Walsingham Conference 2015: Some Highlights

Our Annual Summer Conference sadly came to a close today.

It was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham and was both a pilgrimage and a conference on the theme of Pilgrimage.


Here are some highlights from our Facebook Page

A full report, including many of the talks,  will appear in the next edition of Forerunner.
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Friday 3rd July:
Metropolitan Kallistos addresses the OFSJB conference on Sacred Space: the Presence of God in Thin Places

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Saturday 4th July:

A really fascinating talk about Russian Pilgrimage to Mount Athos by Dr Nicholas Fennell  Watch out for the millennium celebrations of Russians on Athos in 2016!

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Metropolitan Kallistos sprinkles the pilgrims at the Fellowship’s summer conference/

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This was followed by a potted history of Orthodoxy in Walsingham by Fr Philip Steer.
An earlier written version of the talk can be found here [pdf]

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Did you know that St Nikolai Velimirovic served the Liturgy here several times after being released from Dachau concentration camp? St Nikolai, pray to God for us!


In the afternoon, Fr Pancratios Sanders challenged us to go on more pilgrimages in the right spirit: to the Holy Land, to sites of martyrdom, to monasteries, wonder – working icons… and to sites associated with British Saints like Holywell.


The panel at the Fellowship summer conference: Fr Pancratios Sanders, Metropolitan Kallistos, Dr Nicholas Fennell and Fr Philip Steer. Led by our new Fellowship Chairman, Bede Gerrard.

Challenging questions on how much hardship a pilgrim should endure, expecting the unexpected and what their top tips would be for a Pilgrimage Survival Guide.

Sunday 5th July:

So the Fellowship summer conference came to a fitting end with the Divine Liturgy, where Metropolitan Kallistos reminded us that we are icons of the cherubim, participating in the eternal Divine Liturgy where Christ is both He that offers and He that is offered.

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There was lots of time to make friends and meet new people too:

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Enjoy a real coffee with Sister Vassa in Oxford!

You may be familiar with the YouTube sensation “Coffee with Sister Vassa” but now is your opportunity to have a real cup of coffee with her. You will also learn from two of the most eminent Orthodox Theologians in the UK, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Father Andrew Louth of Durham University. This time on a weightier theme.

The Women’s Ministries Initiative is hosting its second study day, looking at themes of Personhood, the Individual, Solitude and Loneliness. 

Full details can be found on the Women’s Ministries page

Women’s Ministries Initiative: Networking, Educating, Communicating

Women and Men in Christ, let us see the Church flourish with positive changes

Women’s Ministries Initiative

Study Day Series on Anthropology and Theology

The Person and the Individual:

Solitude and Loneliness’

17 October 2015 in Oxford, at Lady Margaret Hall

Speakers: Metropolitan Kallistos Ware (Oxford),

 Sister Vassa Larin (Vienna) and Rev’d Prof Andrew Louth (Durham)


From 10am – arrivals, registration, tea-coffee*  at Talbot Hall, Lady Margaret Hall

10:30 – Welcome and Presentation on the Women’s Ministries Initiative

11:00 – Metropolitan Kallistos Ware – Introduction to the theme

11:30 – Sr Vassa Larin: ‘Solitude vs. Loneliness in the Age of the Internet’ followed by discussion

13:00 – Lunch*

14:00 – Prof Andrew Louth: ‘Philosophical Approaches to Personhood: East and West’ followed by discussion

16:00 – Departure

*n.b. Bookings for food and drink  including tea and coffee have now closed for late registrants (after 1st September). You are welcome to bring your own food and drink to this event.

For registration and membership enquiries please contact Dr Elena Narinskaya.

Please register in advance (Elenarinskaya @yahoo.co.uk). Membership forms can be send via e-mail on request.


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