Friday, February 17, 2017

Easter in Greece 10-17 April 2017

Ainos Cultural Society, Athens Bureau of the FSASS, the University of Winchester, the Orthodox Theological Research Forum, the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius, and the House of Sts Gregory and Macrina are organising the ‘guided Easter in Greece’ experience – Christian Approaches to Suffering, Death, and Eternal Life, from the 10th until the 17th April 2017.

2017 is one of the rare years when the Eastern and Western Easter are celebrated on the same date. We seize this opportunity to explore and illuminate the spiritual traditions of Eastern and Western Christianity. Athens embraces these traditions and experiences the ritual of Holy Week in a way that reflects its ancient and Byzantine roots.
The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, celebrated in the context of the rebirth of nature in the Mediterranean, will be a springboard for us to explore Athens through its historical memories and monuments. Representatives of various Christian traditions and denominations will expound on their understanding of suffering, death and eternal life in the context of the Passion and Resurrection of the Lord.
The theological significance of the key events celebrated each day of the Holy Week will be explored through a series of lectures within the context of the immediate experience surrounding them. Easter, since the Apostolic era, is the time of the main celebration of Christian unity. It offers us today a chance to explore similarities and differences between Christian traditions and denominations and above all, the opportunity to pray together.
For more information on the programme, contributors, costs and details please see:

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Talk: Greeks of Armenia

An illustarted lecture in English by
Dr Marina Mkhitaryan

Friday 17 February, 7.15pm
The Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street
London W1U 5AS

According to the public census of 2011, the Greek resident population of Armenia numbers 900 people. They live in different towns and villages and speak the Pontic dialect as their ancestors are of Pontic Greek descent and moved to Armenia as miners.
The lecture will present, through the projection of photographs, the history, life and accomplishments of the Pontian Greeks community.

Dr Mkhitaryan, a Greek-Armenian, born and raised in Yerevan, to an Armenian father and a Pontic Greek mother has devoted three years to extensive historical and photographic research on the Greek community in Armenia.
She started amateur photography in 2007, and has had four prior exhibitions. Her first exhibition was held in 2009, dedicated to Greeks of Armenia, in loving memory of her Greek mother, at the Hellenic Embassy in Armenia. This exhibition has become permanent in the Hellenic Embassy in Yerevan. Her second exhibition was again dedicated to Greeks of Armenia and held at the Greek Consulate of New York, USA   in    2011.

Free entry; booking essential: 020 7563 9835 or

Friday, January 20, 2017

Theophania Concert in London

St Kyrel Trust present a Musical Concert entitled: 'Theophania - Music from the Oldest Christian Civilizations.' This interesting event will include ecclesiastical music from a number of choirs, including the Armenian, Coptic, Greek, Maronite, Moldovan, Russian and Syriac.

The event will take place at St Yeghiche Armenian Church (13 B Cranley Gardens, Kensington, London SW7 3BB) on 29th January 2017 at 5.00 pm. All the profits of this event will go to the  reconstruction of Syrian Churches. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Book Review: Petals of Vision

This collection of poetry, written by my good friend Christopher Villiers, who is an award-winning British Catholic theologian and poet, tackles, expands and interacts with many themes. This is Christopher’s second book, following his successful collection of poems, entitled Sonnets from the Spirit. However, this second publication is different to the first. Petals of Vision allows the reader to become a traveller into mythology, theology, philosophy, politics and daily life, which all coexist and intertwine, presenting us all with the psychological and spiritual synthesis and thoughts of the poet.

These poems and sonnets are a pilgrimage through life! The poet’s reflections are a challenge for the reader, but also an opportunity to reminisce personal experiences, thoughts, ideas and dreams. One theme is prevalent in this anthology, and that is the idea, the reality and the significance of love. Through this notion, we identify a marriage between the Christian virtue of love together with a more secular and casual reality of this concept.
Poetry is understood very subjectively by any reader, as any form of art. A poem which impressed me is Attempting Poetry. It is rear to see the methodology of poetry within a poem. How the creator of the written word in front of us felt or what he thought, when he was endeavouring to achieve this collection.  Poetry is a journey; and this is evident through this poem.
Of course, Christianity and an ecclesial understanding of the world is evident in this new collection. In Earth and Easter, for example, we identify a poetic insight of Holy Week, of the burial and Resurrection of Christ. Earth and the environment collaborate together with the spiritual mystery of salvation, of God’s plan, or as the poet explains: ‘God’s story.’

The poet wishes to promote and explain old ideas in new ways, allowing for a renewed understanding of life, love, God, affection, friendship, the environment and feelings. We can only be enriched by these ideas, allowing us to contemplate about the deeper mysteries of life.  

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Committee Elections and Annual Cutting of the Vasilopita 2017 – Peloponnesian Association of GB

The Committee of the Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain invites you to the Committee Elections and the annual cutting of the Vasilopita, which will take place on Sunday 22nd January 2017 at the crypt of St Sophia (Moscow Rd, Bayswater, London W2 4LQ). The elections will take place at 4.00 p.m. and the Vasilopita at 6.00 p.m.

All members of the Association are invited to attend the elections in order to vote for the new Committee. Those who wish to declare their candidacy for these elections must do so by Thursday 12th January 2017, sending their Statement of Candidacy by email at: or by post to: Peloponnesian Association of Great Britain, c/o Fotios Stikas, 57 Northcott Avenue, Wood Green, London N22 7AP. Please also see the Facebook page of the Association for more information in Greek. 

Monday, January 2, 2017

Talk: “Jewish Refugees and the Cypriot Internment Camps, 1946-1949”

The High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus and the Embassy of the State of Israel
with the support of the
National Federation of Cypriots in the UK and the Board of Deputies of British Jews
Cordially invite you to a presentation entitled

“Jewish Refugees and the Cypriot Internment Camps, 1946-1949”

by Ms Eliana Hadjisavvas
Thursday 19 January 2017, 19:00 pm, London, SW1Y area (details with the venue location will be sent after registration)

RSVP by 16/1/2017:

Reception to follow with Cyprus wines and delicacies

Presentation abstract: In the aftermath of the Second World War, thousands of visa-less Holocaust survivors sought to flee the horrors of Nazi Europe by embarking on clandestine voyages to the British Mandate of Palestine, most often from Italian ports. In August 1946, the British government responded to such movements by establishing internment camps in Britain’s colonial territory of Cyprus. The erection of 12 distinct campsites in the villages of Caraolos and Xylotymbou collectively housed over 52,000 people and witnessed the births of over 2,000 children until the camps dissolution in February 1949.
The case of the Cyprus camps has largely remained on the periphery of academic scholarship, often confined to brief sections on the post-Holocaust period or national narratives of Israel and Cyprus. The presentation will explore the history of the camps and the rich thematic context it encapsulates, from illegal immigration and post-war relief to decolonisation and Anglo-American relations.

Speaker Biography: Eliana Hadjisavvas is a final year Ph.D candidate in Modern History at The University of Birmingham, under the supervision of Professor Gavin Schaffer. Her research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), is centred on Jewish Displaced Persons in post-war Europe, with a specific focus on the Cypriot internment camps (194649). Since October 2015, she has been in residence as a fellow at the Library of Congress’ Kluge Centre in Washington DC.