New Orthodox Institute for Orthodox Studies Formed in the Western American Diocese

With the blessing of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia and His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America, the Saints Cyril & Athanasius Institute for Orthodox Studies is being established in the Bay Area. It aims to become a new centre for the higher-level study of Orthodox theology, history, thought and practice throughout western North America. The Institute will concentrate its activities around provision of a Licentiate Certificate in Orthodox Christian Studies, offered as a blend of in-class and distance learning instruction, the latter provided through a professionally-designed web site that provides access to video lectures, live chat with lecturers and fellow students, audio interaction, on-line assignment submission and marking, and more.

Next month (February 17-18) the Institute's first regional symposium will take place in San Francisco: "Living Symbol: Exploring the Inner Meaning of the Divine Liturgy" and will feature principal speakers Archimandrite Meletios (Webber), Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) and Archpriest Josiah Trenham. For more information on the Institute and to register for the symposium, please visit the Institute's web page.

Source: ROCOR, Western-American Diocese