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2015 Festivals to Commemorate Anniversary of St. Raphael's Repose
The 2015 Oratorical Conference theme for the Antiochian Archdiocese has been announced as the “100th Anniversary of the Falling Asleep of Saint Raphael.” Bishop Raphael (Hawaweeny), much beloved by the American Syrian community he served during the early years of Orthodoxy on the North American continent, reposed in 1915 and was canonized in 2000 as St. Raphael of Brooklyn. This year’s Creative Arts, Bible Bowl, and Oratorical Festivals held across the U.S. and Canada will feature his life and legacy. For more information:  http://www.antiochian.org/2015-festivals-commemorate-anniversary-st-raphaels-repose
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Coffee with Sr. Vassa: Ann Arbor, MI @ St. Vladimir Orthodox Church  | Dexter | Michigan | United States
Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (ROCOR nun & liturgiologist at the University of Vienna, Austria) “Being Church in the Age of the Internet” CLICK HERE for event flier. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeWithSisterVassa
Jan 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coffee with Sr. Vassa: Goshen, IN @ Holy Virgin Protection Orthodox Church  | Goshen | Indiana | United States
Speaker: Sr. Vassa Larin (ROCOR nun & liturgiologist at the University of Vienna, Austria) For more information: https://www.facebook.com/CoffeeWithSisterVassa
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church: Miami, FL @ St. Andrew Greek Orthodox Church | Miami | Florida | United States
For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Jan-3-2015-MIA-Pre-Marital-Seminar-Information1.pdf
Cappella Romana - ECHOES OF THE RENAISSANCE: Seattle, WA and Portland, OR @ Varied
Cappella Romana is pleased to present the program “Echoes of the Renaissance” as part of its 2014-2015 Northwest Series Season. Dr. Tikey Zes (b. 1927) is the most prolific composer of Greek Orthodox liturgical music in America. Long a proponent of Zes’s music, Cappella Romana will perform excerpts of a setting of his Divine Liturgy that Cappella Romana released on CD last season. Preceding the music of Zes are excerpts from the Missa MiMi by Johannes Ockeghem, who with other masters of the Renaissance inspired Zes’s approach to modal harmony and counterpoint. Zes recorded the Ockeghem Missa MiMi on LP with his Berkeley Chamber Singers in the 1960s, at the dawn of the modern Early Music movement. For more information: http://www.cappellaromana.org/classical-music-concerts/echoes-of-the-renaissance/
Volunteer Opportunities at the BEACON: Houston, TX @ Beacon Day Center | Houston | Texas | United States
The Beacon is open every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  More than 85% of Beacon services are operated by volunteers. The Beacon serves approximately 600 clients daily and, some days, surpasses 750 clients. One of the most important services provided by The Beacon is case management. Our goal is to do more than simply feed people and put them back on the street. The Beacon is helping clients identify, locate, and access services that can help them address the root causes of their homelessness and begin the journey towards moving off of the streets and becoming self-sufficient. Case management guides clients through a complex system, providing tools that ultimately lead to increased stability. For more information: http://www.beaconhomeless.org/
FOCUS (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve) – Meal at the Park, Annaheim, CA @ Maxwell Park in Annaheim, CA
We need people each week to come serve meals.  Please join Orthodox Christians from around Southern California as we serve those most in need in our community. The Center is providing the meal. Saturdays at the Park. For more information: http://oc.focusna.org/
You are invited to join us for a Christmas Caroling Concert.  Prepare three of your favorite Christmas Carols. For more information: http://uocofusa.org/files/PDF%20files_news/2015/2015-Caroling-for-Christ.pdf
Online Orthodox Studies- St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary
  St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will be offering four public courses, comprising an online and a residential component. Offerings include three pastoral theology courses and one liturgical music course, taught by experts in their fields. Instructors: “The Therapeutic Encounter,” by Dr. Daniel Hinshaw; “The Parish and Prison Ministry,” by Fr. Nicholas Solak and Fr. Stephen Powley; “Stewardship in American Orthodoxy,” by Fr. Robert Holet; and “The Music and Faith of Arvo Pärt,” with Dr. Peter Bouteneff. For more information: https://www.svots.edu/headlines/seminary-offers-four-hybrid-online-public-courses-january
Jan 14 – Jan 19 all-day
Iconography Workshop: Salem, SC @ Diakonia Retreat Center  | Salem | South Carolina | United States
5 1/2 day Workshop & Retreat on Byzantine Iconography, located by the lake at the beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center in South Carolina. Combining the natural mountain setting and daily prayer and attentive instruction you will learn to write an icon according to the ancient techniques.  The class is for beginners and intermediates but advance students are welcome to come and work at their own pace and under the guidance of Fr. Anthony (with prior approval). Iconographer: Fr. Anthony Salzman For more information: http://www.imageandlikeness.com/lectures-and-workshops/
Jan 15 – Jan 17 all-day
5th Annual Eighth Day Symposium @ t. George Orthodox Cathedral | Wichita | Kansas | United States
Theme: “Whatever Happened to Wonder? The Recovery of Mystery in a Secular Age” FEATURING James K. A. Smith, Rod Dreher, Bishop James Conley, Martin Cothran, Alan Kreider, James Kushiner, Fr. Paul O’Callaghan, Brian Phillips, James S. Taylor Register by December 31 and save 20% Become an Eighth Day Member and save 50%! *organized by eighth day institute and hosted by st george orthodox christian cathedral Thursday evening reception at Eighth Day Books Friday evening banquet for Feast of St Athanasius the Great For more information: http://www.eighthdayinstitute.com/Eighth_Day_Institute/15_Mystery.html
17th Annual Midwest Diocese SOYO Basketball Tournament: Canton, OH @ St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church  | Canton | Ohio | United States
For more information: http://www.midwestsoyo.org/
2015 Young Adults Winter Retreat: Big Bear Lake, CA @ Sacred Heart Retreat Camp   | Big Bear Lake | California | United States
Speakers: Mother Victoria (Abbess of St. Barbara Monastery, Santa Paula, CA) & Fr. David Sommer (Priest at St. Thomas Orthodox Church, Snohomish, WA) REGISTER ONLINE BY FRIDAY JAN 2 WWW.DLAWYOUNGADULTS.COM/EVENTS (LIMITED SPACE) For more information: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/files/announcements/2015-YA-Winter-Retreat.pdf
Young Adult Winter Retreat: Lake Tahoe,NV @ South Lake Tahoe Galilee Camp & Conference Center  | Glenbrook | Nevada | United States
For more information: http://www.youth.sanfran.goarch.org/editor/content/uploads/2014/11/winter_retreat_final_2015.jpg
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
78th Annual Novogodny Ball: Cherry Hill, NJ @ Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill Hotel  | Cherry Hill | New Jersey | United States
A portion of the net proceeds from the Ball will be donated toward the F.O.C.A.’s $300,000 fundraising goal for the Married Seminarian Housing Project at St. Tikhon’s. On Sunday evening, January 18, 2015,  St. Stephen’s Orthodox Catholic Fellowship, Chapter #82 of the Fellowship of Orthodox Christians in America (F.O.C.A.) will proudly host the 78th Novogodny Ball.  The Ball will once again be held at the beautiful Crowne Plaza Hotel Philadelphia, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.  A wide variety of music to please all ages will be provided by the Kauriga Orchestra.  Many of our patrons will also  join us for a delicious dinner at the hotel prior to the evening of fun,dancing, and renewing old friendships. Novogodny Ball tickets are available by reservation only. For more information: http://www.stots.edu/news_141208_1.html
August 2015 Conference Call for Papers!
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity. http://www.otsamerica.org/otsanews/announcements.php
Jan 22 – Jan 24 all-day
The 2015 Orthodox Christian Camp and Youth Worker Conference, is themed : “Walking Alongside our Youth”.  The Conference, now in its 13th year, exists to bring all Orthodox Christians doing youth ministry at any level and in any form together for several days to further their education, foster brotherhood, and provide fellowship.  Each year a different jurisdiction of the Orthodox Churches in the United States hosts the Conference, with the input and direction provided by the Orthodox Christian Camp Association and national Church Youth Department directors. Keynote Addresses will be offered by The Rev. Dr. Bogdan Bucur, associate professor of  Theology at Duquesne University, and Dr. Stefanie Yazge, professor of Theology at St. Vincent College.  A series of workshops focusing on youth ministry as it relates to youth workers and camp staff, daily services, and fellowship, will be available to enable attendees to get to know each other better. Registration is available[...]
3rd Annual Pan-Orthodox Winter Dinner Fundraiser: Grand Blanc, MI @ Assumption Greek Orthodox Church   | Grand Blanc | Michigan | United States
This annual dinner is to support Dormition Monastery. For more information: http://saintgeorgeflint.org/files/Monastery/12-07-2014-Dormition-Winter-Dinner-Flyer-2015.pdf
Center for Byzantine Material Arts Retreat @ Trinity House Café  | Leesburg | Virginia | United States
Theme: “The Orthodox Path to Contemplation” Speakers: Metropolitan Jonah & Frederica Matthews-Green For more information: http://www.byzarts.com(http://www.byzarts.com/retreatorthodox-path-to-contemplation-with-metropolitan-jonah-and-frederica-matthews-green-january-2324th/
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
Archimandrite Daniel’s Episcopal Consecration will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Cathedral, San Francisco, California, on Friday, January 23, 2015 and Saturday, January 24, 2025. The canonical election will take place at 6:00 p.m. of Friday, January 23 and will be followed by Great Vespers. A reception will take place in the cathedral hall following Vespers. The Divine Liturgy of Consecration of Archimandrite Daniel as Bishop of Santa Rosa and Auxiliary to His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West, will be celebrated on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The concelebrating Hierarchs, Priests and Deacons appointed for the service, will arrive and be vested at 9:00 a.m. The Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, His Beatitude Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada, will be greeted upon his arrival at the Cathedral at 9:30 a.m. A banquet in honor of the newly consecrated Bishop of Santa[...]
Metropolis Presvyteres Retreat:Dunlop, CA @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center  | Dunlap | California | United States
For more information:  http://sanfran.goarch.org/calendar/event/797/
St. Herman Conference: Toronto, Ontario, Canada @ Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
This year’s St. Herman Conference will be held in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. With the blessings of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Eminence Archbishop Gabriel of Montreal the Kursk-Root Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God will arrive accompanied by His Grace Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan. Many thought provoking lectures and workshops are planned. The hierarchal services will be magnificent and sung by the Youth Choir.  The conference will be hosted at the Marriott Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto.  The conference will take place in the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel and the Holy Trinity Cathedral. For more information: http://sthermanconference.com/
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day
Study Weekend 2015: England @ Orthodox Parish of St John the Baptist & St Alban the Protomartyr c/o St. Christopher’s Church  | Luton | United Kingdom
The Orthodox Fellowship of St. John the Baptist  Study Weekend Theme is “THE MOTHER OF GOD IN THE BIBLE”. “The All-Holy Virgin Mary’s life in texts and images: The Biblical basis for her role as the ‘Living Temple of God’” presented by Dr Mary Cunningham “St Silouan the Athonite on the Mother of God”, presented by Hieromonk Melchisedec, Monastery of St John the Baptist “‘His Mother said to the Servants, “Do whatever he tells you’”, Understanding Bible Verses”, presented by Father Ioan Nazarcu For more information: http://orthodoxlondon.org/2014/12/03/the-mother-of-god-in-the-bible/
Jan 24 – Jan 31 all-day
Slavyanka Concert Schedule: CA
Slavyanka is the name that the early Russian settlers in California gave to the river that is today known as the Russian River. The Slavyanka Male Chorus was formed in 1979 by several former members of the Yale Russian Chorus. Membership has varied from fifteen to thirty men, all with other primary occupations ranging from business and the trades to law, science and medicine. The chorus toured the former Soviet Union in 1986, 1989 and 1999, where it performed for historically its largest and most appreciative audiences. The Slavyanka Russian Chorus regularly presents a cappella concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area and California. The repertoire is drawn mostly from Russian sources: Orthodox liturgical, Russian and other Slavic folk and composed music. It includes compositions by Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and a host of less well-known purveyors of the Slavic soul in song. For more information: http://slavyanka.org/
Pastoral Challanges in Marriage Conference: Santa Ana, CA @ Doubletree Hotel   | Santa Ana | California | United States
2015 Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference–Oneness: Protecting & Growing the Blessed Communion Theme: “Oneness: Protecting & Growing the Blessed Communion” For more information: http://uol.orthodoxws.com/images/uoc0128-MarriageConference.png
Pastoral Challenges in Marriage Conference: Irvine, CA
Topic: ” Oneness in Marriage: Growing and Protecting the Blessed Communion”. The  Conference is s ponsored by the Center for Family Care of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, San Francisco Metropolis. For more details visit:  www.family.goarch.org  or http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/family/events/marriage_conference_2014
Jan 30 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 31 @ 2:30 pm
Conference on Falling Asleep in the Lord: TX @ Varied
Falling Asleep in the Lord: An Orthodox Perspective on Dying, Death and Grief Please download the flyer for more information.
32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture - Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary @ Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building | Yonkers | New York | United States
His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), will be the guest speaker for the 32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture. Bishop Nicholas will be speaking on “The Life and Ministry of  St. Raphael of Brooklyn.” In 2015 the Antiochian Archdiocese will mark the 100th anniversary of the beloved saint’s repose with a year-long series of events commemorating the milestone. For more information: http://www.svots.edu/events/2015-schmemann-lecture
Northwest Regional Conference of Philoptochos: Seattle, WA @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Seattle | Washington | United States
Northwest Regional Conference Theme: Building Stronger Families in Today’s World” Men, women, middle and high school age youth welcome.  Lunch provided, and childcare provided upon request.
Jan 31 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lecture and Practicum followed by Vespers. For more information: http://www.uocc.ca/en-ca/news/events/Cantoring%20Skills%20Workshop%20Poster%20St%20Demetrius.pdf