2016 Symposium: The Family as the Temple of Prayer
The Sts. Cyril & Athanasius Institute is pleased to announce its fourth regional symposium in southern California, on the theme of The Family as the Temple of Prayer, to take place in Riverside, CA (near LA) from 4th-5th June 2016.
This fourth symposium in Riverside will address the way that the family stands front-and-center in the Christian life, as the locus of prayer in the home and the venue for spiritual growth in concert with the Temple itself. As always, our symposia bring together leading Orthodox lecturers. This year’s speakers include Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), Priest Timothy Pavlatos, Archpriest Josiah Trenham, Mother Melania of Calistoga, and Matushka Natalia Kotar. Talks are combined with celebration of the Divine Services, panel discussions, opportunities for fellowship and many other dimensions that make these weekends important and prayerful events.
Our symposium on the family will take place in beautiful Riverside, CA – just outside of Los Angeles. The two-day conference will be hosted in the prayerful surroundings of vibrant St. Andrew Orthodox Church, where the Institute has held its symposia for the southern region for the past three years.
(Important note: Specific timings on this program remain tentative, and the daily schedule is subject to change.)!
Saturday, 4th June 2016:
- 7:30 – Orthros (matins) at St Andrew Orthodox Church
- 8:00 – Divine Liturgy
- 9:00 – Registration opens; light continental breakfast service during registration
- 9:45 – Opening prayer and welcome by V. Revd. Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg)
- 10:00 – Lecture I – Priest Timothy Pavlatos: “Face to Face and Heart to Heart – Connecting Through Christ for Healthier Family Relationships”
- 11:15 – Coffee
- 11:30 – Lecture II – Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg): “In the Church and With the Church: The Parish and the Raising Up of Children in the Community”
- 12:30 – Lunch
- 1:30 – Panel Discussion
- 2:30 – Lecture III – Matushka Natalia Kotar (Seattle, WA): “The Orthodox Family and the Orthodox Home”
- 3:45 – Tea break
- 4:15 – Additional Panel Discussion (time permitting)
- 5:00 – Vespers, celebrated by local clergy
- 6:45 – Dinner, with time for fellowship with conference speakers and participants
Sunday, 5th June 2016:
- 9:00 – Orthros and Divine Liturgy (10:00), concelebrated by participant clergy, together with local clergy and any symposium participating clergy who may wish to concelebrate
- 12:00 – Lunch
- 1:30 – Lecture IV – Mother Melania (Superior, Holy Ascension Monastery, Calistoga): “One Way of Life, Two Ways to Live It: Marriage and Monasticism”
- 2:30 – Lecture V – Archpriest Josiah Trenham: “The Typikon of the Domestic Church”
- 3.30 – Panel Discussion
- 4:15 – Closing Remarks & Thanks
- 4:00 – Departure
* Please note that talk titles are tentative and subject to adjustment by the speakers.
- Travel and Arrival Details – Instructions on arriving by car, as well as by air at the nearby Ontario regional airport, which allows for very affordable flights into the area.
- Accommodation Options – Accommodation is not provided as part of the symposium registration fee; however, you can click this link to be provided with information on suggested nearby hotels / B&Bs at a reasonable rate.
- Cost– As in the past, we have worked this year to create a world-class symposium and to provide it at an extremely reasonable rate. Registration includes attendance at all symposium sessions and lectures, note-taking materials and program, as well as coffee, tea and light refreshments between sessions.
- Advance Registration: $60 – For registrations received and processed on-line prior to the week of the symposium ($10 off the at-the-door price).
- At the Door (Walk-In): $85 – For all registrations received after the Advance Registration deadline, or for those who register at the door.
- One-Day-Only Registrations (either Saturday or Sunday): $30 (advance booking) / $43 (at the door) – please note that one-day-only registrations cannot be made online, and must be made over the telephone.
- Discounts: We also offer the following registration discounts:
- Certificate Program Student Discount (25% bursary): Open to all actively enrolled students in the Institute’s Certificate Program in Orthodox Studies (must be currently enrolled and active in a module).
- Orthodox Clergy Discount (25% bursary): Open to Orthodox hierarchs, priests and deacons.
- Orthodox Monastic Discount (50% bursary): Open to Orthodox monks and nuns (including novices) who are enrolled in a community and have no employment outside their monastery.
- Family Attendance Discount: Open to families with four or more family members attending the symposium together; one family member’s registration is free.
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Each year we have been at full occupancy at our Riverside symposia, so we strongly encourage you to register early to secure a place — and to save money with our eadvance registration discounts.
To register right now: Sorry, registration is now closed as the event has concluded!
Never been to one of the Institute’s symposia before? Take a moment to learn about these events and gain a ‘taste’ for what is offered: read photo reports on our 2015 symposium on ‘The Desert, a City: Living the Christian Life in the Midst of the World’; our 2014 symposia on ‘Martyrdom: Past, Present and Future’ in San Francisco and Riverside; our 2013 symposia on ‘Prayer in the Church Fathers’ with Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) in San Francisco and Riverside; and our 2012 symposium on ‘Living Symbol: The Inner Meaning of the Divine Liturgy’ in San Francisco.
Open to all: Participation in this symposium is open to everyone, of every background.
Accommodation: 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 the Riverside venue.
Please note that all payments to the Institute consitute an agreement to our Payments & Refunds Policy.