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International Exhibition of Orthodox Icons: Paris @ Bulgarian Cultural Institute (L’Institut Culturel Bulgare) | Paris | Île-de-France | France
An exhibition of Romanian and Bulgarian Orthodox icons will be held in Paris, under the auspices of the ambassador of Bulgaria to France. The exposition is being organized by the Bulgarian Orthodox parish of St. Euthymius of Tarnovo in Paris with the blessing of Metropolitan Anthony of Western and Central Europe (the Bulgarian Orthodox Church). The solemn opening of the exhibition will take place in the evening of April 21 at the Bulgarian Cultural Institute (L’Institut Culturel Bulgare) in Paris. The choir of St. Simeon (the choir director – Nana Peradze) will perform during the exhibition’s opening ceremony. Works of famous Bulgarian iconographers will be displayed at the exhibition, including icons by Fr. Jordan Pashev, Vanja Sapundjieva, Tsvetelina Maksimova, Elena Karageorgieva, Konstantina Konstantinova, and Ivaylo Tsvetkov (Bulgaria) along with those by the Romanian iconographers Mihai Coman and Gabriel Cituk. For more information: http://www.spc.rs/eng/international_exhibition_orthodox_icons_be_held_paris
Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Round-table: Los Angeles, CA @ Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson  | Los Angeles | California | United States
The Textual Lineaments of Three Medieval Identities: Reading “Targum Sheni” of the Book of Esther Wednesday, May 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Royce Hall Room 306, 10745 Dickson Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095 United States CMRS Roundtable.  This is the Second Targum of the Book of Esther, a “translation” of Esther from Hebrew into Aramaic.  It contains material about Solomon and Sheba not found in the Hebrew Esther, but found in the Koran. Targum Sheni was written in Byzantine Palestine before the rise of Islam and then used in Islam’s textual construction of itself as the theological heir of Temple Judaism: the Koranic account of Solomon and Sheba islamicizes preexisting Jewish additions to the story of Esther. For more information:   http://cmrs.ucla.edu/events/
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture Presentation: Cambridge, MA @ Harvard Faculty Club    | Cambridge | Massachusetts | United States
Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture presents:  “Worldliness in Byzantium and Beyond: Manuscript Materiality and Byzantine Materialism” For more information: http://maryjahariscenter.org/events/worldliness-in-byzantium-and-beyond-manuscript-materiality-and-byzantine-ma
Seventh Annual St Alexis Lecture: Minneapolis, MN @ St. Mary Orthodox Church | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
The Seventh Annual St Alexis Lecture takes place on Bright Friday following Paschal Vespers. We are blessed this year to have Professor Scott Kenworthy, Associate Professor of Comparative Religion at the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies, Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Dr. Kenworthy will speak on St Tikhon and Orthodoxy in Early Twentieth Century America. For more information: http://www.stmarysoca.org/news.html#Kasenic      
BRINGING FORTH TREASURES NEW AND OLD: THEMES IN CONTEMPORARY ORTHODOX THEOLOGY IN MEMORY OF FR MATTHEW BAKER. For more information: http://florovsky.princeton.edu/
May 9 – May 14 all-day
For more informationr: http://www.prosoponschool.org/schedule.html
Monastery Feast Day and Retreat: Dunlap, CA @ St. Nicholas Ranch & Retreat Center   | Dunlap | California | United States
Speaker: Fr. Demetrios Carellas For more informationr: http://stnicholasranch.org/events/
May 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Emmaus Lecture Series: Brooklyn, NY @ Three Hierarchs Orthodox Church   | New York | United States
The Emmaus Lecture Series is sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy of Brooklyn. This month’s topic is: “Holy Unction”; and the speaker is Fr. Paul Ivanov. For more informationr: http://www.stnicholascathedral.org/attachments/19/165/01.08.16%20Sunday%20after%20Theophany-1.pdf
May 14 @ 9:15 am – 4:00 pm
Marriage Preparation Class: Atlanta, GA @ Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral   | Atlanta | Georgia | United States
The Family Life Ministry of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Atlanta presents:  “Celebrating the Journey of Marriage In the Orthodox Church”. For more information: http://www.familylifeministry.atlanta.goarch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/May-14-2016-ATL-Pre-Marital-Seminar-Information.pdf
Our season closes with a program of music by two important modern voices: the Greek Orthodox composer Michael Adamis and Scottish Catholic James MacMillan. The choral works of both composers share a deeply personal quality and a rare devotion to ancient chant: Byzantine for Adamis and Gregorian for MacMillan. Colorful sonorities and intricate structures five the music of each an unmistakably mystical quality. For more information: http://www.cappellaromana.org/new-mystics-from-east-west/
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 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
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
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
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
Georgian Chant Tours: A tour to Tao-Klarjeti (West Georgia and Turkey) @ Georgia | United States
                                                                   Jun 17 – 28, 2016.  Georgia and Turkey. Back by popular demand, this extraordinary and unique itinerary to the ruined cathedrals of Tao-Klarjeti promises to be even more successful than our 2014 pilot tour to the region. For more information: http://www.georgianchant.org/tours/taoklarjeti/index.html
Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium: Minneapolis, MN @ St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
    The International Society for Orthodox Church Music (www.isocm.com) will host a pan-Orthodox music symposium at St Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral. The event will include presentations and workshops, music reading sessions, rehearsals, and will culminate in a festive hierarchical All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy.  The event will also feature a special concert by the critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble Cappella Romana.  For more information: http://www.romarch.org/news.php?id=5433
The Patterson Triennial Conference: New York City @ Fordham University School of Law 150 W. 62nd St. (between Columbus and Amsterdam avenues)  | New York | New York | United States
The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University presents The Patterson Triennial Conference on “Tradition, Secularization, Fundamentalism”. While the very meaning of the “secular” remains contested, Christians globally are self-identifying in different ways in relation to an imagined secularization, all the while discerning how to live as a tradition. This intersection between tradition, secularization, and fundamentalism is especially evident in both post-Communist Catholic/Orthodox countries and the American context, where fundamentalist-like responses have emerged against the perceived threat of the secular. Confirmed speakers include: R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame Nikolaos Asproulis, Volos Academy for Theological Studies José Casanova, Georgetown University Brandon Gallaher, University of Exeter Paul Griffiths, Duke Divinity School Vigen Guroian, University of Virginia The Rev. Oliver Herbel, Military Chaplain Edith M. Humphrey, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Slavica Jakelic, Valparaiso University Nadieszda Kizenko, SUNY Albany Wendy Mayer, Australian Catholic University Brenna Moore, Fordham University Graham Ward, Oxford University Darlene[...]
Tenth Annual Youth Conference: Washington D.C. @ Washington | District of Columbia | United States
With the blessings of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, the Youth Ministry Committee is pleased to announce the Tenth Annual Youth Conference to be held in Washington D.C. The theme of this year’s conference is “Orthodoxy’s Under Attack: How Other Faiths Try to Challenge Your Own!” The conference is open to all high school students. Students are eligible for the summer prior to 9th through the summer following 12th grade For more information: http://www.spc.rs/eng/10th_annual_youth_conference_be_held_washington_dc
Viticulture & Highlands - A tour to tusheti national park  (East Georgia) @ Georgia
                                                    July 1 – 12, 2016 A brand new itinerary improves on past experience for an ideal 11 day/night tour featuring the best of viticulture in East Georgia and the highlands of the Tusheti National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Area. Starting in the bustling capital of Tbilisi, we explore the multi-ethnic heritage of this city through the museums, architecture, cuisine, and music. Venturing up the Mtkvari River, we visit the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta, where rivers converge and Christianity was first preached in this part of the country.