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Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary 9-12 January 2019 • Iași, Romania St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) had a strong presence at the Inaugural Conference of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA). IOTA assembled in Iaşi, Romania on January 9-12, 2019. Founded by University of St. Thomas Professor Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk and a group of leading scholars, IOTA’s mission is to promote the international exchange of knowledge within the context of the Orthodox tradition. ’With several hundred scholars from over 40 countries and all six continents, IOTA has called its Inaugural Conference the largest and most representative gathering of Orthodox church leaders, scholars, and…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) The Holy and Great Council of Crete in 2016 demonstrated that pan-Orthodox gatherings are possible in our time. In response to the call of the conciliar spirit, and with the blessing of the Church leadership, the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) assembled for its Inaugural Conference in Iaşi, Romania on January 9-12, 2019. Founded by Dr. Paul L. Gavrilyuk (President), Dr. Gayle E. Woloschak (Vice-President and Treasurer), Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost (Secretary), and a group of leading scholars (Group Chairs), IOTA’s mission is to promote the international exchange of knowledge within the context of the Orthodox tradition.…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association IOTA’s Inaugural Conference: A Call to Pan-Orthodox Unity IOTA Inaugural Conference, Iasi, 9-12 January 2019: Te Deum Service  Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk – Presidential Welcome Address at IOTA Inaugural Conference Message of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church for IOTA Opening Ceremony  IOTA Inaugural Conference, 9-12 January 2019: Keynote Address by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)  IOTA Inaugural Conference, Iasi, 9-12 January 2019: 10 January Summary  CLICK HERE to visit IOTA’s YouTube Channel for over 100 video presentations. Related Articles ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN LAITY PRESENTATION TO IOTA CONFERENCE, Orthodox Christian Laity

Source: The Washington Post By Harrison Smith As a fifth of Romania’s capital was destroyed, razed by bulldozers and wrecking balls that sometimes erased all traces of a building overnight, the residents of Bucharest developed a new term for the mutilation of their city in the early 1980s. Worse than World War II, more devastating than a strong 1977 earthquake, the massive redevelopment project was dubbed Ceausima, a portmanteau that evoked the name of communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu — who aimed to build the “first socialist capital for the new socialist man” — and the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Yet as the demolition got…

Source: Basilica.ro Raluca Ene via Photo Gallery | Consecration of National Cathedral in 20 picturesEither you attended or not the consecration of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, we’re helping you recall the important events that took place in Romania on November 25-30 by presenting you a selection of 20 exclusive Basilica.ro pictures. November 23 – HB Patriarch Daniel welcomed HAH Patriarch Bartholomew and Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Patra at the Patriarchal CathedralNovember 23 – The Honourable Hand of Saint Andrew the First-Called was brought to Bucharest by a delegation of the Greek Orthodox Church, led by Metropolitan Chrysostomos of PatraNovember 24 –…

Source: The New York Times By Kit Gillet BUCHAREST, Romania — Long past midnight, lines of worshipers snake through the central hall of the People’s Salvation Cathedral, in the heart of the Romanian capital. The building — set to become the tallest Orthodox church in the world when finished in 2024 — is missing its largest dome, and the interior lacks the lavish iconography that Orthodox churches are known for. But even in its unfinished state, the new cathedral is already being seen as an important symbol for Romania. “Being the national cathedral, it is a big building, a representative one,” said…

In This Issue: Conference Exhibit | Short Communications | Pamphlet Distribution | Co-Laborer Organizations Conference Update: An interview with Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, Founding President CONFERENCE BOOK EXHIBIT TO BENEFIT THE EMERGENT SCHOLARS.In the spirit of international collaboration, all IOTA members are welcome to bring one-two author’s copies of their books to be exhibited and sold at the Inaugural Conference on January 9-12, 2019 in Iasi, Romania. 100% of all proceeds of the Book Exhibit will go to support travel grants for emergent scholars to the next IOTA conference. The Exhibit has three goals: to provide international exposure for the work of…

Source: Basilica.ro by Aurelian Iftimiu On the forefeast of Saint John Chrysostom, November 12, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel inaugurated the Consilium House of the National Cathedral’s Chapel. BUCHAREST, ROMANIA — Following the blessing service, His Beatitude referred to the way the new building will be used by the priests and believers. He said that given its capacity, agape meals will be held inside. Also, that it may serve as a place of gathering for the Chapel’s volunteers, as well as for those who work on the National Cathedral’s construction site. Consilium House. Photo: Basilica.ro In his speech, the Patriarch said that…

by Aurelian Iftimiu The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Italy has announced that His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will pay a visit to Venice at the end of next week. Seven days before his arrival to Romania, Patriarch Bartholomew will be present in Venice on Saturday, November 17, 2018, for the feast day of Saint Gennadios the Confessor, Patriarch of Constantinople, when Metropolitan Gennadios of Italy will celebrate his name’s day. His Holiness will participate in the Divine Liturgy that will be celebrated at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St George in Venice. Photo: Fos Fanarion via Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to…

Source: The Tribune BUCHAREST, Romania — More than 90 percent of those who took part in a national referendum in Romania supported defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, but the vote was invalidated as too few people cast ballots, officials said Monday. The Central Electoral Commission said near-final results showed 91.61 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment to change the definition of marriage — it currently says it’s a union between “spouses.” But the ballot failed to attract the minimum 30 percent turnout for the result to stand. Election officials said just 20.41 percent…

Source: International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA) In This Issue: Conference Excursions | Partner with IOTA | About Iasi  AFFORDABLE EXCURSIONS: VISIT MUSEUMS, MONASTERIES Reserve your tickets here (scroll down to the bottom). IOTA’s Inaugural Conference in Iasi, Romania on 9-12 January 2019 will feature the work of 300+ speakers from over thirty countries, plus two fascinating excursions. Half-day Excursion, 9 January 2019. Cost: $35 per person. No trip to Iasi is complete without a visit to the fabulous and historic Palace of Culture. Completed in 1926 in the Neogothic style, the building houses museums. The tour goes on to visit the Three Holy Hierarchs…

Source: St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary 25 June 2018 • Sibiu, Romania Saint Vladimir’s Seminary has signed a concordat of cooperation with Saint Andrei Saguna Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Sibiu, Romania in an effort to encourage future student and faculty exchanges and other collaborations between the two institutions. The agreement was signed Monday at the Faculty in Sibiu by Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS), and Priest Nicolae Chifar, the dean of Saint Andrei Saguna Faculty of Orthodox Theology. The signing of the agreement was attended by His Eminence Laurentiu [Streza], archbishop of Sibiu and metropolitan of Transylvania,…