Distance Learning Programme
Latest News and Forthcoming Events
IOCS invites you all to an Open Day on 22 November 2014 which will take place at Palamas House (IOCS) including a service at St Andrew’s Church in Chesterton. The Open Day will start with a Liturgy for the Patronal Feast of St Catherine of Alexandria, the Patroness of our Institute, the Feast of SS. Cecilia and Kallistos, and Commemoration of Benefactors (in St Andrew’s Church, Church Street, Chesterton). The service will be followed by a festive light lunch in the library of the Institute, from 1-2pm. From 2-3pm Dr Christine Mangala Frost will give a talk on ‘A Journey from Hinduism to Orthodox Christian Faith’. The day will end with the Annual General Meeting of Members from 3.15pm onwards. More details »
The Institute is very excited to announce the newly developed Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology programme by Distance Learning - a course run jointly with the Cambridge Theological Federation and validated by Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). Our Institute has run this course successfully face-to-face in Cambridge for 15 years and we are very proud to be able to offer it now also to people from all over the world!
Cambridge Liturgical Psalter - Now as an AUDIO BOOK
A reading by the Principal, Professor David Frost, of the complete Book of Psalms (Cambridge Liturgical Psalter version) is now available as an audio book from AUDIBLE, price £14.49, but only £3.99 if you take out membership of Audible. The recording is also available from iTunes and Amazon.
Buying the Cambridge Liturgical Psalter Audio Book is another way you can help IOCS, because for every person who gets the recording at reduced membership price, the publisher gets a bounty of $50! Purchase here »
Provisional programme now available
The Institute is pleased to announce our annual conference, taking place between 8-10 September, at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. The conference will address the topic: Logos – Cosmos – Eros. Horizons and Limitations of Russian Religious Philosophy.
For other information about the conference, including rates and how to register, please see preliminary flyer here »
Institute Visiting Professor Publishes Major Study
Father Demetrios Bathrellos, Visiting Professor at the Institute, Distance Learning Tutor, and a Doctoral Supervisor, has published 1 April 2014 a major study of debates at the Council of Ferrara-Florence (1431 -1445) that were concerned with one of the three major issues that divided East and West, the doctrine of Purgatory. Dr Bathrellos suggests that if the Greek position had been accepted, one obstacle to reunion would have been removed, the Roman Church might have repudiated practices that triggered the further splits of western Protestantism, and Christendom could have achieved a common mind that begins to emerge only in the late twentieth century.
The paper is to be found in THE JOURNAL OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES (Oxford University Press) (2014)65 (1),78-121: Demetrios Bathrellos, 'Love, Purification and Forgiveness versus Justice, Punishment, and Satisfaction: The Debates on Purgatory and the Forgiveness of Sins at the Council of Ferrara-Florence' (doi: 10.1093/jts/flu030). For the author's pre-text version of the paper, click here. »
Synaxis of the Primates of the Orthodox Churches (Phanar, March 6-9, 2014) At the invitation of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Primates of all the Orthodox Autocephalous Churches gathered from March 6-9, 2014, for a Sacred Synaxis at the Phanar in order to deliberate on matters pertaining to the entire Orthodox Church throughout the world and procedural issues for the convocation of the Holy and Great Council, whose preparation is coming to an end. The Institute is pleased to disseminate information about this significant event in the life of the Orthodox Church. You can read the concluding common declaration here »
Yoga and Christianity: click here to listen to Dr Christine Mangala Frost's recent contribution on the BBC Radio 4 programme on Yoga.
The Institute is pleased to advertise the new series of Community Lecture Days for 2014. The unifying theme of these lectures is ‘Orthodoxy in the Contemporary World’. Dates and lecture titles:
1. 22nd February: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware, Orthodox Theology in the 21st Century
2. 29th March: Revd Dr Christopher Knight (International Society for Science and Religion/IOCS), Orthodox Theology and the Sciences
3. 26th April: Dr Adrian Pabst (University of Kent), Orthodoxy and the Political
4. 31st May: Dr Krastu Banev (University of Durham), War and Peace in Christian Orthodoxy
5. 28th June: Dr Christoph Schneider (IOCS), Towards an Orthodox Understanding of Faith and Reason
Every Community Day will take place at our new building, Palamas House, 25-27 High Street Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1ND
Fee per person for each day: £30 (including lunch and coffee) / Students fee: £15 / Reduced upfront payment for all 5 days: £120
The Institute does not wish finance to be an obstacle. If you would like to come but are unable to pay the whole fee, please get in touch with us. Please click here for more information »
ONLINE COURSE IN NEW TESTAMENT GREEK. The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies recommends a course in New Testament Greek by Distance Learning, for which enrolments will start from March this year. The course is organised and run by Archimandrite Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos, currently a Visiting Lecturer with our Institute. For more information about the course please see the attached leaflet or contact Fr Nikodemus at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Please click here for more information »
Appeal to to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary on behalf of kidnapped Syrian Bishops. Please click here to see the letter which our Principal, Professor David Frost, sent to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary, regarding the kidnapping of Metropolitan Paul Yazigi, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, and Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, the Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo. We urge all our friends to also write to the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary with similar pleas.
IOCS acquires new home! The Institute is delighted to announce the purchase of own premises at 25-27 High Street Chesterton, Cambridge, CB4 1ND. To learn more about this major development in the life of the Institute, please read the Principal's letter here.