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Feb 13 – Feb 14 all-day
5th Annual Climacus Conference: KY @ St. Michael the Archangel Antiochian Orthodox Church  | Louisville | Kentucky | United States
Theme: “Truth, Goodness, Beauty will save us” Speakers: Fr. Alexis Kouri & Others The Climacus Conference 2015 will seek to def­end bea­uty. Thus, we will first att­empt to def­ine bea­uty, parti­cularly on philo­sophical grounds. After all, we dis­cern bea­uty in phys­ical obj­ects and abstr­act ideas, in nat­ure and art, in ani­mals and things, and in people, quali­ties, and act­ions. What is this prop­erty of bea­uty pres­ent in all of these things? What is the status of bea­uty as an ult­imate value? Next we will con­sider the aesth­etics of some par­ticular beau­tiful things—such as church buil­dings, poems, icons, paint­ings, and music. Thirdly, we will con­sider some of the intel­lectual disci­plines—phi­lo­sophy, theo­logy, litera­ture, et al.—and their inter­action with aesth­etics. Finally, we will con­sider the pra­ctice of aesth­etics—the redem­ptive and salvific role of bea­uty in our lives. For more information:
Feb 13 @ 7:00 pm – Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm
 Winter Camp: Antiochian Villiage, PA @ Antiochian Villiage | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Pack your snow boots, winter parka, hat, scarf and Sunday best as we prepare for Winter Camp.  If you are in the range of  grades 7-12, join us for Winter Camp where we will hear amazing talks from Deacon Nicholas Belcher (Dean of Students at Holy Cross Seminary and Hellenic College); a cycle of liturgical services; fun and fellowship. For more information or to register visit our Winter Camp page, forms page, and Winter Camp Staff page.  Also:
Orthodox Christian Youth Retreat: Auburn, WA @ Camp Berachah | Auburn | Washington | United States
 Theme: “How Do I Know the Voice of God?” All youth 7th grade – 12th grade are invited!  Registration for the upcoming Orthodox Christian Winter Youth Retreat is now open. We are excited about using a new camp facility for this retreat – Camp Berachah! There are some great features of this camp, such as ropes challenge course, indoor swimming pool, and a cozy meeting room with a stone fireplace great for listening to our speaker who can relate well to the youth. For more information:
Theme: “How Do I Know the Voice of God?” For more information:
Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute Conference: San Francisco, CA
Theme: “The City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World” The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute is pleased to announce its fourth set of regional symposia, on the theme of The City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World, to take place both in Southern California (Riverside, near LA) from 7th-8th February, and in Northern California (San Francisco) from 14th-15th February 2015. This fourth suite of regional February symposia will address the way that “the city may become a desert” — that is, a fruitful place for life-changing, deep spirtiuality and the Life in Christ. As always, our symposia bring together leading Orthodox lecturers (see this year’s speakers for Riverside and for San Francisco), celebration of the Divine Services, panel discussions, opportunities for fellowship and many other dimensions that make these weekends important and prayerful events. For more information:[...]
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am – Feb 21 @ 10:00 am
Date: Saturday, February 14, 2015 Where: Manzanita Kitchen & Events on 4232 Fowler Ln #101 Diamond Springs, CA 95619 (map) Theme: “Spirituality and Organized Religion” Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (ROCOR nun & liturgiologist at the University of Vienna, Austria) Date: Saurday, February 21, 2015 Where: St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church on 4949 Alton Parkway Irvine, CA 92604 (map) Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (ROCOR nun & liturgiologist at the University of Vienna, Austria)   For more information:  
 St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary Mission Choir Visit: Jermyn, PA @ St. Michaels Orthodox Church | Jermyn | Pennsylvania | United States
The St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary’s Mission Choir will join St. Michaels Orthodox Church Choir in Jermyn, Pa to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.  Following the Divine Liturgy, refreshments will be served and the members of Mission Choir will introduce themselves and have the opportunity to meet with parishioners. For more information:
Lifeline Humanitarian Organization Benefit Dinner: Miami, FL @ 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant  | Miami | Florida | United States
Please join Lifeline Humanitarian Organization in Miami, FL  for a benefit dinner and silent auction in the presence of Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, where proceeds will go to help children with special needs and relief for flood victims in Serbia. Free parking on site. Silent auction. Please RSVP. For more information:
Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute 2015/2016: Phoenix, AR @ St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church   | Phoenix | Arizona | United States
Speakers: Bishop Atanasije (Jevtic) of Herzegovina & Others Core Courses: Gospel, Revelation & the Living Tradition • Freedom, Spiritual Warfare & Cross • Love, Church & Prayer • Christ – The Alpha and Omega • Emmanuel & Theosis • Conversing with a Bishop • New Pascha – Divine Liturgy in the Land of the Living • Holy Fathers, the Bible and Us • The Return to Wonder: on Holiness and Responsibility • Eschatology and Theosis according to St. Maximus the Confessor • The Kosovo Covenant • Synodality and Canonical Tradition • Democracy and Human Rights in the Light of the Church • On Orthodox Ecumenism • The Eschata in Our Daily Life. For more information:
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day
Speaker: Fr. Josiah Trenham (St. Andrew Orthodox Church, Riverside, CA) For more information:
OCL Winter Board Meeting Open Forum: St. Augustine, FL @ Orthodox Christian Mission Training Center | Saint Augustine | Florida | United States
Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) is hosting an Open Forum for interested clergy and laity in the Jacksonville/St Augustine, Florida area on the progress of the Assembly of Bishops as they finalize a blueprint for Orthodox Unity in the USA.  A plan will be discussed by the Assembly in March, 2015 in a special meeting.  The work toward unity is the responsibility of all – including clergy and laity.  At least we can be informed.
Coffe with Sr. Vassa Live: Irvine, CA
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Mondays During Great Lent — Young Adult Lenten Study Group,  Rocky River. Starting on “Clean Monday” area college OCF chapters and young adults are invited to a study group at St. Demetrios Church,  led by Fr. Jim Doukas, to discuss the Philokalia and The Ladder of Divine Ascent. The group will meet on Mondays starting Feb. 23 through March 30  in the St. Philothei chapel (enter through the southeast gym entrance.) For more information:
2015 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium: Los Angeles, CA @ Loyola Marymount University  | Los Angeles | California | United States
Sacred Architecture of East and West: Lessons from History and Contemporary Trends This year’s symposium is the third and final in our series exploring the relationship between tradition and contemporary practice in Catholic and Orthodox liturgy.  It will take place on February 27 to March 1, 2015. Keynote speaker: the Very Rev. Mark Morozowich, provost, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC Other speakers include: Nicholas Denysenko (Loyola Marymount University), Sharon Gerstel (UCLA), Robin Jensen (Vanderbilt University), Jeanne Kilde (University of Minnesota),  Tom Lucas (Seattle University), Christina Maranci (Tufts University), Vasileios Marinis (Yale University), Denis McNamara,  Amy Papalexandrou (Stockton College), and Richard Vosko. For more information:
College Retreat at Antiochian Village @ Antiochian Village Conference & Retreat Center | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Want to get away from the grind of midterms, exams, and studying?  Want to meet other Orthodox College Students?  Want to refocus your spiritual life?  Well you’re in luck!  This year we will host our first ever CRAVE!  College Retreat at Antiochian Village is a weekend retreat for all college and university students.  Fr. Anthony Yazge, Marek Simon, and Chris Shadid will talk about “Standing at the Foot of the Cross”, a Lenten retreat focused on following Christ.  So if you want a little break from your classes, come join us for a weekend full of fellowship, worship, and learning!  Register Now!  This event takes place on Feb. 27 to March 1, 2015. For more information:
OCMC - Teaching: Albania @ Tirana, Albania
Work with youth leaders on outreach to university students and nurture college students and young adults in Tirana. The mission trip will take place from February 27 to March 8, 2015. For more information:
REAL BREAK 2015, Schedule of Mission Trips @ Vaied Countries
Registration is open for trips to Constantinople, Thessoloniki, Slovakis, Romaia, United States, and other.  Hurry, as many slots are filling quickly! For more information:
The Ephraim Project’s monthly pan-Orthodox feeding of the homeless will take place on Friday, Feb. 27, at St. George Orthodox Church. The meal is being prepared at First Alliance, but we are needed to help serve the food. The meal is served at 5:30 p.m., but please plan to come earlier to help set up. Please see Anne van den Berg if you would like to help. Anyone is also welcome to serve other Friday’s at 5 pm. For more information:
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Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Author Presentation: Boca Raton, FL @ Saint Mark Greek Orthodox Church | Boca Raton | Florida | United States
Nicholas Gage, distinguished Greek journalist and author will be presenting  “A Writer’s Odyssey.” Join us for the presentation, book signing, refreshments, and a wonderful evening in the Fellowship Hall. For more information:  
Mar 1 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pan-Orthodox Vespers Service: Parma, OH @ Holy Trinity Orthodox Church  | Parma | Ohio | United States
Sunday of Orthodoxy. All are invited.  Homily by His Grace, Bishop PAUL, Bishop of Chicago and the Diocese of the Midwest (OCA).  Fellowship and refreshments in the Church Hall will follow the Service. Sponsored by the Greater Cleveland Council of Orthodox Clergy. For more information:
The Sunday of Orthodoxy Deanery Vespers will be hosted by St. John the Baptist Russian Orthdox Church. His Grace, Bishop Michael has also invited His Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph of the Antiochian Archdiocese to be the homilist. Invitation has also been extended to clergy and faithful of various jurisdictions. The responses will be sung by a Pan-Orthodox choir. We are looking forward to sharing this day, the first Sunday of the Great Lent, as brothers and sisters in Christ. Lenten refreshments will be served following the Vespers. For more information:  or
Guest Speaker, Sunday of Orthodoxy: Minneapolis, MN @ St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
The V. Rev. John Kowalczyk, Director of Field Education, St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary has been invited by the Pan-Orthodox Clergy Association of the Greater Twin Cities to provide the homily for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers service at  in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For more information:
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pan Orthodox Vespers: South Florida @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church  | Fort Lauderdale | Florida | United States
Please join us for the Sunday of Orthodoxy Pan-Orthodox Vespers service organized by the South Florida Clergy Brotherhood and Pan-Orthodox Laity Committee.  Finger foods, refreshments, and fellowship will follow in the church hall. For more informaiton:      
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) Sunday of Orthodoxy Vespers: Livonia, MI @ Antiochian Orthodox Basilica of  St. Mary  | Livonia | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will hold the first in its series of Vespers services on the five Sundays of Orthodox Great Lent. The service will be conducted by members of the Clergy Brotherhood of St. John Chrysostom of Metropolitan Detroit. The Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit will sing the responses during the service. The homilist will be the Very Rev. Dr. Michael Oleska, retired pastor of St. Alexis Mission, Anchorage, Alaska, professor and author. Members of the public are invited to attend the services. For more information:
Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament: Birmingham, United Kingdom @  University of Birmingham, Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre and the Selly Oak Campus of the University | Birmingham | United Kingdom
In conjunction with the European Research Council COMPAUL project, the Ninth Birmingham Colloquium on the Textual Criticism of the New Testament will focus on biblical commentaries from the second to the twelfth century with invited contributions from: Professor Ronald E. Heine – Origen’s Gospel Commentaries; Professor Gilles Dorival – Biblical Catena manuscripts; Dr Lukas Dorfbauer – The Regula Evangeliorum Quattuor of Fortunatianus of Aquileia; Professor Alexander Andrée – The Glossa Ordinaria; Dr William Lamb – Catenae and the Art of Memory For more information:  or
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2015 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting (November 21-24 in Atlanta, GA – Contextualizing North African Christianity program The Contextualizing North African Christianity program unit invites paper proposals for the 2015 SBL/AAR Annual Meeting (November 21-24 in Atlanta, GA) for the following two sessions devoted to the North African bishop and martyr, Cyprian of Carthage: 1) Contextualizing the Life of Cyprian. We seek paper proposals that help to situate Cyprian’s life and work within the social and cultural contexts of Roman North Africa. 2) The Afterlife of Cyprian. Cyprian was an influential figure in his own day but loomed even larger after his death. We welcome proposals illustrating this enduring influence (e.g., hagiographical traditions, the pseudo-Cyprianic corpus, and as an authority in the Donatist controversy and among various authors of the fourth through seventh centuries). Deadline for Paper Proposals: March 5, 2015 For more informaiton:
NY State Deanery Lenten Clergy Retreat @ Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church  | Syracuse | New York | United States
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Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
On-line Orthodox Scripture Study
As a result of feedback provided from both on-site and on-line participants, the next topic for our Diocesan on-line Orthodox Scripture Study will be the Book of Revelation (The Apocalypse). This weekly on-line scripture study will be led by the Very Rev. Protopresbyter Kenneth Bachofsky, Professor of Sacred Scripture at Christ the Saviour Seminary and broadcast live from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio. This study will draw on the patristic voice of the Fathers of the Church and will provide the participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of this multi-faceted Scriptural text from the Orthodox Christian perspective. For those unable to view the class live, videos of each class will be archived for later viewing. While no formal registration is required, it is asked that those participating consider emailing Fr. Ken and introduce yourself.  The Study of The Book of Revelation  can be viewed live here[...]