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Developing and Strengthening the Musical Tradition of Your Church Choir
The ROCM Conferences bring together choir members and conductors of all levels of experience to explore the wealth and beauty of Russian Orthodox church music. Participants will gain practical and theoretical knowledge and experience through lectures, workshops and rehearsals which culminate in festive pontifical services. Registration is now open!
This year’s conference will focus on developing and strengthening parish choirs in the Russian Orthodox tradition through a blend of historical, theoretical and practical instruction. Clergy participation is especially encouraged at this year’s conference.
This year, St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, CA, has been granted the honor by His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, to host the Fall Gathering. Please register and reserve your rooms at the Best Western South Coast Inn. Make plans to book your tickets right away to secure your reservation. The closest airport is the Santa Barbara Airport.
For more information: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_100321_1.html
Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY is hosting a conference on the life and times of St. Tikhon, the great Russian bishop in America and later Patriarch of Moscow. I’m one of the speakers (on St. Tikhon’s interactions with the other Orthodox ethnic groups in America), but the highlight will surely be Dr. Scott Kenworthy’s keynote. Dr. Kenworthy has spent years researching St. Tikhon, and by now he’s basically a walking encyclopedia on the saint.
If you’re anywhere near Jordanville on October 9-10, and you have any interest in Orthodox history, this conference is definitely worth your time. You can find more details at http://hts.edu/news_150512_1.html, and you can view the full conference program by clicking here. And if any of our Orthodox History readers do make it to the conference, be sure to say hello to me!
For more information: http://orthodoxhistory.org/2015/09/24/conference-on-st-tikhon-at-jordanville/
The 40th International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) Conference themed ‘The Scriptural Imagination’, features Lewis Ayres,Durham University, Author of Nicaea and Its Legacy andAugustine and the Trinity; & Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame, Co-Editor of Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry
Villanova University has enjoyed a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for over thirty years. Finding its natural niche and center in philosophy and theology, but extending from there to embrace a wide variety of disciplines in the field, the PMR has established a tradition of scholarship and collegiality complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger conferences such as Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy.
The conference has met a need in the academic community for working space. According to founding director Thomas Losoncy, the conference was always intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields.
For More information: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/augustinianinstitute/conferences/pmr.html.
OHR Invites you to a Presentation of the Opening Defense and Discussion: Author & Translator’s Forum Featuring Milo Yelesiyevich With Introduction by Anna Pavichevich. There will be a 45 minute presentation with time for Q and A.
Young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service. One weekend. Multiple locations. All in His name. Click on the following for more information.
For more information: http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/youth/youngadultministry/
A free concert of beautiful Byzantine choral music. Several local church choirs and the Festival Choir will perform their unique liturgical music. Free dessert reception following the concert.
For more information: http://www.stmarysoca.org/news.html#Kasenic
“Christianity in Mass Media” is the lecture topic given by Father Jim King.
Men, women and children are all welcome! Contributions to our Food Pantry and the Children’s Hospital are all ppreciated.
Join fellow genealogists for the second annual full-day conference of the Family History Group.
Expert speakers Justin Houser, Kirill Chashchin, Shelly Morehead, Gail Hahn, and Michael Andrec will present talks on a variety of topics related to Ukrainian and Eastern European genealogy from the introductory to the advanced. Topics will cover a wide range of time and geography, including deportations of Lemkos from Poland, the US Federal Census, understanding DNA testing, and (for the first time) an in-depth presentation on researching Central and Eastern Ukrainian ancestors!
The program will include:
Finding Ukrainian Relatives Deported from Southeastern Poland 1944-1947 (Justin Houser)
Tracing heirs through Ukrainian archives: Detective stories of metrical records and censuses (Kirill Chashchin)
It’s Like Velcro: DNA Testing for Genealogy (Shelly Morehead)
20th Century Census – Clues to Your Ancestors (Gail Hahn)
A Practical Introduction to Archival Science for Genealogists (Michael Andrec)
Read more about the talks and the speakers.
Iconographer: Arlene Tilghman. This workshop is forIintermediate & Advanced Levels only.
What is the All Saints Icon Academy?
All Saints parish has a number of active iconographers with a reverence and desire for this ministry within the Church. The first expression of this has been the beautiful icons produced in quiet and used “for the glory, joy and adornment of Thy Holy Church.”
A second fruit of this love for iconography has been the desire to see it grow. As such, the parish sponsors an annual Iconography Workshop held in Rockford, Illinois. Our master iconographer teaches both the techniques and theology of iconography in an Orthodox atmosphere. With each student completing an icon, there is a truly glorious end to the week together! The icon on this page, as well as many others throughout this website, are examples of the fruit of these annual workshops. See pictures from some of our past classes HERE.
For more information: http://allsaintsorthodox.org/ministries/icon.php
Ioanna Christoforaki follows the trail of a Cretan icon.
Ruled by the Venetians since 1211, the island of Crete remained a possession of the Doge until 1669, when it was captured by the Ottoman Turks. By the early 15th century, its capital city, Candia (modern-day Heraklion), was brimming with icon painters, famous for their ability to paint either in a ‘Greek’ or ‘Latin’ manner, according to the demands of both their Orthodox and Catholic clientele.
What did these icons look like? And where did the painters get the models from? Following the adventures of one such icon, we shall trace the visual transformation of a purely western saint into a Byzantine one, by unraveling the various layers, meanings, and symbols hidden in an otherwise unassuming image of an Orthodox saint.
Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and The Greek Institute.
“Educate the adults and you won’t need church schools!”
In Christian education circles, we have spoken of the need to educate adults for years with phrases like, “Christian education doesn’t end with church school,” “Total Parish Education,” and most notably the name of our yearly event, “The Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith.” Converts from fundamental churches are pleased to find that Orthodoxy offers a treasure chest of resources for growth in the faith, from the church mothers and fathers, to icons, to hymnography. Yet, in many churches the focus is on educating the children with perhaps only one class, taught by the priest, for adults. Read more at: http://www.antiochian.org/OI2015
Please join us for our ANNUAL CONFERENCE entitled “CAREGIVERS AS CONFESSORS AND HEALERS”
Keynote Speaker: “Holy Confession and the Freedom to Be”, Fr. Stavros Kofinas, D.Min., Coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.
Members, nonmembers, students, clergy, healthcare professionals and nonprofessionals are invited to attend! Please click HERE for more information and to register!
The Cathedral will host the autumnal pastoral retreat of the Western American Diocese and the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the repose of Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, as well as the 50th anniversary of the completion of construction of the cathedral.
For more information: http://www.synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm
The Fall session of California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. To be added to the announcement list contact us.
His Eminence, Archbishop Michael in conjunction with the Diocesan Council has scheduled the Annual Diocesan Assembly to be convened on November 10th and 11th. As a special guest, His Eminence has invited His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada to the Assembly.
Doxacon DC is preparing to host its second convention. Doxacon hosts conferences that facilitate discussion of the genres of science fiction & fantasy in a Christian context. We welcome all the faithful, not just Orthodox Christians.
Have you been a closet geek, afraid to come out and talk to fellow Christians about your love for fantasy and science fiction? Fear no more, for you have walked into the halls of Doxacon-Where Faith and Truth meet Science Fiction and Fantasy.
For more information: http://www.doxacon.org/
The featured speaker will be Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik.
For more information: http://www.meocca.org/event_info/calendar.html
Ivory Box with Scenes of Adam and Eve, detail. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of W. G. Mather, F. F. Prentiss, John L. Severance, J. H. Wade (1924.747)
Derek Krueger explores human emotion as expressed in Byzantine hymnography from the fifth to the ninth century.
Byzantine tradition held that after the Fall, Adam and Eve were placed opposite Eden, close enough to see it while they tilled the land and suffered. This exile from Paradise prompted acute grief and lamentation. Liturgical poets explored the first-created humans’ emotions to understand the human condition: difficult labor, alienation from God, and the need to repent. This lecture considers Greek hymns from the fifth to the ninth century that dramatize Adam’s—and sometimes Eve’s—state of mind through first-person monologues and dialogue.
The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) annual meetings is the largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in related research, fosters collegial contacts, and focuses on issues of the profession. One of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. At this meeting, scholars benefit from sessions on religion, philosophy, ethics, and diverse religious traditions.
Meeting Information: Registration rates, housing, meeting locations, tours, etc.
For more information: http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx.
Curated by the St. Nicholas Center. This exhibition tells the story of St. Nicholas. Unique artifacts and works of art — including icons — illustrate his life, his relationship to Christian tradition, and St. Nicholas-related customs around the world.
This exhibit is festive, fun, and educational for all ages. It engages children through hands-on activities and special interest items throughout the display. Start date November 22, 2015. Exhibit ends January 21st, 2016.
For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/special-exhibits/upcoming/
Feasts: Earthly Celebrations of Heavenly Events. Icons from the Museum Collection, Curated by intern Katia Christakis.
This new exhibition showcases 30+ rare icons depicting significant feast days on the Russian Orthodox calendar commemorating the annual cycle of holy days, the veneration of saints and the Church’s twelve major feast days. The show also underscores icons role as tangible markers or symbols of noteworthy events.
For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/special-exhibits/upcoming/
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity.
“Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to philanthropy,” said seminary Chancellor/CEO the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield. “Our professors give their hearts to teach the gospel of Christ. Our students give their time to prepare for service in the Church. Our graduates give their lives to minister to Christ’s flock.”
Last year, the seminary’s highly successful #GivingTuesday campaign raised $80,000. In an expression of love and solidarity with the suffering peoples in the Middle East, St. Vladimir’s offered a tithe of $8,000 to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, to alleviate the dire conditions of people under his care.
“Because we believe in giving back at St. Vladimir’s, we will donate 10% of whatever we raise on #GivingTuesday,” continued Father Chad. “This year’s tithe will support the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III, our sister seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. This great center of Orthodoxy in Africa is in serious need of books for their library, and we want to help.”
Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi (SVOTS alumnus ’03), deputy dean of the Nairobi seminary, has been instrumental in arranging this year’s tithe. “We are delighted to partner with St. Vladimir’s for #GivingTuesday,” remarked Father Philip. “The relationship between our two theological institutions is growing stronger by the day, as evidenced by the upcoming visit of Dr. Paul Meyendorff, The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir’s. It is our hope to continue this exchange and dialogue between our seminaries, offering opportunities for our seminarians, faculty, and staff to learn from one another. I hope that many people will support our schools on #GivingTuesday.”
“Given the response to #GivingTuesday last year, an anonymous supporter has challenged us to raise $50,000 on #GivingTuesday this year—and if we do, every penny will be matched. With this incredible matching opportunity, it would be within reason to expect that we could potentially take in $100,000 on December 1, with $10,000 going to our brothers seminarians in Nairobi, Kenya,” explained Father Chad. “These donations will spread the gospel across North America and Africa.
“Right now, we’re asking Orthodox Christians around the world to help us get the word out on their social media networks, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” Father Chad concluded, “and to stay in the loop about this venture by signing up for #GivingTuesday emails. Our website, www.svots.edu/givingtuesday, contains a host of resources for anyone interested in supporting Orthodoxy in America and Africa this December 1.”
Donate directly to SVOTS #GivingTuesday here (all monies will be totaled December 1, 2015).