Our first regular meeting of 2012 will be at St. Mary's Byzantine Catholic Church, 7782 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, Oh 44512-582 http://www.stmarysbyzantine.org Phone/Fax: (330) 726-8573. St. Mary's is our chapter's home base. The meeting will be Tuesday January 10 at 7 p.m. Father George Gage, pastor of St. Mary's will speak on "The Miracle of Damascus, Church Unity: Priority or Apathy?."
Second meeting: Tuesday, March 13, 7 p.m., Bishop John of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Parma will speak on a topic of interest related to The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. The meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, 526 West Rayen Avenue in Youngstown. This will be the first time our chapter has met at Holy Trinity. The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary this past year.
Third meeting: Tuesday the 8th of May, 7 pm at St. Mark's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Liberty Township. Our speaker will be Dr. Edith Humphrey, William F. Orr Professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She will speak on the topic: "It is Not Good...to be Alone: Gender, Sexuality and Communion in the Bible and the Christian Tradition". As an Orthodox Christian, she will lead us in an investigation of the God-given gift of communion in marriage, as seen in the Bible and Tradition, an analysis of how some contemporary theologians are misinterpreting the Bible and Tradition so as to make a space for same-sex "unions,"Â and a discussion of distorted eroticism, how it is being approved by many today, and the challenges that this brings to those engaging in it, to society at large, and to the twenty-first century Church. Dr. Humphrey will have for sale copies of her new book, Grand Entrance: Worship on Earth As in Heave.
Fourth meeting: Tuesday, July 10, 7 pm at St. Mary and St. John the Beloved Coptic Orthodox Convent, 8640 Squires Lane, Warren, Ohio, 44484. The Coptic Orthodox Church purchased St. Mary and St. John the Beloved Convent on February 1, 2011. Before the Coptic Orthodox Church, the convent was home to Benedictine sisters of the Byzantine Catholic Church. As the first Coptic convent serving ladies outside of Egypt, this center follows the coenobitic, or communal, monastic life. Consecrated for service, the sisters of St. Mary and St. John the Beloved Convent aid members of the community in addition to offering the prayers and meditations of daily monastic life. Our speaker for the evening will be Doctor Joseph Ragheb, MD, teaching Egyptian Culture and Coptic Orthodox Church History at the U. of Pittsburgh. He'll address these topics in his talk to our chapter.
Fifth meeting: Tuesday, September 4, at 7 pm. The meeting will be at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church, 7782 Glenwood Ave., Boardman, OH 44512, (330)726-8573. Parish priest, Fr. George D. Gage. Our speaker will be Fr. Deacon Andrew Rubis of the Albanian Orthodox Church, Diocese of America (Patriarchate of Constantinople). The topic will be: The Albanians of the East in the West: A look at the Greek Rite Albanians in Italy and the Orthodox Albanians in North America.
Sixth Meeting: Monday, November 12 at 7 pm. It will be held at St. Mark Antiochian Orthodox Church, located at 3560 Logan Way -(Youngstown) Liberty Township, OH. Mailing address: P.O. BOXÂ 148, Youngstown, Ohio, 44501. Priest: V.Â Rev. Fr. Daniel Rohan, Church Phone: 330-759-8383, email: email@example.com. The speaker will be Fr. Radu Bordeianu, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Theology at Duquesne University, "Overlapping Jurisdictions: Promises and Pitfalls for Orthodox-Catholic Unity."
"The speaker will first explore the current jurisdictional situation within Orthodox and Catholic families (the latter including Roman and Byzantine Catholic Churches), focusing on the existence of various jurisdictions in the same territory of each Church. Then he will speak of the disadvantages of the present situation, as well as the way in which it could provide a model for further unity between Orthodox and Catholics. A brief discussion of the Papacy in a united Church will conclude the presentation." +++ On this evening our chapter prayed Great Vespers in commemoration of our patronal feast day of St. John Chrysostom and venerated a relic of the saint.+++