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RENEWING THE MALE AND FEMALE DIACONATE IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
This conference will examine the theology, history, and purpose of the diaconate, both male and female. It will include four sessions: the present state of the diaconate; ways men and women are engaged in diaconal service today; the current challenges and future possibilities of the diaconate; and the opportunities to engage with both clergy and faithful on rejuvenation of the male and female diaconate for the building up of the body of Christ.
For more information: https://orthodoxdeaconess.org/2017-conference/
His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch has given us his blessing to conduct a conference on ecology in his honour. A SACRAMENTAL APPROACH TO ECOLOGY will be a pan-religious gathering. While organised and sponsored by the Monastery, one session will be hosted by and at TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY in Langley, B.C. The dates of the event are 6-7 October. On the 6th, the Monastery will host a round table discussion, MC’d by Steve Bynum, the producer of Worldview on the American National Public Radio system. On the 7th, the session will be at T.W.U. Further information and details will be published in the first week of September.
The theme for this year’s Benefit is “Come Let Us Worship”. The concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical songs from different Orthodox Christian traditions.
The choir is composed of more than 40 volunteer singers from several Orthodox Christian parishes in southeastern Michigan. It is directed by Victoria Kopistiansky, choir director at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit.
Sponsored by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC), in partnership with Cass Community Social Services, the concert will support charitable endeavors provided across the region by the respective organizations. This concert will open the COCC’s 60th anniversary year.
This year’s series is focused on “Back to Basics“. The series will run on Tuesday evenings: October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory. You can download a flyer to post here.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Nicholas, Locum Tenens of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago, the holy relic of the right hand of Saint Spyridon of Trimythous will be available for veneration, in honor of the parish’s 100th anniversary. His Eminence, Metropolitan Nektarios of Corfu, Paxoi, and the Diapontia Islands will head the delegation accompanying the relic.
The public is invited to attend the various services that will be celebrated in conjunction with the visit of the relic.
Veneration of the holy relic will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11 with the reception of the relic and the celebration of Vigil.
On Thursday and Friday, October 12-13, veneration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The Paraklesis to Saint Spyridon will be celebrated both mornings at 11:00 a.m., while Vigil will be celebrated both evenings at 7:00 p.m. Veneration will end at 11:00 p.m.
On Saturday, October 14, veneration also will begin at 7:30 a.m. Orthros and the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m., while Great Vespers will begin at 7:00 p.m. Veneration will conclude at 11:00 p.m.
On Sunday, October 15, Orthros and the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. Veneration will conclude at 1:00 p.m.
For additional information, please contact: www.Saint-Spyridon.org.
October 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Manos Hadjidakis was one of the most important Greek composers of the 20th century. Internationally acclaimed, he won an Academy Award for best original song for the title song for the film Never on Sunday. Much of his music comprises songs whose lyrics come from the verses of the greatest Greek poets of the century, including Nobel laureates Odysseus Elytis and Giorgos Seferis. All arrangements are original and are designed to bring out the subtleties, beauty, and idiosyncrasies of the… Find out more at http://concertfix.com/tours/tribute-to-manos-hadjidakis
MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection. Curated by Anna Winestein
This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.
The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.
Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.
Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. Click here for Anna’s full biography.
For more information: www.museumofrussianicons.org/
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Vasileios Marinis investigates what the Byzantines believe happened to the soul after death and until the final resurrection and Last Judgment using liturgical, theological, literary, and material evidence. For more information: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/death-and-the-fate
The Mediterranean region is rich, complex, and culturally prolific. Participants will embark on an interactive exploration of the MFA’s collection of Mediterranean art, enhanced by the music that once enlivened the original spaces, sung by the Psaltikon Ensemble. Lana Sloutsky, adjunct instructor, Spyridon Antonopolous, honorary research fellow, City University London and Director of Psaltikon.
For more information: http://www.greekboston.com/event/mfa-remix-mediterranean-spaces/
The gathering affords clergy wives from all jurisdictions an opportunity to grow in their faith, meet one another in fellowship, worship with the monastic community, and learn from the guest speaker.
The theme of this year’s retreat, “Truth in Our Inward Parts,” will be developed by Presvytera Juliana Honeycutt. A licensed and National Board Certified mental health professional who holds her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, she specializes in women’s issues, especially related to holistic health and life in the Church. Since 2007 she’s offered small groups, workshops, and lectures for churches, therapists, and clergy throughout the country. In addition to her psychotherapy training, she has seven year’s experience as a fitness director/personal trainer. She approaches health and healing through a holistic lens of spirit, mind, and body and with her seminary training from Reformed Theological Seminary, she offers a deep quality of spiritual care integrated with knowledge of the clinical sciences. Also, she is part of a planning committee for the Clergy-Couple Care Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. She and her husband currently live in Muskegon, MI, where her husband is the priest at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church. They will be relocating this summer to Bloomfield Hills, MI, where her husband will be the priest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church.
“Overshadowed by the Spirit: Saints Known and Unknown” –
For more information: https://orthodoxcleveland.us
A Sacrifice of Praise: Liturgy, Prayer, and Hymnody at the Center of Faith and Life, featuring Susan Ashbrook Harvey, Brown University and Margot Fassler, University of Notre Dame
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. The PMR’s legacy is archived in a long-running series of published proceedings, from the early 1970s through the 1990s, testimony to its consistent success. For more information:
Join us for the HCHC Fall Open House! Get an exclusive look at our Orthodox Christian college and graduate school of theology, located just minutes from downtown Boston. Tour the campus, attend a mini-class, meet with faculty and staff, and have lunch with members of the Hellenic College Holy Cross community. Please register by Friday, October 6, 2017, at www.hchc.edu/openhouse Travel reimbursement is available. Please call us to inquire.
Jack Tannous discusses the status of Arabic as a Christian language.
Arabic is commonly seen as the language of Islam, and the Qur’an has long been viewed as the first book to have ever been written in Arabic. But there were Arabic-speaking Christians long before the birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and for much of the medieval period, the Middle East was a largely Christian region. In this lecture, I will discuss the status of Arabic as a Christian language, focusing especially on the question of the Bible in Arabic. Was there a pre-Islamic translation of the Bible into Arabic?
For more information: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/arabic-speaking-christians-and-the-bible
Orthodox Christian Women of Michigan (OCW) will sponsor a panel discussion on “Orthodox Parenting”. Sharon Gomulka of Holy Transfiguration will be the moderator. This panel discussion will be of particular interest to parents, grandparents, godparents,church school staff and church youth workers.
The panel discussion is open to all members of the public. Refreshments will be served.
Conference Theme: Industry and Our Immigrant Ancestors
For more information: http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/16thConference.html
This mini-exhibit showcases a series of twelve decorative plates designed and crafted by accomplished artists from Palekh, and Kholui, to Fedoskino. Each plate illustrates a different Russian fairytale. The myths and legends of Russia are provide a window into a fascinating and diverse culture. Generously donated by Robert Laroucque in 2017: http://www.museumofrussianicons.org/current-exhibitions/
His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America, is pleased to announce the visit of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, to the United States on October 21–31, 2017. (View the full schedule.)
The purpose of the visit is to meet with the leadership of the United Nations as well as members of the current administration of the United States to: 1) promote a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis, 2) highlight the current humanitarian crisis, and 3) discuss the future of Christians in Syria and the Middle East. His Beatitude will also be an honored guest at the “In Defense of Christians” Summit in Washington, D.C., from October 24–26. The Summit is titled “American Leadership and Securing the Future of Christians in the Middle East.”
His Beatitude has grown increasingly concerned over the last six years as the situation in Syria has worsened. One of the key goals of his visit is to ensure that American and international decision makers understand that the Antiochian Patriarchate represents a strong network of Christian churches in Syria and the Middle East, and that this is a constituency which is committed to peace.
Make your plans now to join His Beatitude Patriarch John X of the Orthodox Church of Antioch and All the East, as well as His Eminence and Beatitude, Patriarch Bechara Peter Cardinal Rai of the Maronite Church, for a festive luncheon celebrating their historic visits to New York on Sunday afternoon, October 29, 2017. Proceeds will support the victims and relief efforts of the ongoing war in Syria. Sponsorships are available.
That morning at 11:00 a.m., Patriarch John will celebrate the Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, primate of the Antiochian Archdiocese, and other hierarchs, clergy and faithful, will join him. Orthros will begin at 9:45 a.m.
A special rate has been secured at the Marriott New York Brooklyn Bridge for out-of-town guests. Space is limited, so please do not delay:Space is limited, so please do not delay: make your reservations here today!
For more information: http://antiochian.org/schedule-historic-visit-his-beatitude-patriarch-john-x-new-york
Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be the keynote speaker at Synergy’s 2017 annual Symposium.
The symposium theme is “Search the Scriptures.” Dr. Constantinou will offer practical advice for reading the Bible with confidence and Patristic advice for reading the Bible as Sacrament. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Constantinou is the author of two books and numerous articles and hosts a popular podcast, “Search the Scriptures,” on Ancient Faith Radio.
For more information: http://www.chicagosynergy.org/symposium.html
Papers are welcome that consider biblical, patristic, later Byzantine, modern and contemporary angles on the topic. Our speaker this year for the Florovsky Lecture will be Very Rev. Dr. John Erickson of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The lecture will be delivered the evening of Friday, October 27 and is open to the public. Register online now
For more information: http://www.otsamerica.net/
It is often observed that “Byzantium,” as a state and culture distinct from the Roman Empire, was an invention of Renaissance and early modern scholarship. From the historical corpus of Hieronymus Wolf to the lexical work of Charles Du Cange, the achievements of early modern scholars are familiar landmarks in the story of Byzantine studies’ emergence as a discipline. Yet key questions about this early modern “invention” of Byzantium remain understudied. What did “Byzantine” mean—as a term, a concept, and a category—to early modern scholars and their audiences? Where and how did European intellectuals acquire texts and objects that we would now define as “Byzantine”? How did contemporary political, religious, and cultural currents shape their engagements with Byzantine materials? And how does the historical context of Byzantium’s emergence continue to influence Byzantine studies today?
“The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe” addresses these questions and others over two days of lectures and panels. This conference brings together a range of senior scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students from across disciplines—including early modernists, medievalists, Byzantinists, and scholars of history, art, and literature—to evaluate the study of Byzantium in early modern Europe, and explore new approaches to this burgeoning field of research.
For more information: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/invention-of-byzantine-studies
A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
We are excited to welcome Dr. Timothy Patitsas, from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, as our speaker for this event. Dr. Patitsas will be speaking on his recent writing on ethical living in the Orthodox tradition, titled “A Feeling for Beauty.” Three sessions will be interspersed with vespers and matins services at Holy Nativity.
First Session: A Feeling for Beauty: The Aesthetic Ground of Orthodox Ethics
Second Session: Eros, Agape, and the Mystery of the Twofold Anointing
Third Session: Shame and Sacrifice: The Practical Goals of Orthodox Soul Therapy
Please visit our website for more info and registration: holynativityconference.com.
Childcare and dietary substitutions may be available, email us
For more information: http://www.antiochian.org/EagleRiver
His Grace, Bishop Paul will lead a discussion with pre-teens and teens during the first-ever diocesan on-line youth retreat. Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in this event being hosted at four parishes in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.
“With such a large diocese, it’s not financially possible to bring our youth together in one place as often as we’d like,” explained Priest Benjamin Tucci, Diocesan Youth Director. “His Grace has encouraged us to find new ways to connect with our young people, including the creative use of technology. So we’re happy to host the first-ever virtual event bringing our pre-teens and teens together with Bishop Paul for an evening video chat via teleconference.”
The overnight retreat will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, and at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET), Bishop Paul will lead participants in prayer and then speak to the youth about leading a “Life in Christ.”
Bishop Paul encourages as many youth as possible to join him for conversation and a virtual event to understand the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives. “With so many challenges in today’s world, I want this virtual gathering to be an opportunity for our teens and young people to speak with me about their concerns and interests, and for them to know that I am praying for each of them,” said Bishop Paul.
Bishop Paul to host first-ever Virtual Youth Retreat“After His Grace speaks with the youth, participants at each of the four host locations will explore the topics off-line and come up with their own ideas and ways to lead a life in Christ,” Father Benjamin added. “They will then rejoin His Grace later that same evening to share with him their thoughts and ideas for how they can keep Christ at the heart of their personal lives.”
Host parishes for the retreat include Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH; Saint Luke Church, Palos Hills, IL; Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS; and Saint Mary Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN.
Youth interested in attending should register before October 15 at http://bit.ly/mw-oct2017-retreat-registration. Once registered, youth will receive information about this unique event and suggestions for what to bring for the overnight retreat.
His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Laity [OCL] on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Bishop Paul will update participants on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.
Other speakers include Father Frank Marangos, Former Dean of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity, New York, NY; Former National Director of Religious Education and Executive Director of Communications for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting; and Managing Director of O’Mara Ferguson, who will speak on “Finding Our Voice: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century.” Father Hans Jacobse, Pastor of Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Ft. Myers-Naples, FL, Editor of the Orthodoxy Today web site, and Director of the American Orthodox Institute, a research and educational organization concerned with cultural and moral issues of the day, will speak on “The Challenge of Secularism in the Local Parish.” “Religious Pluralism, Fundamentalism and Contested Identities in North American Orthodox Christian Religious Life: The Case of the Greek Orthodox Church in America” will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Frances Kostarelos, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, Chicago, who has written on issues related to religion and served as a consultant for the Greek Archdiocese.
Accommodations are being provided by the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Detailed information and registration forms are available on-line. For more information: ocl.org/
The biennial National Clergy Retreat is one of the most important ways the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council (APC) fulfills that vision and mission through refreshing, renewing and recharging the clergy of the Archdiocese of America, and through them the Church, ministries and families they serve and love. For details and to register visit apc.goarch.org/retreat.