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Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day
Pre-Marital Retreat: GA
Holy Matrimony is the Mystery depicting the union of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Church (Eph 5:22-33). The Church is made up of men and women; thus their marriage union is immensely important for the well-being of the Faith and for their own salvation.  As of 2010, attendance is a mandatory requirement for couples obtaining permission to marry within the Southern Diocese. Speakers: Fr. Eleia Eskander and Dr. Yousry Armanious Deadline: May 31, 2015 For more information:
Speaker: We are pleased to announce that Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will visit Saint Katherine on June 13 and 14. He will be here for the whole week to participate in the Orientale Lumen Conference, a joint Orthodox Catholic dialogue. On Saturday, June 13, he will participate in the Vesper service at Saint Katherine and make a major presentation following the services. A light dinner will be served. On Sunday, June 14, His Eminence will officiate at the Divine Liturgy at Saint Katherine. More details to follow. For more information:
Jun 14 – Jun 26 all-day
Instructors: Rassem El Massih & Greg Abdalah Registration is open to campers ages 14-17, or entering the 9th grade. Campers will focus on two tones throughout the session and will break off into beginner and intermediate levels with the chanting instructors. Campers will be introduced to Byzantine Notation, which is an ancient method for writing liturgical music and is still used today in Churches following the Byzantine tradition. Campers will learn the Greek scale (Ni, Pa, Vou, Gha, Dhi, Ke, Zo, Ni), how to read the music, and the theory behind it. Click here for more information on the history and development of Byzantine Chant. Campers will also have the opportunity to chant during daily services. For more information:
Jun 15 – Jun 20 all-day
Icon Painting Workshop: Denver, CO @ St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church    | Denver | Colorado | United States
Iconographer: Theodoros Papadopoulos Join us on this six-day intensive course where we will immerse ourselves in the painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon of “Jesus Christ” will come alive before you as the instructor, Theodore Papadopoulos, guides you, step by step, through the ancient techniques of Byzantine Iconography. Let us journey together to discover new secrets in this traditional artistic expression of theology and spirituality, in this meeting place of the Divine. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn and/or refine your techniques in this sacred art. The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. For more information:
Jun 15 – Jun 20 all-day
Deacon Matthew Garrett will teach a class in iconography.  Students, who do not need previous art experience, will complete icons of Saint George using acrylic gouache and 23K gold leaf.  
ORIENTALE LUMEN XIX CONFERENCE: Washington, DC @ Washington Retreat House  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Eastern Christian Publications and the Society of Saint John Chrysostom regularly sponsor ecumenical conferences for lay men, lay women, religious and clergy entitled Orientale Lumen that focus on the dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches . Open to the public, these conferences provide an opportunity for Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholics to gather, discuss and learn about their respective traditions. They include presentations by scholars and theologians, liturgical celebrations of many varieties, and opportunities for everyone to learn from each other and participate in a “dialogue of love and understanding.” Theme: “The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present and Future” Presenters and Illuminaries: Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch (invited), The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, New York, NY Cardinal Kurt Koch, President (invited), Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, The Vatican Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (confirmed), Patriarchate of Constantinople, Oxford, England Bishop Bryan Bayda (confirmed), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Archimandrite Robetr Taft,[...]
St. Tikhon’s Seminary to sponsor annual Clergy Continuing Ed Symposium June 16-18, 2015 @ St Tikhon's Seminary | Pennsylvania | United States
Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will host its annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 16-18, 2015. The seminary is pleased to provide this symposium to assist OCA priests and deacons fulfill their 20 hours of continuing education studies mandated each year by the Holy Synod of Bishops. This year’s program is focused most intensively on theological foundations for and the practice of pastoral care by our clergy in parish life. The list of speakers and topics to be included in this year’s symposium includes the following: “Practical Issues in the Life of an Orthodox Priest with Guidance from the Holy Fathers” by Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, Professor of Scripture – Tuesday afternoon, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. We will explore specific aspects of the Holy Priesthood, with direction gleaned from the writings of pastoral theology by Saint Ambrose of Milan, Saint Gregory the Great and Saint John[...]
Jun 18 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:15 pm
Small Parish Forum 2015: WVA @ St. Nicholas Orthodox Church  | Weirton | West Virginia | United States
For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of fewer than 75 adults, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference created to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life. Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest and with the blessings of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK and Archimandrite Paul Bishop Elect, the 2015 Forum will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton WV. For more information:
Second Annual Extreme Family Makeover!: Titusville, FL @ St. Stephen Coptic Orthodox Church & Retreat Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
Welcome to Extreme Family Makerover!  It will be the most rewarding home improvement project you will ever undertake- Renovating the spirituality of your family! Through the lens of the family of Isaiah and Rebecca, our guest speakers, H.G. Bishop Paula, and Fr. Meena Ghaly, will show us how to develop our family’s strengths and defend against possible weaknesses, and above all else to “Walk in love,” (Ephesians 5:2) Come join us, and enjoy a weekend filled with renovations, fellowship, and a Extremely fun filled Family Makeover! For more information:
Jun 19 @ 3:12 am – Jun 27 @ 4:12 am
Iconography Workshop: OR @ Queen of Angels Monastery  | Mount Angel | Oregon | United States
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2015 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI)
The Hilandar Research Library (HRL), the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) at The Ohio State University will host the biennial four-week intensive 2015 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) for qualified graduate students in Columbus, Ohio. Participants work with original Cyrillic manuscripts dating back to the 15th through 19th centuries in the HRL collection. Manuscript material on microform from the Hilandar Research Library’s extensive holding forms a large part of the lectures and exercises. The Institute includes two courses: Practical Slavic Palaeography and Readings in Church Slavonic as the Medieval Slavic Workshop (Slavic 8741). There is also a program of lectures on related topics in addition to other activities. All lectures are in English. Applicants must be graduate students with a BA and a reading knowledge of Cyrillic and of at least one Slavic language. Preference is[...]
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day
Water Gilding Workshop: Denver, CO @  St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church | Denver | Colorado | United States
This is a separate two-day gilding workshop. This course will teach students the technique of water gilding. Water gilding is a traditional and highly skilled technique used for the gilding of icons. During this workshop we will learn all the stages of water gilding using 22 carats gold. Beginning with the preparation of the board which is done by applying linen then covering with many layers of gesso. The last stage of the process is applying the clay bole and finally burnishing the gold with an agate stone which results in gold that is smooth and shines like a mirror. Instructor: Theodoros Papadopoulos For more information:  
Mark your calendars now for an evening with: METROPOLITAN KALLISTOS WARE of Diokleia “Divine Compassion: does God suffer when we suffer?” Vespers and Lecture will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. Sponsored by the SS. Peter and Paul Creticos Memorial Lectures, and The St. Catherine’s Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies.
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
1st Greek Soccer Camp: CA
Greeks in LA is pleased to announce the 1st Greek Soccer Camp taking place this SUMMER.  The Greek National Soccer Technical Staff and Pro Athlete Kostas Katsouranis will be coming to LA to meet, train, and coach youth and adults, bringing our culture and athleticism together to Greek Americans. The locations will be announced shortly and are tentatively set up in the Long Beach area. This event is open to all ages, girls and boys, and for all skill levels! Day passes will be available for parents and people who want to watch as well. Let’s all come together in the spirit of athleticism and have some FUN this summer with GREEK Soccer! Registration is OPEN NOW on and only has 300 spots available.
This event is co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. n 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated Council. This conference is a series of papers, panel discussions, and a research poster competition addressing several themes from the Agenda for the Great and Holy Council: Autocephaly and Diaspora The Canonical Impediments to Marriage Ecumenical Relations The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples Fasting regulations His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will present the Florovsky Lecture, the keynote of the conference. A scholar at the University of Oxford who lectures throughout the world, Metropolitan Kallistos resonates equally with laypersons and clerics, on both timeless mysteries and urgent contemporary concerns.  For a listing of[...]
2015 Parish Life Conference: Geneva, NY @ St. Michael Antiochian Orthodox Church  | Geneva | New York | United States
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63rd Annual Parish Life Conference: Riverside, CA @ St. Andrew Antiochian Orthodox Church   | Riverside | California | United States
63rd Annual Parish Life Conference For more information:
A Cultural Excursion in West Georgia @ Country of Georgia
On this tour, Jul 1 – 12, 2015, a brand new itinerary improves on past experience for an ideal 11 day/night tour featuring the best of the Black Sea coast, inland Colchian kingdom, and exotic highland regions of Svaneti and Racha. This is a feast for the senses, and one of the best Monastery Tour itineraries yet! Destinations include the 6-7th century churches of Jvari, Ateni Sioni, and Martvili, the 10th century Svan chapels of Latali, Lenjeri, Nakipari, and Ushguli, the 11-12th century Gelati cathedral, Svetitskhoveli cathedral, and Nikortsminda cathedral, and fantastic vistas of the West Georgian coastal, inland, and highland regions. Contact the tour leader for the tour brochure and full itinerary. For more information:
Byzantium to Russia: The Origins and Development of Russian Icons 1200 to 1900 @ Museum of Russian Icons | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Featuring 48 Icons and Artifacts from the British Museum  This compelling selection of icons and artifacts from the renowned British Museum traces the stylistic development of sacred art from ancient Byzantium, the center of Christian civilization, to the introduction of Christianity to Russia. The exceptional exhibition of rare icons will also include Byzantine cast metal objects, ivories and engraved gems. Learn more.. On View through August 29, 2015
Family Life-All Auxiliaries Conference: Fairlawn, OH @ Presentation of our Lord Orthodox Church | Fairlawn | Ohio | United States
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22nd International Medieval Congress, Sponsored Session: United Kingdom @ University of Leeds
Typikon of the Monastery of Our Lady of Good Hope. Oxford, Lincoln College, Bodleian Library (Lincoln College, Ms. Gr. 35, fol. 12r, detail) SESSION TITLE: The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal? I: Cultures in Transition SESSION DATE: Jul 9, 2014 (2:15 PM – 3:45 PM) The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal? I: Cultures in Transition The entry of Michael VIII Palaiologos into Constantinople in 1261 seemed to herald a new beginning for the Byzantine empire. Although it is easy to point to the empire’s ultimate demise, more recent scholars have shown that old narratives of decadence and decline are misguided. Astonishing feats of adaptation can be seen, alongside intense intellectual, literary, theological and artistic energy. The Palaiologan period saw the blossoming of new ideas, intense self-examination and unprecedented cultural engagement. This session examines different aspects of change in Palaiologan society, highlighting their unique contributions to Byzantine[...]
International Medieval Congress: United Kingdom @ International Medieval Congress Administration  Institute for Medieval Studies  Parkinson Building Room 1.03  University of Leeds   | Leeds | United Kingdom
The IMC seeks to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of all aspects of Medieval Studies. Paper and session proposals on any topic related to the European Middle Ages are welcome. However, every year, the IMC chooses a special thematic strand which – for 2015 – is  ‘Reform and Renewal‘. The theme has been chosen for the crucial importance of both phenomena in social and intellectual discourse, both medieval and modern, as well as their impact on many aspects of the human experience. The International Medieval Congress (IMC) is organised and administered by the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS). Since its start in 1994, the Congress has established itself as an annual event with an attendance of over 2,000 medievalists from all over the world. It is the largest conference of its kind in Europe. Drawing medievalists from over 50 countries, with over 1,800 individual papers and 650 academic sessions[...]
St. Christopher Youth Camp: LaBelle, FL @ Riverside Retreat    | LaBelle | Florida | United States
Theme: “Meeting Christ at the River” For more information:
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – Jul 13 @ 10:00 am
Hexaemeron Six Days of Creation Carving Workshop: CT @ St. Thomas Seminary  | Bloomfield | Connecticut | United States
Instructor: Jonathan Pageau The course is offered as a retreat with lodging and meals provided. It begins with an introductory lecture at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 7. and ends Saturday, June 13 at 10:00 a.m. Make travel plans accordingly. The workshop is open to 12 students. May 1, 2015 is the deadline for payment in full. Registrants after May 1 will be placed on a waiting list. ​For more information:!st-thomas-carving/c1jbp
30th Anniversary Sacred Music Institute: PA @ Antiochian Village | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
There will be quite a gala celebration, which you won’t want to miss. For more information:
Jul 8 – Jul 15 all-day
Under the Auspices of our Beloved Father His Grace Bishop Youssef, we are pleased to announce the dates for the annual Florida Hymns Camp! Hymns Camp serves all youth going to 4th to those going to 12th grade in the fall of 2015. God willing the camp will take place during July 8-11 for the boys and July 12-15 for the girls.  During the camp we will learn hymns, have fellowship with one another, and at the end of the camp we will go on a trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. For more information:
Jul 12 – Jul 20 all-day
Iconographer: Erin Kimmet (Annunciation Press Icons) This workshop is for campers ages 15-18, or entering the 9th grade. This program will be separate from the main Summer Camp Program, as the participants will spend the majority of the week learning how to write a traditional Byzantine icon. While artistic or drawing ability is helpful, all you need is the desire to learn more about the sacred art of Iconography. The week will be spent learning the basics of writing a traditional icon, with trips off-camp to a local iconographer and to a local monastery. For more information:
Ninth Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum: Yonkers, NY @ St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary  | Yonkers | New York | United States
Practical liturgical training for deacons and lay diaconal candidates will be supported by celebration of the Divine Liturgy and other services. Intensive workshops aim to provide participants with the skills needed to serve effectively in the Orthodox Church as an attentive server, deacon, or priest. Attention will be given to the liturgical patterns of movement that inform the entire rite of the Church. Participants will also receive guidance on concelebrations and hierarchical celebrations so that they can effectively prepare for such occasions. In addition to practicums, focused presentations by faculty will augment the deacon’s understanding of his place in the liturgical life of the Church and the deacon’s broader vocation as a symbol to the faithful of the diakonia of Christ our Lord. Instruction in public speaking and vocal technique will also be offered. For more information:
Jul 12 – Jul 18 all-day
Our annual summer camp for youth going into 4th grade through College Freshman in the Fall. There will be fellowship, prayer, teachings, singing, games, a climbing wall and zip-line, refreshing pool and water slide, pick-up football, soccer, ultimate frisbee, and volleyball games, and a talent/no-talent show – all in beautiful Southern Indiana! It will be a week filled with wonder and one you won’t soon forget – don’t miss it for the World! For more information:
The courses are designed in close collaboration between faculty members, and are interrelated so that information learned in each class is directly relevant to knowledge acquired in the others. Attentive students are therefore guaranteed a comprehensive understanding of the living Russian Orthodox Liturgical Music tradition, and the skills needed to conduct, sing and read beautifully in their own church choir lofts. The full course of study consists of three summer sessions, at the end of which graduates are certified as Church Choir Directors and/or Readers. For more information:

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