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Toys, Trinkets, and Treasures-The Story of the Nesting Doll Exhibit: Clinton, MA @ Museum of Russian Icons   | Clinton | Massachusetts | United States
Russian Matryoshka dolls, often painted to depict peasants, have become an icon of Russian culture. The bright colors, distinctive shapes, and the imaginative concepts have delighted generations of children and are thoroughly recognizable to young and old alike. The Museum of Russian Icons is pleased to unveil the newest addition to its collection, a collection of nesting dolls from Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Japan and other countries. These dolls came to the museum through the generosity of collector Pamela Kruskal who gifted 370 sets to the Museum in the summer of 2015. The collection contains the story of the nesting doll which extends well beyond the well-known Russian dolls of the 20th century. For more information:
First Annual Memorial Day Young Singers’ Conference: Waymart, PA @ St. Tikhon Orthodox Monastery   | Waymart | Pennsylvania | United States
St. Tikhon’s Monastery located in Waymart, PA and Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, NY have graciously opened their doors for participants in The Young Singers’ Conferences to attend one or both 3-day weekends of educational courses. These Conferences allow young singers (15-40y.o) to strengthen their abilities and sing the All-Night Vigil and Divine Liturgy in a monastery setting. For more information:
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:
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:
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Emmaus Lecture Series is  sponsored by the Orthodox Clergy of Brooklyn. Theme: “Baptism” Speaker: Fr. Gerasimos Makris For more information:
TWO SPECIAL EVENINGS WITH FR.  STEPHEN  FREEMAN: Rochester Hills, MI @ ST. MARK ORTHODOX CHURCH | Rochester Hills | Michigan | United States
  You are invited to spend two special evenings with Fr. Stephen Freeman.  Thursday evening’s topic will be  “Mind Your Grammar”.  Our culture has a grammar, a way of thinking about things with very important rules. Our Orthodox faith also has a grammar. The grammar of our faith and the grammar of our culture are frequently in conflict, often to our peril. We will look at some very important examples of this as we explore the place of Orthodox grammar in our lives. Friday evening’s topic is:  “The Mission of the Cross”. This talk takes  us to the most essential things in our faith as well as the one thing needful in our lives. For more information:
CAMP NAZARETH FAMILY CAMP: Mercer, PA @ Camp Nazareth  | Mercer | Pennsylvania | United States
Family Camp at Camp Nazareth is exactly what it sounds like. Families “camping” together in the Camp cabins and participating in a weekend of services, games, discussions, activities and challenges that are all designed to help families deepen their relationship with God and with one another. This year’s them – “Not letting Orthodoxy be your Family’s Secret Identity”. Our Family’s Orthodoxy is both Public and Private…sometimes our family has to be like Superman and sometimes like Clark Kent!! Come enjoy with your family a weekend of prayer and fun in Christ. Space is limited to the first 10 families, so please send in your registration forms soon. They are due by Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information:
Jun 3 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 5 @ 1:00 pm
Men’s Retreat: WI @ Holy Resurrection Monastery | Saint Nazianz | Wisconsin | United States
Bible Study. Private prayer. The rich Liturgical prayer of the Eastern Church. Opportunities for confessions and individual spiritual direction. This retreat is designed to make these treasures of the Church accessible and relevant to men in the 21 st Century. For more information:
2016: Symposium on "The Family and Orthodox Life": Riverside, CA
Our 2016 symposium for southern California will be on the important theme of the family in Orthodox life: family prayer, the rearing of children, the place of family in Orthodox worship, and many other connected themes. Click for full details and to register to join us. For more information:      
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:!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:
Jun 7 – Jun 8 all-day
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LEAD Program Conference: Titusville, FL @ St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL | Titusville | Florida | United States
Join Us!  All LEAD Program events will be held at our very own St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL! The LEAD Program is proud to announce its newest professional development initiative, LEAD Beyond! This conference will give attendees an opportunity to develop skills that will provide growth in all aspects of our personal, spiritual, and professional lives. The theme for this year’s conference will be “Dealing with Difficult Personalities” For more information:
Under the Auspices of our Beloved Father His Grace Bishop Youssef, we are pleased to announce the dates for the annual Florida Hymns Camp! June 12 -15 for the boys; June 20 -23 for the girls. Hymns Camp serves all youth going to 4th to those going to 12th grade in the fall of 2016. God willing the camp will take place at the St. Stephen Retreat Center in Titusville, FL. During the camp we will learn hymns, have fellowship with one another, and at the end of the camp we will go on a trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Cancellation Policy: Refunds will not be possible within three weeks of the boys hymns camp . For more information:
Hexaemeron Icon Carving Workshop: Bloomfield, CT @ St. Thomas Seminary  | Bloomfield | Connecticut | United States
Hexaemeron Icon Carving Workshop SIX DAYS OF CREATION courses in icon carving are open to 10 students at each site. This ancient art is taught through both practical work and theory. From the earliest sarcophagi to lavish ivory miniatures to the austere Russian low reliefs, icon carving has been a vibrant part of the Orthodox Tradition. Students will have the opportunity to carve either in wood or stone. Those wishing to carve in wood are expected to have a basic understanding of woodworking as the course will focus on carving rather than technical aspects like laminating panels or sharpening tools. Although tools will be available, students should bring whatever gouges they have, ideally 1 straight gouge, 1 scoop gouge and 1 “V” gouge. For those wishing to carve stone, tools will be made available. Each student is expected to leave with at least one finished icon by the end of[...]
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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
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:
Academic Summer Institute: Brookline, MA @  Hellenic College Holy Cross  | Brookline | Massachusetts | United States
Cross Road Summer Institute is a ten-day academic summer institute  that prepares high school juniors and seniors to make big life decisions and connect with the Orthodox Christian theological and spiritual tradition. For more information:
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Pacific Northwest Orthodox Youth Camp @ All Saints Camp  | Gig Harbor | Washington | United States
  OCA Pacific Northwest Deanery welcomes all kids ages 7-17 to the Summer Camp. For more information and registration forms please visit their website:
Pan-Orthodox Music Symposium: Minneapolis, MN @ St Mary's Orthodox Cathedral | Minneapolis | Minnesota | United States
    The International Society for Orthodox Church Music ( 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:
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day
Patterson Triennial Conference: NY @ Fordham University School of Law  | New York | New York | United States
Theme: “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. For more information: )
Patristic Intensive Study Unit: Australia
Dean of St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS), the Very Rev Dr John Behr, will visit Australia for the first time to lead an intensive study unit. Dr Behr lives in New York and is a Professor of Patristics. The unit will examine three of the key figures in the School of Alexandria – Origen, St Athanasius and St Cyril – and relate them to the historical development of theology and to the controversies with which they are engaged. The intensive will run over three weekends, commencing in the evening of Friday 24 June to Sunday 10 July. St Athanasius College (SAC), a leader in Oriental Orthodox theology and member of the University of Divinity, presents The School of Alexandria study unit in partnership with Yarra Theological Union (YTU).
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:
2016 Young Women's Encounter: Windber, PA @ Sts.  Peter & Paul  Orthodox Church  | Windber | Pennsylvania | United States
Registration is now open for the Third Annual Diocesan Young Women’s Encounter which will take place at Sts Peter and Paul Church in Windber, PA which is open to young women in our Diocese ages 12-18, This engaging experience will highlight how young women can live our Orthodox Faith and serve the Church with their own unique gifts. This year we are really looking forward to having Katrina Bitar with us. She is the YES North America Program Director (Youth Equipped to Serve) for FOCUS North America (Fellowship of Orthodox Christians United to Serve.)  Registration Deadline is June 1, 2016. For more information:
This workshop starts on June 27  to July 1, 2016; 5 days, 9 – 5 pm Iconographer: Deacon Matthew Garrett Icon of Igor Mother of God – This is the prototype for the icon we will paint from start to finish. Instruction in acrylic gouache using 23K gold leaf. Icon will be approximately 10” x 12”, not on a recessed board. For more information:
Icon Painting Workshop: Washington, DC @ St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral  | Washington | District of Columbia | United States
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” (at left), 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:
2016 Antiochian Diocesan Parish Life Conferences Schedules @ Varied | Foulangues | Nord-Pas-de-Calais Picardie | France
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50th Anniversary of the Repose of Saint John the Wonderworker: San Francisco, CA
The Western American Diocese announces the 50th Anniversary from the repose of our Father among the Saints JOHN Archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco the Wonderworker. “Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants” (Leviticus 25:10). His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion is scheduled to preside over the solemn Divine Services in honor of Saint John’s memory, accompanied by the members of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, other hierarchs and local and guest clergy. A symposium entitled “St. John and His Legacy” will be sponsored by the Saints Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria Institute for Orthodox Studies prior to the celebrations. Detailed information about the symposium’s sessions, which will include speakers who knew St. John personally, will be published in the near future. For more information:  and
Jul 1 – Jul 11 all-day
Participate in the annual Kuskokwin Deanery Youth Camp and help lead a young adult retreat. Offer basic catechism to youth groups; empowering the future leaders of these communities by teaching the Christian approach to withstanding social influences and a deeper appreciation of Orthodoxy. For more information: