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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: http://www.romarch.org/en/news.php?id=5516
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:http://www.coccdetroit.com/2016_4_12_springdinnerdance.html
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: http://www.aiep-iaps.org/conferences    
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: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/courses/
Theme: “The Services of the Holy Apostles Fast”” Speakers: Fr. Nicholas & Fr. Seraphim Dedes For more information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annus-est-christus-seminars-series-one-tickets-19317783009
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: http://hrmonline.org/events/retreat-into-prayer
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: http://holyassumption.net/
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: http://www.imageandlikeness.com/workshops-seminars/
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: http://www.serbiancathedral.org/info/shine-shine-o-new-jerusalem
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: http://orthodoxtours.com/our-tours/144-2016-grand-tour-of-spain.html  
2016 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society: Chicago, IL @ Hyatt Regency    | Chicago | Illinois | United States
For more information: http://patristics.org/annual-meeting/call-for-papers/
The conference ‘Growing up Motherless in Antiquity: A Conference on Mother Absence in the Ancient Mediterranean’ will be held in Basel. For further information: http://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-28569 or http://www.aiep-iaps.org/conferences
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: https://patraminstitute.org/events/
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: http://acrod.org/news/7283/rosco-building-project-update
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: http://www.theodoreicons.com/san-francisco.html
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: http://www.ionianvillage.org/spiritual-odyssey
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Emmaus Lecture Series is  sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy of Brooklyn. Theme: “Baptism” Speaker: Fr. Gerasimos Makris For more information: http://holycrossbrooklyn.com/media/56a69d2062509.pdf
TWO SPECIAL EVENINGS WITH FR.  STEPHEN  FREEMAN: Rochester Hills, MI @ ST. MARK ORTHODOX CHURCH | Rochester Hills | Michigan | United States
  You are invited to spend two special evenings with Fr. Stephen Freeman.  Thursday evening’s topic will be  “Mind Your Grammar”.  Our culture has a grammar, a way of thinking about things with very important rules. Our Orthodox faith also has a grammar. The grammar of our faith and the grammar of our culture are frequently in conflict, often to our peril. We will look at some very important examples of this as we explore the place of Orthodox grammar in our lives. Friday evening’s topic is:  “The Mission of the Cross”. This talk takes  us to the most essential things in our faith as well as the one thing needful in our lives. For more information: http://www.coccdetroit.com/files/Flyers/parishes/StMarkRochester-FrFreeman2JUN16.pdf.
CAMP NAZARETH FAMILY CAMP: Mercer, PA @ Camp Nazareth  | Mercer | Pennsylvania | United States
Family Camp at Camp Nazareth is exactly what it sounds like. Families “camping” together in the Camp cabins and participating in a weekend of services, games, discussions, activities and challenges that are all designed to help families deepen their relationship with God and with one another. This year’s them – “Not letting Orthodoxy be your Family’s Secret Identity”. Our Family’s Orthodoxy is both Public and Private…sometimes our family has to be like Superman and sometimes like Clark Kent!! Come enjoy with your family a weekend of prayer and fun in Christ. Space is limited to the first 10 families, so please send in your registration forms soon. They are due by Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information: http://campnazareth.org/about/news/family-camp-2016
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm
Men’s Retreat: WI @ Holy Resurrection Monastery | Saint Nazianz | Wisconsin | United States
Bible Study. Private prayer. The rich Liturgical prayer of the Eastern Church. Opportunities for confessions and individual spiritual direction. This retreat is designed to make these treasures of the Church accessible and relevant to men in the 21 st Century. For more information: http://hrmonline.org/events/mens-retreat
2016: Symposium on "The Family and Orthodox Life": Riverside, CA
Our 2016 symposium for southern California will be on the important theme of the family in Orthodox life: family prayer, the rearing of children, the place of family in Orthodox worship, and many other connected themes. Click for full details and to register to join us. For more information: http://www.sforthodoxinstitute.org/      
Hexaemeron Icon Painting Workshop: Dunlap, Ca @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center   | Dunlap | California | United States
SIX DAYS OF CREATION courses in icon painting provide intensive instruction in the art and language of the icon from the perspective of Orthodox Church tradition using the ancient technique of egg-tempera and palette of gold, semi-precious stones and refined clays. Iconographers Anna Gouriev and Marek Czarnecki lead students through the entire process, from preparing a gesso board to completion of an icon, including instruction on how to create pigments from natural clays and minerals, define the image with assiste gold lights, gild prescribed areas, calligraph inscriptions, and apply olifa varnishes. For more information: http://www.hexaemeron.org/#!st-nicholas-ranch/c1xyp
Ancient and Holy in Greece @ Greece
                                               June 6 – June 18, 2016 Comprehensive tour-pilgrimage of the Classical, Byzantine and Monastic centers of the Mainland Greece. For more information: http://orthodoxtours.com
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/cwla.forum/photos/a.215005912013491.1073741829.174476872733062/499387723575307/?type=3&theater
Toys, Trinkets, and Treasures-The Story of the Nesting Doll Exhibit: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons   | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Russian Matryoshka dolls, often painted to depict peasants, have become an icon of Russian culture. The bright colors, distinctive shapes, and the imaginative concepts have delighted generations of children and are thoroughly recognizable to young and old alike. The Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to unveil the newest addition to its collection, a collection of nesting dolls from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Japan and other countries. These dolls came to the museum through the generosity of collector Pamela Kruskal who gifted 370 sets to the Museum in the summer of 2015. The collection contains the story of the nesting doll which extends well beyond the well-known Russian dolls of the 20th century. For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/special-exhibits/on-view/
LEAD Program Conference: Titusville, FL @ St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL | Titusville | Florida | United States
Join Us!  All LEAD Program events will be held at our very own St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL! The LEAD Program is proud to announce its newest professional development initiative, LEAD Beyond! This conference will give attendees an opportunity to develop skills that will provide growth in all aspects of our personal, spiritual, and professional lives. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Dealing with Difficult Personalities” For more information: http://www.theleadprogram.org/
Under the Auspices of our Beloved Father His Grace Bishop Youssef, we are pleased to announce the dates for the annual Florida Hymns Camp! June 12 -15 for the boys; June 20 -23 for the girls. Hymns Camp serves all youth going to 4th to those going to 12th grade in the fall of 2016. God willing the camp will take place at the St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL. During the camp we will learn hymns, have fellowship with one another, and at the end of the camp we will go on a trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be possible within three weeks of the boys hymns camp . For more information:http://www.suscopts.org/hymnscamp/fl/info.htm
Hexaemeron Icon Carving Workshop: Bloomfield, CT @ St. Thomas Seminary  | Bloomfield | Connecticut | United States
Hexaemeron Icon Carving Workshop SIX DAYS OF CREATION courses in icon carving are open to 10 students at each site. This ancient art is taught through both practical work and theory. From the earliest sarcophagi to lavish ivory miniatures to the austere Russian low reliefs, icon carving has been a vibrant part of the Orthodox Tradition. Students will have the opportunity to carve either in wood or stone. Those wishing to carve in wood are expected to have a basic understanding of woodworking as the course will focus on carving rather than technical aspects like laminating panels or sharpening tools. Although tools will be available, students should bring whatever gouges they have, ideally 1 straight gouge, 1 scoop gouge and 1 “V” gouge. For those wishing to carve stone, tools will be made available. Each student is expected to leave with at least one finished icon by the end of[...]
For more informationr: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
A Sacred Journey Through Ukraine: Travel with Bishop Daniel Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA for a 14 Day All Inclusive Tour Kyiv • Chernihiv • Baturyn • Kaniv • Pereiaslav Khmelnytsky • Kamianets Podilsky • Dnister Riverboat Cruise • Bakota Monastery • Kytajhorod • Zarvanytsia • Ternopil • Pochaiiv • Lviv • Ivano Frankivsk • Maniavsky Skyt http://www.uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2016/2016-UOChurch.pdf

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