Diocesan Conference 2016

Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire
Friday, 10 June 2016
Diocesan Conference 2016
Friday, 10 June 2016 17:00 -
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:00 (GMT)

High Leigh Conference Centre
Lord Street
EN11 8SG
United Kingdom

Map and Directions

русский                                                                            photos from a previous conference

Russian Orthodox Church in
Great Britain and Ireland


June 10th - 12th, 2016


'Our Vocation'

The Annual Conference is a long-established tradition of the Diocese of Sourozh which provides a unique opportunity for people to gather in prayer, fellowship and fruitful discourse. It is a weekend away, open to all members of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. The quiet location contributes to the peaceful atmosphere of the conference proceedings.

This year, the Diocesan Conference forms a central element in the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the first Russian Orthodox Church in these Islands.

The theme, ‘Our Vocation’, was chosen because vocation to service in Christ’s Church is a fundamental aspect of the life of the Christian. According to the Apostle Paul, Christ gives us spiritual gifts, ‘And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:’ (Eph. 4:11-12).

The witness of the Holy Scriptures and the sources about the life of the early Church present the contemporary Christian with a rich and diverse experience of ministry in which everyone has their own specific vocation and responsibility in the life of the Church, the Body of Christ.

In the year that the Russian Orthodox Church marks 300 years of service in Great Britain and Ireland, our conference will explore this and related questions in a series of talks, seminars and group discussions. There will be a special programme for children related to the theme of the conference.

As always, our common prayer, together with our bishop and clergy, will be at the heart of our time together.

The main speakers will be:

Archimandrite Meletios (Webber)  St Nicholas Church, Amsterdam, Hague Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church

Archpriest Alexei Uminsky   Holy Trinity Church, Khokhly, Moscow

Sister Dr Vassa (Larin)  Professor of Liturgical Studies, University of Vienna; Berlin Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia

Mikhail Sarni London

Talks will be given in English or Russian, with translation. The draft conference timetable is available on the Programme & Timetable page of this site. Places are limited, so please apply as soon as possible, and in any case by May 15th at the latest.

The cost of the weekend ranges from £120 to £150  depending on the type of accomodation selected and includes all meals. Non-residential attendance is also possible. You can view the Conference Fee structure here.




Contact Details

  • Conference Administration
    3, Osborne Close
    EN4 9TU

    Email: conference@sourozh.org
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