Events Archive

 

PAST CONFERENCES, LECTURES, AND PROGRAMS

The archive below contains all past events that have been featured on the OSI website. The past events are listed in backwards chronological order, beginning with the present year and extending back to 2009. To skip to a specific year, click on one of the following links:

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2014

 

 

Seventh Annual Summer Patristic Studies Program

July 20-25, 2014

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA



This summer, the Pappas Patristic Institute will be hosting its seventh-annual Summer Study Program in Patristics on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The week-long program is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures from leading patristic scholars. The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers. Those interested in registering should contact the director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck. For more information, see here


2014 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS)

May 22-24, 2014

Chicago, IL

 

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.

 

 

Deserts, Rivers and Mountains: Nature and Divinity in Byzantine Pilgrimage Art
April 22, 2014
Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

Hosted by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture, this public lecture will be delivered by Dr. Anastasia Drandaki, who is the Curator of the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Collection at the Benaki Museum, Athens. In "Deserts, Rivers and Mountains," Dr. Drandaki will consider the role of the natural landscape in Byzantine pilgrimage art. She draws on extensive knowledge of Byzantine art and culture, having curated exhibitions in both Greece and the United States and having written several books, including Greek Icons, 14th–18th Century, the Rena Andreadis Collection (Milan 2002) and Late Antique Metalware: The production of copper alloy vessels in the fourth to eighth century (Athens 2014). For more info on the upcoming lecture, please see the official page on the website for the Mary Jaharis Center.
 

Annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture

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.



"On the Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church": The Thirty-First Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture

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.



Creation and Creaturehood: The Doctrine of Creation in the Patristic Tradition

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 nicholas.denysenko@lmu.edu, or to Katherine Lash Brown at (310) 338-1917 or klash@lmu.edu.


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.

 

 

Annual Graduate Student Conference On Byzantine Studies

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.

 

2013

 


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

 

The Sophia Institute Sixth Annual Conference: Monasticism, Asceticism and Holiness in the Eastern Orthodox World

December 6, 2013

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

 

On Friday, December 6, 2013, the Sixth Annual Sophia Institute Conference will take place on the campus of Union Theological Seminary (3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027). The day long gathering, titled “Monasticism, Asceticism and Holiness in the Eastern Orthodox World,” will focus on the serious ways the Eastern Orthodox Church, over past centuries, and in recent times, has understood the monastic life, ascetical praxis and spirituality. Registration for the conference will begin at 8:00am. For more information, see here or contact Professor John McGuckin.

 

 

 

Syria in the Crosshairs: Religion, Violence, and the Legacy of Exploitation in the Arab World

December 3, 2013

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

 

Sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, "Syria in the Crosshairs" will be a panel discussion featuring Michael Wahid Hanna, Nadieszda Kizenko, Joseph Massad, and Christopher Awad. The panel will discuss the current crisis in Syria, the legacy of Western colonialism in the region, and the way the crisis is being presented in the Russian media. Moderated by Dr. George Demacopoulos (co-director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center), this panel discussion will take place at Fordham University at 6:30pm in the McNally Amphitheatre at Fordham Law School. For more information and to register, see here or contact Noah Minnick at (212) 636-6553 or nminnick@fordham.edu.

 

 

Changing Landscapes: Urban Space and Economic Life in St. Paul's Balkan Stops, 4th-7th Centuries

December 3, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

The Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Culture and Arts presents "Changing Landscapes," a lecture by Eurydice Georganteli of Harvard University. The lecture will explore the areas where St. Paul stopped in his crossing from Asia to Europe, examining the significant developments that occured in these areas from the fourth through the seventh century, a period of profound political, administrative, economic and religious changes. Eurydice Georganteli was born in Greece and educated at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the UK. She has worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and the British Museum before her appointment in 2000 as the Keeper of Coins and Lecturer in Numismatics at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2013, she took up residence at Harvard University as Marie Curie International Fellow in Byzantine Archaeology. He lecture will be held at Hellenic College Holy Cross, from 4:00-5:30pm. For more information, please contact Brandie Ratliff, Director, Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art and Culture.

 

 

Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

November 23-26, 2013

Baltimore, MD

 

The 2013 annual meeting of the AAR will feature a number of sections that relate to Orthodox Christianity. The Eastern Orthodox Studies section and the Middle Eastern Chrristianity section both may be of interest to Orthodox scholars, and the Anthropology of Religion section will feature a panel concerned with material culture, ethnicity, and race relations in Eastern Christianity. Only AAR members may attend the sessions of the annual meeting. For more information, see the official website.

 

 

Violence and Virtue

November 18, 2013

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

 

On November 18, Aristotle Papanikolaou, Ph.D., will be installed as the inaugural holder of the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham University. On the occasion, Dr. Papanikolaou will deliver an inaugural lecture, "Violence and Virtue," discussing how the Eastern Christian thinking on virtue offers resources for illuminating and transfiguring the human experience of violence. The lecture will address a question that is often overlooked in ethical discussions of war: "Do theological accounts of virtue ethics shift the debate on war from just war criteria to the effects of war on the human person, especially the combat veteran?" The event will begin at 5:30pm and is free and open to the public. Please RSVP beforehand on the Fordham events calendar.

 

 

Divine Compassion Conference

November 14-16, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

On November 14-16, Saint Catherine's Vision will sponsor a lecture on divine compassion, which will be hosted by Hellenic College Holy Cross. Saint Catherine's Vision is an organization endorsed by the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops and aimed at developing and implementing initiatives supporting women's ministries. The conference will explore the meaning of "the Eleos of God," asking questions such as, "how does Divine Compassion relate to us as servants of God in our everyday lives?" A wide array of speakers and panelists will participate in the conference, including His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston. For more information and to register, see here.

 

 

"On Earth as it is in Heaven": Putting Orthodox Theology and Ecology into Practice

November 11, 2013

Washington, DC

 

The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration (OFT) will be sponsoring a pan-Orthodox conference that aims to inspire and equip Orthodox parishes to integrate theology and ecology within the parish community. Archdeacon Dr. John Chryssavgis, advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarchate on environmental issues, describes the event as an invitation to “participate and become a part of a process to transform our churches.” The keynote address will be delivered by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America. Conference activities will begin at 9:00am and conclude with Vespers at 5:30pm. For more information, see the official event flyer or visit the OFT website.

 

 

The Book of Revelation

Octoer 19, 2013

Cicero, IL

 

On Saturday, October 19, Fr. George Dragas will speak on the book of Revelation, as part of the 19th Annual Synergy Symposium. The symposium is sponsored by Orthodox Christian Synergy, a pan-Orthodox ministry of Chicago, and it will take place at St. George Church in Cicergo, IL, from 9am to 1:30pm. Fr. George Dragas is professor of Patristics at Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA. His areas of expertise within Patristics include St. Athanasius and St. Cyril, and he has been with ecumenical dialogue for many years. For more information and to register, please see here.

 

 

Imperial Miracles: The Romanovs and Russia’s Icons of the Mother of God

November 1, 2013

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

 

Vera Shevzov, professor of religion at Smith College, will present the 19th Annual James W. Cunningham Memorial Lecture on the topic "Imperial Miracles." The lecture will take place at 7:30pm on November 1st and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow. To register for the event, call (612) 624-4526 or write to mgsp@umn.edu. The official event flyer may be viewed here.

 

 

St. Katherine College Forum Fall Lecture Series

September 9-November 18, 2013

Encinitas, CA

 

This fall, St. Katherine College will once again be offering its "Forum Fall Lecture Series," a series of five lectures at the St. Katherine campus in Encinitas, CA. These lectures will be given by professors and lecturers from St. Katherine's College and from other colleges and universities. Topics include C.S. Lewis, the "Christian and enduring war," ascetisism and love/hatred, Christian Existentialism in The Brothers Karamazov, and Chaucer's House of Fame and the death of the author. Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, see the official flyer.

 

 

21st International Ecumenical Conference on Orthodox Spirituality: "The Ages of Spiritual Life"

September 4-7, 2013

Monastero di Bose, Italy

 

The Monastero di Bose hosts an annual conference on Orthodox Spirituality that is international and open to all. This year's conference takes its title from Paul Evdokimov's article "The Ages of Spiritual Life," and will call upon the Orthodox Tradition to examine the steps of Christian conversion and life within the Church. In addition to examing the spritiual struggle of all Christians, an important theme will also be the stages of monastic struggle. The conference will be translated simultaneously into Italian, Greek, Russian, French, and English. For more information and to register, please contact the Secretariat of the conference by telephone (+39 015.679.185) or by email. For a fuller description of the conference theme, see here.

 

 

Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine

June 11-13, 2013

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

 

"Christianity, Democracy, and the Shadow of Constantine" will be the third installment of the Solon and Marianna Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Relations. The conference series is designed to explore key issues in relations between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism, including past topics like "Orthodox Readings of Augustine" and "Orthodox Constructions of the West." The conference will take place on Fordham University's Rose Hill campus. Please pre-register for this event. For more information and to register, see here. Past conferences may be viewed here

 

 

St. Vladimir's Seminary 2013 Summer Programs

May-June, 2013

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY

 

Each summer, St. Vladimir's Seminary hosts a variety of programs, practicums, and consultations during May and June. This year, the seminary will host seven different events on topics that include poverty, iconography, marriage enrichment, Orthodox-Catholic relations, conflict resolution, suffering and healing, and a liturgical practicum. For a fuller description and for specific dates, see here

 

 

Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS)

May 23-25, 2013

Chicago, IL

 

The North American Patristics Society (NAPS) will be holding its 2013 annual meeting in Chicago from May 23rd through May 25th. 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.

 

 

Sts. Emperors Constantine and Helen and their Legacy

April 13, 2013

Trinity College, Toronto, ON

 

On April 13th, the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in the Americas will sponsor its Sixth Annual Symposium of Romanian Orthodox Spirituality, titled "Sts. Emperors Constantine and Helen and their Legacy." The symposium will explore how the new context of freedom affected the Christian faith and will examine the Church’s transformative dynamic between social responsibility and Christian commitment. Hosted by Trinity College in Toronto, ON, the symposium is free and open to the public. Please pre-register with popteo@rogers.com or viorela_pricu@yahoo.com. For more information and a listing of speakers, see here.

 

 

From Fichte to Florensky

April 12, 2013

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

 

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky is sponsoring "Russia's Realms," a multi-event program on major themes that Russia and the United States have in common. As part of the program, Bruce Foltz (Ph.D.) will deliver a lecture on April 12th titled "From Fichte to Florensky: The Adaptation of German Idealism within Russian Philosophy." Dr. Foltz is Professor of Philosophy at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. His teaching and writings focus on the fields of philosophy of religion and environmental philosophy. The lecture "From Fichte to Florensky" will take place at 4pm in the New Student Center, Room 211; it is free and open to the public. For more info, please contact Kari Burchfield.

 

 

The Ethics of Theosis

April 8-9

Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, Berkeley, CA

 

The 2013 Manolis Distinguished Lecture Series will feature Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou, delivering a two-part lecture series called "The Ethics of Theosis." On April 8th, Dr. Papanikolaou's first lecture will be "Orthodox Liberalism: The Politics of Divine-Human Communion," and on April 9th, he will speak on "The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue." Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou is professor of theology at Fordham Univeristy and is the co-founder of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. His scholarly works include Being With God: Trinity, Apophaticism, and Divine-Human Communion and The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy. More info on his upcoming lectures is available here.

 

 

The Arab Spring and the Future of Christianity in the Middle East

April 8, 2013

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

 

On April 8th, George Demacopoulos, director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center, will be moderating a panel discussion on the future of Christianity in the Middle East. The discussion is sponsored by the Orthodox Christian Studies Center and will feature, among others, John Entelis, professor of political science and director of the Middle East Studies Program at Fordham University, and Michael Wahid Hanna, fellow at The Century Foundation. The discussion is free and open to the public. Please pre-register for the event here. For more information, contact Valerie K. Longwood at (212) 636-7439 or longwood@fordham.edu.

 

 

Celebration of Books Lecture Series

March 31-April 7, 2013

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church, Westchester, IL

 

As part of its "Celebration of Books," the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago will sponsor a lecture series featuring Dr. Christopher Veniamin, the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, and the Rev. Dr. Theodore Stylianopoulos. On March 31st, Dr. Veniamin will deliver a lecture on "St. Gregory Palamas and the Second Sunday of Lent." On April 2nd, Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis will speak on "Creation Care and the Spiritual Life: Transforming Perspectives and Practices." Finally, on April 7th, Rev. Dr. Stylianopoulos will lecture on "The Apocalypse: Message and Medium." Each lecture will be preceded by a Compline service, beginning at 6:30pm, and the lecture proper will commence at about 8:00pm. For more info, please contact Holy Apostles Church at (708) 562-2744.

 

 

Call for Papers:

39th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

Proposals due April 1, 2013

 

The Thirty-Ninth Annual Byzantine Studies Conference (BSC) will be held at Yale University from October 31st through November 3rd. The conference is the annual forum for the presentation and discussion of papers on every aspect of Byzantine Studies, and is open to all, regardless of nationality or academic status. Paper proposals are being accepted through April 1st, and papers may be on any aspect of Byzantine Studies. For more information on the required format for paper abstracts and on how to submit your proposal, see the official call for papers.

 

 

On the Corpse and the Chaplain: How Medicine is Destroying Pastoral Care

March 25, 2013

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY

 

On March 25th, Dr. Jeff Bishop will deliver a public lecture hosted by the St. Ambrose Society at St. Vladimir's Seminary. The lecture, titled "On the Corpse and the Chaplain," will draw on Dr. Bishop's experience as a physician and a professor of medical ethics and philosophy at Saint Louis University. Dr. Bishop holds the Tenet Endowed Chair in Health Care Ethics and is the Director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics. His scholarly work centers on the historical and philosophical underpinnings of contemporary medicine. The lecture is free and no registration is required. For more information, see here.

 

 

Eucharist & Ecclesiology

March 21-23, 2013

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

 

Of interest to Orthodox Christians, this conference will bring together scholars from various religious backgrounds who have all worked and published in the areas of Eucharist and Ecclesiology. The speakers will include Dr. Paul Meyendorff of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, Dr. Gary D. Badcock of Huron University College, and Fr. Denis Farkasfalvy of Cistercian Seminary. More information is available here. Please pre-register for the event through this link.

 

 

Christianity and Scholarship in the Syriac-Orthodox Monasteries of the Early Islamic Period

March 21, 2013

Catholic University, Washington, DC

 

The Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures at Catholic University will be hosting the 2nd Annual Hyvernat Lecture on March 21, 2013. The lecture is in honor of the department's founder, Msgr. Henri Hyvernat (1858-1941). It will take place at 5pm in the Aquinas Hall and light refreshments will be served afterwards. The event might be of interest to many Orthodox scholars, who can contact the department at cua-sem@cua.edu for more information.

 

 

The Monastic Movement in American Orthodoxy

March 17

St. George Cathedral, Hartford, CT

 

As part of the St. George Cathedral Lecture Series, Andrew Walsh (Ph.D.) will deliver a lecture on the monastic movement in American Orthodoxy. Dr. Walsh is an assistant professor at Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and holds degrees from Trinity College, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard University. He is also the associate director of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life. For more information on the lecture, please see here.

 

 

Orthodox Liturgy: Lessons from the Past, Contemporary Trends and Opportunities

March 15-16, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, Hellenic College Holy Cross will be hosting an international conference on the state of liturgy and liturgical renewal in the Orthodox Church. The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Taft, world-renowned liturgist and scholar. For more information, see the conference flyer. Please pre-register for the conference here.

 

 

Becoming Human: Life in Christ according to Early Christian Teaching

March 9, 2013

Orthodox Church of St Stephen, Longwood, FL

 

The V. Rev. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, will be speaking at the Orthodox Church of St Stephen in Lognwood, FL, on how the aspects of our humanity relate to life in Christ. The talk will take place from 10am to 1pm and admission is free and open to the general public. A grilled outdoor lunch will follow. Questions may be addressed to Rev. Daniel Hickman, the parish rector.

 

 

Biennial Conference of the ASEC

March 8-9, 2013

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

 

The Association for the Study of Eastern Christian History and Culture (ASEC) is a non-confessionl scholarly organization that is dedicated to promoting research, scholarship, and multi-disciplinary inquiry on cultures influenced by the various branches of Eastern Christianity. While ASEC is a non-confessional association, the focus of ASEC is of inerest to Orthodox Scholars. The theme of the upcoming ASEC conference is “Antecedents and Subsequents of Iosif Volotsky: Exploring Eastern Christian Concerns." Registration for the conference is $50 and participants must be members of ASEC by the time of the conference. For more information on ASEC and on the conference, see here.

 

 

The Ninth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies

March 7-9, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

The Pappas Patristics Institute at Holy Cross School of Theology presents its Ninth Annual Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies. The aim of the conference is to provide a forum for graduate students in the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity to gather together to hear and discuss peer research. A keynote address will be given by renowned scholar and liturgist, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert F. Taft.  To register for this year's conference, contact Dr. Bruce Beck with the relevant personal information, including address, phone number, institution, degree program, and area of study. The registration fee is $25. For more information, see here.

 

 

"Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds"

February 28 - March 2, 2013

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

 

The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University is hosting a conference that will examine common assumptions about the limits to democratic practices in societies that are largely Orthodox or Islamic. A central question will be, "Can cultural and religious expression create a barrier to the development of democratic government?" For more information, see here, or contact the Russian and East European Institute office at (812) 855-7309 or reei@indiana.edu.

 

 

Call for Papers:

Eastern Orthodox Studies Section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Abstracts due March 1, 2013

 

Paper proposals are currently being accepted for the Eastern Orthodox Studies section of the annual AAR meeting. Papers may be on either of the following topics: the Trinity in Eastern Christian thought, or Orthodox Christian political theology. Only members of AAR may submit proposals and attend the annual meeting. While AAR is not a specifically Orthodox Christian organization, many of its sections are of interest to Orthodox scholars. For more information on submitting paper proposals for the Eastern Orthodox Studies section, see the call for papers.

 

 

Call for Papers:

Middle Eastern Christianity Section of the American Acaemy of Religion (AAR)

Abstracts due March 1, 2013

 

Paper proposals are currently being accepted for the Eastern Orthodox Studies section of the annual AAR meeting. Papers may be on a number of topics to be found on the offical call for papers. Only members of AAR may submit proposals and attend the annual meeting. While AAR is not a specifically Orthodox Christian organization, many of its sections are of interest to Orthodox scholars. The purpose of the Middle Eastern Christianity Section is to study developments in Christian communities in the Middle East, including Coptic and Armenian communities, and as such this section may be of relevant to Orthodox Christians.

 

 

Patriarch Tikhon and the Orthodox Church in North America and Revolutionary Russia, 1898-1925

February 27, 2013

University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

 

During the 2012-2013 academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky is sponsoring "Russia's Realms," a multi-event program on major themes that Russia and the United States have in common. On February 27th, Dr. Scott Kenworthy will present a lecture as part of the "Russia's Realms" program, focusing on Patriarch Tikhon in North American and Revolutionary Russia. Dr. Kenworthy is Associate Professor of the Department of Comparative Religion at Miami University in Oxford, OH. For more information on the lecture, see here.

 

 

Prayer in the Church Fathers

February 16-17 and February 23-24

San Francisco and Los Angeles

 

The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute is sponsoring a set of regional symposia on the topic of prayer in the Church fathers and in the life of the Orthodox. The primary speaker will be the renowned bishop, pastor and scholar, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, author of The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way. It will first be held in San Francisco at the Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin from February 16th through the 17th, and then in Los Angeles at St. Andrew Orthodox Church from the 23rd through the 24th. The symposia are open to all, at a cost of $80 if booked in advanced or $95.00 at the door. For more information and to register, see here.

 

 

The Eighth Annual Saint Photios the Great Faith & Learning Symposium

February 23, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

On Saturday, February 23rd, the Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM) will host the EIghth Annual Saint Photios the Great Faith & Learning Symposium. This annual event provides Orthodox Christian college students from Boston-area colleges and universities the space to reflect on the relationship between their faith and lives as college students. This year it  will explore the topic of "Faith and the Arts" and will address how we, as Orthodox Christians, understand the relationship between our faith and the arts - literature, poetry, theatre and the fine arts. The symposium will explore questions such as: What is the place of the arts – literature, poetry, art, music, theater – in the Christian life? What is the relationship between the artistic impulse and the experience of faith? What does it mean to be an Orthodox Christian artist?  The symposium is free and open to all college students. For more information, please see here.

 

 

Call for Papers:

Anthropology of Religion Section of the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

Abstracts due February 19, 2013

 

Paper proposals are currently being accepted for a panel concerned with material culture, ethnicity, and race relations in Eastern Christianity. The panel will be part of the Anthropology of Religion Section of the annual AAR meeting. Only members of AAR may submit proposals and attend the annual meeting. While AAR is not a specifically Orthodox Christian organization, many of its sections are of interest to Orthodox scholars. For more information on submitting paper proposals, see the official call for papers, or contact Sarah A. Riccardi at Sarah110487@live.missouristate.edu.

 

 

Orthodox Christianity in Russia and Eastern Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

February 14-17, 2013

Miami University, Oxford, OH

 

Before the collapse of communism, religion in Russia and Eastern Europe was rarely a topic of scholarly research as many scholars assumed that religion was no longer a strong factor in the region. However, since the fall of communism, there has been a renewed appreciation of Orthodoxy’s significance in the history of the region, as well as growing interest among political scientists and anthropologists who study Russia and Eastern Europe. This conference, sponsored by the Havighurst Center at Miami University, seeks to tap into a new wave of research on Orthodoxy in Russia and Eastern Europe. A full schedule of the conference can be found online. For more information about attending the conference, please contact the organizer, Dr. Scott Kenworthy.

 

 

The Third Annual Patristic Symposium in Honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky

February 15-16, 2013

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

 

The Fr. Georges Florovsky Theological Society will be hosting its Third Annual Patristic Symposium, focusing on the patristic doctrine of Scripture. In recent scholarship, considerable interest has been shown in patristic exegetical strategies and methods (typology, theoria, etc.), but much less has been paid to the patristic understanding of the nature of Scripture itself. The purpose of this year’s symposium is to re-open a consideration of the doctrine of Scripture for contemporary theology rooted in the tradition of the Fathers (Greek, Latin, and Oriental), an endeavor inspired by the theological vision of the 20th century’s foremost Orthodox Christian theologian, Fr. Georges Florovsky. Featured speakers include His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Fr. John McGuckin, Dr. Kathleen McVey, and Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon. For more information and to register, see here.

 

 

Pastoral Challenges in Marriage

February 7-9, 2013

Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

Intended for those in the front lines of pastoral work, this conference seeks to bring the wisdom of the Church to bear on the contemporary challenges of marriage. The keynote speakers will be His Grace Bishop John, Auxiliary Bishop for the Antiochian Diocese of Worcester and New England; Dr. Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, licensed psychologist and adjunct professor at Holy Cross School of Theology; and Ary Christofidis, licensed psychologist and founder of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute. For more information about the conference, registration, and lodging, please see here.

 

 

Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture: "Constantine, Eusebius, and the Future of Christianity"

January 18, 2013

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY

 

The 30th Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture, titled “Constantine, Eusebius, and the Future of Christianity,” will be delivered by Dr. Peter Brown. Dr. Brown is Professor Emeritus of History at Princeton University and "is credited with having created the field of study referred to as late antiquity (250-800 A.D.), the period during which Rome fell, the three major monotheistic religions took shape, and Christianity spread across Europe." He is the author of numerous books, including The World of Late AntiquityThe Cult of the SaintsThe Body and Society, and Power and Persuasion in Late Antiquity. The lecture is free and open to the public and will begin at 7pm on January 18th.

 

 

 

2012

 

 

The Sophia Institute Fifth Annual Conference: "Family, Marriage and Love in Eastern Orthodoxy"

December 7, 2012

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

 

On Friday, December 7, the Sophia Institute will host its fifth annual conference at Union Theological Seminary. This year's conference "will focus on the various ways the Eastern Orthodox Church over past centuries, and in recent times, has understood mutual love, the sacrament of marriage, and the role of the family." Proposals for academic papers are being accepted, with a prospect of publication in the Acts of the Conference. To submit proposals (20 minute duration), contact Professor John McGuckin, and for more information about the conference, click here.

 

 

Equality for Christians in the Middle East: Yesterday and Today

November 29, 2012

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New Rochelle, NY

 

The 2012-2013 Public Lecture Series at St. Nersess Seminary is focusing on the theme of law and faith. Aspects of different legal systems, both in Armenia and abroad, will be considered in the lectures that are part of this series. On November 29, Mark Movsesian will deliver a lecture in the series, entitled "Equality for Christians in the Middle East." For more information, see here or contact St. Nersess Seminary.

 

 

AAR Eastern Orthodox Studies Group Meeting

November 17-18, 2012

McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

 

The American Academy Of Religion (AAR) will be holding its 2012 annual meeting from November 17-20. Different studies groups will meet to discuss a wide range of topics, and one of these groups—the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group—holds particular interest for Orthodox Scholars. On November 17, the group will meet from 1:00pm-3:30pm to discuss the role of reason in Eastern Orthodox theology. Papers will be presented by Christina Gschwandtner (University of Scranton), Nathaniel Wood (Fordham), Brandon Gallaher (Oxford), and Pantelis Kalaitzidis (Volos Academy). On November 18, the group will meet from 1:00pm-2:30pm to discuss the thought and work of Gregory Palamas. Papers will be presented by Scott Kenworthy (Miami University, Ohio), Rico Monge (UC, Santa Barbara), and Dan Wright (University of Virginia). The meetings of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group are free and open to the public. Please direct questions about the meeting of the Eastern Orthodox Studies Group to the chair of the group, Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou. For more information about the general meeting of the AAR, see here. For a detailed listing of all the groups and sessions of the AAR meeting, see here.

 

 

2012 Orthodoxy in America Lecture: "The Way of a Pilgrim"

November 14, 2012

Fordham University, Bronx, NY

 

The 2012 Orthodoxy in America Lecture will be delivered by the V. Rev. John McGuckin on the topic "The Way of a Pilgrim: How the Orthodox Philokalic Tradition Came to Modern America and What America Made of It." The V. Rev. John McGuckin is the Ane Marie and Bent Emil Nielsen Professor in Late Antique and Byzantine Christian History at Union Theological Seminary, and is Professor of Byzantine Christian Studies at Columbia University. He has published numerous books, including The Orthodox Church, Saint Cyril of Alexandria and the Christological Controversy, and The Ascent of Christian Law. He is also Director of the Sophia Institute (The William and Maria Spears International Center for Orthodox Thought and Culture). The Orthodoxy in America Lecture will begin at 6 pm, followed immediately by a reception. For more information, contact the Office of Special Events at (212) 636-6575 or rsvp@fordham.edu. Please pre-register online.

 

 

Missions Institute Week-Long Conference

November 5-9, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

 

The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity will be holding its annual Missions Week this November at Hellenic College/Holy Cross. The 2012 Missions Week will focus on missionary work in Latin America. It will include the Endowment Fund for Orthodox Missions (EFOM) Annual Lecture on Thursday evening, November 8. For more information, visit the homepage for the Missions Institute or contact Fr. Luke Veronis.

 

 

Annual OCAMPR Conference: "The Child Conceived"

November 2-3, 2012

Chicago, IL

 

The 2012 OCAMPR conference will examine the theological, pastoral, and medical implications of the conception of a child. Among the topics that will be considered are infertility treatment, miscarriage, and early child loss. Featured speakers include His Grace, Bishop Demetrios of Mokissos, who will present on how the Orthodox Faith understands the unborn child; Mat. Jenny Schroedel, author of "Naming the Child: Hope-Filled Reflections on Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Death"; and Ary Christofidis, licensed clinical psychologist and founder of the Orthodox Christian Counseling Institute.  The conference will be held at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. Please pre-register online.

 

 

Annual Byzantine Studies Conference

November 1-4, 2012

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. The conference is organized by the Byzantine Studies Association of North America. For more information and to register, please visit the homepage for the 38th Annual Byzantine Studies Conference.

 

 

Warships and Mystics: Russian Intervention on Mount Athos on the Eve of WWI

November 2, 2012

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

 

On November 2nd, Bruce Clark will offer a public lecture, "Warships and Mystics," as part of the James W. Cunningham Memorial Lecture Series on Eastern Orthodox History and Culture. Bruce Clark is a writer and editor whose work covers the fields of international news, religion, and international security. An accomplished author, he is also a writer and editor at the Economist and has worked from Moscow for The (London) Times. There is no cost to attend the lecture, but please RSVP online or by phone. For more information, see here.

 

 

St. Katherine College Forum Fall Lecture Series

September 17-November 5, 2012

Encinitas, CA

 

This fall, St. Katherine College will be offering a series of seven lectures at the St. Katherine campus in Encinitas, CA. These lectures will be given by professors and lecturers from St. Katherine's College and from other colleges and universities. Topics include the role of imagination in C.S. Lewis, God and work, the slave and the emperor, Arvo Pärt's Credo, fasting and cancer, the penitent bandit, and Herodotus as the father of history. For more information, visit the St. Katherine College website. After the lectures, recordings will be available on Ancient Faith Radio.

 

 

The City a Desert: Urban Spirituality Today

October 24, 2012

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

 

The Huffington Ecumenical Institute will host a fall event on urban spirituality. It will offer reflections on the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic monastic traditions and their contributions to the Christian life in the midst of work, family, school, and urban living. Featured speakers include Archimandrite Meletios Webber, abbot of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco in California, and Fr. Columba Stewart, professor of theology at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Attendance is free but registration is strictly required. Registration will open on September 1st. For more information, contact Katherine Lash at (310) 338-1917 or hei@lmu.edu.

 

 

International Symposium on Saint Maximus the Confessor

October 18-21,2012

Belgrade, Serbia

 

The Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade will host an international symposium on Saint Maximus the Confessor, commemorating the 1350th year since St. Maximus' repose. The symposium is entitled "Knowing the Purpose of Everything through the Power of the Resurrection," and it will be organized in collaboration with the Orthodox Christian Studies Program at Fordham University. More information can be found here, and registration information is available here

 

 

Annual Meeting of The Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA)

September 20-22, 2012

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY

 

The annual meeting of OTSA brings together many of the leading Orthodox scholars in America for presentations of papers, for discussion, and for the yearly Florovsky Lecture. Most of the activities are open to the public, including the presentations and the Florovsky Lecture, but business meetings are also conducted and are restricted to members of OTSA. See here for more details.

 

 

Summer Study Program in Patristics

July 23-28, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary

 

This summer, the Pappas Patristic Institute will be hosting its sixth-annual Summer Study Program in Patristics on the campus of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The week-long program is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures from leading patristic scholars.  The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, along with clergy, lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers. Those interested in registering should contact the director of the Pappas Patristic Institute, Dr. Bruce Beck. For more information, see here.

 

 

A Celebration of Living Theology: Engaging with the Work of Andrew Louth

July 9-12, 2012

Durham University, UK

 

Durham University will be hosting a conference to celebrate the work of Andrew Louth in the areas of patristics, modern theology, and theology as life. The plenary papers will be collected after the conference into a Festschrift. Some of the speakers include Kallistos Ware, John Behr, Antoine Arjakovsky, and Mary Cunningham. For more information and to register, see the conference website.

 

 

Spiritual Formation Teacher Training Course

June 18-29, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary

 

This summer on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Catherine Varkas will offer a two-week immersion ocurse in teacher training. The course will explore the religious nature and vital needs of the 3 to 6 year old child so that teachers can nurture the sensitive period of spiritual formation. Catherine Varkas is the Director of the nationally accredited Palm Harbor Montessori Teacher Education Center in Palm Harbor, Florida. Those interested in the course are encouraged to contact her as soon as possible at at catherinevarkas@gmail.com or 508-367-7254.

 

Ethics and the Challenge of Secularism: Russian and Western Perspectives

May 25-26, 2012

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

 

On May 25-26, the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Philosophy Department at Notre Dame will host a conference exploring the challenges that secularism poses in both Russia and the West. It will bring together Russian and western scholars to discuss questions such as: Is there an adequate secular basis for morality? What can the sciences contribute to ethics? Is society destined to become more secular, and what are the resources and challenges facing religion in the 21st century? There is no registration fee, but attendees are asked to register in advance. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

 

 

Ecclesiology and Nationalism in a Postmodern Era

May 24-27, 2012

Volos Academy for Theological Studies, Volos, Greece

 

The Volos Academy for Theological Studies will host a conference investigating the relationship between the Orthodox Church and nation states, one of the most significant issues in the Church today. Featured speakers include Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Metropolitan John Zizioulas, and the conference will be simultaneously translated in both English and Greek. This conference is being sponsored by a number of different organizations, including theOrthodox Christian Studies Program at Fordham University. For more details, click here.

 

 

Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society (NAPS)

May 24-26, 2012

Chicago, IL

 

The North American Patristics Society (NAPS) will be holding its 2012 annual meeting, which will be its largest annual meeting to date. 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, such as "North African Christianity," "Tertullian," and "Narratives of Religious Conflict in Late Antiquity," to name only a few. For more information, click here.

 

 

The Virgin Church at Asinou: A Small Paradise in Time

April 27, 2012

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, Belmont, CA

 

On Friday, April 27, Dr. Annemarie Weyl Carr will present the second of two lectures that are being co-sponsored by the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and the Pacific School of Religion. This lecture will focus on the Virgin Church at Asinou and will take place at 7:00pm at the holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont, CA. Dr. Carr is a renowned  expert in Byzantine visual culture and is a Distinguished Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. For more infromation about her upcoming lecture, click here.

 

 

St. Luke and the Virgin of Kykkos: An Icon and Its Image in Time

April 26, 2012

Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA

 

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and the Pacific School of Religion will co-sponsor a lecture by Dr. Annemarie Weyl Carr on "St. Luke and the Virgin of Kykkos." Dr. Carr is a renowned  expert in Byzantine visual culture and is a Distinguished Professor of Art History at Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. Her lecture will take place at 7:00pm in the Mudd Building, Room 100, at the Pacific School of Religion. For more information, see the official announcement.

 

 

Ιστορίαι: Remembering the Past in Byzantium

April 25, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

 

On Wednesday, April 25th, Professor Stratis Papaioannou will present a public lecture, entitled "Ιστορίαι: Remembering the Past in Byzantium." Professor Papaioannou is the Associate Professor of Classics at Brown University. The lecture will be presented by the Mary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and it will take place at 4:00pm in the reading room of the Archbishop Iakovos Library. For more information, please contact the director of the Mary Jaharis Center, Dr. Maria Kouroumali.

 

 

St. Vladimir's Seminary Lenten Retreat: "Melody of Faith"

March 31, 2012

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY

The 2012 annual lenten retreat at St. Vladimir's Seminary will be led by Dr. Vigen Guroian, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. Beginning with Divine Liturgy in the seminary chapel at 9 a.m., the retreat will include a lenten brunch followed by two presentations by Dr. Guroian. The retreat is open to the public, costs $10 for those attending the brunch (free without the brunch), and advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.

 

The Weston Lecture: "The Shocking Truth about Christian Orthodoxy"

March 23, 2012

Augustine College, Ottawa, ON

 

The annual Weston Lecture is dedicated to presenting examples of the union of faith and reason. This year's lecture will be given by the Very Rev. Dr. John Behr, Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary. The lecture will focus on the way in which the Christian revelation of the crucified and risen Christ is a scandal to human understanding. How can this revelation be truly encountered without obscuring or diminishing the challenge that it poses? Those interested in attending the lecture can find more information here.

 

When a Column Speaks: the Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon

March 22, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

 

On March 22nd at 7:30p.m., the Rev. Dr. Stephanos Alexopoulos will be presenting a lecture on the liturgy of the Christian parthenon. Dr. Alexopoulos is an alumnus of both Hellenic College and Holy Cross School of Theology, and he earned his Ph.D. in liturgical studies at the University Notre Dame. His lecture will be part of the Spring 2012 Lecture Series of the The Michael G. and Anastasia Cantonis Chair of Byzantine Studies. For more information, contact Nikki Stournaras at (617) 850-1213.

 

Newly Discovered Armenian Mosaics in Jerusalem 

March 22, 2012

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, New Rochelle, NY

 

On Thursday, March 22, at 7:30p.m., St. Nersess Seminary will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Abraham Terain on a newly-discovered Armenian mosaic on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. The mosaic sheds light on the role of Armenians, their churches, monasteries and other activites in ancient Jerusalem. Dr. Terain is a professor emeritus of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and is an expert in Armenian history, Christian culture and theology. His lecture will be free and open to the public. For more information, click here.

 

The 2012 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium: "Pan-Orthodoxy in America"

March 16-17, 2012

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

The third annual Huffington Ecumenical Symposium, held in cooperation with the Luce Foundation, will explore pan-Orthodoxy in North America. A variety of presentations by Orthodox and Catholic experts will "explain the history of Orthodoxy in North America, discuss the problem of uniting several jurisdictions into one church, and introduce a clear view of North American Pan-Orthodoxy through liturgical music, social justice, and the parish."

Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Associate Professor at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York, will offer the keynote presentation. Other Orthodox speakers include Fr. Thomas FitzGerald (Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology), Dr. Will Cohen (Assistant Professor of Theology at Scranton University), Fr. Michael Plekon (Baruch University in New York), and Ms. Alice Hughes (founder of PSALM, a pan-Orthodox music organization). Catholic speakers include Dr. Susan Wood of Marquette University, Dr. Adam DeVille of St. Francis University, and Mr. Antonio Alonso of LMU.

The two-day symposium will take place at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. There is no charge to attend the symposium, but advanced registration is required. For more information and to register for the symposium, click here. Any questions can be asked of Katherine Lash at hei@lmu.edu (310-338-1917).

 

The Patriarch Athenagoras Lecture: "The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Significance of Dialogue"

March 14, 2012

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

The Patriarch Athenagoras Lecture series focuses on Orthodox issues of world-wide concern, especially ecumenical and pan-Orthodox concerns. On March 14 at 7:30 p.m., His Eminence Emmanuel, Metropolitan of France and Exarch of Europe, will deliver a presentation entitled "The Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Significance of Dialogue." The presentation will be introduced by the Rev. Dr. Thomas FitzGerald, Dean of Holy Cross, and will be followed by a reception in the Maliotis Cultural Center on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross. For more information, click here.

 

St. Katherine College Lenten Retreat: "Writing the Road Traveled"

March 10, 2012

St. Katherine College, Encinitas, CA

 

Dr. Scott Cairns will lead a public lenten retreat/workshop at St. Katherine College on Saturday, March 10. Dr. Cairns is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Chair in English at the University of Missouri and is currently a visiting professor at St. Katherine College, where he teaches a semester-long course entitled "Writing the Spiritual Journey." The lenten retreat will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., costs $20 (which covers the continental breakfast and workshop materials), and requires advanced registration. For more information and to register, click here.

 

 

The Eighth Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies

March 8-10, 2012

Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

Each spring the Pappas Patristics Institute holds a conference for graduate students in patristics to present their work, to dialogue, and to meet their colleagues in the field. To register for this year's conference, contact Dr. Bruce Beck with the relevent personal information, including address, phone number, institution, degree program, and area of study. The registration fee is $25, and housing arrangements can be made at a rate of $95 plus taxes, or $55 for those who wish to share a room. For more information, click here.

 

2011

 

The Notion of the Beautiful in Eastern Orthodox Christianity

December 2, 2011

Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

The Sophia Institute at Union Theological Seminary announces its fourth annual conference, “Beauty Will Save the World” (Dostoevsky). The Sophia Institute is an Eastern Orthodox Research Forum dedicated to the connections between the traditions of ancient Christian teaching and spirituality and the pressing concerns of the contemporary world. It aims to relate Orthodox thinkers and leaders together in an international context.

 

Pilgrims and Pioneers: The Growth of Orthodox Christianity in 20th Century America

September 30 – October 1, 2011

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

The Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society, a graduate student organization of Princeton University; the Society for Orthodox Christian History in the Americas; and the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary will co-sponsor a symposium to examine some of the people and movements that contributed to the growth of Orthodox Christianity in 20th century America. For more information, click here.

 

Meeting of New England Region Orthodox Christian Faculty

September 16, 2011

Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA 

Calling all Orthodox Christian faculty from colleges and universities across New England! If you are interested in discussing how your Orthodox Christian faith is connected to your work as a professor or researcher, then please join us for the first regional meeting of the Orthodox Scholars’ Initiative at Hellenic College. Teaching in the academy is a unique vocation in the Orthodox Church, and you’re invited to come explore ways in which your faith and reason intersect. The afternoon program runs concurrent with the annual meeting of the Orthodox Theological Society in America.

Event Schedule:

2:00 PM – “Orthodoxy in the Academy”

                    A panel presentation including Dr. Kyriakos Markides

3:30 PM – Reception for New England Region Orthodox Christian Scholars

5:00 PM – Paraklesis in Holy Cross Chapel

6:00 PM – Dinner

7:30 PM – “The Dialogue of Orthodoxy and Contemporary Society

                   Lecture by Rev. Dr. John McGuckin, Union Theological Seminary

For a full announcement PDF, please click here. Please RSVP to Dr. Ann Bezzerides at abezzerides@hchc.edu to attend the events free of charge. Panel, reception and lecture in the Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline, MA.

 

OTSA Conference and Florovsky Lecture
September 15-17, 2011
 Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

The Orthodox Theological Society in America (OTSA) will meet September 15-17, 2011 at Hellenic College/Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. Fr. John McGuckin will deliver the annual Georges Florovsky Lecture on Friday, September 16th, “Frs. Georges Florovsky and Sergey Bulgakov: A Conflict of Typologies Concerning the Dialogue of Orthodoxy and Contemporary Society?”

 

 Summer Patristic Studies Program 
July 18-23, 2011
Hellenic College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

 

The Pappas Patristic Institute announces its fifth annual weeklong Summer Patristic Studies Program on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross in Brookline, MA. This is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic texts of the early Church through small group-study and brief lectures.

    

 

New Initiatives in Orthodoxy and Higher Education

June 9-11, 2011

St. Vladimir's Seminary, Yonkers, NY 

This June, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (www.svots.edu) is hosting a conference organized by a pan-Orthodox steering committee of scholars and academics to “explore the possibility of the establishment of a new Orthodox college in North America.” This, together with the slated opening of St. Katherine College (www.stkath.org) in Encinitas, CA, in fall 2011, suggests a continuing interest in this area. 

 

2009

 

The Second Consultation of the Orthodox Scholars' Initiative
 June 2-4, 2009
 Hellenc College/Holy Cross Seminary, Brookline, MA

The Office of Vocation & Ministry (OVM ) at Hellenic College is pleased to announce a consultation of the Orthodox Scholars' Initiative (OSI), to be held from June 2-4, 2009 on the campus of Hellenic College/Holy Cross, Brookline, MA.  The 2009 consultation––entitled "Orthodoxy & The University"––aims to probe unanswered questions from the first (Chicago, June 2008), co-sponsored by the Orthodox Theological Society in America, which brought 64 scholars together to address the topic, "The Orthodox Scholar in the Academy: Does it Matter? Should it Matter?"

"Orthodox Christianity & The University" aims to address four thematic areas: 

1.    Orthodox Christianity and the University: the Relationship between Faith and Learning
2.    Orthodoxy and an Orthodox College (Hellenic College)
3.    Orthodox Christian Scholars in Non-Orthodox Institutions: Secular and Faith-Based
4.    Student and Faculty Panel Discussion on Mentoring

These areas are further expanded in the Call For Papers. Scholars wishing to present papers on one of these topics should send an abstract to the consultation administrators no later than March 1, 2009.  For more information, please see the Call For Papers page.

A separate Call for Student Presenters is available; any Orthodox Christian undergraduate student who might be interested in addressing the following questions is encouraged to submit a proposal:

Orthodox Christian Students: To what extent are your faith commitments formed and challenged in the classroom, through professors and coursework? What challenges and opportunities do you face in your academic/intellectual lives? To what extent have faculty mentored you to navigate these challenges and opportunities? If applicable, what about Orthodox mentors? What are your best hopes for how you might be mentored by Orthodox Christian faculty?

Please direct questions regarding the consultation to the Office of Vocation & Ministry: (617) 850-1312.

 

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