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The Center for Byzantine Material Arts announces its series for children: “The Study of Icons”. These interactive classes teach various aspects of the icon to all children 7 years of age and up, and are designed for home schoolers.
Classes start: Oct 2, 2015 at 10-10:45 am (roughly). Last class: Feb 26
This school has the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York (ROCOR).
For more information: http://www.byzarts.com/category/events/courses/
For more information: http://www.meocca.org/event_info/calendar.html
Orthodox Women in the Healing Ministries was founded in 1992 with the mission of providing support to Orthodox Christian women who work in the medical and healing professions. This includes doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers and the like. From the inception of OWHM, the founders have defined all women as persons who “minister to others,” including priest’s wives, teachers, students, mothers and the like, in the group of women who would benefit from our retreat.
Our primary means of providing support to those who minister to others, is by sponsoring an annual three day retreat, which includes time for prayer, rest and reflection, opportunities for networking, and lectures given by outstanding speakers. We are grateful to have Mother Gabriella, Abbess of Holy Dormition Monastery as our spiritual director.
This year’s 2015 Conference features Fr. Silviu Nicolae Bunta, Ph.D., Associate Profesor, University of Dayton in Ohio
Bible, Ancient Judaism, Hebrew & Greek, teaching a wide variety of subjects on many topics.OCF Advisor
The lectures will include: I. Tending on God: A Sprirtual Perspective on Healing, and II. Toward a Spirituality of Care.
“East Meets East” is the theme for our next Orthodox Education Day (OED). Our annual campus Open House this year will be held Saturday, October 3 and will celebrate the longstanding relationship between our Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox seminarians and graduates. The featured speaker is The Very Reverend Dr. John Anthony McGuckin. Please join us!
For more information: http://www.svots.edu/events/save-date-orthodox-education-day
The dinner is sponsored by The Fellowship of Orthodox Churches of Connecticu (FORCC).
The program will include the Honored Guest Speaker, Dn. Stephanos Ritsi, Missionary to Albania; and
FORCC IN ACTION – A Power Point presentation.
Proceeds of this dinner provide major funding for FORCC programs. Reservations are required by September 20, 2015. Advance ticket sales only – No tickets sold at the door.
For more information: http://www.forcc.org/files/YouAreCordiallyInvited2015.pdf
St. Mary’s Cathedral will host a combined basic/advanced iconography workshop for iconography students from across the country. Nikita Andrejev, Master Iconographer of the Prosopon School (www.prosoponschool.org), will teach the week-long class. Image will be St. John the Forerunner, inspired by the ancient images to the left.
UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH PILGRIMAGE to the HOLY LAND and CONSTANTINOPLE, with Metropolitan Antony and Bishop Daniel will take place on 4 – 16 October, 2015.
Price includes air, land, most meals & visits and tips. Airport taxes and fuel surcharge of $500.00 are included but are subject to change at time of final invoice.
For more information: http://uocofusa.org/news_150128_1.html
“War, Violence, and the Feast of the Holy Cross in Byzantium”, by George E. Demacopoulos.
The Reverend Joseph M. McShane, SJ, President of Fordham University is pleased to announce the appointment of George E. Demacopoulos as the inaugural holder of the Fr. John Meyendorff & Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies and requests the pleasure of your company at his installation and inaugural lecture.
A reception will immediately follow the lecture. Kindly register by Monday, 28 September 2015.
For more information: http://www.fordham.edu/info/23001/orthodox_christian_studies_center
Annual Fall Lecture Series to Further Examine “How to Expand the Mission”.
The annual fall lecture series at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary will focus on “How to Expand the Mission,” continuing discussions started at the 18th All-American Council held in Atlanta over the summer. Presenters will include Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island, Washington.
The series is open to the public and features four lectures on Tuesday evenings throughout the month of October. Click to either view or print a fall lecture series poster to share the schedule.
Members of the public, as well as groups from area parishes, are encouraged to attend. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVP by October 5 to Teresa Vaux-Michel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean.
For more information: http://www.stots.edu/news_150912_1.html
Developing and Strengthening the Musical Tradition of Your Church Choir
The ROCM Conferences bring together choir members and conductors of all levels of experience to explore the wealth and beauty of Russian Orthodox church music. Participants will gain practical and theoretical knowledge and experience through lectures, workshops and rehearsals which culminate in festive pontifical services. Registration is now open!
This year’s conference will focus on developing and strengthening parish choirs in the Russian Orthodox tradition through a blend of historical, theoretical and practical instruction. Clergy participation is especially encouraged at this year’s conference.
This year, St. Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church in Santa Barbara, CA, has been granted the honor by His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH, to host the Fall Gathering. Please register and reserve your rooms at the Best Western South Coast Inn. Make plans to book your tickets right away to secure your reservation. The closest airport is the Santa Barbara Airport.
For more information: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/news_100321_1.html
Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, NY is hosting a conference on the life and times of St. Tikhon, the great Russian bishop in America and later Patriarch of Moscow. I’m one of the speakers (on St. Tikhon’s interactions with the other Orthodox ethnic groups in America), but the highlight will surely be Dr. Scott Kenworthy’s keynote. Dr. Kenworthy has spent years researching St. Tikhon, and by now he’s basically a walking encyclopedia on the saint.
If you’re anywhere near Jordanville on October 9-10, and you have any interest in Orthodox history, this conference is definitely worth your time. You can find more details at http://hts.edu/news_150512_1.html, and you can view the full conference program by clicking here. And if any of our Orthodox History readers do make it to the conference, be sure to say hello to me!
For more information: http://orthodoxhistory.org/2015/09/24/conference-on-st-tikhon-at-jordanville/
The 40th International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies (PMR) Conference themed ‘The Scriptural Imagination’, features Lewis Ayres,Durham University, Author of Nicaea and Its Legacy andAugustine and the Trinity; & Vittorio Montemaggi, University of Notre Dame, Co-Editor of Dante’s Commedia: Theology as Poetry
Villanova University has enjoyed a national reputation through its Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR) for over thirty years. Finding its natural niche and center in philosophy and theology, but extending from there to embrace a wide variety of disciplines in the field, the PMR has established a tradition of scholarship and collegiality complementary to, rather than in competition with, the larger conferences such as Kalamazoo, the Oxford Patristics Conference, or the Medieval Academy.
The conference has met a need in the academic community for working space. According to founding director Thomas Losoncy, the conference was always intended to be a place where scholars come to roll up their sleeves, to work through new ideas, to experiment and push the envelope in their various fields.
For More information: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/mission/augustinianinstitute/conferences/pmr.html.
OHR Invites you to a Presentation of the Opening Defense and Discussion: Author & Translator’s Forum Featuring Milo Yelesiyevich With Introduction by Anna Pavichevich. There will be a 45 minute presentation with time for Q and A.
Young adults coming together in faith, fellowship, and service. One weekend. Multiple locations. All in His name. Click on the following for more information.
For more information: http://www.goarch.org/archdiocese/departments/youth/youngadultministry/
A free concert of beautiful Byzantine choral music. Several local church choirs and the Festival Choir will perform their unique liturgical music. Free dessert reception following the concert.
For more information: http://www.stmarysoca.org/news.html#Kasenic
“Christianity in Mass Media” is the lecture topic given by Father Jim King.
Men, women and children are all welcome! Contributions to our Food Pantry and the Children’s Hospital are all ppreciated.
Join fellow genealogists for the second annual full-day conference of the Family History Group.
Expert speakers Justin Houser, Kirill Chashchin, Shelly Morehead, Gail Hahn, and Michael Andrec will present talks on a variety of topics related to Ukrainian and Eastern European genealogy from the introductory to the advanced. Topics will cover a wide range of time and geography, including deportations of Lemkos from Poland, the US Federal Census, understanding DNA testing, and (for the first time) an in-depth presentation on researching Central and Eastern Ukrainian ancestors!
The program will include:
Finding Ukrainian Relatives Deported from Southeastern Poland 1944-1947 (Justin Houser)
Tracing heirs through Ukrainian archives: Detective stories of metrical records and censuses (Kirill Chashchin)
It’s Like Velcro: DNA Testing for Genealogy (Shelly Morehead)
20th Century Census – Clues to Your Ancestors (Gail Hahn)
A Practical Introduction to Archival Science for Genealogists (Michael Andrec)
Read more about the talks and the speakers.
Iconographer: Arlene Tilghman. This workshop is forIintermediate & Advanced Levels only.
What is the All Saints Icon Academy?
All Saints parish has a number of active iconographers with a reverence and desire for this ministry within the Church. The first expression of this has been the beautiful icons produced in quiet and used “for the glory, joy and adornment of Thy Holy Church.”
A second fruit of this love for iconography has been the desire to see it grow. As such, the parish sponsors an annual Iconography Workshop held in Rockford, Illinois. Our master iconographer teaches both the techniques and theology of iconography in an Orthodox atmosphere. With each student completing an icon, there is a truly glorious end to the week together! The icon on this page, as well as many others throughout this website, are examples of the fruit of these annual workshops. See pictures from some of our past classes HERE.
For more information: http://allsaintsorthodox.org/ministries/icon.php
Ioanna Christoforaki follows the trail of a Cretan icon.
Ruled by the Venetians since 1211, the island of Crete remained a possession of the Doge until 1669, when it was captured by the Ottoman Turks. By the early 15th century, its capital city, Candia (modern-day Heraklion), was brimming with icon painters, famous for their ability to paint either in a ‘Greek’ or ‘Latin’ manner, according to the demands of both their Orthodox and Catholic clientele.
What did these icons look like? And where did the painters get the models from? Following the adventures of one such icon, we shall trace the visual transformation of a purely western saint into a Byzantine one, by unraveling the various layers, meanings, and symbols hidden in an otherwise unassuming image of an Orthodox saint.
Sponsored by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture and The Greek Institute.
“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/