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Dec 28 – Dec 30 all-day
OCF Retreat: Bolivar,PA @ Antiochian Village  | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (Professor of Liturgical Studies, Catholic Faculty of the University of Vienna, Austria) For more information: http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/cc-east/ or http://www.ocf.net/college-conference/
EPIPHANY: MEDIEVAL BYZANTINE & OLD ROMAN CHANT: Seattle and Portland, OR @ Varied
This program, which was the first all-chant concert ever given by Cappella Romana (to sold-out audiences in 2001), features Cappella Romana’s specialist ensemble of Byzantine cantors singing a program of Medieval hymns and psalms for the feast of Epiphany. These performance include examples of Byzantine chant in Greek from Hagia Sophia and from Palestine, and selections in Latin of Old Roman Chant sung directly from 11th-century manuscripts. Please go to this website for dates, venues, and prices: http://www.cappellaromana.org/epiphany-medieval-byzantine-old-roman-chant/ Seattle, Friday, 1 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Blessed Sacrament Portland, Saturday, 2 Jan. 2016, 7:30pm, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; and Sunday, 3 Jan. 2016, 2:30pm, St. Mary’s Cathedral
OCMC 2016 Mexico Teaching Team: San Esteban and Pisaflores, Mexico
This event takes place between March 26 to April 2, 2016. The 2016 Mexico Mission Team will continue to assist the outreach efforts of the Diocese of Mexico to native Aztec Orthodox Christians in the villages of San Esteban and Pisaflores (northwest of Mexico City). The Team will offer youth and adult catechism to educate and strengthen the faithful. Team members will teach children basic religious education, crafts, and activities in a Vacation Bible School format. They will also offer adult catechism, and attend worship services with the local communities. For more information: http://www.ocmc.org/about/view_team.aspx?TeamId=167
WORLDWIDE CELEBRATION OF EPIPHANY: TARPON SPRINGS, FL @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Tarpon Springs | Florida | United States
ELLADA will be performing at the largest and most famous celebration of “EPIPHANY”.  Ellada will be performing immediately following the retrieving of the CROSS from the Bayou of Tarpon Springs. A delicious dinner will be served by the community of St. Nicholas throughout the afternoon and evening. Also performing will be LEVENDIA, Tarpon’s world famous folk dancers. Come one, Come all! Epiphany starts at St. Nicholas at 11am and goes through the early evening! Join the thousands of attendees and witness one of the most famous celebrations of the “EPIPHANY” For more information: http://musicofellada.com/Performance_Information.html  and for Epiphany Liturgical Events – https://www.facebook.com/303807413133673/photos/a.303822773132137.1073741828.303807413133673/514422592072153/?type=3&theater
Young Adult Winter Retreat: Big Bear Lake, CA @ Big Bear Christian Retreat | Big Bear Lake | California | United States
Theme: “A Christian Ending to our Life: An Orthodox Perspective on Death” Speaker: Fr. Gregory Horton and Fr. David Sommer Register online by Monday, December 21 For more information: http://www.dlawyoungadults.com/events/winter-retreat-2016/
Jan 9 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Adult Religious Retreat: Woburn, MA @ The Annunciation Of The Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church | Woburn | Massachusetts | United States
Adult Religious Retreat – What better way to start the New Year off than by rekindling our spiritual life. For more information: http://www.greekboston.com/event/religious-retreat-woburn-ma/
Jan 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:15 pm
We will be offering Byzantine chanting classes. Instruction will be in English and in Greek, if necessary. With simple steps we will learn the basics of byzantine chanting. The school will offer classes for beginners in a) the theory of Byzantine music b) its practical application and c) the proper behavior at the Analogion (Chanter’s Stand). The mission statement of the programs is to teach, preserve and present the rich history and tradition of Byzantine Music of our Eastern Orthodox Church, to inspire persons to learn and serve the Church by participating in the Analogion during church services and to transmit Byzantine hymnology into the English language by enabling the chanter to effectively chant in English. For more information: http://bulletinbuilder.org/SNC-SanJose/current#NewsandEvents
American Balalaika Symphony: Alexandria, VA @ Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall NVCC Alexandria Campus | Alexandria | Virginia | United States
Combining the rich traditions of the Russian Music School with the best of European and American music, founder, artistic director, and conductor Peter Trofimenko has created a unique American orchestra. Each concert season the American Balalaika Symphony performs a stunning range of music— from beloved Russian folk melodies to classical favorites to rarely heard symphonic masterpieces, often with prominent virtuoso soloists from around the world.   For more information: http://absorchestra.org/
Theme: “Happiness and Spirituality: Health” A six-session guided meditation workshop presented by V. Rev. Fr. John Bakas, Dean of Saint Sophia Cathedral, Maria Baltazzi , Meditation Teacher and Purveyor of Happiness, and John Kopatsis, Huffington Center Director Workshop: Wednesdays from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm (with a 15 minute break). Time will be given at the end for everyone’s questions and feedback. For more information: http://www.stsophia.org/herald/herald_2015-11.pdf
The Monastery of Elijah near Nepi: A History in Paint and Stone: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA, Royce Hall Room 306  | Los Angeles | California | United States
Alison Locke Perchuk (Art, California State University Channel Islands) considers the production of individual and communal identity as a complex process operating at the intersections of exterior and interior, of physical environment and mental structures, of bodily comportment and spiritual and intellectual practices. Through research in art and architectural history, political and social history, theology, liturgy, literature, and memory and landscape studies, Professor Perchuk’s book project offers a new understanding of this process at work within a medieval European monastery. It reveals a community deeply invested in dominant political and social discourses emanating from Rome, yet also engaged in establishing its own sense of place and identity, rooted in its landscape and its sacred patrons, including the prophet Elijah. It also offers an example of how to tell history in the absence of texts, and indicates how seemingly peripheral monuments can offer ways through scholarly impasses concerning objects and events deemed[...]
6th Annual Eighth Day Symposium: Witchita, KS @ St George Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral  | Wichita | Kansas | United States
Theme: “Soil & Sacrament: The World as Gift” We’re heading into our sixth year of organizing the Eighth Day Symposium and every single year it keeps getting better. After the most successful symposium to date, back in January, we fearfully wondered if we could outdo ourselves yet again. We’re confident we have and we can’t wait to see you in Wichita on January 14-16. – See more at: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_symposium_2016#sthash.lI7VEoEg.dpuf For more information: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.org/eighth_day_symposium_2016
25th Richard & Mary Rouse History of the Book Lecture: A Literary History of the Book of Hours: Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA Royce Hall 314  | Los Angeles | California | United States
The book of hours is one of the most familiar of medieval manuscript genres, and yet it has not played a large part in most histories of medieval reading. In this talk, Jessica Brantley (Associate Professor of English, Yale University) will explore the importance of the book of hours for English literary history. These wildly popular prayerbooks played a central role in many of the dramas of late-medieval literary culture: the rise of private reading, the development of lay literate piety, the emergence of female readers, and the growing influence of the vernacular as the language of literate practice of all kinds. The book of hours often shaped medieval readers’ fundamental understanding of how a person should engage with a book, with enormous consequences for our sense of how medieval literary culture worked. The hours’ multiple languages and systems of images made a rich hybridity of representation central to the[...]
Iconographer: Dmitri Andreyev For more information: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
This year’s theme will be P.U.S.H. (Pray Until Something Happens). In addition to the presence of H.G. Bishop Youssef, our guest speakers will be H.G. Bishop Angaelos (General Bishop in the United Kingdom) and Fr. Matthias Shehad (St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church of Houston, TX). We looking forward to seeing you all there! Due to the size of the retreat center, spaces are limited this year so please sign up early. Registration will be based on a first come, first serve basis. Space permitting, day registration may be available at a later time. No walk-ins will be allowed this year due to space. No exceptions. For more information: http://susgrads.org/2016-dates/
Jan 15 – Jan 18 all-day
Young Adult Winter Retreat: NV @ Galilee Camp and Conference Center | South Lake Tahoe | California | United States
For more information: http://www.youth.sanfran.goarch.org/editor/young-adult-2015-2016-calendar-of-events/
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage: Tarpon Springs, FL @ St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Tarpon Springs | Florida | United States
“Preparing for the Journey of Marriage” is a workshop for couples marrying in the Orthodox Church. Register Online Here For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/upcoming-events-2/ or   http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Jan-16-2016-TARPON-Pre-Marital-Seminar-Information.pdf
Jan 17 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
ZOE for Life! Akathist and Lecture
ZOE for Life! will sponsor a pan-Orthodox “Akathist for the Unborn”. The Very Rev. Andrew Harmon, the priest at St. Matthew, will conduct the prayer service. A free-will offering will be collected, and a speaker and refreshments will follow the service. The speaker will be Lisa Palivoda, a member of St. Matthew and a former co-coordinator of the post-abortion recovery program at the Oasis of Hope Pregnancy and Parenting Center in Medina who will join the ZOE staff in January. She will share her personal experience in the program and “God’s compassionate, loving and faithful promise of redemption, restoration and renewal.”   The public is invited to attend the service.
2016 Pan-Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference: Dallas, TX @  St. Seraphim's Cathedral   | Dallas | Texas | United States
Theme: “Feed My Sheep: Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life” The Orthodox Church in America, on behalf of all Eastern Orthodox Youth Ministry/Camping Departments in America, is delighted to host this Annual Conference in 2016 at St. Seraphim’s Cathedral in Dallas, TX. Clergy, campus ministers, youth workers, camp leaders, and volunteers gather every January for fellowship, worship, and continuing education. Apart from our Keynotes focused on Crisis, Trauma, and Everyday Life and Self-care For the Shepherds, there will be workshops focusing on: Campus Ministry Camping Programs Parish-based Youth Ministry Registration costs $150/person and is available here. For more information: http://orthodoxcamps.org/conference
Hellenic Studies Program Lecture: New Haven, CT @ MacMillan Center, Yale University, Luce Hall (LUCE), 203  | New Haven | Connecticut | United States
Lecturer: Georg Fischer, Visiting Fellow at the Program of European Union Studies at Yale University Theme: “North-South Convergence and Divergence in the European Union” Description: Georg Fischer is the 2015-16 European Union Fellow. He is on leave from his job as the analysis/evaluation Director at the Employment and Social Policy Department of the European Commission. He is a labor economist who, before joining the EU, worked for the Austrian Finance and Labour ministries in Vienna, the OECD in Paris, the Social Science Center Berlin and the Economic Cooperation Foundation in Tel Aviv. Mr. Fischer’s main research interests are integration and divergence in the US labor market and welfare system as a source for reflection on how the EU can achieve a higher degree of labour market and social convergence – increasingly seen as condition for the long term sustainability of the European Economic and Monetary Union. He is also interested[...]
“The Diaconate in the Orthodox and Catholic Churches” is hosted by St. Nicholas Cathedral. Orthodox Speaker: Fr. Deacon Maxime Najim, St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, San Diego, CA Roman Catholic Speaker: Deacon David J.Estrada, Director of Diaconate Formation, Archdiocese of Los Angeles Public welcome. A freewill Offering will be taken Organizer: Society of St. John Ch rysostom-Western Region Phone:760-212-4888, Email:Anne Petach <apetach@sbcglobal.net> Website:http://lightoftheeast.org
For more information: http://www.doepa.org/files/Diocesan%20Assembly/2016/2016_DA_Announcement-of-Diocesan-Assembly.pdf
The Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Lecture : Los Angeles, CA @ UCLA, Royce Hall 314  | Los Angeles | California | United States
“Art and Papal Politics in Twelfth-Century Rome” is the featured presentation at this Annual Hammer Art History Lecture. Art and architecture were important vehicles of communication for medieval patrons, including popes. In this lecture, Dale Kinney (Eugenia Chase Guild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Research Professor, Bryn Mawr College) presents a range of papal images thought to convey political messages, some of which caused international scandals in their own day while others are mentioned only for being pretty. Professor Kinney explores both the twelfth-century context of this art as well as the… For more information: http://cmrs.ucla.edu/events/      
4th Annual Pan-Orthodox Winter Dinner: Flint, MI @ St. George Church~ | Flint | Michigan | United States
Plan on joining the Mothers, Sisters, Priest and others from the Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery as they come to St. George to celebrate evening Vespers and visit with us. This year’s presentation theme will be on: Obedience: Individual & Family, Parish and Monastic Life. Mother Abbess Gabriella will be the keynote speaker. This event is for the benefit  of The Dormition of the Mother of God Monastery. Seating is limited! We have grown by 20% or more each year so register NOW!  Good drinks, appetizers, main course and dessert all fit for a cold winter night – along with our signature hot wine! For more information: http://www.saintgeorgeflint.org/news_151204_4.html Click HERE for flyer and registration form!
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
An Evening to Benefit IOCC: Milwaukee, WI @ Annunciation Cultural Center | Wauwatosa | Wisconsin | United States
For more information: https://9586.thankyou4caring.org/pages/milwaukee-tailgate2016
33rd Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture @ Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary,  Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Family Rangos Building | Yonkers | New York | United States
The Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, will be the presenter at the 33rd Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture. The lecture is titled, “Toward the Holy and Great Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Consensus,” and will be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Family Rangos Building on our campus. Prior to the lecture, the seminary Board of Trustees and Faculty will award a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa to Fr. John. It will also award a Doctor of Canon Law degree honoris causa to former Trustee Charles Ajalat. For more information:  http://www.svots.edu/events/33rd-father-alexander-schmemann-memorial-lecture-toward-holy-and-great-council
Feb 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Orthodox Lecture Series: Emmaus, PA @ St. Paul Antiochian Orthodox Church  | Emmaus | Pennsylvania | United States
Theme: “Pentecostalism”. Pentecostalism, the Charismatic Movement, Word of Faith and the Prosperity Gospel. Speaker: Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy, the popular lecture/podcast series (and book), is going to be presented in anewly revised, expanded and updated form at St. Paul’s in Emmaus.  This series began in Nov. 2015. Vespers at 6:30 preceding the lecture. Time for Q&A will follow each talk, which will be roughly an hour at most. The talks (but not Q&A) will be recorded and uploaded to Ancient Faith Radio. For more information: http://saintpaulemmaus.org/2015/09/29/orthodoxy-heterodoxy-nov-11-mar-9-what-are-the-differences-between-orthodox-christianity-and-other-religious-traditions/
1st Thursday Lectures on Iconography: Washington, DC @ The Monroe Street Arts Walk across the street from Catholic University- | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
First Thursday Lectures presents Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Ph.D whose presentation is entitled: “The Power of the Word: Preaching and Iconography in a Greek Orthodox Church”. http://www.byzarts.com/lectures/
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble-Wintersongs: San Francisco, CA @ Old First Presbyterian Church | San Francisco | California | United States
KITKA is a women’s vocal ensemble unlike any other. These sophisticated singers blend a contemporary sensibility with specialized vocal techniques from Eastern Europe that have been distilled over centuries. Using only the pure unaccompanied voice, they create a constantly shifting landscape of sound, pulsing with angular rhythms, where dramatic dynamics leap from delicate stillness to shattering resonance, and seamless unisons explode into lush incomprehensible chords. Wintersongs features material ranging from rousing Slavic folk carols to lush, meditative Eastern Orthodox sacred choral works…. from pre-Christian incantations for the longest night of the year to Medieval Sephardic Chanukah songs to original new pieces inspired by the beauty and mystery of wintertime. For more information: http://www.kitka.org/calendar/index.html
This event takes place on Feb. 8 to Feb. 11, 2016. Theme: “The Church as Shepherd and Man as Sheep: Renewing the Mystery of the Pastoral Life” Speaker: Archimandrite Irenei Steenberg (Dean and Director of Studies, Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Orthodox Institute) For more information: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_100807_2.html or Register Online at: http://antiochianladiocese.org/seminarregistration.html
2016 Pastoral Conference: Birmingham, AL @ St. Symeon the New Theologian Orthodox Church   | Birmingham | Alabama | United States
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