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May 22 – May 25 all-day
For more information: http://www.bulletinbuilder.org/atlmetropolis/current#DIAKONIA RETREAT CENTER
Cathedral Pilgrimage to Russia at Pentecost 2015
Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago is pleased to announce that a pilgrimage to the best of Orthodox Russia will be held to coincide with the feast of the Pentecost from May 24th – June 4th, 2015, and will be led by our diocesan hierarch, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, together with Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Cathedral Dean. For more information: http://www.serbiancathedral.org/news-and-events/cathedral-pilgrimage-to-russia-at-pentecost-2015    
Serbian Folkfest: Paterson, NJ @ ST JOHN THE BAPTIST SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH | Paterson | New Jersey | United States
For more information:  http://www.easterndiocese.org/2015folkfestivalnj.html
Ethiopia Mission Experience Trip
Overview: “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) Blessed with the Presence and Leadership of His Grace Bishop Youssef.  Due to limited transportation to and from the airport, all attendees must arrive and depart at set times (TBD). Travel time from the United States is approximately 24 hours. This trip to Ethiopia is from May 26 – June 5, 2015.  For more nformation: http://www.suscopts.org/ethiopia-mission-trip/pdf/SUSDioceseMissionExperienceEthiopia2015Info.pdf
May 27 – Jun 2 all-day
Project Mexico Home Building 2015 @ Mexico
Project Mexico Home Building 2015 Maximum of 25 volunteers We host three types of home building groups each summer: small groups, double groups, and Orthodox Basic Training (OBT) groups. During our small group and double group weeks, teams from one or more parishes construct a single home (single group) or two homes (double group) for needy families, spend the afternoons interacting with the boys of St. Innocent’s, and experience the local culture with a trip into Rosarito. During OBT weeks, we host larger groups who construct between four to seven homes in one week, we have speakers each evening who present on a variety of topics, and on Sunday we have a day of fellowship and fun at St. Innocent’s. For more information: http://projectmexico.org/HomeBuilding/VolunteerRegistration.aspx
2015 College Missions Trip to Orphanages of the Ukraine
The College Student Mission Trip to aid orphanages in Ukraine, is a ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA. We hope to bring aid and comfort to special needs orphans and orphanages in a country that currently does not have the means to do so. By our actions, we hope to show the face of Christ to these children, their caregivers, their administrators, our host families and all we come in contact with and by doing so reaffirm the Holy Orthodox Faith amongst the people of Ukraine. We pray that by offering daily prayer services, as well as our love and works, that we will bring not only ourselves but all involved closer to Christ our God. This mission is also devised to provide young adults with the opportunity to deepen and learn about their faith through true Christian witness, pilgrimage, fellowship, and love. For more information: http://uol.orthodoxws.com/news.htm
International Conference at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi, Greece
This conference will attempt to explore the relationship between ontology and history in the context of both philosophical enquiry and Christian theology. Featured Speakers: John Panteleimon Manoussakis(Associate Professor of Philosophy – College of the Holy Cross, Boston MA), Alan J. Torrance (Professor of Systematic Theology – University of St Andrews), Christos Yannaras (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy – Panteion University, Athens), Metropolitan John (Zizioulas) of Pergamon (Academy of Athens) For more information: http://ontologyandhistory.wix.com/delphi
May 29 – May 31 all-day
True Fresco Course: Leesburg, VA @ Trinity House Café   | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Iconographer: Philip Davydov The true fresco technique is also known as “buon bresco” or “affresco”. The principle of true fresco technique is following: painting process is performed over a thin layer of freshly applied lime based plaster. The paint is absorbed immediately and feels literally like releasing a bird. Pigments are mixed up just with water with no binder or glue. The painting process is performed over a thin layer of freshly applied lime based mortar or plaster. After a number of hours the plaster reacts with the air in a process called carbonatation. This chemical reaction fixes the pigment particles at the plaster’s surface in a very thin protective crystalline mesh known as the lime crust. With the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall. All the components, necessary for painting true fresco, are extremely affordable and require just some practical skills to[...]
2015 Spring Concert Weekend: VA and MD
Two performances featuring world-accclaimed domra soloist Tamara Volskaya and and balalaika soloist extraordinaire Andrei Saveliev.  ~ Two performances — Saturday, May30 at 8:00 pm Virginia location to be announced and Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 pm F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Rockville MD For more information: http://www.balalaika.org/index.htm
The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies Annual Meeting: Ottawa, Ontario @ University of Ottawa | Ottawa | Ontario | Canada
The Canadian Society of Patristic Studies will hold its annual meeting at the University of Ottawa, under the auspices of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The deadline for propsoals was 31 January 2015. For more information, go to http://www.ccsr.ca/csps/callforpapers.htm.  or http://www.ccsr.ca/csps/meeting.htm
Ninth International Conference of Iconographic Studies: Icons & Iconology The conference is presented by the University of Rijeka Center for Iconographic Studies, Rijeka, Croatia, theMuseum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA, USA, the American University of Rome, Italy, and The Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity, Belgrade, Serbia. The conference is held in cooperation with the Harvard University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium andUniveristy of Ljubljana, Slovenia. This two-part transcontinental conference will be held in Rijeka, Croatia, June 1-4, 2015 (no registration fee) and in at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA, June 11–13, 2015 ($100 USD registration fee, $75 for students with university ID). Administration and organizational costs, working materials, lunch and coffee breaks during conference as well as all organized visits are covered by the organizers. Information regarding local hotel accommodations with discounts: For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/research/index.php/announcements/conferences-and-symposia/icons-and-iconology/ All presented papers will[...]
6th International Conference on Orthodox Church Music (ISOCM): Finland @  School of Theology, at the University of Eastern Finland  | Finland
Theme: “Creating Liturgically: Hymnography and Music” For more information:http://www.isocm.com/
Icon Painting Workshop: Washington D.C. @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Iconographer: Theodoros Papadopoulos Join us on this six-day intensive course where we will immerse ourselves in the painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon of “Jesus Christ” will come alive before you as the instructor, Theodore 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. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn and/or refine your techniques in this sacred art. The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. For more information: http://www.theodoreicons.com/washington-d.c.-june-25-2015.html
Volunteers in Mission: Trip to St. Artemy of Verkola Monastery: Russia
With the blessing of Their Eminences, Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America & New York, and Metropolitan Daniel of Arkhangelsk & Kholmogory, Volunteers in Mission (VIM) is organizing a trip for the month of June 2015. The team will be traveling to Arkhangelsk and to the Monastery of St. Artemy of Verkola to do work assisting the monks there. The trip will be sponsored in part by Aida Airepetov’s charitable “Fund for the Russian Soul.”  This trip will take place from June 9- June 19, 2015. For more information: http://www.eadiocese.org/News/2015/feb/vim.en.htm
Ninth International Conference of Iconographic Studies - Icons & Iconology @ Museum of Russian Icons  | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Deadline for Papers (Clinton ONLY): May 1, 2015. The Ninth International Conference of Icons and Iconology at Rijeka June 1-4 2015 AND Clinton, MA June 11-13, 2015. The conference is presented by the University of Rijeka Center for Iconographic Studies, Rijeka, Croatia, theMuseum of Russian Icons, Clinton, MA, USA, the American University of Rome, Italy, and The Institute for the Study of Culture and Christianity, Belgrade, Serbia. The conference is held in cooperation with the Harvard University Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium andUniveristy of Ljubljana, Slovenia. The conference seeks to explore and discuss recent development in the dialogue between theology, art history, philosophy and cultural theory concerning the ways we can perceive and interpret icons, iconography and iconology. It is also our objective to offer an insight into the development of iconographic studies and related disciplines, and to reflect upon their future development in the broader[...]
Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day
Pre-Marital Retreat: GA
Holy Matrimony is the Mystery depicting the union of our Lord Jesus Christ with His Church (Eph 5:22-33). The Church is made up of men and women; thus their marriage union is immensely important for the well-being of the Faith and for their own salvation.  As of 2010, attendance is a mandatory requirement for couples obtaining permission to marry within the Southern Diocese. Speakers: Fr. Eleia Eskander and Dr. Yousry Armanious Deadline: May 31, 2015 For more information: http://www.suscopts.org/programs/pre-marital/
Speaker: We are pleased to announce that Metropolitan Kallistos Ware will visit Saint Katherine on June 13 and 14. He will be here for the whole week to participate in the Orientale Lumen Conference, a joint Orthodox Catholic dialogue. On Saturday, June 13, he will participate in the Vesper service at Saint Katherine and make a major presentation following the services. A light dinner will be served. On Sunday, June 14, His Eminence will officiate at the Divine Liturgy at Saint Katherine. More details to follow. For more information: http://saint-katherines.org/assets/files/DOXA/Mar15.pdf
Jun 14 – Jun 26 all-day
Instructors: Rassem El Massih & Greg Abdalah Registration is open to campers ages 14-17, or entering the 9th grade. Campers will focus on two tones throughout the session and will break off into beginner and intermediate levels with the chanting instructors. Campers will be introduced to Byzantine Notation, which is an ancient method for writing liturgical music and is still used today in Churches following the Byzantine tradition. Campers will learn the Greek scale (Ni, Pa, Vou, Gha, Dhi, Ke, Zo, Ni), how to read the music, and the theory behind it. Click here for more information on the history and development of Byzantine Chant. Campers will also have the opportunity to chant during daily services. For more information: http://avcamp.org/programs/sacredarts/chanting
Jun 15 – Jun 20 all-day
Icon Painting Workshop: Denver, CO @ St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church    | Denver | Colorado | United States
Iconographer: Theodoros Papadopoulos Join us on this six-day intensive course where we will immerse ourselves in the painting techniques of Byzantium. The subject of the icon of “Jesus Christ” will come alive before you as the instructor, Theodore 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. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, this workshop offers an opportunity to learn and/or refine your techniques in this sacred art. The course focuses on the art of egg tempera painting. For more information: http://www.theodoreicons.com/denver-colorado.html
Jun 15 – Jun 20 all-day
Deacon Matthew Garrett will teach a class in iconography.  Students, who do not need previous art experience, will complete icons of Saint George using acrylic gouache and 23K gold leaf.  
ORIENTALE LUMEN XIX CONFERENCE: Washington, DC @ Washington Retreat House  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
Eastern Christian Publications and the Society of Saint John Chrysostom regularly sponsor ecumenical conferences for lay men, lay women, religious and clergy entitled Orientale Lumen that focus on the dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches . Open to the public, these conferences provide an opportunity for Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholics to gather, discuss and learn about their respective traditions. They include presentations by scholars and theologians, liturgical celebrations of many varieties, and opportunities for everyone to learn from each other and participate in a “dialogue of love and understanding.” Theme: “The Bishop of Rome: Past, Present and Future” Presenters and Illuminaries: Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch (invited), The Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, New York, NY Cardinal Kurt Koch, President (invited), Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, The Vatican Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (confirmed), Patriarchate of Constantinople, Oxford, England Bishop Bryan Bayda (confirmed), Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Archimandrite Robetr Taft,[...]
St. Tikhon’s Seminary to sponsor annual Clergy Continuing Ed Symposium June 16-18, 2015 @ St Tikhon's Seminary | Pennsylvania | United States
Saint Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will host its annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium June 16-18, 2015. The seminary is pleased to provide this symposium to assist OCA priests and deacons fulfill their 20 hours of continuing education studies mandated each year by the Holy Synod of Bishops. This year’s program is focused most intensively on theological foundations for and the practice of pastoral care by our clergy in parish life. The list of speakers and topics to be included in this year’s symposium includes the following: “Practical Issues in the Life of an Orthodox Priest with Guidance from the Holy Fathers” by Archbishop Michael (Dahulich), Rector of St. Tikhon’s Seminary, Professor of Scripture – Tuesday afternoon, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. We will explore specific aspects of the Holy Priesthood, with direction gleaned from the writings of pastoral theology by Saint Ambrose of Milan, Saint Gregory the Great and Saint John[...]
Jun 18 @ 3:00 pm – Jun 20 @ 12:15 pm
Small Parish Forum 2015: WVA @ St. Nicholas Orthodox Church  | Weirton | West Virginia | United States
For clergy and lay leaders from Orthodox churches of fewer than 75 adults, the Small Parish Forum is a regional conference created to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life. Co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest and with the blessings of Archbishop MELCHISEDEK and Archimandrite Paul Bishop Elect, the 2015 Forum will be held at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Weirton WV. For more information:  http://www.ocadwpa.org/smallparishforum.html
Second Annual Extreme Family Makeover!: Titusville, FL @ St. Stephen Coptic Orthodox Church & Retreat Center | Titusville | Florida | United States
Welcome to Extreme Family Makerover!  It will be the most rewarding home improvement project you will ever undertake- Renovating the spirituality of your family! Through the lens of the family of Isaiah and Rebecca, our guest speakers, H.G. Bishop Paula, and Fr. Meena Ghaly, will show us how to develop our family’s strengths and defend against possible weaknesses, and above all else to “Walk in love,” (Ephesians 5:2) Come join us, and enjoy a weekend filled with renovations, fellowship, and a Extremely fun filled Family Makeover! For more information: http://copticefm.suscopts.org/
Jun 19 @ 3:12 am – Jun 27 @ 4:12 am
Iconography Workshop: OR @ Queen of Angels Monastery  | Mount Angel | Oregon | United States
For more information: http://www.iconinstitute.org/workshops.htm
2015 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI)
The Hilandar Research Library (HRL), the Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies (RCMSS), and the Department of Slavic and East European Languages and Cultures (DSEELC) at The Ohio State University will host the biennial four-week intensive 2015 Medieval Slavic Summer Institute (MSSI) for qualified graduate students in Columbus, Ohio. Participants work with original Cyrillic manuscripts dating back to the 15th through 19th centuries in the HRL collection. Manuscript material on microform from the Hilandar Research Library’s extensive holding forms a large part of the lectures and exercises. The Institute includes two courses: Practical Slavic Palaeography and Readings in Church Slavonic as the Medieval Slavic Workshop (Slavic 8741). There is also a program of lectures on related topics in addition to other activities. All lectures are in English. Applicants must be graduate students with a BA and a reading knowledge of Cyrillic and of at least one Slavic language. Preference is[...]
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day
Water Gilding Workshop: Denver, CO @  St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church | Denver | Colorado | United States
This is a separate two-day gilding workshop. This course will teach students the technique of water gilding. Water gilding is a traditional and highly skilled technique used for the gilding of icons. During this workshop we will learn all the stages of water gilding using 22 carats gold. Beginning with the preparation of the board which is done by applying linen then covering with many layers of gesso. The last stage of the process is applying the clay bole and finally burnishing the gold with an agate stone which results in gold that is smooth and shines like a mirror. Instructor: Theodoros Papadopoulos For more information: http://www.theodoreicons.com/denver-colorado.html  
Mark your calendars now for an evening with: METROPOLITAN KALLISTOS WARE of Diokleia “Divine Compassion: does God suffer when we suffer?” Vespers and Lecture will be followed by refreshments and fellowship. Sponsored by the SS. Peter and Paul Creticos Memorial Lectures, and The St. Catherine’s Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies.
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
1st Greek Soccer Camp: CA
Greeks in LA is pleased to announce the 1st Greek Soccer Camp taking place this SUMMER.  The Greek National Soccer Technical Staff and Pro Athlete Kostas Katsouranis will be coming to LA to meet, train, and coach youth and adults, bringing our culture and athleticism together to Greek Americans. The locations will be announced shortly and are tentatively set up in the Long Beach area. This event is open to all ages, girls and boys, and for all skill levels! Day passes will be available for parents and people who want to watch as well. Let’s all come together in the spirit of athleticism and have some FUN this summer with GREEK Soccer! Registration is OPEN NOW on www.greeksinLAsoccer.com and only has 300 spots available.
This event is co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) and the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. n 2016, the leaders of the autocephalous Orthodox Churches from around the world will gather at the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople/Istanbul for a much discussed and anticipated Council. This conference is a series of papers, panel discussions, and a research poster competition addressing several themes from the Agenda for the Great and Holy Council: Autocephaly and Diaspora The Canonical Impediments to Marriage Ecumenical Relations The Contribution of the Orthodox Church to the Realization of Justice, Freedom, Brotherhood, and Love among Peoples Fasting regulations His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will present the Florovsky Lecture, the keynote of the conference. A scholar at the University of Oxford who lectures throughout the world, Metropolitan Kallistos resonates equally with laypersons and clerics, on both timeless mysteries and urgent contemporary concerns.  For a listing of[...]