2012 Symposium: Pan-Orthodoxy in North America

The 2012 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium

Religious figures with text that reads "Pan-Orthodoxy in North America"

March 16-17, 2012
Ahmanson Auditorium
Loyola Marymount University

Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm   

Offering much more than ethnic foods and festivals, Orthodoxy is often called America's best-kept secret. Orthodox America's story is not simply about fragrant incense, ancient chants, and holy icons. Rather, Orthodoxy in America is complex mosaic of historical circumstances, struggles for self-identity, and intriguing people.

The 2012 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium presented Pan-Orthodoxy in North America: Towards a Local Church on March 16-17, 2012. Atendees enjoyed food and fellowship, and heard Orthodox and Catholic experts explain the history of Orthodoxy in North America, discuss the problem of uniting several jurisdictions into one church, and introduce a clear view of North American Pan-Orthodoxy through liturgical music, social justice, and the parish.


Tony Alonso Loyola Marymount University
Radu Bordeianu Duquesne University
Peter Bouteneff St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Francine Cardman Boston College
Will Cohen University of Scranton
Adam DeVille University of Saint Francis
Michael Horan Loyola Marymount University
Alice Hughes co-founder of PSALM and the Liturgical Singing Seminar
Justin Mathews FOCUS North America
Michael Plekon Baruch College of the City University of New York
Susan Wood Marquette University

Photos from the Symposium

Schedule of Events:  

Friday, March 16

9:00 am | Breakfast and registration

9:30 am | Welcome and morning prayer

10:30 am | Session 1: Historical and Ecclesiological Perspectives on Orthodoxy in America

12:00 pm | Lunch

2:00 pm | Session 2: Open Doors, Open Dialogue: Local Church Structures

3:30 pm | Reception

Saturday, March 17 

9:30 am | Breakfast and Registration

10:10 am | Morning prayer

10:30 am | Session 3: Beauty and Aesthetics in Harmony: Unity in Liturgical Music

12:00 pm | Lunch

1:30 pm | Session 4: The Dynamics of Parish Decay: An Open Dialogue

2:50 pm | Coffee break

3:10 pm | Session 5:  The Cross and Social Action: Towards Common Ground

4:30 pm | Closing remarks

For more information or to be placed on the mailing list for future HEI events, please contact us at hei@lmu.edu or 310-338-1917.