Fundraising for IOCS Anniversary icon – Christ the Teacher

Our Institute has commissioned a new icon from UK-based renowned iconographer and Research Associate of IOCS, Aidan Hart ( to mark the 25th anniversary of IOCS, Cambridge. Aidan has had over 40 years of experience in the field of iconography, having published and taught on the theme both from a theoretical/theological, but also from a practical point of view.

The icon IOCS has commissioned will represent Christ the teacher, with a few ‘personalised’ elements to reflect our Institute’s unique ethos and location. Thus, the book held by Christ in the icon will show the verse: ‘That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe you sent me.’ This verse reflects the Institute’s vocation towards the unity and communion of the Church, both on the pan-Orthodox level as well as on the ecumenical one.

The icon will also depict in the background the Cambridge University Library as a symbol of the scholarship that lies at the heart of our Institute’s activity (right hand-side), as well as a fragment of the old Wesley House college (currently Jesus College) which is where the Institute started its mission 25 years ago (left hand-side).

The artist has kindly supplied us with a sketch of the future icon, which will measure approximately 42 X 34cm. You can see the beautiful sketch above, while the picture below gives us an idea of the colour scheme the artist has in mind.

The Institute has already received a £2,000 donation from an anonymous donor towards the cost of the icon’s production, but we still need to raise another £4,000.

We thus appeal to you, our friends, alumni and supporters to help make this unique project a reality by donating below! Any donation amount is greatly needed and appreciated, and all donors will receive updates as the project progresses.

Donors who contribute to the icon fund will receive a high-quality print of the icon, once the project is finished.

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