Participants in the OL XX Conference in June 2016

Photo: Participants in the OL XX Conference in June 2016

Fairfax, Virginia – The theme for the Orientale Lumen XXI Conference on June 19-22, 2017 in Washington, DC will be “Chieti and Crete: Two Historical Events.” Speakers and participants will discuss the Chieti Agreed Statement of September 2016 in which the Orthodox-Catholic International Dialogue agreed on the role of the Bishop of Rome during the First Millennium. The second topic will be the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church held on Crete in June 2016 which produced, among other documents, a statement on the ecumenical relationship of the Orthodox Church with other Christian Churches. The conference is a “grass roots” ecumenical movement open to the public that includes laity, clergy, theologians and hierarchs from the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox Churches.

 

Speakers for this year will include:

  • Archbishop Job of Telmessos
    Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Chambesy, Switzerland
    Professor and Orthodox Co-Chair of the International Theological Dialogue
  • Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia (by pre-recorded video)
    Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Oxford, England
  • Paul McPartlan
    Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism
    The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC
  • Thomas FitzGerald
    Holy Cross Orthodox Theological Seminary, Boston, MA
  • Hyacinthe Destivelle, OP
    Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, The Vatican
  • Michael Haldas
    Author, Educator, Catechist, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Bethesda, MD
  • Father Ron Roberson, CSP (Moderator)
    Secretariat for Ecumenical and Intereligious Affairs
    United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Washington, DC

The agenda will include plenary lectures and panel discussions, a variety of prayer services, and opportunities for fellowship among all participants. The conference will begin Monday afternoon and conclude with lunch on Thursday. Early registration is due by May 1st with full registration in advance due by June 1st. Meals are included and overnight accommodations can be arranged through the conference office. Call 703-691-8862 or register online at http://olfoundation.net/conferences/ol-xxi-june-19-22-2017/.

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Teachings of Christ

“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." (Matthew 5:11 ESV)

Theophany

When You were baptized in the Jordan, O Lord, * worship of the Trinity was revealed, * for the Father's voice bore witness to You, calling You His “beloved Son”, * and the Spirit in the form of a dove confirmed the certainty of these words. * O Christ God, * Who appeared and enlightened the world, glory to You! (Troparion, Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and to the ages of ages. Amen.

You have appeared to the whole world today, * and Your light, O Lord, is signed upon us, * who with knowledge sing praise to You: * "You have come, and You have appeared, O Unapproachable Light." (Kontakion, Tone 4)

Random Proverb

For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Proverbs 2:6 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony