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August 26, 2014 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
 FORCC TWENTY FIRST ANNUAL BENEFIT DINNER: CT @ St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Church Hall  | Bridgeport | Connecticut | United States
You Are Cordially Invited to attend the Benefit sponsored by The Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticut (FORCC) Honored Guest Speaker: V. Rev. Timothy Lowe Topic: “Christianity in the Holy Land”, FORCC IN ACTION – Power Point Presentation Reservations Required by September 20, 2014 Advance ticket sales only – No tickets sold at the door Menu: chicken or stuffed fish fillet For more information:
August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014 all-day
2014 National ACRY Convention: PA @ Crown Plaza, King of Prussia Hotel
The Phoenixville, PA Chapter has been working hard to provide you with a great Convention this year. We hope you will make the trip to The Greater Philadelphia, PA area for a fun and enjoyable weekend!  Click on the site below for information on the hotel and meal packages and convention weekend events along with links to all the pertinent forms needed to register. Registration packages will be sent out to each Senior ACRY Chapter. These packages will include forms for both the Senior and Junior Chapters to aid in registering for the Convention.
August 29, 2014 – August 31, 2014 all-day
Diocesan Days 2014: Jackson, CA  @ Saint Save Mission | Jackson | California | United States
August 29, 2014 – September 1, 2014 all-day
FAMILY FEST 2014:Pennsylvania @  All Saints Camp | Emlenton | Pennsylvania | United States
All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Church Camp is located on the Allegheny River near Emlenton, Pennyslvania. The 90-acre camp features cabins for campers, a rustic dining hall, a multi-use outdoor sports court with tennis courts and basketball hoops, sand volleyball courts, a grass “all sports” field, a swimming pool, an auditorium, modern restroom facilities, and canoeing on the Allegheny River. The annual UOC Encampments schedule: Church School Camp   Teenage Conference      Mommy/Daddy and Me More information is available about these and other Office of Youth Ministry Programs on the OYM page. Further Information:
August 29, 2014 @ 1:36 am – September 1, 2014 @ 2:36 am
FAMILY FEST 2014: PA @ All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Camp  | Emlenton | Pennsylvania | United States
Price includes lodging, all meals, use of camp facilities and participation in encampment activities.
August 31, 2014 all-day
FREE, PUBLIC LECTURE  @ Metropolitan Philip Auditorium in the John G. Rangos Family Foundation Building | Yonkers | New York | United States
On August 31, the St. Vladimir’s Seminary community will mark the ecclesiastical new year by gathering for a free, public lecture offered by Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff.  A scholar and translator, Dr. Theokritoff has authored a 2009 SVS Press book in the “Foundations” series, Living in God’s Creation: Orthodox Perspectives on Ecology. The talk is sponsored by the student-led St. Herman’s Society for Orthodox Ecology, and will be held on campus. Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff completed a doctoral thesis in liturgical theology at Oxford under the supervision of  The Most Rev. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, and subsequently served for seven years as Secretary of the Anglican-Orthodox Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in London. A translator of theological works from modern Greek, Dr. Theokritoff serves on the faculty of  The Distance Learning Master’s Degree Program in Ecumenical Studies (DLPES) at the Institute of Ecumenical Studies. Co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Orthodox Christian Theology and author of[...]
August 31, 2014 – September 1, 2014 all-day
Public Lecture on Orthodox Ecology: St. Vladimir's Seminary @ St. Vladimir's Seminary ,Metropolitan Philip Auditorium in the John G. Rangos Family Foundation Building  | Yonkers | New York | United States
To mark the ecclesiastical new year, St. Vladimir’s Seminary will host a lecture on Orthodoxy and ecology by Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff. The lecture is sponsored by St. Herman’s Society for Orthodox Ecology, a student group at St. Vladimir’s Seminary. Members of St. Herman’s Society selected the date to coincide with the ecclesiastical new year because His All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, has designated this date as a day dedicated to environmental protection. More information on the lecture is forthcoming. Dr. Elizabeth Theokritoff completed a doctoral thesis in liturgical theology at Oxford under the supervision of The Most Rev. Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, and subsequently served for seven years as Secretary of the Anglican-Orthodox Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in London. A translator of theological works from modern Greek, Dr. Theokritoff serves on the faculty of The Distance Learning Master’s Degree Program in Ecumenical Studies (DLPES) at the Institute of[...]
September 3, 2014 – September 4, 2014 all-day
Orthodox Church in America, Diocese of New York and New Jersey For more information:
The Washington Balalika Orchestral Society "Open House": VA @ Rock Spring Congrgational United Church of Christ | Arlington | Virginia | United States
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Silent Holocaust: The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East, and What We Can Do About It @ St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church  | Houston | Texas | United States
More details will be forthcoming, but the Orthodox Clergy Association of Houston and Southeast Texas will have a meeting to discuss the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. We are inviting all the members of the Orthodox, Coptic and Syriac Christian communities in the area to participate. We are also asking all the members of the congressional delegation of the Houston area to come. We will have speakers who will talking about what is going on, we will have questions and answers, and we will be talking about what we can do about it. Contact your congressman and ask them to come and participate… and if you don’t know who your congressman is, or if you know, but don’t know how to get in touch with them, see this web site: We also need volunteers to help contact members of the media. If you are interested, please e-mail[...]
September 6, 2014 – September 7, 2014 all-day
2014 EPISCOPATE CONGRESS: MI @ Vatra Românească   | Grass Lake Charter Township | Michigan | United States
THE 82ND ANNUAL EPISCOPATE CONGRESS of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Archbishop VALERIAN For all details:
September 6, 2014 – September 13, 2014 all-day
Register now for September Conference Cruise to Alaska
With the blessing and presence of His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West and the support of Bishop-elect David (Mahaffey) of the historic diocese of Alaska, a cruise and conference at sea will be held September 6-13, 2014. In addition to exploring Juneau, Sitka, Glacier Bay, and other sites on the Holland America Westerdam, conference participants will attend a wide variety of daily lectures, services and workshops offered by Archpriest Michael Oleksa, a recognized authority on Alaskan history and spirituality, and Priest Laurent Cleenewerck, Rector of Saint Innocent Church, Eureka, CA, who is also an academic and author. Detailed information, including rates and agenda, may be found Only 100 “seats” are available for this event, and registrations are accepted now on a first-come, first-serve basis.
September 6, 2014 – September 30, 2014 all-day
Check out St. Sophia Seminary’s NEW PROGRAM for LATE VOCATIONS! Would you like to learn more about your Orthodox Christian faith? Always wanted to go to seminary but couldn’t work it into your schedule and budget? Thinking about ordination to Holy Orders within the Ukrainian Orthodox Church? We are accepting applications NOW for Fall Enrollment! The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Priestly Studies is designed for candidates to Holy Orders and others interested in advanced theological training who, due to personal circumstances, cannot commit to full-time residency at St. Sophia Seminary. This program consists of two parts that may be taken concurrently or in order: Details of the Program Applications For more information:
September 12, 2014 – September 14, 2014 all-day
Coptic Convention - "Fishers of Men"
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September 13, 2014 – September 14, 2014 all-day
2014 Diocesan Liturgical Singing Seminar: Austin, TX  @ Holy Protection Orthodox Church                          | Texas | United States
“Unto All Generations: Building a Foundation for the Future” Sponsored by the Liturgical Music Committee of the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America (ROCOR) This conference will address some of the needs of the smaller parish choir, specifically the task of educating and inspiring our future – the children!  Content will be applicable and helpful to singers and conductors of all ages.   For more information:  
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church: Boca Raton, FL @ St. Mark Greek Orthodox Church | Boca Raton | Florida | United States
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage,  Workshop for Couples Marrying in the Orthodox Church Register Online Here For more information:
Annual Father John Meyendorff Memorial Lecture: St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY @ Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary   | Yonkers | New York | United States
St. Vladimir’s Seminary will host the second Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture, with speaker   The Rt. Rev. Alexander (Golitzin), bishop of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese, Orthodox Church in America (OCA).  His Grace has chosen the topic:“Force Your Mind to Descend into the Heart”: Some Resemblances between Byzantine Hesychasm and Merkavah Mysticism. The free public lecture will be held in The Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, located on the third floor of The John G. Rangos Family Building, with a reception following. More details will be announced as they become available. For more information,
First Open Forum Assembly of Bishops and Clergy and Laity: Dallas, TX @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church | Dallas | Texas | United States
Assembly to Hold Clergy-Laity Gathering in Dallas September 15, 2014 is the first meeting of Bishops, Clergy and Laity in an Open Forum related to developing a blueprint for a unified Orthodox Church in the USA. It will take place following a doxology at Holy Trinity Dallas Texas. The bishops will welcome questions and answers from those gathered to exchange ideas. The Very Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Nathanael Symeonides Director, Inter-Orthodox, Ecumenical & Interfaith Relations Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will moderate the Open Forum. His e mail is Fr. Nathanael Symeonides Bishop Basil, Chairman of the Secretariat of the Assembly will be part of the program. Archbishop Demetrios of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is Chairman of the Assembly. Why not send your questions to the moderator of the Assembly For more information about the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops go to:
On-line course, “Choral Conducting for Beginners”
For the second year in a row, the Department of Liturgical Music of the Orthodox Church in America will be offering an on-line course, “Choral Conducting for Beginners,” beginning September 15, 2014. “The course is designed for beginners or those who are currently conducting a choir but have not completed a formal conducting course,” said Prof. David Drillock, department chair, who will teach the course. “The class sessions are devoted to demonstrating basic conducting technique, beginning with elementary conducting patterns and concluding with an emphasis on conducting liturgical chant. The course will be limited to twelve participants. For more information:
SAVE THE DATE: Monday, September 15, 2014 – DALLAS, TX – OPEN FORUM with Assembly of Bishops @ Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church | Dallas | Texas | United States
On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm at  Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 13555 Hillcrest Road, DALLAS, TX, there will be an OPEN FORUM with the Assembly of Bishops.  Check the Assembly of Bishops website and the OCL website for more details as they develop.  Plan to attend and discuss the Unity Blueprint with the Bishops.
September 17, 2014 – September 20, 2014 all-day
Thirteenth International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa: Rome, Italy @ Pontifical University of the Holy Cross  | Rome | Lazio | Italy
The 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa will be focused on In Canticum Canticorum. This exegetical work belongs to the final part of Gregory’s life and can be considered an example of his mature thought and brillant preaching. The colloquium on this work will consist of lectures, workshops, and short papers. While the lectures and workshops will be delivered by invited scholars only, the short papers may be proposed to the organizers by any scholar who would like to submit a paper for potential inclusion in the colloquium. All papers approaching Gregory’s In Canticum from different points of view are welcome, especially those from theological, philosophical, philological or historical perspectives. Each paper should run approximately fifteen minutes and may be submitted by the deadline of May 30, 2014 (English language papers are accepted). All submissions should be sent by email to both Professor Giulio Maspero and Professor Miguel Brugarolas.[...]
September 17, 2014 – September 29, 2014 all-day
Women Urgently Needed to Serve on a Short-term Mission to Albania
Women Urgently Needed to Serve on a Short-term Mission to Albania The Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is seeking clergy wives and lay women leaders to serve on a short-term mission team that will plan and lead spiritual retreats for women in Albania. This team will serve from September 17th to the 29th. For more information or to volunteer please visit or contact Pres. Renee Ritsi by phone 1-877-463-6784 x. 141 or by e-mail at    Only two or three volunteers are needed to make this much-needed ministry a reality! For more information:
September 18, 2014 – September 21, 2014 all-day
Coptic Professional Adults Retreat: FL @ St. Steven Christian Retreat Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
The cycle of life is a process that we all travel through. How one travels through these different stages varies from person to person. Yet we should always be joyful for whatever may come onto our path. How can we do this? Where do we get the strength during these cycles? David, the psalmist, tells us, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices” (Psalm 28:7). Throughout the stages of life, there is commonality within certain age groups. Each group needs to be served to their specific needs encountered in life. The Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States acknowledges this concept and would like to introduce the Coptic Professional Adults Retreat. The goal of these retreats will be on serving and building the spiritual life of the single youth at age 30 and above[...]
September 21, 2014 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
IOCC Orange County, CA. "Mixology Event" @ Andrei's Restaurant | Irvine | California | United States
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September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014 all-day
Diocese of Charleston Deacons Retreat and Clergy Synaxis  In conjunction with the St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage.  This retreat is open to all deacons in the Mid-Atlantic Diocese.  The featured speaker is:  Archdeacon David Khoury from St. Nicholas Church in Grand Rapids, MI
September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014 all-day
St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage @ Antiochian Village  | Bolivar | Pennsylvania | United States
Registration is open for the Annual St. Thekla & St. Raphael Pilgrimage, with His Grace Bishop Thomas of the Diocese of Charleston, Oakland, and the Mid-Atlantic presiding. Lodging for both adults and children is available for the weekend, which is an annual event at the Antiochian Village Conference Center and camp in Bolivar, PA. “Did you know that the Antiochian Village is one of the few places places in the United States where you can visit the grave and shrine of a saint of the Church?” notes Bishop Thomas. Saint Raphael of Brooklyn, the first Orthodox bishop to be consecrated in the United States, reposed in the Lord in 1915 and was later canonized by the Orthodox Church in America in 2000. Appropriately, since St. Raphael is buried on the grounds of Antiochian Village, the pilgrimage includes a Service of Supplication to him. Other activities include small group workshops, a panel discussion with[...]
September 26, 2014 @ 6:00 pm – September 28, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
COLLEGE AGE RETREAT - September 26-28, 2014 - Grass Lake, Michigan @ Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America | Jackson | Michigan | United States
WHAT: College Age Retreat WHERE: Vatra Romaneasca, Grass Lake, Michigan WHEN: SEPTEMBER 26 – 28, 2014 – arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday early afternoon WHO: College students SPEAKERS: Fr John Konkle and Fr Dan Hoarste Confirm Participation: by September 24, 2014 COST: Free will donation CONTACT: Fr Dan Hoarste, 517-522-4800 or – See more at:
Lecture, "Glass and Arts in the Byzantine Empire":Cleveland, OH @ Cleveland Museum of Art | Cleveland | Ohio | United States
Speaker: Dr. Anastasios Antonaras, archaeologist-museologist at the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, Greece.  Dr. Antonaras will give an outline of the history of the Byzantine Empire and the shapes, forms, and uses of glass objects present in Byzantine society will be illustrated. The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.   The annual Dr. John and Helen Collis Lecture brings nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field of art history and archeology to discuss new scholarship, museum exhibitions, and archaeological discoveries. Topics alternate between Ancient Greek and Byzantine art every other year.      
September 28, 2014 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
 Benefit Concert: Detroit, MI  @ St. Mary the Protectress  Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral  | Southfield | Michigan | United States
The Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC) will sponsor a benefit concert to aid needy people in Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine. This is its fourth annual benefit concert. Theme:  “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord!”   The program will consist of Orthodox hymnsand songs of worship performed by the Orthodox Choir of Metropolitan Detroit conducted by Victoria Kopistiansky, artistic director.  Donations will be collected to aid needy people in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine through International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) and other Orthodox charitable organizations. An afterglow will follow the concert. “This is our opportunity to come together and support this important concert and raise funds for humanitarian aid to those suffering in the Middle East, North Africa and Ukraine,” COCC President Richard Shebib said. Additional Contact: David Adrian, Adrian & Associates.  (248) 322-9226 or (248) 515-4607 cell.
Orthodoxy in America Lecture and Honorary Degree Ceremony: Fordham University, NY  @ Fordham University Church | Rose Hill Campus | New York | United States
Liturgical Humanism: Orthodoxy and the Transformation of Culture Orthodoxy in American Lecture and Conferral of an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters on Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Magdalene College, University of Cambridge. The 2014 Orthodoxy in America Lecture was made possible through gifts received from the Jaharis Family Foundation, Inc., the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, and members of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. To register, please visit