Study weekends

Learn about the Orthodox faith and experience parish life

Our study weekends are held annually. Usually, they alternate with making a detailed study of one aspect of the Bible, or exploring a theme in the Fathers. Speakers with expertise in the field are invited to share their knowledge on the topic. They are friendly events and not designed to be too intellectual or academic.

More than that, though, study weekends are an opportunity to get to know another parish, where you will be warmly welcomed and hosted by that community. You will find out about their parish, their local area and community, and most study weekends have opportunities to visit sites of local interest. They can also include brief excursions or pilgrimages. Some parishes choose to host guests too, and usually some meals are provided (check your booking carefully – as this varies depending on the host parish).

At our study weekends people form lifelong friendships with fellow Orthodox Christians in other parts of the country, and also come away with their spiritual batteries recharged.

  • 2022 – Patristic theme, details to be confirmed
  • 2021 – The Psalms: Prayerbook of the Church. Hosted by the Parish of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge
  • 2020 – Truth in the Face of Heresy: Spiritual Life in the Witness of Saint Irenaeus of Lyons. Hosted by the Parish of St Dunstan, Poole, Dorset
  • 2019 – Truth, Love and Fellowship in the Epistles of Saint John. Hosted by the Parish of St Demetrios, Edmonton, north London
  • 2018 – Salvation in the Writings of Father Sophrony. Hosted by the Parish of St Luke, Erdington, Birmingham
  • 2017 – Holiness in the Bible. Hosted by the Parish of St Andrew the Apostle, Edinburgh
  • 2016 – What Are Priests For? Hosted by the Parish of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Walsall, Birmingham
  • 2015 – The Mother of God in the Bible. Hosted by the Parish of St John the Baptist and St Alban the Protomartyr, Luton
  • 2014 – Transfiguration: The Icon as Text and Mission. Hosted by the Parish of St Anne, Northampton
  • 2013 – Symbolism in the Gospel of Saint John. Hosted by the Parish of the Holy Apostles, Leyland, Preston
  • 2012 – The Macarian Homilies: life, love and prayer. Hosted by the Parish of All Saints of Lincolnshire, Lincoln
  • 2011 – Song of Songs: mystical prayer, poetry and worship in daily life.
  • 2010 – Life, work and writings of Saint John of Kronstadt. Hosted by the Parish of St John of Kronstadt, Bath
  • 2009 – How to study the Bible. Hosted by the Parish of St Aidan, Manchester
  • 2008 – Saint Augustine of Hippo. Hosted by the Parish of St Botolph, London
  • 2007 – Living the tradition: marriage and sexuality. Hosted by the Parish of the Nativity of the Mother of God, Bristol
  • 2006 – The Jesus Prayer. Nottingham
  • 2005 – Saint Irenaeus of Lyons. Hosted by the Parish of the Holy Fathers of Nicaea, Shrewsbury
  • 2001-2004 – no study weekends held
  • 2000 – A school for the Lord’s service: Monasticism and our everyday life. Oxford
  • 1999 – The symbolism of the Jerusalem Temple. Oxford
  • 1998 – St Gregory Palamas. Oxford
  • 1997 – The Epistles of St John. Oxford
  • 1996 – The Epistle of St Paul to the Romans. Oxford
  • 1995 – St Symeon the New Theologian. Oxford
  • 1994 – Prophecy. Oxford
  • 1993 – Theosis. Oxford
  • 1992 – St Mark’s Gospel. Wimbledon, London
  • 1991 – St Maximos the Confessor. Oxford
  • 1990 – The Book of Revelation. Oxford
  • 1989 – The Philokalia: St Hesychios, On Watchfulness and Holiness, vol I. Oxford
  • 1988 – The Book of Psalms. Stepney, London
  • 1987 – “A Commentary on the Divine Liturgy” by Nicholas Cabasilas. Oxford
  • 1986 – The Old Testament with special reference to the Book of Deuteronomy. Wimbledon, London
  • 1985 – What is a Priest? St John Chrysostom Six Books On The Priesthood. Oxford
  • 1984 – On Reading the Holy Scriptures. Wimbledon, London
  • 1983 – Introduction to Reading the Fathers (St John of Damascus, On the Divine Images). Wimbledon, London

2017: Holiness in the Bible

Edinburgh, Parish of St Andrew the Apostle. We had interesting talks on the theme of holiness and specific references to holiness and salvation, as well as two Divine Liturgies, a tour of Edinburgh, prayers at the relics of St Andrew and a Burns Supper!

St Irenaeus of Lyons

2020: Truth and Heresy

Poole, Parish of St Dunstan. Bishop Irenei of London and Western Europe gave a detailed account of St Irenaeus’ approach. We had a memorial for Saturday of the Souls and Divine Liturgy together.

2021: The Psalms – Prayerbook of the Church

Cambridge, Parish of St John the Evangelist. The speakers gave an introduction to the Book of Psalms, how they are used in liturgical life, gave a way to read Christ’s work through the Psalms and praying the Psalms in monastic life.

My dear friend, you are so faithful in the work you do for your fellow-Christians, even when they are strangers.

3 John 1:5

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