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“Educate the adults and you won’t need church schools!”
In Christian education circles, we have spoken of the need to educate adults for years with phrases like, “Christian education doesn’t end with church school,” “Total Parish Education,” and most notably the name of our yearly event, “The Orthodox Institute for Continuing Education in the Faith.” Converts from fundamental churches are pleased to find that Orthodoxy offers a treasure chest of resources for growth in the faith, from the church mothers and fathers, to icons, to hymnography. Yet, in many churches the focus is on educating the children with perhaps only one class, taught by the priest, for adults. Read more at: http://www.antiochian.org/OI2015
Please join us for our ANNUAL CONFERENCE entitled “CAREGIVERS AS CONFESSORS AND HEALERS”
Keynote Speaker: “Holy Confession and the Freedom to Be”, Fr. Stavros Kofinas, D.Min., Coordinator of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.
Members, nonmembers, students, clergy, healthcare professionals and nonprofessionals are invited to attend! Please click HERE for more information and to register!
The Cathedral will host the autumnal pastoral retreat of the Western American Diocese and the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the repose of Holy Prince Vladimir, Equal-to-the-Apostles, as well as the 50th anniversary of the completion of construction of the cathedral.
For more information: http://www.synod.com/synod/indexeng.htm
The Fall session of California Medieval History Seminar meets at the Huntington Library to discuss four pre-distributed research papers. Participants are expected to read the papers in advance and come prepared to discuss them. Speakers and paper topics are announced by e-mail. To be added to the announcement list contact us.
His Eminence, Archbishop Michael in conjunction with the Diocesan Council has scheduled the Annual Diocesan Assembly to be convened on November 10th and 11th. As a special guest, His Eminence has invited His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington and Metropolitan of All America and Canada to the Assembly.
Doxacon DC is preparing to host its second convention. Doxacon hosts conferences that facilitate discussion of the genres of science fiction & fantasy in a Christian context. We welcome all the faithful, not just Orthodox Christians.
Have you been a closet geek, afraid to come out and talk to fellow Christians about your love for fantasy and science fiction? Fear no more, for you have walked into the halls of Doxacon-Where Faith and Truth meet Science Fiction and Fantasy.
For more information: http://www.doxacon.org/
The featured speaker will be Fr. Thaddeus Wojcik.
For more information: http://www.meocca.org/event_info/calendar.html
Ivory Box with Scenes of Adam and Eve, detail. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of W. G. Mather, F. F. Prentiss, John L. Severance, J. H. Wade (1924.747)
Derek Krueger explores human emotion as expressed in Byzantine hymnography from the fifth to the ninth century.
Byzantine tradition held that after the Fall, Adam and Eve were placed opposite Eden, close enough to see it while they tilled the land and suffered. This exile from Paradise prompted acute grief and lamentation. Liturgical poets explored the first-created humans’ emotions to understand the human condition: difficult labor, alienation from God, and the need to repent. This lecture considers Greek hymns from the fifth to the ninth century that dramatize Adam’s—and sometimes Eve’s—state of mind through first-person monologues and dialogue.
The Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) annual meetings is the largest gathering of scholars interested in the study of religion in the world. Each meeting showcases the latest in related research, fosters collegial contacts, and focuses on issues of the profession. One of the world’s largest exhibits of books and digital resources for biblical studies is on display at the congress. At this meeting, scholars benefit from sessions on religion, philosophy, ethics, and diverse religious traditions.
Meeting Information: Registration rates, housing, meeting locations, tours, etc.
For more information: http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx.
Curated by the St. Nicholas Center. This exhibition tells the story of St. Nicholas. Unique artifacts and works of art — including icons — illustrate his life, his relationship to Christian tradition, and St. Nicholas-related customs around the world.
This exhibit is festive, fun, and educational for all ages. It engages children through hands-on activities and special interest items throughout the display. Start date November 22, 2015. Exhibit ends January 21st, 2016.
For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/special-exhibits/upcoming/
Feasts: Earthly Celebrations of Heavenly Events. Icons from the Museum Collection, Curated by intern Katia Christakis.
This new exhibition showcases 30+ rare icons depicting significant feast days on the Russian Orthodox calendar commemorating the annual cycle of holy days, the veneration of saints and the Church’s twelve major feast days. The show also underscores icons role as tangible markers or symbols of noteworthy events.
For more information: http://museumofrussianicons.org/en/special-exhibits/upcoming/
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) will continue its new tradition of participating in #GivingTuesday, a national movement that celebrates generosity.
“Giving is at the very foundation of St. Vladimir’s Seminary’s mission, so we are enthusiastic again this year about taking part in this day dedicated to philanthropy,” said seminary Chancellor/CEO the Very Reverend Dr. Chad Hatfield. “Our professors give their hearts to teach the gospel of Christ. Our students give their time to prepare for service in the Church. Our graduates give their lives to minister to Christ’s flock.”
Last year, the seminary’s highly successful #GivingTuesday campaign raised $80,000. In an expression of love and solidarity with the suffering peoples in the Middle East, St. Vladimir’s offered a tithe of $8,000 to His Beatitude Patriarch John X of Antioch and All the East, to alleviate the dire conditions of people under his care.
“Because we believe in giving back at St. Vladimir’s, we will donate 10% of whatever we raise on #GivingTuesday,” continued Father Chad. “This year’s tithe will support the Orthodox Patriarchal Ecclesiastical School of Makarios III, our sister seminary in Nairobi, Kenya. This great center of Orthodoxy in Africa is in serious need of books for their library, and we want to help.”
Archimandrite Philip Mugadizi (SVOTS alumnus ’03), deputy dean of the Nairobi seminary, has been instrumental in arranging this year’s tithe. “We are delighted to partner with St. Vladimir’s for #GivingTuesday,” remarked Father Philip. “The relationship between our two theological institutions is growing stronger by the day, as evidenced by the upcoming visit of Dr. Paul Meyendorff, The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir’s. It is our hope to continue this exchange and dialogue between our seminaries, offering opportunities for our seminarians, faculty, and staff to learn from one another. I hope that many people will support our schools on #GivingTuesday.”
“Given the response to #GivingTuesday last year, an anonymous supporter has challenged us to raise $50,000 on #GivingTuesday this year—and if we do, every penny will be matched. With this incredible matching opportunity, it would be within reason to expect that we could potentially take in $100,000 on December 1, with $10,000 going to our brothers seminarians in Nairobi, Kenya,” explained Father Chad. “These donations will spread the gospel across North America and Africa.
“Right now, we’re asking Orthodox Christians around the world to help us get the word out on their social media networks, through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,” Father Chad concluded, “and to stay in the loop about this venture by signing up for #GivingTuesday emails. Our website, www.svots.edu/givingtuesday, contains a host of resources for anyone interested in supporting Orthodoxy in America and Africa this December 1.”
Donate directly to SVOTS #GivingTuesday here (all monies will be totaled December 1, 2015).
Theme: “In the Eyes of Your Creator: Truly Valuing Yourself and Others”.
Many of the ills of our society can be traced to the sense of worthlessness that afflicts so many people today. If we only understood in the depths of our being how valuable we are in the eyes of our Creator, we could learn to obey Christ’s commandment to love our neighbor as ourselves. Priest and counselor David Fontes marries the best insights of psychology with those of the spiritual tradition of the Orthodox Church to point the way toward this understanding
Speaker: Fr. David L. Fontes (Priest at Elevation of Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Sacramento, CA)
For more information: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/77e3a74917a6de51c5657fbba/files/flyer.pdf
Theme: “The Sacred Arts of Eastern Orthodoxy: Icon, Music, Rhetoric, Architecture and Artifacts”
Registration: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
On Friday, December 4th, 2015, the Eighth Annual Conference of the Sophia Institute will be held in New York City. The conference will focus on the various ways the Eastern Orthodox Church, and broader Orthodox cultures, over past centuries, and in recent times, have approached the varied media of the arts to put across its evangelical message and articulate its own ecclesial culture.
This is a wonderful opportunity to serve and love our most needy neighbors in Houston, TX! for 13 years old- College Students.
We will meet at 5pm on Friday and stay Friday and Saturday nights at St. George Church. The service learning weekend will come to a close following Liturgy on Sunday.
Conductors: Dr. Tikey Zes & Laura Kakis
For more information: http://www.groca.org/wp-content/uploads/15-11-12_FINAL_lr.pdf
Theme: “I will walk among you”
Speaker: Fr. Tryphon (Abbot of the Brotherhood of the All-Merciful Savior in Vashon Island, WA)
For more information: http://stbarnabasevents.org/
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BIBLE & HISTORY TOURNAMENT for Junior High or High School, GRADES 6 THROUGH 12. Please VISIT WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO
ZOE for Life! is a pan-Orthodox Christian charity with three major goals: to help women who need confidential emotional and spiritual support during crisis pregnancies; to assist Orthodox Christians seeking to adopt children; and to provide an education for pure living and other resources.
The organization needs a variety of volunteers, including medical personnel, teachers and counselors, administrative and support personnel, and experts in the fields of fundraising, information technology and social media.
The Dec. 5 program will consist of a series of training sessions on topics related to the organization’s mission. Registration for the program will begin at 9:30 a.m., training at 10. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Advance registration is requested. For further information about ZOE for Life!, visit http://www.zoeforlifeonline.org/.
Additional CONTACTS: Paula Kappos, ZOE for Life! (440) 893-9990, (440) 724-1900 cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the 26th Diocesan Christmas Concert sung by the combined choirs and chanters of Worcester and New England. Vespers will preceed the concert.
For more information: https://files.ctctcdn.com/a06a86bc201/d881f31e-fd22-4f13-8225-525688cab18a.pdf
The Metropolitan Wind Symphony presents the Holiday Pops and Christmas Sing Along
This event is also being promoted by the Symphony and was a sell out last year so don’t delay – purchase your tickets online using the form on the right or click here for mailing instructions and an order form.
For more information:http://www.stjohnd.org/pops/
An Orthodox Advent Concert presented by the choir of St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral Featuring a selection of Orthodox liturgical hymns and traditional carols for the feast of our Lord’s Nativity — Christmas.
For more information: www.stmarysoca.org
For more information: http://stnicholasranch.org/events/
Fill your heart with holiday spirit at this concert of sacred and secular holiday favorites, performed with the Master Chorale of South Florida. After the concert, we’ll treat you to a cup of cocoa and Christmas cookies. All you’ll be missing is snow! Click here to purchase tickets online
For more information: http://www.girlchoir.org/events/cocoa-and-carols-boca-raton/