Meeting of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue in Novi Sad

The official regular session of the International Commission for Anglican-Orthodox Theological Dialogue (ICAOTD) to be held between 4-11 September 2013 in Novi Sad

Hosted by the Serbian Orthodox Church, this significant convention which summons more than 30  notable dignitaries, professors and theologians from both Churches is being held in a congress hall of the hotel Centar in Novi Sad, being organized by the Diocese of Backa. The topic of this year’s theological dialogue, as well as during former regular conventions of the International Commission, is the issue of identity and meaning of human being in Jesus Christ including also the relation of the Christian anthropology towards burning questions of the modern age such as, for instance, questions of bioethics, genetic engineering, sex identity, euthanasia, ecology or issues  related to social-political sphere and human rights, and the issues of hunger, inequality, slavery, wars between peoples, nations and countries, changes in psychological structures of individuals and families exposed to marginalization, loneliness, violence, drugs, and other media propaganda.

Patriarch Irinej to speak at UN on Friday

Upon the invitation of Mr. Vuk Jeremic, President of the General Assembly of the United Nations, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, will speak at the United Nations in New York on Friday, August 6th 2013. He is also expected to meet  UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej visits USA

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch travels to the United States of America, where he is staying from 4-14 September 2013. From the States Patriarch Irinej will go to Sarajevo; where he will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at Sarajevo's Cathedral Church on the occasion of 40th anniversary of the hierarchal office of the Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosna. Presbyter Vladimir Vranic, officer of the Holy Synod of Bishops, will accompany Serbian Patriarch. 

Diocese of Western America: Freedom to Pursue the Faith

Friday, August 30, 2013 was the first day of the Jubilee Celebration of the Western American Diocese: Freedom to Pursue the Faith.  This year during Diocesan Days we acknowledge several momentous anniversaries: 50 years of the founding of the Diocese, 150 years of the birth of Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, Holy Apostle to the Americas, and 1700 years of the Edict of Milan.

On this first day of Diocesan Days, all of our clergy from throughout our Diocese gathered together for a luncheon followed by a special Clergy Siminar with guest speaker V.Rev. Dr. John Erickson of St. Vladimir's Seminary. Later in the day, the Diocesan Council held it's annual meeting in preparation for the Annual Assembly. At the same time, the Diocesan Kolo Sprpskih Sestara held it's Annual Meeting with ladies from KSS organizations from churches throughout the diocese.

Preparations of the celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met with Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on 3 September 2013. 

The meeting, which topic was the solemn celebration of the jubilee of the Edict of Milan, was attended by their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and religious communities Mr. Mileta Radojevic, and Mr. Darko Bulatovic on behalf of the mayor of City of Nis.