Orthodox Churches

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.

President Of The National Assembly Of Bulgaria On A Visit To The Romanian Patriarchate

On 9 June 2015, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel received at the patriarchal residence of Bucharest a delegation of the National Assembly of Bulgaria, headed by president Tsetska Tsacheva, who was paying an official visit to Romania. Aleksandar Filipov, extraordinary and plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria in Bucharest was also present.

Russia initiates a Mission on protecting Christians in the Middle East

A Mission on protecting Christians of the Middle East will be set up in Lenanon, Syria, and Palestine, says Alexey Cherkezov, the organizational committee leader of the 3rd Forum of Russia’s Christian Youth held in Sochi, resuming its results.

The newly established international organization will be called The Christian World. Its goal is to activate work of institutes in Russia’s civil society and in other countries and cooperate in observing norms of international law, social ministry and religious dialogue.

The 70th Anniversary of the Betrayal of the Cossacks in Lienz is Remembered

On June 1, 2015, a memorial service was held at the Chapel of the Protection of the Mother of God and Royal Martyr Tsarevich Alexei in Lienz, Austria, to mark the 70th anniversary of the betrayal of the Cossacks by the Allies following World War II. This was one of the most tragic post-war events, during which, despite assurances to the contrary, thousands of Cossacks were forcibly repatriated to the USSR to face certain imprisonment and death.

His Eminence Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia led the service.

Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin

Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin
Moscow Synodal choir performs at Etchmiadzin

On 6 June 2015, the Moscow Synodal choir gave a concert at the centre of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Etchmiadzin, in the context of commemoration of the centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

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!"