Eparchial (Diocesan) News
One of the most spiritually nourishing events every year in the Western American Diocese is the Childrens Camp. Organized by the Diocesan Camp Committee and held during the three weeks in July at the Saint Sava Mission and Retreat Center, in Jackson, California, this Camp always attracts many children from throughout the Diocese.
St Sava Summer Camp begins each year after the feast of Petrovdan and continues for three full weeks. The first week is restricted to younger campers of elementary and middle school. The second and third week are open to campers who range from those entering the first grade to the twelfth grade.
Two days ago, a team of reporters of "Glas Juga''("Voice of the South'') visted the location of the Holy Trinity Church in Đakovica, where they could see for themselves how the illegal works on church land property are being continued. The city park has already been constructed on the foundations of the destroyed temple, paths are being laid and lamps for the illumination of the park are being mounted. In spite of the letter addressed to the head of UNMIK, Mr. Zannier, Bishop Teodosije, who is responsible for the reconstruction of the Serbian religious sites on behalf of the Serbian Orthodox Church within the framework of the Council of Europe Commission, has not yet received any tangible reassurances, nor any kind of response that measures would be taken in order to stop the open usurpation of church land and the covering of the foundations of the church.
Annual Tesla Dinner was held in Parmelia Hilton Hotel in Perth on Nikola Tesla’s birthday 10th of July. This event was organized for the 5th consecutive year as part of the Tesla Day celebrations in Western Australia.
In his introductory presentation Dr Wally Knezevic described Tesla Forum’s results in previous year. Professor David Blair from University of WA and the W.A. Scientist of the year 2007, was the speaker of the night.
The 5th Annual St. Nikolaj of Ochrid-Zicha Pilgrimage was held on Sunday, July 13, 2008, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery, in Libertyville, Illinois.
Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by and His Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia began at 10:00 A.M. Clergy from all parishes of the Midwestern Metropolitanate participated. The guest homilist was Protojerej-Stravrophor Dragan Veleusic of St. Sava Cathedral, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who eloquently spoke of the profound significance of this annual pilgrimage.
BISHOP MAXIM KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT PARISH LIFE CONFERENCE OF THE ANTIOCHIAN DIOCESE OF LOS ANGELES AND THE WEST
Los Angeles, Ca
- Per invitation of His Grace Bishop Joseph, Bishop of Los Angeles and the West
of the Antiochian Archdiocese, His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western
America attended the 2008 Diocesan Parish Life Conference held in Los
Angeles from July
2-6, 2008. Bishop Maxim served as keynote speaker for the diocesan conference, delivering
a lecture during the course of three days. On the first day the bishop's talk
was entitled - "Martyrdom: An Orthodox View of Marriage".
In the bishop's talk on the second and third day, entitled "Communion and Otherness in Marriage" he attempted to see how otherness and communion relate to marriage. He eloquently showed how and why marriage is a sort of communion where respective differences (uniqueness and personality) are affirmed through a relationship. That is, instead of considering marriage as a threat to otherness, he examined how it generates otherness. The various sections of this presentation tackle the subject of male and female in different ways. In the first sections bishop Maxim looked at the Biblical background and the Gospel perspective of marriage as a mystery of encountering two 'others' (male and female). This should be seen within a theological perspective, which entails an ecclesial and Eucharistic view of the subject. The Orthodox Church has a strong 'personalistic' perspective, which was developed in the Patristic period. With the help of the Trinitarian theology of the Greek Fathers (particularly the Cappadocians) and their ontological perspective, he gained a clearer theological perspective of the Biblical and Gospel perspectives on marriage and otherness.