The Huffington Ecumenical Institute at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles is hosting a fascinating symposium in March on ecclesiological questions facing Eastern Christians in North America: "Pan-Orthodoxy in North America: Towards a Local Church." Held Friday March 16 and Saturday March 17, it promises to be a fantastic two days.
The organizers, including the theologian and Orthodox deacon Nicholas Denysenko, tell us this about the symposium:
The 2012 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium presents Pan-Orthodoxy in North America: Towards a Local Church on March 16-17, 2012. Come to enjoy food and fellowship, and to hear Orthodox and Catholic experts explain the history of Orthodoxy in North America, discuss the problem of uniting several jurisdictions into one church, and introduce a clear view of North American Pan-Orthodoxy through liturgical music, social justice, and the parish.
If you are in the area, or feel like escaping the doldrums of March (late winter blahs combined with fasting-induced anemia), by all means come to hear some fascinating people including Peter Bouteneff from St. Vladimir's Seminary, Michael Plekon from Baruch College in the City University of New York, Susan Wood from Marquette University, and one especially obscure fellow, Adam DeVille, author of a book you may have come across: Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity.
Further details about the symposium, and registration, may be found at the Institute's website here.