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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[...]
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:
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
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[...]
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:
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:
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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St. Nicholas Feast Day Celebration: Ft. Myers, FL @ St. Nicholas Orthodox Monastery | North Fort Myers | Florida | United States
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Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Camden Conference: Rockland, ME @ Rockland Public Library | Rockland | Maine | United States
Theme: “The Russian Orthodox Church Today” Speaker: Anthony Antolini The Russian Orthodox Church today represents a far more powerful force in Russian society than it has in over a century. Throughout its history the Russian Church has been inextricably connected with political forces. These influences continue today but in new and surprising ways that seem quite foreign to the American experience. The presentation will include a brief summary of Russian Church history, a review of recent developments in the Putin administration and a look at how Eastern Orthodoxy is connected to the current crisis in Ukraine. Note: This talk will be repeated on Thursday, January 8, 6:30PM at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth. For more information:  and
2014 Winter Mission Trip to Ukrainian Znamianka Orphanage
With the blessing of the Council of Bishops, the Consistory Office of Christian Charity in cooperation with the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA announce the date for the winter missionary trip to Znamianka Orphanage for the faithful of our Church. His Grace Bishop Daniel will lead this trip as a spiritual father with the aim of sharing in the Love of Christ, through the prayerful celebration of ministry of Holy Wonderworker Nicholas and to provide time and aid to the orphanage adopted by our Holy Church. The faithful participants are given an opportunity to deepen and live their faith through love, experience and action. The children of Znamianka orphanage are truly the brethren of which Christ speaks in Matthew chapter 25 verse 40, the least, the most in need. It is a multi-building facility. The team will stay on-site at[...]
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Dec 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Theme: “On the Divine Liturgy” For more information:
2014 St. Herman’s Youth Conference: Loveland, OH @ St. George Russian Orthodox Church | Loveland | Ohio | United States
Theme: “What does the Liturgy do & Why” & “Meeting God” Speakers: Fr. Michael Carney & Sr. Vassa Larin (ROCOR nun & liturgiologist at the University of Vienna, Austria) This conference is for high school and college age students, ages 14 and up. For more information:   or
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) College Conference Venues, December 2014
2014/2015 OCF College Conference Theme: “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness, into His own marvelous light.” 1 Peter 2:9 Each year during Christmas Break, OCF’s College Conferences host hundreds of college students from across North America for four days of fellowship, prayer, and exposure to reputable Orthodox speakers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR COLLEGE CONFERENCE EAST & WEST 2014!2014 College Conference Scholarship ApplicationClick here for more information about COLLEGE CONFERENCE EAST 2014 Click here for more information about COLLEGE CONFERENCE WEST 2014 For more information: