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Nativity Fast Lecture Series
November 17-December 25, 2013
St. Tikhon's Seminary, South Canaan, PA
During the season of the nativity fast, Dr. David Ford, Professor of Church History at St. Tikhon's Seminary, will be delivering a series of informal public lectures. The lectures will be held each Sunday, immediately following the Divine Liturgy at St. Tikhon's Seminary in South Canaan, PA. Free and open to the public, Dr. Ford's lectures will be based around his upcoming publication Wisdom for Today From the Early Church: A Foundational Study. For more info, please see the St. Tikhon's Seminary website.
January 28, 2014
Fordham University, Bronx, NY
The 2014 Orthodoxy in America Lecture, hosted at Fordham University, will feature His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres, and all of Albania. At the event, His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, and he will present the keynote address. The Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series was created nearly a decade ago to explore the Orthodox tradition as it intersects with the American religious experience. The lecture series is sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center at Fordham University and supported by the Office of Mission and Ministry. More information about the lecture series can be found here.
January 31, 2014
St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY
The thirty-first annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture at St. Vladimir's Seminary will feature the Very Rev. Dr. John McGuckin. Drawing on his life's work as a scholar and internationally-recognized commentator on Eastern Orthodox theology, Fr. McGuckin will speak on the mystical theology of the Eatern Church. Fr. McGuckin is professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University and professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary. His upcoming lecture at St. Vladimir's Seminary will immediately follow an academic invocation at 7:30pm, at which Fr. McGuckin will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa. The lecture is free and open to the public; no RSVP necessary. For more info, visit the St. Vladimir's Seminary website.
February 14-15, 2014
Princeton University & Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
"Creation and Creaturehood" will be the fourth annual Patristic Symposium sponsored by the Fr. Georges Florovsky Theological Society at Princeton University. The annual symposium is known for combining churchly piety with high-level scholarly inquiry. This year's symposium will re-examine the theological questions raised by the doctrine of creation ex nihilio in the Church Fathers, while also taking into account related topics within twentieth-century Christian theology. The goal "is at once to re-consider the systematic debates with an eye to patristic precedents, and to re-examine the most important patristic sources with modern questions in mind." Participation in the symposium is open to all and is available at different rates, ranging from $20 to $85. For more information and to register, please see the Florovsky Society's website.
From the Rising of the Sun to its Setting: Chant and Contemporary Liturgical Music, East and West
February 21-22, 2014
Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
The Huffington Ecumenical Institute in Los Angeles sponsors an annual symposium that fosters greater ecumenical exchange between the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. Previous symposia have focused on topics ranging from "Icons and Images" to "War and Peace" and "Pan-Orthodoxy in North America." This year's symposium will focus on the topic of chant and contemporary liturgical music in both East and West. More details about the 2014 symposium will be posted soon on the institute's website. Questions may be directed to either Deacon Nicholas Denysenko, Director of the Huffington Institute, at (310) 568-6235 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or to Katherine Lash Brown at (310) 338-1917 or email@example.com.
Martyrdom in the Christian Life: Past, Present, and Future
February 22-23, 2014
San Francisco and Riverside, CA (Two Locations)
Sponsored by the Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute, this symposium will focus on the centrality of the martyr as a witness (martyros) within Orthodox Christian life. The early Church was literally built on the bones of martyrs, and many theologians and pastors have proclaimed that the twenty-first century will be one of renewed Christian persecution and martyrdom. With this background, the symposium will compare historical understandings of martyrdom with the contemporary situation, and it will examine how a renewed consciousness of martyrdom can shape Christian life today. The symposium is, in fact, a set of two distinct regional symposia: one in San Francisco at the Old Cathedral of the Holy, and another in Riverside (LA area) at St. Andrew Orthodox Church. The symposia are open to all and the cost ranges from $80 to $100, depending on when a person registers. Discounts are available for students, clergy, monastics, and families atending together. For registration and information on the San Francisco symposium, please see here. For the Riverside (LA area) symposium, please see here.
February 27 - March 1, 2014
Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline MA
The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture is hosting the annual Byzantine Studies Conference at Hellenic College/Holy Cross. The conference provides a forum for discussion and reflection on current research in Byzantine history and culture. Past conferences have included sessions on topics ranging from power in Byzantium, Islam and Byzantium, images of women in Byzantium, and Byzantine architecture. Paper proposals for the 2014 conference will be accepted through November 15, 2013. Registration for the conference opens on December 1 and closes on January 27, 2014. For more information, see the official website for the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.
The North American Patristics Society (NAPS) will be holding its 2014 annual meeting in Chicago from May 22nd through May 24th. Founded in 1970, the North American Patristics Society is a scholarly organization dedicated to the study of the history, literature, and theology of ancient Christianity. The society invites the participation of scholars at all stages of their careers, and it boasts a large graduate student membership. Its major activities include the sponsorship of an annual conference and the publication of The Journal of Early Christian Studies. The sessions in this year's annual meeting focus on a tremendous variety of topics. For more information and to register, please see here.
September 17-20, 2014
Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome, Italy
The 13th International Colloquium on Gregory of Nyssa will be focused on In Canticum canticorum. This exegetical work belongs to the final part of Gregory's life and can be considered an example of his mature thought and brillant preaching. The colloquium on this work will consist of lectures, workshops, and short papers. While the lectures and workshops will be delivered by invited scholars only, the short papers may be proposed to the organizers by any scholar who would like to submit a paper for potential inclusion in the colloquium. All papers approaching Gregory’s In Canticum from different points of view are welcome, especially those from theological, philosophical, philological or historical perspectives. Each paper should run approximately fifteen minutes and may be submitted by the deadline of May 30, 2014 (English language papers are accepted). All submissions should be sent by email to both Professor Giulio Maspero and Professor Miguel Brugarolas. For more information, see here.
The International Conference on Patristic Studies in Oxford is a four-yearly gathering of scholars from around the world that has become a major event for the many disciplines concerned with patristics. The proceedings of the conferences are peer reviewed and published in the series Studia Patristica. Abstracts and proposals for the seventeenth conference are now being accepted, with a submission deadline of December 31st, 2014. For more information on the conference and submitting proposals, see here.
For past events, see the events archive.