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