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Nov 14 – Nov 16 all-day
The 2014 Southern Region GOYA Fall Retreat will be held  at Pine Cove Outback Retreat Center in Columbus, Texas. GOYAns, ages 11-18, are invited to retreat away from every day challenges for a weekend of growth and fellowship. In addition to completing the online registration form, adult advisors must download, complete, and return to the Metropolis Office the following: Advisor Application Form Code of Conduct Youth Protection Manual Metropolis of Denver Supplement (not to be returned) Online registration will open September 1, 2014 and will close on November 1, 2014. For more information: http://youth.denver.goarch.org/events/2014-events/2014-southern-region-fall-retreat
2014 Southern Region GOYA Fall Retreat: TX @ Pine Cove Outback Retreat Center  | Columbus | Texas | United States
GOYAns, ages 11-18, are invited to retreat away from every day challenges for a weekend of growth and fellowship.  The gathering will be held at  Pine Cove Outback Retreat Center in Columbus, Texas. In addition to completing the online registration form, adult advisors must download, complete, and return to the Metropolis Office the following: Advisor Application Form Code of Conduct Youth Protection Manual Metropolis of Denver Supplement (not to be returned) Online registration is open as of August 29, 2014, and will close on November 1, 2014. For more information:  http://youth.denver.goarch.org/events/2014-events/2014-southern-region-fall-retreat-ii
American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting: San Diego, CA @  San Diego Convention Center  | San Diego | California | United States
Join us for the 2014 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings in San Diego! More than 1,000 events—academic sessions, additional meetings, receptions, tours, and workshops—will be offered. Most sessions will take place at the San Diego Convention Center located at 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101. Conference hotels are located within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. Register soon to get the best attendee rate and hotel selection. The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology. Twitter hashtag: #AARSBL For more information: https://www.aarweb.org/annual-meeting/general-information
Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] Fifth Annual Children's Party: Livonia, MI @  Holy Transfiguration Church | Livonia | Michigan | United States
The  “Saint Nicholas Is Santa Claus,”  is a Nativity-season children’s party.  The party will feature the story of Saint Nicholas as told by Saint Nicholas himself,” said Richard Shebib, COCC president and chairman of the event. “Children will meet Saint Nicholas and receive a gift while their parents take their pictures. They will do a craft project, and there will be a carol sing-a-long and refreshments.” Prior to the party, from noon until 1:00 p.m., children will be able to have their pictures taken with live reindeer. Refreshments will be served. For further information For further information:  visit www.coccdetroit.org.    or http://domoca.org/news_141117_1.html
UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies: Los Angeles, CA @ Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of California, Royce 306 | Los Angeles | California | United States
Topic: “Reflections on Poussin’s Landscape with Diogenes” This lecture by Herbert Morris (Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA) takes Hazlitt as a guide in regarding Poussin as a poet who works with pictorial images and respects Poussin’s desire to be “read.” Professor Morris argues that, as with poets generally, Poussin sought, in addition to promoting pleasure with his images and their relationship to each other, to stimulate critical reflection, the imagination, and a range of emotions and moods. Professor Morris’ exposition is an attempt to remedy a failure of art historians to provide to Poussin what he desired.  Click here for the readings and images. Self-service parking is in UCLA Lots 2, 3, 4 and 5.  More information and maps at the UCLA Parking website. For more information: http://www.cmrs.ucla.edu/  
INTRODUCTION TO ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY For more information: http://www.meocca.org/event_info/cooperative_catechism9.htm
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA): Call for Papers
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity. Please submit proposals consisting of a 350 to 500-word abstract and your contact information to the review committee at esbvmeditor@hotmail.com(link sends e-mail).  Proposals are due Nov. 15, 2014.   The Annual Conference is in August 2015. For more information: http://www.otsamerica.org/otsanews/announcements.php
Sixth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute: New York, NY @ Union Theological Seminary  | New York | New York | United States
This year’s theme for the conference is: “Healing Reconciliation & Forgiveness in Eastern Orthodox Perspectives.” The conference aims to provide space for exploring the various ways that the Eastern Orthodox Church and Orthodox culture at-large, past and present, have understood the complex and difficult issues involved in the restoration of communion, peace, and wholeness, after episodes of disunity and alienation. This theme lends itself to an array of approaches, from theological ones (soteriology and atonement theory), historical issues (schism and reunifications of Orthodox cultures), pastoral considerations (confession and sacramental healing) and political analyses. For more information: http://sophiainstitutenyc.org/the-sixth-annual-conference-2014/
Orthodox Institute on the Family Conference Series: Ontario, CAN @ All Saints of North America Orthodox Church | Hamilton | Ontario | Canada
Theme: “Balancing Family Life in a Fast-Paced World” Speaker: Fr. Bohdan Hladio For more information: http://www.asna.ca/oif2014pamphlet.pdf
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm
Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph: NY @ St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral  | New York | United States
By the Grace of God, His Beatitude, JOHN X Patriarch of the Great City of God, Antioch, and all the East, together with the Members of the Holy Synod of the See of Antioch, our beloved Hierarchs, the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees and the entire Archdiocese of North America, invite you to prayerfully participate in the Enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH,  Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America. All Services and events will take place at: St. Nicholas Cathedral, 355 State St., Brooklyn, New York with the exception of the Reception and Gala Banquet which will be held at: The Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams St., Brooklyn, New York Rooms for this occasion have been blocked until November 7 for $299 plus tax at The Brooklyn Marriott under the keyword “St. Nicholas Cathedral Installation” and can be reserved by calling (718) 246-7000 or online using the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/11950815/owner/13490/home Directions to the Cathedral can be found at www.stnicholascathedral.org[...]
Topic: Exploring ways we can focus on what is good and beautiful in our everyday lives. Presenter:  Steve Christoforou For more information: http: //www.st-philip.net/files/Flyers/Be-the-Bee-Teen–YA-retreat-Dec-2014-lg.pdf
Theme: “On Confession: Preparing to Purify our Hearts” Speaker: Fr. Wayne Wilson For more information: http://www.stbarnabasoc.org/category/home-left/
Women & Diaconal Ministry in the Orthodox Church-Past, Present & Future: New York, NY @ Union Theological Seminary | New York | New York | United States
Source: St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess will host its first conference titled Women & Diaconal Ministry in the Orthodox Church: Past, Present & Future on Saturday, December 6, 2014  from 9 am to 5 pm at Union Theological Seminary  in Manhattan. The conference will provide presentations and discussions on why an ordained ministry is necessary; how a deaconess would/could serve today; and what short-term and long-term steps could be taken for restoration of the female diaconate. Speakers from various areas of social outreach will discuss diaconal work in the present such as pastoral care, ministry of the Word, and chaplaincy. A session will also will support the restoration of the female diaconate with an overview of the comprehensive research that has already conducted on it history, theological apologetics, and recent attempts at restoration of the female diaconate in Greece and[...]
Ensemble Organum & Christos Chalkias Concert: NY @ Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York | New York | United States
Concerts at The Cloisters presents: “In Praise of Saint Nicholas”, a program of hymns celebrating the feast of  Saint Nicholas (270–343), Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor. The world-renowned Ensemble Organum (Marcel Pérès, Director) from France meets virtuoso chanter Christos Chalkias of Thessaloniki, Greece, in a rare juxtaposition of Latin and Greek Byzantine chants in honor of Saint Nicholas. The concert will conclude with excerpts from the emblematic manuscript of the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy (Biblioteca Capitolare ms 38 & 40), and will feature Latin and Greek texts (including Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός- Sanctus deus)  chanted antiphonally. For more information:  http://www.metmuseum.org/events/programs/concerts-and-performances/ensemble-organum-a?eid=37203
Pan-Orthodox Vespers & Christmas Concert: Des Plaines, IL @ St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church | Des Plaines | Illinois | United States
Great Vespers at 6pm Concert at 7pm.  Come join us for this wonderful event. Additional details here. For more information:  http://www.stjohnthebaptistgoc.org/_images/Pan%20Orthodox%20Christmas%20Concert-2014-lg.jpg
Ascension Liturgical Choir 44th Annual Christmas Concert: Oakland, CA @ Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedra | Oakland | California | United States
“An International Christmas” . The free concert features special guests Paraguayan harpist Carlos Reyes, acclaimed soprano Susan Gundunas, baritone Peter Tuff,  and the Kairos Youth Choir, accompanied by members of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra joined by Ascension musicians and the Ascension Liturgical Choir with Ascension organist Anna Counelis and pianist Arkadi Serper. The program highlights traditional carols, Greek Orthodox Christmas hymns, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as well as a brief sing-along. Ascension Liturgical Choir is under the direction of  Laura Kakis Serper who will also conduct the concert. Special guest director Dr. Tikey Zes will conduct the Orthodox Christmas hymns.  The Young People’s Symphony Orchestra   is California’s oldest youth orchestra and the second oldest youth orchestra in the U.S. YPSO is under the direction of David Ramadanoff. Kairos Youth Choir  is also under the direction of  Kakis Serper. The Ascension Liturgical Choir is comprised of members of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Refreshments will[...]
St. Tikon's Mission Choir Liturgical Celebration and Visit: Philidelphia, PA @  Saints Peter & Paul Albanian Church  | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Please join us in welcoming  St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir to celebrate Divine Liturgy with us at SS Peter & Paul Albanian Orthodox Church.  The Mission Choir will sing the responses of the Liturgy and join us for a light Lenten Luncheon during our coffee hour. They will introduce themselves and have the opportunity to meet with parishioners. For more information: http://www.stots.edu/news_141031_3.html
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Inter-Orthodox Nativity Concert: OH  @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Rocky River | Ohio | United States
Refreshments will be served following the Concert in the Cultural Hall. Everyone is welcome! For more information: http://www.orthodoxcleveland.us/files/Xmas-concert-14.pdf
St Nicholas Family Fun Night: Post Falls, Idaho @ St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church | Post Falls | Idaho | United States
We are excited to invite you to our St. Nicholas Family Fun Night at St. John. This will be a wonderful evening to share together as well as invite others too. In honor of St. Nicholas’ feast day, the story of the real St. Nic will be shared and donations will be collected for our local Food Bank. We will also have wonderful entertainment from the CYT North Idaho’s Swingin’ in the Holidays Swing Dance Tour Group, plus hot cider and goodies!  LOTS of FUN for ALL ages!! For more information: http://www.stjohnorthodox.org/  
17th Annual Christmas Musicfest: Los Angeles, CA @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Los Angeles | California | United States
Christmas Musicfest Under the Byzantine Dome Featuring: Los Angeles Byzantine Chorale — Constance Callinicos, director Master’s Chorale – Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts — Dianne Harmef, director Harmonies of St. Thomas, All Girls Choir — Antonio Espinal, director For more information: http://www.stsophia.org/herald/herald_2014-11.pdf
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm
Iconographer: Priestmonk Dimitrian, 10+ years of experience on Mount Athos and in Russia. Instruction on drawing, gilding, painting, and varnish (olifa). Write and complete your own personal Icon Five day class,  lunch break (potluck). Note: this will be during Christmas lent, some food restrictions apply. For more information:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xA1nH99SRAZd_WBd3IQestpyxNYi6xwUFAP9OQeJ3NY/pub
Christmas Performance at Agia Sophia Academy: Beaverton, OR @ Agia Sophia Academy | Beaverton | Oregon | United States
Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy ) warmly invites you to our Christmas program, “Building a Living Icon”.   Our students are working hard to prepare this heartfelt Nativity treat just for you! Bake Sale to follow, proceeds benefit our Music Program. For more information: http://orthodoxnorthwest.wordpress.com/
Church School Monastery Pilgrimage: Rives Junction, MI @ Holy Dormition Orthodox Monastery | Rives Junction | Michigan | United States
We invite all our Church School students, parents, and teachers to participate in this spiritually important growth opportunity. Pilgrimage is a venerable tradition of the Orthodox Church – visiting and supporting monasteries helps the monks and nuns do their important work: praying for the entire world. Such a pilgrimage with our Church School also helps the young people to see that monasticism is a real option in life – something that they can either engage in or at the very least support. The health of the Church has always been measured by the health of the monasteries. Participating in pilgrimages helps to strengthen these crucially important spiritual institutions. For more information: http://www.stvladimiraami.org/SundayReadings/CurrentSundayReading.pdf
Retreats at St. John’s Monastery for Ladies: Manton, CA @ Orthodox Monastery of St. John of San Francisco  | Manton | California | United States
Theme: “The Virtues, the Passions & the Healing of the Soul” Speaker: Mother Melania (Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA) For more information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/77e3a74917a6de51c5657fbba/files/retreats_flyer.pdf
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm
YES (Youth Equipped to Serve) Retreat: Providance, RI @ St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church | Pawtucket | Rhode Island | United States
WHEN?      Friday, December 12 – Sunday December 14, 2014 WHAT?      A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Providence, RI. WHO?        Junior High, High School Students, and College Students WHERE?    St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church at 5pm on Friday, December 12th: 249 High St., Pawtucket, RI 02865.  The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on December 14th. HOW DO I REGISTER?           Click here to register! For more information: http://focusnorthamerica.org/yes/upcoming-trips/
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church: Mary Esther, FL @ Sts. Markella & Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Mary Esther | Florida | United States
For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Dec-13-2014-Ft-Walton-FL-Journey-of-Marriage-Seminar.pdf
Special One Day Retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas: Bellingham, WA @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church  | Bellingham | Washington | United States
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church invites you to a one-day retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, entitled “The Poetry of Christmas: Ecclesiastical and Secular”.   The retreat begins at 11 am and concludes after Great Vespers. Please click HERE to view the retreat flyer.  The Retreat includes activities for children. If you are bringing your children, please contact Presvytera Elizabeth at  elizabeth.tervo@gmail.com    For Directions and other information, visit www.saintsophias.org or call 360-734-8745, or  visit  http://orthodoxnorthwest.wordpress.com/
Dec 13 @ 12:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Pan Orthodox Retreat: Hibbing, MN @  St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church  | Hibbing | Minnesota | United States
Dr. Harry Boosalis will lead a Pan Orthodox Retreat sponsored by the Northland Orthodox Christian Clergy Association of Minnesota. The topics include ‘St. Silouan of Mount Athos and Orthodox Spiritual Life’, as well as ‘The Virtue of Love: Our Path to Holiness’. The Retreat will conclude  with Vespers at 5 pm, and will be blessed with the presence of a holy relic of St. Nikolai Velimirovich. For more information: http://www.stots.edu/news_141124_1.html
Gala Dinner and Commemorative Concert: Huntington Beach, CA @ St. Wilfrid of York Episcopal Church | Huntington Beach | California | United States
The Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Church of Orange County, California cordially invites you to a very special event,  a concert honoring the 100th Jubilee Commemorating World War I and the 100th Anniversary of the Death of   famous Composer Stevan Morkanjac. The event will begin with a Reception and Silent Auction at 5pm, and a musical program featuring outstanding guest artists beginning at 6pm. Seating is limited, so please respond promptly to reserve your place. For more information: http://www.mostholytheotokos.com/wp-content/uploads/gala-dinner-concert-2014.pdf  
Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Camden Conference: Rockland, ME @ Rockland Public Library | Rockland | Maine | United States
Theme: “The Russian Orthodox Church Today” Speaker: Anthony Antolini The Russian Orthodox Church today represents a far more powerful force in Russian society than it has in over a century. Throughout its history the Russian Church has been inextricably connected with political forces. These influences continue today but in new and surprising ways that seem quite foreign to the American experience. The presentation will include a brief summary of Russian Church history, a review of recent developments in the Putin administration and a look at how Eastern Orthodoxy is connected to the current crisis in Ukraine. Note: This talk will be repeated on Thursday, January 8, 6:30PM at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. For more information: https://www.camdenconference.org/event/the-russian-orthodox-church-today-rockland-public-library/  and http://www.camdenconference.com