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The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute is pleased to announce its second set of regional symposia, to take place both in Nothern California and Southern California (San Francisco and Riverside) from 16th-17th February and 23rd-24th February 2013, on the theme "Prayer in the Church Fathers," with featured speaker Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware).

In Nothern California (San Francisco)16th-17th February, 2013 (Finished!)
In Southern California (Riverside, near LA): 23rd-24th February, 2013 (Finished!)

Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia

This second suite of regional symposia held by the Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies (read a report on last year's symposium) will provide an in-depth exploration of prayer in the life of the Orthodox Church, particularly through the witness of the Fathers of the Church. What is the nature of prayer, in an Orthodox understanding? How do the Church Fathers speak of the practice of prayer, together with its temptations and pitfalls? What is the witness of the Fathers for those faithful, today, who seek to live a life of prayer in accordance with the ancient testimony of the Church?

The principal speaker will be the world-renowned bishop, scholar and pastor, His Eminence Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia, who will speak over two days and at a special optional dinner. Metropolitan Kallistos, who is a bishop of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Diocese of Thyateira and Great Britain, is one of the most well-known voices for Orthodoxy in the English-speaking world. The Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Christian Studies at the University of Oxford for over three decades, Metropolitan Kallistos is perhaps most well-known for his seminal books, The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way, as well as countless books and articles of both a scholarly and lay focus.

Cover of "The Orthodox Church" by Metropolitan Kallistos Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia Cover of "The Orthodox Way" by Metropolitan Kallistos

Additionally, the symposia will feature shorter talks by regional Orthodox pastors and scholars, expanding on the themes of our main lecturer.

Select Your Region for Details

This symposium is being held twice, once in Northern California (San Francisco) and once in Southern California (Riverside/LA area), in order to make participation easier for a wider audience. Please select the location nearest to you for program, details and registration options:

Northern California:
San Francisco

at the Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin

Southern California:
Riverside (LA area)

at St. Andrew Orthodox Church

16-17 February 2013 23-24 February 2013

General Notes

Open to all: Participation in this symposium is open to everyone, of every background, and we warmly invite you to attend and explore the rich heritage of prayer in Orthodox life, through the witness of the Church Fathers, as expounded by one of the great English-speaking pastors and scholars of Orthodox Christianity.

Cost: The cost for the two-day symposium in either location is $80.00 if booked in advance ($95.00 at the door), and includes coffee/tea and light refreshments between sessions (discounts are offered for certain categories of registration). Accommodation is not included in the registration cost; participants travelling from further afield will be provided with details on recommended hotels / B&Bs near to both the San Francisco and Riverside venues.

Registration: Registration is solely through the Institute's web site. We employ PayPal to securely process credit card, e-check and other PayPal-managed on-line transactions. To register, please first select either the San Francisco or Riverside venues, to be taken to the respective program pages with on-line registration links.