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Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit [COCC] Fifth Annual Children's Party: Livonia, MI @  Holy Transfiguration Church | Livonia | Michigan | United States
The  “Saint Nicholas Is Santa Claus,”  is a Nativity-season children’s party.  The party will feature the story of Saint Nicholas as told by Saint Nicholas himself,” said Richard Shebib, COCC president and chairman of the event. “Children will meet Saint Nicholas and receive a gift while their parents take their pictures. They will do a craft project, and there will be a carol sing-a-long and refreshments.” Prior to the party, from noon until 1:00 p.m., children will be able to have their pictures taken with live reindeer. Refreshments will be served. For further information For further information:  visit    or
Heaven & Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collection: Chicago, IL @ Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago | Illinois | United States
Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections presents 63 superb artworks from the early Christian and Byzantine eras in the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art.  Originally exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the exhibition represents major artistic holdings from Greece—many of which have never been exhibited outside that country—consisting of shimmering mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, luxury glass, silver, personal adornments, liturgical textiles, and painted icons. The Art Institute’s display offers a selection of exceptional works from the original exhibition, including the debut of the 14th-century Icon of Saint Prokopios. The exhibit will display until Feb 15, 2015. For more information:
Dec 1 – Dec 31 all-day
Icon Exhibit of George Kordis: NJ @ Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College | Absecon | New Jersey | United States
Anchored in Byzantine tradition, Kordis’ work challenges conventional ways of looking at Byzantine icon painting. Radiant images, both traditional and modern at the same time, establish corporeal connections between the image and the beholder. For more information:
Registration - Online Orthodox Studies sponsored by St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary @ Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary | Yonkers | New York | United States
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. Students who are already enrolled at the seminary may begin the registration process by contacting Dr. John Students not currently enrolled currently should begin registration by first contacting Protodeacon Joseph Matusiak, director of Deadline for registration is November 6. To view course details and to download a registration form, click here. The cost of each 1-credit course is $438.00 plus a registration fee of $35.00; the cost of each course for auditors[...]
The 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies: Call for Papers
The 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford is a four-yearly gathering of scholars from around the world that has become a major event for the many disciplines concerned with patristics. The proceedings of the conferences are peer reviewed and published in the series Studia Patristica. Abstracts and proposals for the seventeenth conference are now being accepted, with a submission deadline of December 31st, 2014.   For more information on the conference and submitting proposals, see here. The Conference will be held in August 10-14, 2015, at Oxford, England. For more information:
Eikon: Icons of the Orthodox Christian World Exhibit: Australia @ Art Gallery of Ballart | Ballarat | Victoria | Australia
The rich tradition of Eastern Christian spirituality and imagery will be celebrated with the special exhibition EIKON: Icons of the Orthodox Christian World. EIKON brings eighty high quality works, including some really sumptuous examples of Orthodox art. Most of the icons in the show originate from Greece and Russia, with examples as well from Cyprus, Syria and Palestine, and range in time from the twelfth to the beginning of the nineteenth centuries. Viewing the exhibition will be a special event, with dramatic lighting and a soundscape incorporating traditional chanting, bells and other sounds of an Orthodox service, recreating the original setting of the works. For more information:
UCLA Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies: Los Angeles, CA @ Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies University of California, Royce 306 | Los Angeles | California | United States
Topic: “Reflections on Poussin’s Landscape with Diogenes” This lecture by Herbert Morris (Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Law Emeritus, UCLA) takes Hazlitt as a guide in regarding Poussin as a poet who works with pictorial images and respects Poussin’s desire to be “read.” Professor Morris argues that, as with poets generally, Poussin sought, in addition to promoting pleasure with his images and their relationship to each other, to stimulate critical reflection, the imagination, and a range of emotions and moods. Professor Morris’ exposition is an attempt to remedy a failure of art historians to provide to Poussin what he desired.  Click here for the readings and images. Self-service parking is in UCLA Lots 2, 3, 4 and 5.  More information and maps at the UCLA Parking website. For more information:  
Byzantine Holiday Pop Up Concerts: New York, NY @ Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York | New York | United States
On select Fridays in December, enhance your visit to the Met with a stop in the Medieval Sculpture Hall, where you can experience a pop-up concert featuring hauntingly beautiful hymns and carols from the Byzantine Empire. Performing antiphonally, the musicians masterfully alternate parts in multiple languages, including Greek, Arabic, Armenian, and Russian. Fridays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 2 pm, 4 pm, and 6 pm. For more information:{CF049A87-8E4E-45F4-8A74-5EBF667EC04E}_20140501171420
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA): 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. Please submit proposals consisting of a 350 to 500-word abstract and your contact information to the review committee at sends e-mail).  Proposals are due Nov. 15, 2014.   The Annual Conference is in August 2015. For more information:
Sixth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute: New York, NY @ Union Theological Seminary  | New York | New York | United States
This year’s theme for the conference is: “Healing Reconciliation & Forgiveness in Eastern Orthodox Perspectives.” The conference aims to provide space for exploring the various ways that the Eastern Orthodox Church and Orthodox culture at-large, past and present, have understood the complex and difficult issues involved in the restoration of communion, peace, and wholeness, after episodes of disunity and alienation. This theme lends itself to an array of approaches, from theological ones (soteriology and atonement theory), historical issues (schism and reunifications of Orthodox cultures), pastoral considerations (confession and sacramental healing) and political analyses. For more information:
Orthodox Institute on the Family Conference Series: Ontario, CAN @ All Saints of North America Orthodox Church | Hamilton | Ontario | Canada
Theme: “Balancing Family Life in a Fast-Paced World” Speaker: Fr. Bohdan Hladio For more information:
Dec 5 @ 6:30 pm – Dec 7 @ 2:00 pm
Enthronement of Metropolitan Joseph: NY @ St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral  | New York | United States
By the Grace of God, His Beatitude, JOHN X Patriarch of the Great City of God, Antioch, and all the East, together with the Members of the Holy Synod of the See of Antioch, our beloved Hierarchs, the Archdiocesan Board of Trustees and the entire Archdiocese of North America, invite you to prayerfully participate in the Enthronement of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH,  Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America. All Services and events will take place at: St. Nicholas Cathedral, 355 State St., Brooklyn, New York with the exception of the Reception and Gala Banquet which will be held at: The Brooklyn Marriott, 333 Adams St., Brooklyn, New York Rooms for this occasion have been blocked until November 7 for $299 plus tax at The Brooklyn Marriott under the keyword “St. Nicholas Cathedral Installation” and can be reserved by calling (718) 246-7000 or online using the following link: Directions to the Cathedral can be found at[...]
Topic: Exploring ways we can focus on what is good and beautiful in our everyday lives. Presenter:  Steve Christoforou For more information: http: //–YA-retreat-Dec-2014-lg.pdf
Theme: “On Confession: Preparing to Purify our Hearts” Speaker: Fr. Wayne Wilson For more information:
Women & Diaconal Ministry in the Orthodox Church-Past, Present & Future: New York, NY @ Union Theological Seminary | New York | New York | United States
Source: St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess will host its first conference titled Women & Diaconal Ministry in the Orthodox Church: Past, Present & Future on Saturday, December 6, 2014  from 9 am to 5 pm at Union Theological Seminary  in Manhattan. The conference will provide presentations and discussions on why an ordained ministry is necessary; how a deaconess would/could serve today; and what short-term and long-term steps could be taken for restoration of the female diaconate. Speakers from various areas of social outreach will discuss diaconal work in the present such as pastoral care, ministry of the Word, and chaplaincy. A session will also will support the restoration of the female diaconate with an overview of the comprehensive research that has already conducted on it history, theological apologetics, and recent attempts at restoration of the female diaconate in Greece and[...]
Ensemble Organum & Christos Chalkias Concert: NY @ Metropolitan Museum of Art | New York | New York | United States
Concerts at The Cloisters presents: “In Praise of Saint Nicholas”, a program of hymns celebrating the feast of  Saint Nicholas (270–343), Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor. The world-renowned Ensemble Organum (Marcel Pérès, Director) from France meets virtuoso chanter Christos Chalkias of Thessaloniki, Greece, in a rare juxtaposition of Latin and Greek Byzantine chants in honor of Saint Nicholas. The concert will conclude with excerpts from the emblematic manuscript of the Cathedral of Benevento, Italy (Biblioteca Capitolare ms 38 & 40), and will feature Latin and Greek texts (including Ἅγιος ὁ Θεός- Sanctus deus)  chanted antiphonally. For more information:
Pan-Orthodox Vespers & Christmas Concert: DesPlaines, IL @ St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church | Des Plaines | Illinois | United States
Great Vespers at 6pm Concert at 7pm.  Come join us for this wonderful event. Additional details here. For more information:
Ascention Liturgical Choir 44th Annual Christmas Concert: Oakland, CA @ Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedra | Oakland | California | United States
“An International Christmas” . The free concert features special guests Paraguayan harpist Carlos Reyes, acclaimed soprano Susan Gundunas, baritone Peter Tuff,  and the Kairos Youth Choir, accompanied by members of the Young People’s Symphony Orchestra joined by Ascension musicians and the Ascension Liturgical Choir with Ascension organist Anna Counelis and pianist Arkadi Serper. The program highlights traditional carols, Greek Orthodox Christmas hymns, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah as well as a brief sing-along. Ascension Liturgical Choir is under the direction of  Laura Kakis Serper who will also conduct the concert. Special guest director Dr. Tikey Zes will conduct the Orthodox Christmas hymns.  The Young People’s Symphony Orchestra   is California’s oldest youth orchestra and the second oldest youth orchestra in the U.S. YPSO is under the direction of David Ramadanoff. Kairos Youth Choir  is also under the direction of  Kakis Serper. The Ascension Liturgical Choir is comprised of members of the Ascension Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Refreshments will[...]
St. Tikon's Mission Choir Liturgical Celebration and Visit: Philidelphia, PA @  Saints Peter & Paul Albanian Church  | Philadelphia | Pennsylvania | United States
Please join us in welcoming  St. Tikhon’s Mission Choir to celebrate Divine Liturgy with us at SS Peter & Paul Albanian Orthodox Church.  The Mission Choir will sing the responses of the Liturgy and join us for a light Lenten Luncheon during our coffee hour. They will introduce themselves and have the opportunity to meet with parishioners. For more information:
Dec 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Inter-Orthodox Nativity Concert: OH  @ St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Rocky River | Ohio | United States
Refreshments will be served following the Concert in the Cultural Hall. Everyone is welcome! For more information:
St Nicholas Family Fun Night: Post Falls, Idaho @ St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church | Post Falls | Idaho | United States
We are excited to invite you to our St. Nicholas Family Fun Night at St. John. This will be a wonderful evening to share together as well as invite others too. In honor of St. Nicholas’ feast day, the story of the real St. Nic will be shared and donations will be collected for our local Food Bank. We will also have wonderful entertainment from the CYT North Idaho’s Swingin’ in the Holidays Swing Dance Tour Group, plus hot cider and goodies!  LOTS of FUN for ALL ages!! For more information:  
17th Annual Christmas Musicfest: Los Angeles, CA @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Los Angeles | California | United States
Christmas Musicfest Under the Byzantine Dome Featuring: Los Angeles Byzantine Chorale — Constance Callinicos, director Master’s Chorale – Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts — Dianne Harmef, director Harmonies of St. Thomas, All Girls Choir — Antonio Espinal, director For more information:
Dec 8 @ 9:00 am – Dec 12 @ 4:00 pm
Iconographer: Priestmonk Dimitrian, 10+ years of experience on Mount Athos and in Russia. Instruction on drawing, gilding, painting, and varnish (olifa). Write and complete your own personal Icon Five day class,  lunch break (potluck). Note: this will be during Christmas lent, some food restrictions apply. For more information:
Christmas Performance at Agia Sophia Academy: Beaverton, OR @ Agia Sophia Academy | Beaverton | Oregon | United States
Agia Sophia Academy (Friends of Agia Sophia Academy ) warmly invites you to our Christmas program, “Building a Living Icon”.   Our students are working hard to prepare this heartfelt Nativity treat just for you! Bake Sale to follow, proceeds benefit our Music Program. For more information:
Church School Monastery Pilgrimage: Rives Junction, MI @ Holy Dormition Orthodox Monastery | Rives Junction | Michigan | United States
We invite all our Church School students, parents, and teachers to participate in this spiritually important growth opportunity. Pilgrimage is a venerable tradition of the Orthodox Church – visiting and supporting monasteries helps the monks and nuns do their important work: praying for the entire world. Such a pilgrimage with our Church School also helps the young people to see that monasticism is a real option in life – something that they can either engage in or at the very least support. The health of the Church has always been measured by the health of the monasteries. Participating in pilgrimages helps to strengthen these crucially important spiritual institutions. For more information:
Retreats at St. John’s Monastery for Ladies: Manton, CA @ Orthodox Monastery of St. John of San Francisco  | Manton | California | United States
Theme: “The Virtues, the Passions & the Healing of the Soul” Speaker: Mother Melania (Holy Assumption Monastery, Calistoga, CA) For more information:
Dec 12 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 14 @ 1:00 pm
YES (Youth Equipped to Serve) Retreat: Providance, RI @ St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church | Pawtucket | Rhode Island | United States
WHEN?      Friday, December 12 – Sunday December 14, 2014 WHAT?      A wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Providence, RI. WHO?        Junior High, High School Students, and College Students WHERE?    St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church at 5pm on Friday, December 12th: 249 High St., Pawtucket, RI 02865.  The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on December 14th. HOW DO I REGISTER?           Click here to register! For more information:
Preparing for the Journey of Marriage in the Orthodox Church: Mary Esther, FL @ Sts. Markella & Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Mary Esther | Florida | United States
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Special One Day Retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas: Bellingham, WA @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church  | Bellingham | Washington | United States
St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church invites you to a one-day retreat with Metropolitan Nikitas of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, entitled “The Poetry of Christmas: Ecclesiastical and Secular”.   The retreat begins at 11 am and concludes after Great Vespers. Please click HERE to view the retreat flyer.  The Retreat includes activities for children. If you are bringing your children, please contact Presvytera Elizabeth at    For Directions and other information, visit or call 360-734-8745, or  visit