Saturday the 17th of January, 2009 marked the end of yet another successful children's camp at the New Kalenic Monastery in Canberra. The camp, for children aged 7-12 years, lasted one week, with over 20 children participating. Blessed with beautiful weather all week, the monastery grounds were covered with little footsteps that just couldn't get enough of the sun!
Each day started with a morning church service at 8am, followed by the raising of both the Australian and Serbian flags and the singing of each national anthem. Breakfast was then served and after a short break, camp organisers treated the kids to either a lesson by one of our spiritual leaders or an activity like making prayer beads or colouring in pictures of bishops, priests and deacons. Following lunch and even more activities, the children and their counsellors headed back up to the church for the evening service.
Renowned liturgist The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert F. Taft, S.J. will present the keynote address at an international academic symposium titled “The Past and Future of Liturgical Theology: Celebrating the Legacy of Father Alexander Schmemann,” to be held at St. Vladimir’s Seminary (SVS), from January 29–31, 2009.
British statesman Winston Churchill once referred to Uganda as "the Pearl of Africa's Crown," with its equatorial snow-capped mountains, breathtaking waterfalls originating from the headwaters of the Nile at Lake Victoria, and over 3,400 species of birds and magnificent mountain gorillas. Today, Uganda secures Churchill's epithet by offering tourists white water rafting through turbulent rivers and exotic treks around shimmering lakes, creating an almost mythic lost kingdom for visitors.
But 3rd-year St. Vladimir's seminarian Troy Hamilton saw another, more circumspect view of the country when he visited the northern region around the small town of Gulu over his winter semester break, January 1-12, 2009. Snubbing the superlative camping spots and spectacular national parks, he saw people. People recovering from a civil war that had decimated villages and forced their resettlement in United Nations refugee camps where they lingered for decades. People without ambition. People reluctant to rebuild their hometowns after their kinfolk and children had been beaten, raped, maimed, forced to march to exhaustion, or sold into virtual slavery as concubines and soldiers by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
Although being at the first glance a purely Muslim republic with strong national traits and traditions, Tatarstan has many venerated shrines of the Russian Orthodox Church. The capital of Tatarstan itself observes the strict rule that regulates the number of churches and mosques within the city limits.
The region boasts unique Russian churches and monasteries that are stunningly picturesque, yet in the middle of nowhere, with the mighty Volga on one side and virgin wood covering steep slopes on the other.
A church in the east end of Glasgow is to be consecrated as the first place of worship for the Romanian Orthodox Church in Scotland. Shettleston Old Parish Church will host a special inauguration ceremony at 3pm this Sunday as it becomes the home for Romanian Orthodox followers in the city.
Serbian Tennis Star NovakDjokovic spent Christmas Eve with the faithful of the St. Nicholas SerbianOrthodox Church in Wolloongabba, Brisbane.
Our youngest among the faithful were especially thrilled with his presence andtook advantage of this unique opportunity to ask for his autograph. Mr. ZeljkoGrbic, president of this Church-School Congregation gifted Nole with a 2009Serbian Orthodox Planner, which is published by the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.