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We are inviting you warmly to the book launch of Dr Razvan Porumb’s book, ‘Orthodoxy and Ecumenism: Towards an Active Metanoia’, on Thursday 29 August 2019, between 18.30-21.00, in the Lightfoot Room at the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge (West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9BS).

Razvan – our friend and colleague and Vice-Principal of IOCS – will start the event with a brief presentation, which will be followed by responses from: Dame Mary Tanner (former European President of the World Council of Churches), Revd Dr John Jillions (St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Former Chancellor, Orthodox Church in America), Revd Dr Jeremy Morris (Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Master of Trinity Hall).

The presentations will be followed by questions from the audience and by a reception at 20.00. Books will be available for sale at the 30% reduced price of £29.96.

ALL ARE WELCOME.
Please book your place in the event by writing to info@iocs.cam.ac.uk

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The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies Cambridge, UK, (IOCS) and The University of St Katherine, San Marcos, California, USA, (USK) are pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting new cooperation between our two institutions by the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement for Academic Cooperation.

Saint Katherine is a nationally recognized US-University that provides a balanced education in the liberal arts and sciences, founded and rooted in the life of the Orthodox Christian Tradition. Established in 1999, IOCS Cambridge is the pan-Orthodox house for theological studies in the ancient university city of Cambridge, England. The Institute is the sole Christian Orthodox institution for higher education in the United Kingdom.

While in its early stages, we are confident that this cooperative partnership will provide unique opportunities for study, research, and exchange for students based in either the US, the UK or elsewhere in the world, interested in university-accredited study programmes rooted in the theology and practice of the Orthodox Christian Tradition.

Our aim is to provide a robust teaching, learning and development platform supported by both our institutions, by:

 –  developing joint postgraduate degree programmes in the area of Orthodox Theology (including, but not limited to: Masters, MPhil, PhD);

– encouraging the exchange of faculty members, researchers and doctorate students;

– promoting collaborative research and the publication of research results by faculty members and/or researchers from/via both institutions;

– promoting or facilitating the exchange of students from/via both institutions.

A formal launch-event of our partnership is will take place later in 2019, in the US, and we will make more details available in due time.

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Please click here to view our Easter Newsletter for this year.

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Our last Conversation Day of the year – on Friday 21 June – will be a very special event indeed, being both a presentation and a workshop of musical and theological reflection! The special guest for the day will be renowned composer and academic Revd Dr Ivan Moody. Father Ivan will speak on ‘Orthodox Aesthetics and Contemporary Art’, while illustrating his talk with musical pieces and eventually inviting the audience to dialogue and reflection on the theme of the day and on the music presented.

Father Ivan studied composition with Brian Dennis at London University, William Brooks at York University and privately with John Tavener. He also studied Orthodox theology at the University of Joensuu, Finland. He is active as a conductor, having directed ensembles such as Voces Angelicae, the Kastalsky Chamber Choir (Britain), Capilla Peña Florida (Spain), Cappella Romana (USA), the Choir of the Cathedral of St George, Novi Sad, (Serbia) the Kotor Art Festival Choir (Montenegro), the Orthodox Choir of the University of Joensuu (Finland) and Ensemble Alpha (Portugal). Father Ivan is also a widely published musicologist. His research interests include the music of Eastern Europe, especially 20th century and contemporary music from Russia and the Balkans, the music of the Orthodox Church in the modern era, music and spirituality, music as theology, Serbian church music, the aesthetics of modernism and post-modernism and their intersection with Orthodox church music and the musical culture of the Mediterranean.

His most notable compositions include: Canticum Canticorum I (written for the Hilliard Ensemble and premiered in 1987), Prayer for the Forests, (1990), the oratorio Passion and Resurrection (1992), the cello concerto Epitaphios (1993), the cantata Revelation (1995), Endechas y Canciones (1996), the recorder concerto Pnevma (1998), Lamentations of the Myrrhbearer (2001) for string quartet, Lumière sans déclin (2000) for string orchestra, and the choral triptych Words of the Angel (1998), Troparion of Kassiani (1999) and A Lion’s Sleep (2002), the Dormition of the Virgin (2003) and many others.

You can listen here to a fragment of Father Ivan’s Akathistos Hymn (1998).

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The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies (IOCS) offers a two-day Summer School from 30-31 August 2019 at Wesley House. This taught course is open to everyone and discusses the topic of Community, Difference and Division in the Orthodox Church. The Summer School will address the following questions: How are we to understand the unity of the Church and what are the main characteristics of the ecclesial community? What is the theologically correct understanding of creaturely differences within the ecclesial community? How can we distinguish between positive differences that need to be preserved and cultivated, and destructive divisions that need to be overcome? What is the relationship between the Church, cultural diversity and historical change?  

The team of lecturers will include: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Revd Prof Andrew Louth, Revd Prof Nikolaos Loudovikos, Revd Dr John Jillions, Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff, Revd Dragos Herescu, Dr Razvan Porumb, Dr Christoph Schneider

For more details or to enrol please go here.

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We are delighted to invite you all to our first Conversation Day for 2019 which will take place on Friday, 5 April at Wesley House, Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BJ. This Conversation Day will be organised jointly with our friends from Wesley House and its theme is: ‘”In the image and likeness”. Human perfection and disability.’ The two featured speakers in conversation are Revd Professor Frances Young OBE FBA (Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham) and Dr Petre Maican (University of Aberdeen).  All are welcome to attend (there is no participation fee for our Conversation Days).

The programme of our 5 April Conversation Day will be:
6.30 – 7.30 pm: First Session (presentation + brief response + questions and answers)
7.30 – 8 pm: Sandwiches and refreshments
8 – 9 pm: Second Session (presentation + brief response + questions and answers)

For more information on the speakers please go to:

Revd Professor Frances Young – http://www.queens.ac.uk/people/consultants/frances-young

Dr Petre Maican – https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/people/profiles/petre.maican2

You can find a poster for the Conversation Day here. We would be grateful if you could kindly spread the word about this and all our future events.

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Please click here to read/download our latest Newsletter.

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The Institute will be celebrating the Feast Day of St Catherine – our Patron Saint – on Saturday, 24 November. We will begin the day with the Divine Liturgy, which will be celebrated in the college chapel of Wesley House from 10:00 am. The service will be followed by a light and convivial lunch, around 12:30 noon in the Dining Hall of Wesley House. The expressed aim of the day is for people to have a chance to meet each other, talk, make connections, and find out more about the opportunities and developments at IOCS. To help with that, after lunch, Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff, our UK Chair of Friends of IOCS, and Father Dragos Herescu, the Principal of the Institute, will offer two brief presentations about the highlights of the past year.

During the Liturgy, as is traditional, we will by remembering all those, living and departed, who have been our benefactors, praying for each by name. The Roll of Benefactors can be found on our website here.

All are welcome to attend. To enable caterers to prepare accordingly, please let us know if you are attending.

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Together with our friends at The Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, our Institute is co-hosting a talk on ‘Differences and Points of Contact Between Jesuit and Orthodox Theology’. The talk will be delivered by Dr Paul Shore – Adjunct Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Regina and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity in Cambridge. This event will take place on 27 November 2018, from 4.30 pm to 6 pm at the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology, 12 Grange Road, CB3 9DU. Entrance is free.

For a poster of the event please click here.

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Wesley House Cambridge and the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies present a day workshop on the arts, spirituality and the Christian imagination entitled ‘To Sound the Depths of Love Divine’. The event will take place in Cambridge, at Wesley House, on Saturday 1 December 2018, from 10am to 3pm.

Participation is free, but those interested need to register at: soundthedepths.eventbrite.co.uk Please note that places are limited.

For more details on the event please click here.

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