Pan-Orthodoxy in North America

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March 16-17, 2012
Loyola Marymount University

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. Attendees 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

Session 1: Historical and Ecclesiological Perspectives on Orthodoxy in America

Session 2: Open Doors, Open Dialogue: Local Church Structures

Session 3: Beauty and Aesthetics in Harmony: Unity in Liturgical Music

Session 4: The Dynamics of Parish Decay: An Open Dialogue