Master iconographers to present workshops in St. Vladimir's Academy in NY

Two master iconographers, one painting in the Russo-Byzantine style and the other painting in the Byzantine (Greek-Cretan School) tradition, will offer exclusive workshops on the campus of St. Vladimir's from June 11-17, 2009. Fr. Protodeacon Nazari Polataiko, of the Ss. Alipij & Andrei Rublev Icon Studio in Winnipeg Canada, and Khouriya Erin Mary Kimmett of Norwood, Massachusetts, will open their summer workshops to 12 students each, and will accept students with experience ranging from none to decades-long practice, and expertise ranging from novice to master.

The Moscow Patriarchate urges various political forces of Moldavia to dialogue

The Moscow Patriarchate urged participants in the political conflict in Moldavia to dialogue. "The Church urges to peace as it has always urged to peace, the Church urges various political to dialogue. It is evident that it is difficult to reach anything without such a dialogue," head of the Synodal Church and Society Department Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said answering students of the High School of State Management at Moscow State University.

$2 Million Gift Funds Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture

Fordham University has received a $2 million gift to establish the Archbishop Demetrios Chair in Orthodox Theology and Culture.

The donation comes from the Jaharis Family Foundation, which provides grants to arts, cultural and religious institutions.

Patriarch Bartholomew met President Obama

President of USA B. Obama held a separate meeting with Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew, whose international role as the spiritual leader of hundreds of millions of Orthodox Christians worldwide is not recognized by Ankara.

Bartholomew, following the meeting, sounded optimist regarding the problems the patriarchate faces, particularly in reopening Halki Seminary.

Metropolitan Jonah on Orthodox unity

Metropolitan Jonah, St Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, April 5, 2009

It is a great joy to see everybody here this evening from so many different communities, from different traditions. Orthodoxy is a celebration of diversity in unity, and unity in diversity. Our unityis in our one Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and our one Orthodox faithand our one commitment to living the truth, to living as Christians.Not to live according the spirit of the world, not to live accordingto our passions, not to live according to the desires that flit bythrough our minds and lead us into all sorts of trouble, but to livethe truth, to live Orthodox. And, our diversity is something wecelebrate, not a diversity of lifestyles, but a diversity thatreflects the whole spectrum of our community, people of all races,people of all colors, people from a multitude of different ethnicbackgrounds.

Tsar's slain relatives victims of political repressions - human rights activists

Russia's oldest human rights organization, Moscow Helsinki Group, has supported the House of Romanov's plans to seek rehabilitation of all members of the imperial family, who were executed by Bolsheviks after the revolution. "I do not see any reason for rejection. No doubt, they must be recognized as victims of political repressions," MHG chief Lyudmila Alexeyeva told Interfax.