Under the auspeces of the Orthodox Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and the Littoral, the second annual Symposion „Theology in Public Life” was held in Trebinje on February 6-7.
This significant conference was opened by welcome speeches of His Grace Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Roman Catholic Bishop of Dubrovnik Monsignor Mate Uzinic and Mr. Andrej Jeftic, Lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. Participants of the Symposion, that has become traditional, were eminent theologians from the region, as well as historians, philosophers, literary theorists, economists, artists, actors and film directors, etc. During four panel discussions they exchanged views on the Ukrainian crisis, Christianity and economic justice in (neo)liberal capitalism, relations between Christianity and literature, as well as connections between film and Liturgy. Within the conference, a promotion of a collection of presentations held at the first Symposion was organized in the Museum of Herzegovina.
The use of holy water is based on the Baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist in the River Jordan. John's baptism was a baptism of repentance, and the people came to have their sins washed away by the water. Since Jesus had no sin, but was God incarnate, his baptism had the effect not of washing away Jesus' sins, but of blessing the water, making it holy—and with it all of creation, so that it may be used fully for its original created purpose to be an instrument of life. Blessing of the water at St. George church. Everyone was given the Holy water to drink and to take home.
The Annual Saint Sava Day celebration was held at Saint George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on Sunday, January 25, 2015.
During the Divine Liturgy prayers were offered for living and departed church school teachers and students and all parishioners. The slava cake and slava wheat (koljivo) were blessed. A dinner was prepared in the church hall by the St. George Kolo.
St. Sava is widely considered as one of the most important figures of Serbian History and is canonized and venerated by the Serbian Orthodox Church as its founder, on January 27. He is the patron saint of Serbian schools and schoolchildren.
In the church courtyard of Christ the Savior Serbian Orthodox Church in Arcadia, California a literary evening was held and the promotion of an audio book "Бисерне сузе" by Zeljka Cvijetin Gortinsky. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America spoke about Serbian epic poetry and it's place in Serbian cultural heritage, to the sounds of gusle in the background. Also speaking on this topic were Zeljka Cvijetin Gortinsky and Misa Tasic, one of the editors of this audio collection of poems.