GUEST PRIEST IN SEATTLE – On November 4 and 5, Seattle’s St. Demetrios Church will host Fr. Zacharias Zacharou of St. John the Baptist Monastery in Essex, England. Fr. Zacharias, spiritual son of Elder Sophrony who was a disciple of St. Silouan of Mount Athos, will be in the U.S. to lead the National Clergy Retreat for Greek Orthodox priests being held in Washington, D.C. During his Seattle visit, Fr. Zacharias will lead a discussion at an Orthodox Home Fellowship gathering on Saturday evening, on Sunday at St. Demetios will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, speak at a luncheon there, and on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m join in a Pan-Orthodox Akathist to St. Silouan followed by a talk with discussion. All Orthodox clergy and laity are invited. For more information, go to www.saintdemetrios.com or call the Church at 206-631-2500.
Fr. Zacharias was raised in an Orthodox Christian family in Cyprus. He left Cyprus to study Chemistry in London. There he became acquainted with Elder Sophrony and his Monastery and decided to answer God’s calling to follow the monastic way of life. Fr. Zacharias for five years studied at the Theological Institute of St. Serge in Paris, and then in Thessaloniki to obtain a second degree in Theology. Fr. Zacharias is fluent in Greek, Russian, French and English, and has translated Father Sophrony’s books from Russian into Greek. Fr. Zacharias has spoken to groups of clergy and laity in many countries on the theology of St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony and has written several books.
ANNIVERSARY GALA: On November 4, the 1oth Anniversary of the Hellenic-American Cultural Center & Museum (HACCM) at Portland’s Holy Trinity Cathedral will be celebrated. The theme is “Ancient Futures – Gala for the Arts,” a festive evening with silent and live auctions and other special events. Call 503-234-0468.
MODERN GREEK STUDIES PRIZE: Prof. Devin E. Naar, the Isaac Alhadeff Professor in Sephardic Studies at the University of Washington, is the winner of the Modern Greek Studies Association Edmund Keeley Book Prize for 2017 for his Jewish Salonica: Between the Ottoman Empire and Modern Greece, published by Stanford University Press, 2016. The Committee stated that “Naar’s book is distinguished for its original approach to the issue of Salonica’s Jewish community,” its analysis and archival sources. The prize will be conferred at the MGSA Symposium at Stockton University on November 2. Prof. Naar will be speaking on his writings at the Greek Embassy in Washington, D.C. by invitation only on November 30 and gave open talks at five Ivy League universities during October.
GREEK ECONOMIC CRISIS: Professor Andreas Stathopoulos gave a lecture on “The Greek Economic Crisis: Causes and Impact” on October 19 at St. Demetrios Church in Seattle. The event was held in cooperation with University of Washington organizations: Hellenes of the Northwest, The Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the Center for West European Studies/EU Center. Prof. Stathopoulos discussed the build-up to the Greek economic crisis and the challenges of Greece’s eurozone participation. He received his Ph.D. in Finance and Economics from Columbia University and teaches undergraduate and graduate finance courses at the UW Foster School of Business, focusing research on international finance and macroeconomics.
90th CELEBRATION: The Hellenic Community of Vancouver, B.C. celebrated its 90th year of existence with a “Presentation of Traditional Greek Costumes” in October. The event, with the involvement of Zefyros Hellenic Dance Society, exhibited over 50 costumes, including museum-quality pieces never shown before, from fifteen different regions, in a colorful “Greek Fashion Show.”
COLOR ARTIST: Artworks of Color Pencil Artists of America members, including those of Sheila Theodoratos, were on display at the Mercer Island, WA Community Center as a Fall M.I. Arts Council program. Theodoratos lives in Shoreline, WA. She has taught art and had numerous awards and exhibits. Her husband Peter Theodoratos is from Cephalonia.
GREEK FESTIVAL: St. Anne Orthodox Church (OCA) of Corvallis, OR held its 14th Annual Greek Fest Oct. 14-15 in Lewisburg, OR. One unusual feature was a Tailgater Platter with six entrees.
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