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

The Serbian Medieval Cultural Legacy - Exhibit and Celebration

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

East Central European Center

Please honor us with your presence at:

THE SERBIAN MEDIEVAL CULTURAL LEGACY: EXHIBIT AND CELEBRATION

Atrium, 15th floor, International Affairs Building (420 W 118th St.)

January 23, 2015 // 6:30PM–8:30PM

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Episcopal Nativity Greeting by His Grace Bishop Maxim

By the Grace of God Orthodox Bishop of Western America
Grace, Peace and Mercy from the God-Child Christ the Savior

My dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,

On this sacred day of the Nativity and Holy Theophany, we celebrate the greatest Offerings presented to humankind, the gift of the Lord Himself and the gift of eternal life. God the Father gave His Son, and the Son gave Himself so that we might be restored to the life and communion for which we were created.
As we bow in reverence and thanksgiving to the Source of Life, let us offer all our being freely for His Glory and service, sharing in the life, love and peace that will be ours for all eternity in the Church which exists as a constant Theophany.

As we await once again the Coming of the Sun of Righteousness, joyfully proclaiming Come o Lord, I pray that infinite grace and love of God illumine you with the pure peace of Christ Who was born on this day for our salvation.

May the incarnate Word of God, born in the cave and laid in a manger, be with you and those you love, as you walk throughout the New Year by the intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos and all the Saints.

CHRIST IS BORN!

May the New Year of our Lord 2015 Be Blessed!

In the New Born Christ-Child, our Savior,
Bishop of Western America MAXIM

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Chicago Serbian Film Festival

December 5, 6, 7 2014

http://serbianfilmfest.com/

Chicago Serbian FilmFest is an annual celebration of the best in contemporary Serbian cinema. Over the course of three nights, we present carefully selected Serbian movies, which have won over festival audiences around the world. In attendance are guest actors and filmmakers who, after the screenings, engage in Q&A sessions with the audience. Join us this year, so our festival can continue to grow and attract a loyal following.

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Listen and Ask Questions of Serbian Archeologist

at St. Nikola Church, Brookfield, Illinois

Misko Kaludjerovic, a Serbian archeologist, explored many excavations throughout the Serbian territory which proved to be one of the richest finds in Europe. It is an area of our ancestry where many empires, emperors, rulers, and battles, have taken place. Misko will begin a speaking series, introducing the archeological finds in the places of origin of our parishioners and Sunday School children. Please join us for this most insightful archeological journey with a question and answer session for you to gain additional information about your rich Serbian ancestry.

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All-Night Vigil in the Church of Christ the Savior in Arcadia

Eve of the Feast Day of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos
December 3, 2014, 9 p.m. Please join us!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In the Church of Christ the Savior in Arcadia, on December 3, 2014, the Eve of the Feast Day of the Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos, there will be served an All-Night Vigil (Feast Day Vigil and Divine Liturgy) which will begin at 9 p.m.

His Grace, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, Abbot of the Tvrdos Monastery Hieromonk Sava, and the clergy of the Los Angeles Deanery will be present at this prayerful gathering.

By this act our Diocese is renewing an old practice of serving an All-Night Vigil on the eve of a Feast Day with participation of all clergy, monastics, and the faithful from all neighboring parishes.

Our traditional chanting will contribute to the magnificence and grandeur of a night vigil.

We invite you all to attend this All-Night Vigil and, in that way, to symbolically participate in the Vigil of Sacred Serbian Royal Lavra of Hilandar where the monastics on this Feast Day will also have their Slava celebration.

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Српкиња двоструки амерички академик

Гордана Вуњак-Новаковић 2012. изабрана у Националну инжењерску академију, а недавно у Медицински институт – оба под окриљем Националне академије наука.

Најбоља српска научница свих времена Гордана Вуњак-Новаковић недавно је – сликовито говорећи – постала двоструки амерички академик.Пре две године изабрана је у Националну инжењерску академију, а минулих дана у Медицински институт. Два поменута огранка и Национални истраживачки савет чине најугледније у свету учено друштво – Националну академију наука САД. Други пут потврђено јој је почасно место у друштву више од 300 нобеловаца, колико их је у њеном саставу.

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„Герилски“ филм Орсона Велса ускоро пред публиком!

Последњи, незавршени филм Орсона Велса "The Other Side of Wind", међу љубитељима филмске уметности познат као најчувенији никад објављени филм, могао би ускоро да буде приказан.

Продукцијска кућа из Лос Анђелеса „Royal Road Entertainment", постигла je договор о куповини права за тај филм, а продуценти планирају да га прикажу у време обележавања стогодишњице од рођења великог режисера 6. маја.

Због компликоване судске борбе међу носиоцима права на то дело, међу којима је и Велсова ћерка Битрис Велс, 1.083 ролни филмских трака било је блокирано у једном складишту у предграђу Париза.

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Освећени темељи цркве у Светском трговачком центру у Њујорку

Мала и скромна црква Светог Николе била је једино светилиште које су разорили терористи 11. септембра 2001. Нова грчка православна црква Светог Николе, коју је пројектовао реномирани архитекта Сантијаго Калатрава треба да почне са изградњом ове године, а биће завршена у року од 24 месеца.

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Неконвенционалан пут Београдске филхармоније

Турнеја је само средство за остваривање амбициозног циља који се односи на сакупљање новца од дијаспоре у САД, како би се изградила нова концертна сала филхармоније, наводи „Њујорк тајмс”.

„Док многи амерички оркестри бију битку са тешкоћама за опстанак, могли би да размисле о случају Београдске филхармоније, која је морала да превазиђе много веће изазове, од бруталних балканских ратова вођених деведесетих, али и политичких, социјалних и економских потреса који су их пратили”, пише Мајкл Купер, новинар „Њујорк тајмса”, започињући текст о америчкој турнеји Београдске филхармоније, која је завршена синоћ наступом у Карнеги холу у Њујорку.

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The Belgrade Philharmonic Triumphs in Carnegie Hall

The audience rewarded the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra with several minutes of standing ovations for the final concert of its American tour, held in preeminent Carnegie Hall in New York. This historic concert marks the beginning of the new era of the orchestra’s international success.

In a concert hall that represents the artistic dream of any musician, the Belgrade Philharmonic was breathlessly listened to by more than 1500 people. Taking a firm step, the orchestra opened the grand finale of its first American tour with Tchaikovsky’s Slavonic March. The voice of Željko Lučić, who joined the Belgrade Philharmonic by courtesy of the Metropolitan Opera, raised a storm of delight in the audience. The unity and closeness felt in his appearance with the Belgrade Philharmonic brought them back on the stage for encore, in which they performed the aria Eri tu from Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.

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People Directory

Branko Terzic

The Honorable Branko Terzic, PC, GCCY, ScD (h.c.) holds appointments as The Royal Adjutant (1976), Member of the Privy Council (1991), and Delegate of HRH Crown Prince Alexander of Serbia in the United States.

Dr. Terzic’s royal decorations include; Kt. Grand Cross of the Order of the White Eagle, Kt Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Yugoslavia, Kt. Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, Kt. Order of St. Michael of the Wing, Kt. of Merit of the S.M.O Constantinian of Saint George, Commendatore Order pro Merito Melitense of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (Military & Civil).

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Publishing

Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0