A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Bishop Maxim met with the Most Blessed John X, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

On Monday, July 27, 2015, Bishop Maxim met with the Most Blessed John X (Yazigi), Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East and presented as a gift the book on Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija. Patriarch John thanked the Serbian Bishop and compared the persecution of Serbs in Kosovo, the cradle of Serbian people, with the suffering of Christians in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity. Yet so many instances of persecution against Orthodox and other Christian populations both in Syria and in Kosovo have gone unnoticed and unreported by our media. In these countries Christians are at best second-class citizens, and are sometimes even treated as aliens in their own countries, denied basic civil rights and the protection of law.

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The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija was presented in Paris

The book on Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija was presented in Paris on Monday, June 29, 2015, at 19h at l'Auditorium Jean XXIII de la Mutuelle Saint-Christophe, 277 rue Saint-Jacques.

Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese spoke about the theological and historical significance of the book. Raphaëlle Ziadé, a specialist of the byzantine art, from Réunion des Musées nationaux, explained some of the most prominent aspects of the Serbia's medieval visual art in Kosovo and Metohija. She emphasized particulary the a new humanism which characterizes these works, and it was this style that served as a basis for what Gabriel Millet termed “the Byzantine Renaissance.” Jean-François Colosimo, director of Editions du Cerf offered a wider perspective on the position of Christians in the Middle East.

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Иконопишимо нашу цркву

Српска Православна Парохија Свете Параскеве Сан Маркос и Организациони одбор дана 18. септембра 2015. године организују Вече Републике Српске

ИКОНОПИШИМО НАШУ ЦРКВУ!

Циљ нашег окупљања јесте скупљање помоћи за иконописање Цркве Свете Петке у Сан Маркосу.

Програм:

- 17.30 Вечерње
- 18.00 Вечера и програм

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Jazz Under The Stars

Please join Lifeline New York (Patron: HRH Crown Princess Katherine) for a special evening on Friday, July 24th at 6:30PM for a performance of Jazz Under The Stars with award winning Jazz vocalist and Vogue IT girl, Sofija Knezevic.

Also, Special Guest of Honor to-be-announced.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

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Упокојио се Славољуб Славко Пановић (1936 - 2015)

У петак 3. јула 2015. године у 80. години живота престало је да куца племенито срце Славољуба Славка Пановића, родом  из Ратине код Краљева у Србији, од оца Богдана и мајке Дивне Пановић.

Дугогодишњи председник Српске Народне Одбране у Америци, члан епархиског савета eпархије Новограчаничке и Средњeзападно Америчке, бивши председник и члан Српске Православне Цркве Св. Ђорђа у Источном Чикагу, члан Српске Православне Св. Симеона Мироточивог у Чикагу и бивши подпредседник Српске Православне Цркве Старог Васкрсења Христовог на Палмер Скверу у Чикагу.

Славко је пензионисан из Hektoen Institute at Cook County Hospital као микробиолог. Пре доласка у Америку радио је као контролор лета у Србији.

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Presentation of the book The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija

The Serbian Diocese for Western Europe invites you to a presentation of the book The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija on Monday, June 29, 2015, at 19h at l'Auditorium Jean XXIII de la Mutuelle Saint-Christophe 277 rue Saint-Jacques Paris 75005 (métro: Port-Royal).

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Уметност и стварност српским очима

Књига „Уметност и стварност српским очима” Светлане Ракић, која предаје историју уметности на Френклин колеџу у Френклину, Индијана, представљена је јуче у Библиотеци града. Рођена у Сарајеву, др Светлана Ракић је студије историје уметности завршила у Београду. Докторирала је на Универзитету Индијане у Блумингтону, САД. Објавила је две студије о српским иконама из БиХ, монографију о савременом америчком сликару српског порекла Александру Марковићу, и низ чланака у часописима САД.

Ауторка је рекла да није реч о антологији, и да је могло још уметника да се нађе у њој. Ипак, изабрала је 21 српског сликара, на чијим се делима, насталим после 1992, види одраз друштвено-политичке стварности, сликара који су, како је рекла, доживели прекрајање карте Балкана, били сведоци транзиције и нових геостратешких подела, који су прешли трновит пут од вере у свеопшти напредак, до сумње у сопствени идентитет. Реч је о Милану Блануши, Милутину Драгојловићу, Владимиру Дуњићу, Душану Оташевићу, Велизару Крстићу, Даници Масниковић, Тијани Фишић, и другима.

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Holy Missionaries Mardarije (Uskokovic) and Sebastian (Dabovich) Newly Proclaimed Saints of the Orthodox Church

The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29th, 2015, added the names of Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) and Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic), the Clergymen and Preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of the holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church.

The Holy Assembly has done this upon the recommendation of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.

The Holy Assembly has established that the permanent annual commemoration of the Holy Hierarch Mardarije be on December 12, and Father Sebastian on November 30, when the Divine Liturgy will be served and the service chanted (hymns, troparion, and kontakion) and having their icons piously venerated.

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Monograph ‘The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija’ presented to the British Library in London

On 11 May 2015 a delegation led by His Grace Bishop Maxim, of the Western American diocese, and His Excellency Dr Ognjen Pribicevic, Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the United Kingdom, visited the British Library (The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB) and presented a copy of the monograph 'The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija: the Historical and Spiritual Heartland of the Serbian People' (an expanded edition of the book 'The Endowments of Kosovo – Monuments and Testimonies of the Serbian people', published in Serbian in 1987). The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and it houses the most valuable manuscripts, printed and digital books and materials in all formats in all languages. Many of the most valuable books and manuscripts, periodicals, patents, maps and drawings are kept here. For this reason the British Library is regarded as one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.

The high level delegation, with His Grace Bishop Maxim and His Excellency Ambassador Dr Pribicevic, included HRH Princess Katarina Karadjordjevic; Father Sava, Abbot of the Decani Monastery (in Kosovo and Metohija); Father Dimitrije, Hieromonk of Decani Monastery; Mr Sava Pejic, former curator in the British Library; Mr Petar Agbaba, President of the London Parish Church Council; Father Goran Spaic and Father Dragan Lazic, London parish priests. The delegation was met by Mr Milan Grba, Curator of the South Eastern European Studies, who with his colleagues arranged a tour of the Library and an exhibition of some of the most valuable Serbian books kept in the British Library.

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Art and Reality: Serbian Perspectives

Art and Reality: Serbian Perspectives
Friday, May 1, 2015, 6:00 pm
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)

Please join the East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a talk by Svetlana Rakić.

Rakić will present some of the most recent trends in Serbian two-dimensional art. Selected examples testify to the diversity, vibrancy, and beauty of art produced in this troubled country during the turbulent past two decades. Having witnessed their former country, Yugoslavia, torn apart by civil war, and their ‘new’ country, Serbia, crippled by NATO bombings, political intrigues, corruption, staggering unemployment, and bleak prospects for recovery, these artists have turned to the creative potential of the human imagination to escape, confront, and comment on a situation over which they have no control. Despite the specificity of the conditions under which Serbian artists live and work, their works of art – poignant, inspiring, humorous, or despairing – touch a responsive chord in the viewer that attests to their success at achieving an expression that is both universal and human.

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People Directory

Peter Tomich

Peter Tomich (June 3rd, 1893 - December 7th, 1941) was born in Prolog, at that time in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. For his courage during the raid on Pearl Harbor he was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

During World War I he served in the US Army. After enlisting in the United States Navy in January 1919, he initially served on the destroyer Litchfield.

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Publishing

Knowing the Purpose of Creation through the Resurrection

Proceedings of the Symposium on St. Maximus the Confessor

The present volume is a collection of presentations delivered at the St Maximus the Confessor International Symposium held in Belgrade at the University of Belgrade from 18 to 21 October 2012. The Belgrade Symposium brought together the following speakers: Demetrios Bathrellos, Grigory Benevitch, Calinic Berger, Paul Blowers, David Bradshaw, Adam Cooper, Brian Daley, Paul Gavrilyuk, Atanasije Jevtić, Joshua Lollar, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Maximos of Simonopetra, Ignatije Midić, Pascal Mueller-Jourdan, Alexei Nesteruk, Aristotle Papanikolaou, George Parsenios, Philipp Gabriel Renczes, Nino Sakvarelidze, Torstein Tollefsen, George Varvatsoulias, Maxim Vasiljević, Christos Yannaras, and John Zizioulas. The papers and discussions in this volume of the proceedings of the Belgrade Symposium amply attest to the reputation of Saint Maximus the Confessor as the most universal spirit of the seventh century, and perhaps the greatest thinker of the Church. Twenty eight studies have been gathered in the present volume, which is organized into eight chapters, each of them corresponding to the proceedings of the Symposium, all of which are of intense interest and importance. Chapter One brings to light new evidence regarding the sources, influences, and appropriations of St Maximus’ teaching. His mediatorial role as one of the few genuinely ecumenical theologians of the patristic era is acknowledged and affirmed. Chapter Two offers some crucial clarifications on the relationship between person, nature, and freedom. In Chapter Three we find substantial discussion on body, pathos, love, eros, etc. New interpretive paradigms and insights are proposed in Chapter Four, while the next chapter presents the Confessor’s cosmological perspective in light of modern scientific discoveries. Some important ontological and ecclesiological issues are discussed in Chapter Six, while in Chapter Seven we are able to see what contemporary synthesis is possible through St Maximus’ thought. Chapter Eight offers further readings by engaging younger scholars who did not present their papers at the conference but whose studies were accepted by the organizers. In the final paper we find an important overview of the Symposium with a description of the conference’s flow. In an age of plurality and division, it is particularly important to know what our Tradition—shaped by the Fathers—can teach us. In any such endeavor, Saint Maximus the Confessor stands out as the most important theologian of the so-called Byzantine period. Yet his theology, assimilated and incorporated by Tradition, has relevance beyond any single historical period; in fact, the Confessor’s efforts to mediate between East and West distinguish his work as vital for contemporary theological discourse.

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