography Workshop: Newberg, OR
Oct 22 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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.

Benefit Concert: Garden City, NY
Oct 23 all-day


The Spirit of Orthodoxy Choir, under the direction of Aleksei V. Shipovalnikov and his associate Stratos Mandalakis, and the choirs of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, NY, will present a concert to benefit New York City’s Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, which was destroyed by fire on Pascha 2016.

Titled “From the East unto the West,” the concert will feature music from both the eastern and western Christian traditions. All proceeds will benefit the cathedral’s restoration fund.

Mr. Shipovalnikov is one of two noted Church musicians who was awarded the Orthodox Church in America’s Order of Saint Romanos in May 2016.

Tickets may be ordered by calling 516-746-2955. For more information:


14th ANNUAL IOCC Banquet: St. Louis, MO
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

This is a benefit for International Orthodox Christian Charities.  Vespers at 5:00, with Dinner to follow at 6:00.  There will be a  special presentation by IOCC Gift Officer Nick Kasemeotes.

Mail checks payable to IOCC to: Mrs. Teddy Hart, 1715 Featherwood Dr. • St. Louis, MO 63146

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6th Annual Benefit Concert in Detroit
Oct 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
6th Annual Benefit Concert in Detroit @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Detroit | Michigan | United States

The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will perform its sixth annual benefit concert in the city’s Greektown district. With the theme “Orthodox Hymns of Praise,” the concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical songs from different Orthodox Christian traditions.

The choir is composed of more than 40 volunteer singers from several Orthodox Christian parishes in southeastern Michigan. Under the artistic direction of Victoria Kopistiansky, it is regarded as one of the finest ensembles of its kind in the country.

Sponsored by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC), the concert will support three Orthodox charitable organizations that aid local communities in the metro area: Detroit’s Own Orthodox Radio, Orthodox Detroit Outreach and FOCUS Detroit.

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The 2016 Walton Lecture
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm


Topic: “Christian Rigorists and the Perversion of Tradition”

Presenter: George E. Demacopoulos

Reception to follow.  For more information:

International Conference: Ukraine
Oct 27 – Oct 28 all-day

uku_logo___seal_englUkrainian Catholic University Faculty of Philosophy and Theology,  Faculty of Humanities, Soborna Ukraine and Kyivan Tradition Research Programme presents an International Conference on “Sacred Scripture in Ukrainian Culture: The Canonical and Extra-Canonical Writings and their Reception”, will take place in the Ukraine.

With the Christianization of ‘Kyivan Rus’, the Holy Scripture was transmitted to the Slavs through the medium of the Church Slavonic language and resulted in processes of an authentic inculturation within the Kyivan Church. This original synthesis of Christianity and Slavic folklore, served as the basis for the development of a new Christian culture reflected in the liturgical services and sacraments, sacred texts and a calendar with its cycle of feasts, modes of spiritual life and monasticism, ecclesial policy and canon law, church architecture and iconography, hymnography and sacred music.

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St Nicholas Iconography Course in October: Leesburg, VA
Oct 28 – Oct 29 all-day


Beginning Iconography Workshop with Colette Kalvesmaki who has taught iconography and written icons for twenty years.

Join us for a step-by-step journey of prayer in color as we celebrate St Nicholas just in time for his names day! This course is for beginning students on up in the medium of egg tempera. Students will paint a 9” x 12” bust of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, on a clay/masonite board (no gilding).

The workshop will be offered at The Trinity House Cafe in Leesburg VA.  10-4pm

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YES Houston! : TX
Oct 28 @ 5:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 11:30 am

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A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Houston, TX!     13 years old- College Students

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Oct 29 all-day


A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Nashville, TN for 13 yrs. old – College Students.

We will meet at St. Ignatius Orthodox Church for breakfast and orientation, then head to Nashville for the day. Pick up will be after Vespers.

A Christian Ending to Our Life Workshop: Portland, OR
Oct 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

“A Christian Ending to Our Life”. St. Nicholas Orthodox Church invites you to a presentation & workshop on how you might start a conversation to make your wishes for end-of-life care known to family & loved ones, or how to help someone else start a conversation.  The workshop will be followed by Vespers at 6:00 pm.

We request advance registration since the enrollment will be limited.

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Sophia Institute Academic Call for Papers
Oct 31 all-day

20 minutes duration.  With a prospect of publication in the Acts of the Conference, for the Ninth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute, we call on our scholarly family for offers of Academic Short Paper Titles related to the Conference Theme: The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church.  There are spaces for 16 communications this year.

Titles, please, with one page short Abstracts, email and address details, from those with a Master’s degree or above, to:
Prof. John McGuckin
STRICTLY BEFORE OCTOBER 31,2016 the closure date.

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2016 Annual Conference: Brookline, MA
Nov 3 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm

Topic: “On Pain and Suffering”

Keynote Address: His Grace, Bishop Alexander.  For more information on His Grace, click here.

Plenary Speakers: (for more information, click here):
Medical perspective: Donald Jenkins, M.D.
Psychological Perspective: Albert Rossi, Ph.D.
Theological Perspective: Rev. Emmanuel Clapsis, Ph.D.

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3rd Annual Nashi Predky Ukrainian Genealogy Conference: NJ
Nov 4 – Nov 6 all-day

Family History Group:The Nashi Predky-Our Ancestors Family History Group brings together aspiring genealogists with a wide range of worldwide experts on the various ethnic groups in current day Ukraine and southeast Poland.  This conference is entitled:

“3rd Annual Nashi Predky Ukrainian Genealogy Conference Research Essentials: Combining the Basics with 21st Century Technology”. Featuring nationally known speakers: Jonathan Shea, AG — Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz,Carl Kotlarchik — Shellee Morehead, CG — Michelle Chubenko

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First Friday Lecture Series for November: Washington, DC
Nov 4 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


Featured Topic and Speaker: Roman origins of Christian icons with Heather Turnbow

Join us for an evening of exploration into iconography and faith from respected scholars, clergy and Iconographers.  Talks start at 7pm followed by questions and refreshments.  Come early and visit our surrounding vendors and restaurants before the lecture and make an evening of it!  All lectures hosted by the Center for Byzantine Material Arts. An RSVP is appreciated!

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Preparing for the Journey of Marriage: Tallahassee, FL
Nov 5 @ 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage: Tallahassee, FL @ Holy Mother of God Greek Orthodox Church | Tallahassee | Florida | United States

“Preparing for the Journey of Marriage” is a one-day workshop for couples marrying in the Orthodox Church.

RSVP by November 1 please.

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The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library Film Series:ME
Nov 5 @ 2:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm

The Camden Conference and Rockport Public Library are pleased to present a Film Series: Refugees and Global Migration, in connection with the 30th Camden Conference which will focus on the same theme. The series will take place over three Saturdays, November 5, 12, and 19, at the Rockport Opera House. The first in the series, “Salam Neighbor”, which translates to “Hello Neighbor”, is a documentary released in 2016 by the film production companies Living on One Dollar and 1001 MEDIA. The title has a dual meaning as the Arabic word “salam” also means “peace.” The film documents the experiences of American filmmakers Zach Ingrasci and Chris Temple when they lived among 85,000 Syrians in Jordan’s Za’atari refugee camp, which lies seven miles from the Syrian border. The filmmakers, who were the first allowed by the UN to register and set-up a tent inside a refugee camp, spent a month in Za’atari to cover…

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Liturgical Theology Classes for November-December: Portland, OR
Nov 5 @ 4:30 pm – Dec 17 @ 5:50 pm

Please join us for an exciting series of classes on Liturgical Theology! Vespers will follow the classes.

November 5 — Liturgy and Worship in the Bible
November 12 — Liturgy and Worship in the Early Church
November 19 — Liturgy and Worship in the Patristic Era
November 26 — Liturgy and Worship in the Contemporary Orthodox World
December 3 — The Holy Mysteries of Initiation
December 10 — The Holy Mystery of the Holy Eucharist
December 17 — The Holy Mysteries of Healing, Marriage & Ordination

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2016 National Humanities Conference: Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 10 – Nov 13 all-day

This is the first in a series of conferences co-hosted by the National Humanities Alliance and the Federation of State Humanities Councils that will bring the humanities community together as a whole to consider how, by leveraging our strengths, we can achieve broader public impact and showcase the fundamental role the humanities play in addressing both local and global challenges.

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Lecture: Yale
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Panagiotis Roilos, “I Am the Way and the Truth”: A Cognitive Historical Anthropology of the Ethics of Imagination in Byzantium

Event description: Professor Roilos’ lecture will focus on the tensions between Christian ethics (especially sanctioned discourses on truth) and imagination in Byzantium. By focusing on specific examples of hagiography, rhetoric, and allegorical hermeneutics, Roilos shall illustrate the ways in which ancient Greek theories of, and approaches to phantasia and fictionality were adapted to medieval Greek literary and broader intellectual contexts. Roilos shall propose a new methodological approach to this complex cultural process on the basis of what he calls “cognitive historical anthropology.”
Open to the general public.
Panel on Global Governance- Yale University: New Haven, CT
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The Hellenic Studies Program will be hosting a panel on Global Governance.

Topic: Challenges to Peace and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

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Pre-Marital Program: TX
Nov 11 – Nov 13 all-day

Theme: The Art of Marriage

Speakers: Dr. George Guirguis

Arrangements: Rooming options to be discussed.

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Nov 11 @ 5:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 11:30 am

This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in WASHINGTON D.C.!

Any students 13 years old- College Students may participate

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Fall Vocations Retreat: Waymart, PA
Nov 11 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 12 @ 4:00 pm


STOTS will host a Fall Vocations Retreat, “St. John Chrysostom: Champion of the Priesthood”.

“We look forward to celebrating the feast of St. John Chrysostom this year by welcoming to campus men and women from throughout the country who are interested in exploring the teachings of this great Church Father,” Archpriest Dr. Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, said.  “His vision of the priesthood is inspiring to anyone who is thinking seriously about serving the Church in some capacity.”

During the retreat, participants will have the opportunity to join with the seminary community and monastery brotherhood in prayer, tour the monastery and seminary grounds, hear talks and join in discussions about ministry and St. John Chrysostom, and meet the seminary’s Dean, faculty, and students.  Both women and men are encouraged to attend.

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Sponsored Miami Ball: A Russian Cultural Event: Miami, FL
Nov 11 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 12 @ 12:00 am


Sponsored Miami Ball: A Russian Cultural Event

Organized by: Alchemy Events for PaTRAM Institute

The Miami Ball is organized by two missionary-educational organizations: Prince Vladimir Youth Association and Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute. All proceeds collected from this charitable event will be shared equally between these partnered organizations.

Join other PaTRAM friends and sponsors in supporting our cause while having fun and enjoying exceptional entertainment including a performance by a choir of PaTRAM singers.

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