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This year’s series is focused on “Back to Basics“. The series will run on Tuesday evenings: October 10, 17, 24, and 31, beginning at 7pm in the seminary refectory. You can download a flyer to post here.
MIGRATION + MEMORY: JEWISH ARTISTS OF THE RUSSIAN AND SOVIET EMPIRES from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection. Curated by Anna Winestein
This exhibition will feature approximately 100 works drawn from the Vladimir and Vera Torchilin Collection that explore the creative responses as well as historical trajectories of Jewish artists born, trained, or active in the Russian as well as Soviet Empires in the 20th century. The exhibit is structured around the themes of migration and memory that are central to the Jewish experience in this period. It is curated by Ballets Russes Arts Initiative’s Executive Director, Anna Winestein.
The works in the exhibition carry a complex legacy of opportunity and suffering, cooperation and hatred, inclusion and alienation. The opening of the show coincides closely with the centenary of the October Revolution of 1917, which transformed the landscape of choices and options for Russian Jewry, including artists, in many positive ways, while also bringing enormous displacement and violence. In total, it will present the creations of nearly 50 different artists: paintings, drawings, prints, posters and illustrated books, as well as three-dimensional objects, some created within the territory of Imperial Russia or the Soviet Union, and some created after the artists had emigrated to Europe or the United States.
Vladimir and Vera Torchilin moved to the US in the early 1990’s, and after the fall of the Soviet Union were successful in bringing out a large portion of their collection, to which they have continued to add voraciously. Their collection is primarily focused on Russian and Soviet artists–not all of Jewish heritage–but also includes works by Europeans and Americans.
Anna Winestein is an historian of art and theater, an independent curator, and a cultural entrepreneur. She is Executive Director and co-founder of Ballets Russes Arts Initiative (BRAI), and previously served as Creative Director for the Hermitage Museum Foundation. Click here for Anna’s full biography.
For more information: www.museumofrussianicons.org/
Conference Theme: Industry and Our Immigrant Ancestors
For more information: http://www.carpathorusynsociety.org/16thConference.html
Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be the keynote speaker at Synergy’s 2017 annual Symposium.
The symposium theme is “Search the Scriptures.” Dr. Constantinou will offer practical advice for reading the Bible with confidence and Patristic advice for reading the Bible as Sacrament. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and Harvard Divinity School, Dr. Constantinou is the author of two books and numerous articles and hosts a popular podcast, “Search the Scriptures,” on Ancient Faith Radio.
For more information: http://www.chicagosynergy.org/symposium.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/
It is often observed that “Byzantium,” as a state and culture distinct from the Roman Empire, was an invention of Renaissance and early modern scholarship. From the historical corpus of Hieronymus Wolf to the lexical work of Charles Du Cange, the achievements of early modern scholars are familiar landmarks in the story of Byzantine studies’ emergence as a discipline. Yet key questions about this early modern “invention” of Byzantium remain understudied. What did “Byzantine” mean—as a term, a concept, and a category—to early modern scholars and their audiences? Where and how did European intellectuals acquire texts and objects that we would now define as “Byzantine”? How did contemporary political, religious, and cultural currents shape their engagements with Byzantine materials? And how does the historical context of Byzantium’s emergence continue to influence Byzantine studies today?
“The Invention of Byzantine Studies in Early Modern Europe” addresses these questions and others over two days of lectures and panels. This conference brings together a range of senior scholars, early career researchers, and advanced graduate students from across disciplines—including early modernists, medievalists, Byzantinists, and scholars of history, art, and literature—to evaluate the study of Byzantium in early modern Europe, and explore new approaches to this burgeoning field of research.
For more information: https://maryjahariscenter.org/events/invention-of-byzantine-studies
His Grace, Bishop Paul will lead a discussion with pre-teens and teens during the first-ever diocesan on-line youth retreat. Youth in grades six through 12 are invited to participate in this event being hosted at four parishes in Ohio, Illinois, Kansas and Minnesota.
“With such a large diocese, it’s not financially possible to bring our youth together in one place as often as we’d like,” explained Priest Benjamin Tucci, Diocesan Youth Director. “His Grace has encouraged us to find new ways to connect with our young people, including the creative use of technology. So we’re happy to host the first-ever virtual event bringing our pre-teens and teens together with Bishop Paul for an evening video chat via teleconference.”
The overnight retreat will begin at 7:00 p.m. local time, and at 7:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. ET), Bishop Paul will lead participants in prayer and then speak to the youth about leading a “Life in Christ.”
Bishop Paul encourages as many youth as possible to join him for conversation and a virtual event to understand the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our lives. “With so many challenges in today’s world, I want this virtual gathering to be an opportunity for our teens and young people to speak with me about their concerns and interests, and for them to know that I am praying for each of them,” said Bishop Paul.
Bishop Paul to host first-ever Virtual Youth Retreat“After His Grace speaks with the youth, participants at each of the four host locations will explore the topics off-line and come up with their own ideas and ways to lead a life in Christ,” Father Benjamin added. “They will then rejoin His Grace later that same evening to share with him their thoughts and ideas for how they can keep Christ at the heart of their personal lives.”
Host parishes for the retreat include Saint Innocent Church, Olmsted Falls, OH; Saint Luke Church, Palos Hills, IL; Holy Trinity Church, Overland Park, KS; and Saint Mary Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN.
Youth interested in attending should register before October 15 at http://bit.ly/mw-oct2017-retreat-registration. Once registered, youth will receive information about this unique event and suggestions for what to bring for the overnight retreat.
His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest will be among the speakers at the 30th Annual Conference of Orthodox Christian Laity [OCL] on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Bishop Paul will update participants on the work of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America.
Other speakers include Father Frank Marangos, Former Dean of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Cathedral of Holy Trinity, New York, NY; Former National Director of Religious Education and Executive Director of Communications for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America; CEO and Founder of OINOS Educational Consulting; and Managing Director of O’Mara Ferguson, who will speak on “Finding Our Voice: Orthodox Leadership for the 21st Century.” Father Hans Jacobse, Pastor of Saint Peter Antiochian Orthodox Mission, Ft. Myers-Naples, FL, Editor of the Orthodoxy Today web site, and Director of the American Orthodox Institute, a research and educational organization concerned with cultural and moral issues of the day, will speak on “The Challenge of Secularism in the Local Parish.” “Religious Pluralism, Fundamentalism and Contested Identities in North American Orthodox Christian Religious Life: The Case of the Greek Orthodox Church in America” will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Frances Kostarelos, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, College of Arts and Sciences, Governors State University, Chicago, who has written on issues related to religion and served as a consultant for the Greek Archdiocese.
Accommodations are being provided by the Spring Hill Suites by Marriott. Detailed information and registration forms are available on-line. For more information: ocl.org/
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.
A Pan-Orthodox Clergy Retreat is an important gathering which brings the Orthodox clergy on the West Coast together in brotherly love and energizes them in their ministry of service to God and His faithful people entrusted to their pastoral care.
The event has been organized with the blessings of the Hierarchs of the California Orthodox jurisdictions of California: Metropolitan Gerasimos (Greek), Metropolitan Joseph (Antiochian), Archbishop Kyrill (ROCOR), Bishop Maxim (Serbian), and Archbishop Benjamin (OCA).
We are honored to have Bishop Irenei of Sacramento and Archimandrite Nathanael Symeonidis presenting on these important topics at this event. We hope that you will join us in discussing these important topics that transcend our jurisdictions so that we may all explore and learn together.
The St. Sebastian Orthodox Press, a Ministry of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is honored to be assisting with the logistics related to this event. For more information: https://eventgrid.com/Events/35217/pan-orthodox-clergy-retreat-humanity-and-identity-discovering-the-self-in-the-world-and-in-the-church
Saint Tikhon’s Seminary will host its annual Vocations Retreat. The theme will be “Humility and Obedience in Saint John Chrysostom.”
In addition to a number of presentations and talks, participants will be able to attend services and classes and talk with current seminarians.
For more information or to register: http://www.stots.edu/
November 7: Washington DC Memorial Observance and Briefing to Congress
Nov. 18: Memorial Service to be held at 2:00 PM, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 5th Avenue, New York City, NY
For more information: http://uocofusa.org/news_170922_2.html