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Source: International Orthodox Theological Association In This Issue: Inaugural Conference Keynote | Call for Papers | Ecumenical Observers INAUGURAL CONFERENCE KEYNOTE Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia will deliver a keynote lecture at the Opening Session of the Inaugural Conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association on 9 January 2019 at the National Theatre in Iasi, Romania. The theme of the lecture and conference is “Pan-Orthodox Unity and Conciliarity.” CALL FOR PAPERS The Inaugural Conference will feature over 120 presenters at more than thirty sessions. The Call for Papers is open until 31 March 2018. To help us make the Inaugural Conference the largest gathering of Orthodox…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary This week we remember Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko (March 28, 1939-March 18, 2015), and give thanks for the enormous impact of his ministry and teaching in North America and beyond. As Archpriest John Behr said so powerfully during his homily at Fr. Thomas’s funeral three years ago, “How can one find the words—the appropriate words—to speak of one who was such a master of words? Fr. Thomas could speak so eloquently and so inspiringly—at length—in homilies and lectures, anecdotes and reminiscences; but he was a master story-teller as well as a master preacher and teacher.” I did not have the blessing…

Source: OrthoChristian.com Moscow – A cultural-historical tour designed to bring Russians and citizens of the Balkan regions together began in Serbia yesterday. The “Night Wolves” Russian Orthodox biker club is participating in the “Russian Balkans” tour, which includes visits to a number of Orthodox churches and monasteries, reports RIA-Novosti. The tour is open to all and will travel more than 1,200 miles throughout Serbia and Republika Srpska-Bosnia and Herzegovina until March 28. The bikers and the other participants will pass through dozens of settlements and visit Orthodox churches and monasteries, as well as objects of military glory associated with the history of…

Source: BBC News An intimate view of the doomed Russian royal family has been captured in a rarely seen collection of photographs. The images were brought back to England by Charles Sydney Gibbes – tutor to the children of Tsar Nicholas II – whose unique access to the Romanovs helped him to picture them in unguarded and informal poses. The son of a bank manager from the Yorkshire town of Rotherham, Gibbes made the decision to teach English abroad after graduating from Cambridge University. By 1908, seven years after arriving in Russia as a 25-year-old, he was tutor to the…

Source: The National Herald BOSTON, MA – The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America will take a $10 million loan, with its headquarters – the two buildings located at 8-10 East 79th Street in New York City as collateral – as was announced during the meeting at the Boston Metropolis on March 1. The meeting was called by Metropolitan Methodios in hope of providing some explanation,  because there is a high degree of disappointment and mistrust in Boston after the astonishing revelations made by The National Herald about the dire situation of the finances in which the Archdiocese found itself. It was…

Source: Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate GREEK ORTHODOX OF CHICAGO AND DETROIT METROPOLISES COMPLETE JOINT EFFORT FOR PASSAGE OF ARCHON RESOLUTION CHICAGO, IL: The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago and the Metropolis of Detroit, currently both under the leadership of Metropolitan Nicholas, together with Order of Saint Andrew (Archon) Regional Commanders Gus M. Pablecas, John G. Manos, and Lazaros Kircos, are proud to announce that today representatives of both Metropolis’ had a meeting with Lt Governor Suzanne Crouch to receive word that Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb endorses the action taken by the Indiana Senate with resolution SR2 and the House…

Source: Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America NEW YORK – With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, over 30 Camp Directors and leaders of the various regional Camping Ministry Programs of the District, Metropolises and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America met Feb. 26-28, 2018 at the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church in Southgate, Michigan for the first Annual Greek Orthodox Camping Ministries Leadership Conference. Hosted by the Archdiocesan Office of Camping Ministries in conjunction with the Metropolis of Detroit, this was the first time that representatives from the Greek Orthodox camps across the Archdiocese came together for the sole purpose of discussing…

Source: World Tribune Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to establish a $10 billion investment fund that will allow the Saudis to build a portion of their planned Neom megacity in parts of the southern Sinai. The two countries signed the deal during the March 4 visit to Egypt by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Egypt committed 1,000 square kilometers to the Neom project, which will run along the coast of the Red Sea as well as the Gulf of Aqaba and will extend across Egyptian and Jordanian borders, making it the first private economic zone to span three…

Source: Public Orthodoxy By Alison Kolosova Jerusalem was an appropriate location for an international group of scholars to meet after the feast of Christ’s Nativity to present their vision of how Orthodox scholarship could engage more effectively with the issues of our contemporary world. A fifteen-minute walk from our hotel through the chic, modern shopping arcades of downtown Jerusalem brought us to the Old City where before breakfast one morning we found ourselves standing at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher alongside a Coptic bishop, priests and nuns. They gladly gave us their blessing and holy bread as crowds pressed in to…

Source: eNews Channel Africa (ENCA) BELGRADE – A four-million-euro (R57.4-million) mosaic depicting Jesus Christ was unveiled in inside the world’s second largest Orthodox church in Belgrade on Thursday. The giant mosaic, which weighs 40 tons and was worked on by 70 Serbian and Russian artists, decorates the central dome of the city’s Saint Sava Orthodox cathedral. The unveiling was attended by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who arrived in the capital on Wednesday for a two-day visit, alongside Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Bosnian Serbia leader Milorad Dodik. Vucic commended the project for “weaving in millions of glittering pieces into…

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