Representatives of Orthodox Churches meet in Brussels to discuss new initiatives for defending traditional understanding of the family

Heads of Orthodox Churches’ representations to the European Union met in Brussels for a working meeting with the participation of the secretary-general of the European Federation of Catholic Families Associations, Anna Maria Hildingsson.

The aim of the meeting initiated by the Romanian Church Representation was to exchange opinions on the report ‘On the European Union’s Strategy for Equality of Women and Men Post 2015’ adopted by the European Parliament. The resolution on this report adopted on June 9, 2015, though not obligatory for implementation, constitutes a serious attempt to exert political pressure on European countries with the aim to destroy the traditional notions of marriage and family and to legalize surrogate motherhood and abortion.

Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends international peace forum

 Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends international peace forum
 Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends international peace forum
 Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends international peace forum
 Representative of Russian Orthodox Church attends international peace forum

On June 13, 2015, a meeting with participation of religious leaders took place in Brussels, Belgium, as part of the 26th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum. The meeting considered the theme ‘Is True Peace Possible in the World?’

Halki Summit II

His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew is hosting the second Halki Summit on “Theology, Ecology, and the Word.” Co-sponsored by Southern New Hampshire University, the summit will be held on the island of Halki from June 8-10, 2015.

Continuing the legacy established by the Ecumenical Patriarchate for over twenty-five years, Halki Summit II follows a series of pioneering ecological initiatives, including eight international symposia (1995-2009) and five summer seminars (1994-1998).

Halki Summit I, “a conversation on environment, ethics and innovation,” was held in June 2012 and featured prominent speakers, such as environmentalists Jane Goodall and Bill McKibben, as well as scientists James Hansen and Amory Lovins.

Halki Summit II will draw distinguished literary and environmental leaders, including Terry Eagleton (literary theorist and critic) and Terry Tempest Williams (poet and author), as well as James Balog (mountaineer and photographer), Raj Patel (author and activist) and Timothy Gorringe (theologian and apiculturist), for an inspiring “conversation on the environment, literature and the arts.”

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will open the summit on June 8th, while Metropolitan John [Zizioulas] of Pergamon, the most prominent Orthodox spokesman on the environment, will deliver the keynote address.

Reversing climate change and restoring the depletion of the earth’s resources first and foremost require a change in values and beliefs in order for people to incorporate the ethical and spiritual dimensions of environmental sustainability into their lives and practices. Halki Summit II hopes to contribute toward this sacred vision and goal.

Source: Ecumenical Patriarchate

Divine Liturgy and Te Deum in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Spiridon the New of Bucharest

Wednesday, 27 May 2015, the Divine Liturgy and Te Deum service were celebrated in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Spiridon the New of Bucharest to mark the beginning of the spring semestral pastoral missionary conference. The Conference benefits of the participation of the clergy of six deaneries of Bucharest and of two of Ilfov county, of the priests of charity (from hospitals, cemeteries, social and military institutions, and prisons) of Bucharest and of Ilfov county, of the clergy employees of the Eparchial Centre, clergy teaching staff within the institutions of high and seminarian education of Bucharest and of Ilfov county, of the rt rev exarch, and of the abbots and abbesses of the monasteries of Bucharest and of Ilfov county.

Patriarch Irinej in Oakville, Ontario

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited on Monday, June 8, 2015 the Serbian community and the Sts. Peter and Paul parish in Oakville, Ontario.

The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the dean of the church, V. Rev. Zlatibor Djurasevic and a large number of parishioners. Following the Doxology service, served by Fr. Zlatibor and Protodeacon Damjan Bozic, the parish priest welcomed the Patriarch saying: "It is a rare occasion to welcome the first hierarch of our holy Church. We know that you bring us peace and love, and to your fatherly care we return our great joy. In this time of unrest, this time of troubles, you have come before us to encourage us, to strengthen us and to stabilize us. Today you are with us as a father who with divine wisdom teaches his children. You shower us with gifts of love, peace and harmony. I give thanks to God and to you together with my entire flock. Thank you for your visit, Holy Bishop!"