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Orientale Lumen EuroEast II Conference In Istanbul May 7 - 10, 2007

Worldwide Orientale Lumen Conference Schedule for 2007 Announced

Contact: Jack Figel (703) 691-8862
President
Eastern Christian Publications

For Immediate Release

Fairfax VA: The Oriental Lumen Conferences will be held in four different cities around the world this coming year. These ecumenical conferences focus on the Christian East and are open to the public, for both lay persons and clergy. The well known presenters come from four main religious groups: Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic and Oriental Orthodox. These conferences encourage ecumenical dialogue (discussion of the similarities and differences among the groups) on a theme through presentations and discussions. The conferences include a variety of prayer services, from a wide range of Church traditions. In this way, the conferences provide a meaningful learning and intellectual discussion, as well as a unique spiritual experience.

The goals, then, of the Orientale Lumen Conferences are to:
-- educate and promote information about the Eastern Christian Churches, their traditions, liturgy, spirituality, monasticism, theology, and more
-- provide an unofficial forum for ecumenical dialogue at the "grass roots" level among lay persons and clergy, as well as integrate senior Church officials and theologians who normally participate in official dialogues.

The Oriental Lumen EuroEast II will be held in Istanbul, from May 7 - 10, 2007. The theme of this conference will be "Liturgical Worship of the Eastern Church". Liturgical worship is the patterned worship followed in the church. The presentations and discussion will relate to this interesting topic, which at the core of the mass and services in the church. The speakers will discuss the conference theme from the perspective of their own tradition. They will include

Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia, Oxford, United Kingdom
Archimandrite Robert Taft, SJ, Pontifical Oriental Institute, Vatican, Rome, Italy
Father Paul McPartlan, The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA
Father Peter Galadza, Sheptytsky Institute, St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Father Andrew Dudchenko, Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Moscow Patriarchate, Kiev, Ukraine
Prof. Gabriele Winkler, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

The conference moderator will be Bishop John Michael Botean, Romanian Greek Catholic Church, Canton, OH, USA. Special guests will include Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, Patriarch Gregorios of Antioch, and Lubomyr Cardinal Husar, head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Church leaders, lay people, monastic clerics and students are invited to attend and participate. These conferences are appreciated and discussed all across the world, and have been topics of meetings in with the religious leaders in the Vatican, Istanbul and London.

The Pope's visit to Istanbul in November, 2006, as well as the official dialogue of Catholic and Orthodox Churches that was held in September, 2006, demonstrate the improved relations among the Christian Churches. The Orientale Lumen conferences function in an unofficial capacity parallel to those official discussions. They are unique because of the extensive participation of lay persons, and because of the involvement of Eastern Catholics -- a small minority within the Catholic Church, and who are rarely represented at other dialogue meetings.

The Istanbul OL Conference is one of the four OL Conferences held this year. The next following conference will be in Washington, DC on June 18 - June 21, 2007. This is the 11th Annual OL Conference in the US. This, the OL Conference XI East, is followed by the OL Conference XI West, which will be in San Diego on June 25 - June 28, 2007. Both OL Conference XI East and West will have the theme of "Icons - Expressions of Our Faith".

The fourth Orientale Lumen Conference will be in Melbourne, Australia, on September 26 - 29, 2007. The theme and presenters will be announced soon.

The Orientale Lumen Conferences have been meeting annually since 1997 in Washington, DC and other locations around the world. Primarily sponsored by the Society of Saint John Chrysostom and Eastern Christian Publications, other co-sponsors include the Halki School of Orthodox Theology in Constantinople, the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and the University of San Diego, in San Diego, CA.

Registration details are available on the website at www.olconference.com or by contacting the Conference Office for a brochure.

Contact:
Jack Figel
Orientale Lumen Conferences
PO Box 192
Fairfax, VA 22038-0192
(703) 691-8862
info@olconference.com

For further information:
Society of Saint John Chrysostom: www.ssjc.org
Eastern Christian Publications: www.ecpubs.com
The Catholic University of America: www.cua.edu
The University of San Diego: www.sandiego.edu

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