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International Exhibition of Orthodox Icons: Paris @ Bulgarian Cultural Institute (L’Institut Culturel Bulgare) | Paris | Île-de-France | France
An exhibition of Romanian and Bulgarian Orthodox icons will be held in Paris, under the auspices of the ambassador of Bulgaria to France. The exposition is being organized by the Bulgarian Orthodox parish of St. Euthymius of Tarnovo in Paris with the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of Western and Central Europe (the Bulgarian Orthodox Church). The solemn opening of the exhibition will take place in the evening of April 21 at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute (L’Institut Culturel Bulgare) in Paris. The choir of St. Simeon (the choir director – Nana Peradze) will perform during the exhibition’s opening ceremony. Works of famous Bulgarian iconographers will be displayed at the exhibition, including icons by Fr. Jordan Pashev, Vanja Sapundjieva, Tsvetelina Maksimova, Elena Karageorgieva, Konstantina Konstantinova, and Ivaylo Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) along with those by the Romanian iconographers Mihai Coman and Gabriel Cituk. For more information:
Russian America-The Alaskan Native Spiritual Legacy Exhibit: Villanova, PA @ Villanova University (Art Gallery)  | Villanova | Pennsylvania | United States
Three free public lectures were held in conjunction with the exhibition titled “Russian America: The Alaskan Native Spiritual Legacy,” which runs to May 15, 2016 at the Villanova University Art Gallery. For more information:
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Round-table: Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson  | Los Angeles | California | United States
The Textual Lineaments of Three Medieval Identities: Reading “Targum Sheni” of the Book of Esther Wednesday, May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States CMRS Roundtable.  This is the Second Targum of the Book of Esther, a “translation” of Esther from Hebrew into Aramaic.  It contains material about Solomon and Sheba not found in the Hebrew Esther, but found in the Koran. Targum Sheni was written in Byzantine Palestine before the rise of Islam and then used in Islam’s textual construction of itself as the theological heir of Temple Judaism: the Koranic account of Solomon and Sheba islamicizes preexisting Jewish additions to the story of Esther. For more information:
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Presentation: Cambridge, MA @ Harvard Faculty Club    | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture presents:  “Worldliness in Byzantium and Beyond: Manuscript Materiality and Byzantine Materialism” For more information:
Seventh Annual St Alexis Lecture: Minneapolis, MN @ St. Mary Orthodox Church | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
The Seventh Annual St Alexis Lecture takes place on Bright Friday following Paschal Vespers. We are blessed this year to have Professor Scott Kenworthy, Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Kenworthy will speak on St Tikhon and Orthodoxy in Early Twentieth Century America. For more information:      
May 9 – May 14 all-day
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Monastery Feast Day and Retreat: Dunlap, CA @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center   | Dunlap | California | United States
Speaker: Fr. Demetrios Carellas For more informationr:
“What Is Orthodox Christianity?” Public Lectures: Forrest Grove, OR @ Forest Grove | Oregon | United States
The Ancient Church Reading Room and Library hosts a series of talks on the subject of “What is Orthodox Christianity?” All are welcome! 10 May:  Who is God? the Trinity, Love, Humility and the Incarnation 17 May: What is the Eucharist? the Scriptures, Jewish Thought and the Ancient Christian Teaching on Communion 24 May: What is the Church? Sacrament, Theosis and the Body of Christ
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emmaus Lecture Series: Brooklyn, NY @ Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church   | New York | United States
The Emmaus Lecture Series is sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy of Brooklyn. This month’s topic is: “Holy Unction”; and the speaker is Fr. Paul Ivanov. For more informationr:
May 14 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Marriage Preparation Class: Atlanta, GA @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral   | Atlanta | Georgia | United States
The Family Life Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta presents:  “Celebrating the Journey of Marriage In the Orthodox Church”. For more information:
Our season closes with a program of music by two important modern voices: the Greek Orthodox composer Michael Adamis and Scottish Catholic James MacMillan. The choral works of both composers share a deeply personal quality and a rare devotion to ancient chant: Byzantine for Adamis and Gregorian for MacMillan. Colorful sonorities and intricate structures five the music of each an unmistakably mystical quality. For more information:
Theme: “Religious Education: How to learn to find God” For more information:
Theme: “Religious Education: How to learn to find God” For more information:
Religion Olympics: Quebec, CAN @ St. George Romanian Orthodox Church  | Longueuil | Québec | Canada
Theme: “Religious Education: How to learn to find God” The Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas announces the seventh edition of the Religion Olympics. Religion Olympics is a competition of excellence that addresses children with skills and special interests to Religion, from the parishes of our Archdiocese. Participation in the Olympics is optional and individual. Children between 9-18 years enrolled or not in the Parochial schools program may participate in the Olympics in one of the two age groups. These categories are: Between 9-13 years old Between 14-18 years old For more information:
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Annual Spring Dinner Dance: Redford, MI @ Saint Michael the Archangel Church | Redford Charter Township | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] will sponsor its annual Spring Dinner Dance at the banquet hall of Saint Michael the Archangel Church, in Redford, MI. Proceeds from the event will assist retired clergy and widowed clergy wives. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:00 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 6:00. There will be live ethnic and American music by the Offbeats, as well as entertainment for children.  Each COCC member parish will receive tickets to have available for purchase. To order tickets or obtain further information:
May 17 – May 19 all-day
International Conference: Poland @ Lublin | lubelskie | Poland
The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and the Polish Patristic Section are organizing an international conference on the theme ‘The Church Fathers in the Polemics Against Heresies’. For more information:    
Mother of God Iconography Series: Washington, DC @ Monroe Street Market | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Join us for a Study and Execution of Dionysius’ Theotokos of Smolensk Icon (ca. 1500). For more information:
Theme: “The Services of the Holy Apostles Fast”” Speakers: Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Seraphim Dedes For more information:
May 20 @ 4:00 pm – May 22 @ 1:00 pm
Retreat into Prayer: In a monastic setting we will experience different ways to pray. This will take us to the ancient “Jesus Prayer:”, praying with icons and immersion in the liturgical prayer of the Eastern Churches. For more information:
May 21 – May 22 all-day
We will arrive at the monastery on Saturday in time to tour the building and grounds, shop in the bookstore, and eat a meal before Vigil at 5:30  PM, then stay in guest housing overnight. We will return home after liturgy and coffee hour on Sunday the 22nd.  Please sign up on the bulletin board. For more information:
May 22 – May 27 all-day
Iconography Workshop: Salem, SC @ Diakonia Center Metropolis of Atlanta  | Salem | South Carolina | United States
5  day Workshop & Retreat on Byzantine Iconography. Located by the lake at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in South Carolina. Instruction by Fr. Anthony Salzman  For more information:
A Spiritual Concert of Orthodox Paschal Hymns: Chicago, IL @ Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral | Chicago | Illinois | United States
The Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and The Society of Saint Romanos the Melodist are pleased to announce a spiritual concert of Orthodox Paschal Hymns. His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church gave His blessing for the event. The program will include Paschal Troparia from around the Orthodox world, hymns to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker-who is commemorated on May 22, Julian Calendar, and new liturgical compositions by Fr. Ivan Moody, Roman Hurko, Kurt Sander, and Nazo Zakkak. The St. Romanos Choir, which consists of church musicians singers, choir directors, and composers-will sing this a cappella concert under the direction of Dr. Peter Jermihov. Shine, Shine o New Jerusalem – A Spiritual Concert of Orthodox Hymns for Pascha – St. Romanos choir For more information:
Grand Tour of Spain 2016 @ Spain
                                                   May 23 – June 5, 2016 We’ve created  for you a one of a kind tour to Spain, a unique and diverse European destination. Join us for an engaging two-week adventure that combines history, art, architecture, and religion. For more information:  
2016 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society: Chicago, IL @ Hyatt Regency    | Chicago | Illinois | United States
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The conference ‘Growing up Motherless in Antiquity: A Conference on Mother Absence in the Ancient Mediterranean’ will be held in Basel. For further information: or
First Annual Memorial Day Young Singers’ Conference: Waymart, PA @ St. Tikhon Orthodox Monastery   | Waymart | Pennsylvania | United States
St. Tikhon’s Monastery located in Waymart, PA and Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY have graciously opened their doors for participants in The Young Singers’ Conferences to attend one or both 3-day weekends of educational courses. These Conferences allow young singers (15-40y.o) to strengthen their abilities and sing the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in a monastery setting. For more information:
PAN-ORTHODOX BEE TREAT: Baltimore, MD @ Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation   | Baltimore | Maryland | United States
Join Orthodox Christians from the Maryland area for this retreat, which is open to all Orthodox youth (6th-12th grade), parents, youth workers (18 years and older), and young adults (ages 18-35)! Time: 9:30am: Youth (6th-12th grade), Parents, and Youth Workers (18 years and older) 7pm: Young Adult (ages 18-35) Orthodoxy On Tap Hosted by: Y2AM (The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries), the Metropolis of New Jersey Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation For more information:
Icon Painting Workshop: San Francisco, CA @ St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church  | San Francisco | California | United States
Dates: May 30 – Jun 4, 2016 Iconographer: Theodoros Papadopoulos This six-day intensive course will immerse you in the painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon of “Mother of God” will come alive before you as the instructor, Theodoros 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. The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. For more information:
Spiritual Odyssey 2016 @ Athens | Attica | Greece
 Jun 1 – 12, 2016 The twelve day itinerary will include both time at the beautiful campgrounds as well as excursions to the places that are the cornerstone of the Ionian Village travel program as outlined below. Each excursion has been carefully planned to incorporate aspects relevant to our inherited Hellenic and Orthodox heritage. Participants will be more than just tourists in Greece, they will come into close contact with the Orthodox faith and modern and historic Greek culture. Through a varied schedule that includes churches and monasteries, meetings with political and religious figures, and museums and archaeological sites, these young adults will become intimately familiar with all aspects of Greece and her culture and people. For more information: