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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Link to Trifold Color Brochure and Registration Form

 


Teachings of Christ

“The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (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.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Adam, before the fall ... participated in ... divine illumination and resplendence, and because he was truly clothed in a garment of glory he was not naked, nor was he unseemly by reason of his nakedness. He was far more richly adorned than those who now deck themselves out with diadems of gold and brightly sparkling jewels. St. Paul calls this divine illumination and grace our celestial dwelling when he says, 'For this we sigh, yearning to be clothed in our heavenly habitation, since clothed we will not be found naked' (2 Cor. 5:2).

St. Gregory Palamas (Topics of Natural and Theological Science no. 67, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pg. 377)