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The Mission Field needs medical professionals to volunteer on short-term mission teams this summer! Administering health care to people who do not normally have access to treatment is such an essential part of OCMC missions, and your expertise could make a huge impact on suffering people around the world. Won’t you consider volunteering this year to alleviate their suffering?
Assist with the health care outreach at the Theotokos Orthodox Hospital in Medan, Indonesia and be a part of an Orthodox witness in a Muslim nation.
For more information, or to apply: http://www.ocmc.org/about/open_teams.aspx.
Proclaiming 2017 as the “125th Year of Orthodox Christianity in Greater Chicago,” the region’s ruling bishops have endorsed a historic celebration to take place on Saturday, September 30, 2017. Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Clergy Association [OCCA] of Greater Chicago, the commemoration will include the celebration of a Pan-Orthodox Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at Lane Tech Auditorium, followed by an anniversary banquet at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare, 8535 West Higgins Road, Chicago.
For further information: https://domoca.org/news_170710_1.html
“Even Tears Were Not Enough” is the second documentary by John Righetti and Maria Silvestri. It features scholars and survivors telling the story of the forced deportation of Poland’s Carpatho-Rusyn population by the Polish Communist government in 1947.
The story of the destruction of the community, called Lemkos in Poland, has rarely been told. “Today we can’t event conceive of a state moving tens of thousands of people hundreds of miles away from their home with no notice and the world standing by,” said John Righetti, one of the producers. “But population relocation at the end of World War II was not uncommon. What makes this situation distinct is that the purpose was to dissipate the Lemko Rusyns in a way to absolutely destroy their culture through assimilation.”
Come watch the documentary and discuss it with the producers!
For further information about the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, visit their web site at: http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org
Theme: “Closer to Christ, Closer to Each Other”
We are honored to have as our keynote speaker this year His Eminence, Archbishop Michael of New York and New Jersey. Other speakers will include: Fr. Moses Berry, Fr. Jerome Sanderson, Mother Katherine, Fr. Alexii Altschul
The full schedule and speaker list is still being developed. Check back at: http://mosestheblack.org/past-conferences/2017-conference/
RENEWING THE MALE AND FEMALE DIACONATE IN THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
This conference will examine the theology, history, and purpose of the diaconate, both male and female. It will include four sessions: the present state of the diaconate; ways men and women are engaged in diaconal service today; the current challenges and future possibilities of the diaconate; and the opportunities to engage with both clergy and faithful on rejuvenation of the male and female diaconate for the building up of the body of Christ.
For more information: https://orthodoxdeaconess.org/2017-conference/
His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch has given us his blessing to conduct a conference on ecology in his honour. A SACRAMENTAL APPROACH TO ECOLOGY will be a pan-religious gathering. While organised and sponsored by the Monastery, one session will be hosted by and at TRINITY WESTERN UNIVERSITY in Langley, B.C. The dates of the event are 6-7 October. On the 6th, the Monastery will host a round table discussion, MC’d by Steve Bynum, the producer of Worldview on the American National Public Radio system. On the 7th, the session will be at T.W.U. Further information and details will be published in the first week of September.
The theme for this year’s Benefit is “Come Let Us Worship”. The concert program will consist of hymns and liturgical songs from different Orthodox Christian traditions.
The choir is composed of more than 40 volunteer singers from several Orthodox Christian parishes in southeastern Michigan. It is directed by Victoria Kopistiansky, choir director at Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, Detroit.
Sponsored by the Council of Orthodox Christian Churches of Metropolitan Detroit (COCC), in partnership with Cass Community Social Services, the concert will support charitable endeavors provided across the region by the respective organizations. This concert will open the COCC’s 60th anniversary year.
Conference Theme: Industry and Our Immigrant Ancestors
For more information: http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/16thConference.html
Papers are welcome that consider biblical, patristic, later Byzantine, modern and contemporary angles on the topic. Our speaker this year for the Florovsky Lecture will be Very Rev. Dr. John Erickson of St. Vladimir’s Seminary. The lecture will be delivered the evening of Friday, October 27 and is open to the public. Register online now
For more information: http://www.otsamerica.net/
The biennial National Clergy Retreat is one of the most important ways the Archdiocesan Presbyters Council (APC) fulfills that vision and mission through refreshing, renewing and recharging the clergy of the Archdiocese of America, and through them the Church, ministries and families they serve and love. For details and to register visit apc.goarch.org/retreat.