Study Days

92011Relationships in an Age of Fluidity
July 2-5, 2015

St. Michael’s College
University of Toronto
100 St. Joseph Street (at Queens Park Crescent)
Toronto, Ontario

 


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And Single Day Admission Fee (at the Door) Now Available!

An unexpected sponsor has been found to subsidize the Sheptytsky Institute Study Days.

Until July 2 students can register for $130; adults for $190; and families for $390 for all of the Study Days, which includes the opening reception and Sunday Brunch.

Sister Vassa will be recording a “Coffee with Sr. Vassa” during the reception on Thursday evening, but this is open only to those who register for the entire Study Days.

ALSO, single-day registration – at the door – will be available Friday, Saturday and Sunday: $50 per-day for students and $70 per-day for adults.

Sunday single-day registration does not include the Brunch.


The 2015 Sheptytsky Institute Study Days will take place on the campus of the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto from July 2 to July 5. The theme is Relationships in an Age of Fluidity. The following plenary speakers will be featured:

Being Church in an Age of Fluidity

Sr. Vassa Larin
Professor and Liturgist at the Catholic Theology Faculty of the University of Vienna;
Orthodox nun; star of the popular YouTube show, Coffee with Sr. Vassa.

Relationships in the Age of the Internet

Timothy Kelleher
Film and TV Actor; Producer-Director of the DVD “The Creed;” former new media editor of First Things magazine

Parents, Children and the Challenges of Secularism

Harold and Rebecca Visser
Active members at St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Catholic Shrine in Ottawa for more than 20 years and parents of seven. As “soccer parents” and “Vespers parents,” their story is amazing.

 

 

 

Schedule

Full Schedule for Study Days and Workshops is listed below. For PDF, please click and download the following:

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Workshops

Every day after the plenary presentations by Sr. Vassa, Tim Kelleher, and the Vissers, there will be additional seminars on a vast array of topics – from “Ethical Dimensions of the War in Ukraine” to “Basic Counselling” to “Byzantine Iconography.” See the list of topics and presenters on our website.

Religious Freedom and Pluralism in Russia and Ukraine: A Necessary Political Vocation
Workshop Leader: His Excellency Subdeacon Dr. Andrew Bennett
Description: This workshop will examine the religious dimensions of the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. We will focus in particular on how religion on the one hand is being exploited as an instrument of control to advance strategic political interests and on the other hand how it has emerged as a focal point for unity. We will also consider the contrasting approaches to religious freedom in Russia and Ukraine and how these are rooted in diametrically opposed views of a multi-faith and multi-cultural society. Finally, we will consider how Ukraine has a unique vocation in advancing the related principles of religious freedom, human dignity, and democracy.
Biography: Ambassador Andrew P.W. Bennett is Canada’s first Ambassador for Religious Freedom and heads the Office of Religious Freedom in the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development in Ottawa. The mandate of this Office is to promote and defend religious freedom globally as a central element of Canada’s principled foreign policy. Subdeacon Andrew is active in the life of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church in Canada and previously served as Vice-President of the Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute Foundation.

Nurturing Spiritual Growth, Good Character and Moral Maturity in Children and Youth
Workshop Leader: Dobr. Irene Galadza
Description: Understanding stages of moral development and components of good character facilitates effective parenting and teaching. In this workshop, we will explore the practical application of Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development and Dr. Thomas Lickona’s research in character education. This knowledge will greatly benefit parents, teachers and catechists in their work with children and youth. All can gain a better understanding of themselves and others.
Biography: Iryna Galadza has been parenting and grand-parenting for 45 years. She has taught Religion in high school for 17 years, has taught at the Catechetical Institute in Lviv, Ukraine, and is Catechetical Director for the Eparchy of Toronto.

The Crisis in Ukraine: A Just War?
Workshop Leader: Rev. Alexander Laschuk, J.C.L.
Description: His Beatitude Sviatoslav has called the current situation in Ukraine the greatest humanitarian crisis in Europe since World War II. While not officially declared, Ukraine is an example of the nature of modern warfare. Modern armies have abandoned the century-old notion of total warfare, with conflicts focusing on strategic operations. How has our understanding of war changed in recent decades and how does this relate to our Christian Faith? Fr Alexander will examine ethical issues of the war in Ukraine and continued questions for reflection and discussion.
Biography: Rev Alexander Laschuk is a priest of the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada. He is currently completing his doctorate in Canon Law at Saint Paul University. Previously Acting Director of the Sheptytsky Institute, he is currently Associate Judicial Vicar of the Toronto Regional Tribunal moderated by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins. He also is Promoter of Justice for the Eparchy of Toronto and Eastern Canada and parochial vicar at St Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church (Toronto). His research interests are ecclesiology, history of canon law, penal law, and sacramental law. He lives in Toronto with his wife Olena and daughter Osanna Seraphima.

Experts in Humanity: An Exploration of Factors Influencing Human Nature and Development
Workshop Leader: Josephine Lombardi
Description: In 1985, John Paul II expressed the need for “heralds of the Gospel who are experts in humanity.” This workshop will explore the impact of the following factors on human development: prenatal care; postnatal care; family of origin; gender; genetics/epigenetics; personal strengths and vulnerabilities. Understanding people is key when it comes to offering pastoral care. Some people are set up in life to be less free, limiting their ability to reason and make decisions. We will close with a discussion on God’s grace as the greatest influence. Self-knowledge, prayer and God’s grace can lead to authentic freedom.
Biography: Josephine Lombardi is Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology and Professor of Field Education at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Scarborough. She has worked as a parish minister, high school chaplaincy leader, university campus minister, diocesan coordinator of religious education and family ministry, and teacher educator through O.E.C.T.A. and Brock University.

A Snapshot of Inter-Cultural Relationships within the Coptic Christian Orthodox Community in the Greater Toronto Area
Workshop Leader: Fr. Pishoy Wasfy
Description: There is a rapidly growing population of intercultural couples within the immigrant Coptic Christian Orthodox community in the Greater Toronto Area. An overview of the health and dynamic of these relationships will be explored. Church role and pastoral considerations will also be discussed. Lessons learned as well as key recommendations will be put forward for future research.
Biography: Fr. Pishoy Wasfy is a Coptic Orthodox Priest serving at the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary & St. Athanasius in the Diocese of Mississauga, Vancouver & Western Canada. He holds a Masters of Divinity in Clinical Counselling and is currently completing his Ph.D. with a focus on multi-cultural marriages. He enjoys counselling individuals, couples and families as well as caring pastorally for them.

Discovering Trinity in Disability
Workshop Leaders: Fr. Dr. Myroslaw and Dr. Maria Tataryn
Description: This workshop will investigate the mystery of the Holy Trinity and how it should inform our humanity. In fact, steeped in our theology of the Trinity we should be challenged to discard the dominant norm of our society: the myth of independence. Our communities/parishes should be centres of Trinitarian life, love, and mutual indwelling – centres of embrace and interdependence.
Biography: Maria has a doctorate in English, with a specialization in Literary Disability Studies, whereas Myroslaw is an ordained priest with a Doctorate in Theology. They have three adult daughters and live in Waterloo, Ontario.

Working with the People in the “People’s Work”: Leading Congregational Singing for the Divine Liturgy – Part 1  (The Ordinary)
Workshop Leader: Dr. Brian Butcher
Description: This workshop trains participants in the theory and practice of congregational singing. It will focus on how to effectively use the acclaimed MASI publication, The Divine Liturgy: An Anthology for Worship, which provides musical settings in English for the Divine Liturgy, drawing upon the Kievan Church’s rich choral tradition, as well as others. After a warm-up, and brief introduction to the contents of the Anthology, participants will sing through the Ordinary of the Liturgy, i.e., the unchangeable parts of the service, learning how to employ the full range of available musical options. The workshop will also give attention to the specific liturgical and musical questions/concerns of participants, given their own personal cantoring experience (or lack thereof!). A follow-up, companion workshop will focus on the Propers, i.e., the variable parts of the Liturgy. (Note: it is not necessary to participate in both workshops).
Biography: Subdeacon Dr. Brian A. Butcher is Assistant Professor at the Sheptytsky Institute, in Saint Paul University’s Faculty of Theology. He has extensive cantoring experience in both the Byzantine and Roman Rites, as well as in Protestant contexts. Assistant Director of the Sparrows Children’s Choir of Ottawa, which in its 2014-15 season performed Handel’s Messiah and Hadyn’s Creation, Brian also assists Maestro Uwe Lieflander and Fr. Peter Galadza with the newly-formed Sheptytsky Institute Choir, which will make its debut in Toronto in November. In addition, he regularly sings with theEwashko Singers, featuring most recently in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the National Arts Centre.

Working with the People in the “People’s Work”: Leading Congregational Singing for the Divine Liturgy – Part 2 (The Propers)
Workshop Leader: Dr. Brian Butcher
Description: This workshop extends the training offered in “Working with the People… Part 1,” by examining the music for the Propers of the Divine Liturgy, i.e., the parts which vary from day to day, throughout the liturgical year. After a warm-up, and brief introduction to the principles governing the selection/integration of the Propers (from the daily, weekly and annual cycles), participants will sing through the Resurrectional troparia/kontakia/prokeimena, as well as those of the Church’s major feast days (including the irmoi). Instruction will also be given in how to musically interpret liturgical texts which are simply “pointed,” rather than fully set to music (as is the case for lesser feast days). As in “Part 1,” attention will be given to the specific liturgical and musical questions/concerns of participants. (Note: it is not necessary to participate in both workshops).
Biography: Subdeacon Dr. Brian A. Butcher is Assistant Professor at the Sheptytsky Institute, in Saint Paul University’s Faculty of Theology. He has extensive cantoring experience in both the Byzantine and Roman Rites, as well as in Protestant contexts. Assistant Director of the Sparrows Children’s Choir of Ottawa, which in its 2014-15 season performed Handel’s Messiah and Hadyn’s Creation, Brian also assists Maestro Uwe Lieflander and Fr. Peter Galadza with the newly-formed Sheptytsky Institute Choir, which will make its debut in Toronto in November. In addition, he regularly sings with theEwashko Singers, featuring most recently in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at the National Arts Centre.

Cantoring Workshop: Great Vespers for Beginners
Workshop Leader: Fr. Roman Galadza
Description: Students will be presented the structure of Great Vespers: a) Usual Beginning, Psalm 103, Tranquil Light, Great Prokimenon, Song of Simeon (these will be taught in two versions: simple and choral); b) the Eight Samohlasny melodies at “O Lord, I Cry to You” with introductory verses; c) the Eight Resurrectional Troparia with Theotokion; d) practical discussion on how to implement in one’s parish/home.
Biography: Fr. Roman Galadza received instruction from his cantor father, Mychajlo Galadza, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, and sang in the choir there under the direction of Marian Izak. With a further five years at St. Basil Minor Seminary, Stamford, Conn. where all services were rigorously taught, and four and one-half years at St. Josaphat Major Seminary in Washington, DC, Fr. Roman has been enjoying success in putting theory to practical use with emphasis on English language texts while he has been pastor of St. Elias Parish in Brampton for the last 39 years.

Is Byzantine Iconography Really the Most Appropriate Choice? An Introduction to Iconology and Programming
Workshop Leader: Professor Richard Schneider
Description: It has become the current slogan in Eastern Christian iconology — the “liturgical theology” of images — to say that only “Byzantine style” iconography is “truly Orthodox” and to condemn the “Western style” in iconography, which prevailed for the past 200 years, as aberrent, heterodox, even secularizing. This maxim has become so deeply rooted that all kinds of theological justification for it have been claimed. But is it true? Have the foundations of these theological claims been carefully examined? Does the historical experience of iconography in worship correspond to the claims currently made about the power and role of visual images in worship? To answer these vital questions this workshop needs to begin by discovering the fundamental aspects of the language of icons; we need to train ourselves to actually see how icons communicate, and therefore what role they play in the totality of worship. This is not a consequence of theological theory, but of the experience of looking at real examples, so the workshop will run as a “guided seminar” or discussion group. Then, on this foundation, we can take up the theological-aesthetic question of the meaning of style and whether there is any truth — or even any value — in the notion of a “canon of orthodoxy” in iconographic style. Besides the question of “byzantine” vs. “Western” mentioned above, we will also consider the issues of the meaning of style in relation to national cultures (including not only European cultures but also Coptic, Armenian, and Ethiopian), and also the issue of “contemporary styles”
Biography: Professor Richard Schneider is the Professor of Iconology, Liturgical Art, and Hermeneutics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary as well as an Adjunct Professor and and Co-ordinator of the Program in Orthodox / East Christian Studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is the Chair of the Faith and Witness Commission of the Canadian Council of Churches and is Emeritus Professor of Church and Medieval History at York University in Toronto where began in 1966 and still teaches. An Emeritus Past-President of the Canadian Council of Churches, he also served on the Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America. Professor Schneider has given papers at many conferences all over Europe and North America.

Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada
Workshop Leader: Fr. Jaroslaw Buciora
Description: The main focus of this seminar concentrates on the subject of the presence of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada in the last one hundred years. The founders of the UOCC established a very unique way of Church governance which has been preserved to this day. In addition, the nature of the UOCC portrays the symphony of the richness of Orthodox theology inculturated in the Ukrainian tradition that is experienced in the Canadian context.
Biography: Fr. Dr. J. Buciora is a priest of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada who is involved in the ecumenical dialogue of the Canadian Council of Churches. His writings concentrate on the subject of systematic theology: ecclesiology of the Orthodox Church, ecumenism, and theodicy. He is a member of Faculty of Theology of St. Andrew’s College in Winnipeg and has lectured extensively at the University of Winnipeg, Canada

The Witness of the Coptic Martyrs
Workshop Leader: Fr. Dr. Pishoy Salama
Description: In February 2015, the world witnessed the gruesome bloodshed of innocent Coptic Christians in Libya by the hands of ISIS. The 21 martyrs walked courageously to their slaughter while calling on the name of Jesus. The bigger shock came when the martyrs’ families prayed for the terrorists and publicly forgave them. What is the secret behind the witness of the Coptic Martyrs?
Biography: Fr. Pishoy Salama is a priest at St. Maurice & St. Verena Coptic Orthodox Church in Markham, Ontario. He is an Adjunct Professor at The University of Trinity College and the recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts in promoting diversity and multiculturalism.

The following workshops are introductions to the MASI summer courses:

The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments (Course)
Workshop Leader: Dr. Brian Butcher

Reading the Bible as an Eastern Christian (Course)
Workshop Leader: Fr. Dr. François Beurouti

Reading the Philokalia and The Way of the Pilgrim in the Twenty-First Century (Course)
Workshop Leader: Fr. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky

Earn University Credits
Combine Study Days with an additional two weeks (July 6-18) or three weeks (July 6-25) during the Summer Session. Choose to take one or two of the following courses:

THO 3328/w The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments
Professor Brian Butcher, Ph.D.
Two-week course, Monday-Friday, 09:00-12:00
This course is available on-site as well as online.
Course Description

THO 3301 Reading the Bible as an Eastern Christian
Professor Francois Beyrouti, Ph.D.
Two-week course, Monday-Friday, 14:00-17:00
Course Description

THO 2144 Reading the Philokalia and The Way of the Pilgrim in the Twenty-first Century
Professor Andriy Chirovsky, S.Th.D.
Three-week course, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 18:00-21:00, and one Saturday morning.
Course Description

The cost for each course is $763.04 for credit or $149.61 to audit. Students taking credit courses must also participate in the entire Study Days program. Participants are eligible for the student rate. Email jdaoust@ustpaul.ca or call 613-236-1393, ext 2332 or toll free 1-800-637-6859, ext 2332.

Study Days Schedule
This is the latest schedule for Study Days 2015. PDF (udpated April 17, 2015) The full schedule is below.

Children’s Program
Daily faith-based program for children ages 4-12. Program is only available for children accompanied by a parent or guardian who are registered as participants.

  • arts and crafts activities based on religious themes (colour, create, paint)
  • sports/active games outdoors
  • inside games (board games, cards)
  • scavenger hunt
  • jeopardy game on the last day to reflect
  • watch movies (e.g. Prince of Egypt)
  • lessons on parts of the Divine Liturgy
  • skits based on a movie that was watched or a story that was read
  • Sing-a-long with Fr. Roman Galadza

Teen Program – High School
New this year is a daily program for high school age youth (entering Grade 9 to completing Grade 12).

  • A visit to view the beautiful iconography of St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church
  • A guided tour of the Ontario Legislature and Queen’s Park
  • A visit to the Trinity College bee hives
  • Educational movies
  • And introduction to the Jesus Prayer
  • A visit to St. John the Compassionate Mission

Daily Liturgical Services
Matins and Divine Liturgy in the morning, Vespers in the evening.

Registration (closes on June 26)
Adult: $250
Student: $170
Family: $450
At the door: $500 – so register early!

Registration includes opening reception Thursday evening and concluding brunch Sunday morning but no other meals and no accommodation.

Accommodations
Accommodations are available at St. Michael’s College starting at $38.25/night. Book early! To reserve rooms online for Study Days, see stmikes.utoronto.ca/sumres or email: sumhousing.stmikes@utoronto.ca or phone: 1-416-926-7296.

Meals
Superb buffet meals available on campus in Brennan Hall! Purchase on site – Breakfast $8.00; Lunch $9.29; Supper $10.99

For more information
Call 613-236-1393, ext 2332 or toll-free 1-800-637-6859, ext. 2332

Photographs may be taken during this event, which may or may not include your recognizable image. By participating in this event, you consent to being photographed and authorize the Sheptytsky Institute and the Sheptytsky Institute Foundation to use the photographs in print, digital, or web-based format for its promotional and archival purposes. If you do not wish to have us use your photo, please advise us by email at sheptytsky@ustpaul.ca.

See you in Toronto!

 


Full Schedule

Thursday, July 2

14:00-19:00
Registration

19:00
Opening Reception, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street

Friday, July 3

07:00
Matins, Charbonnel Lounge

07:45
Divine Liturgy, Charbonnel Lounge

09:00
Breakfast, Brennan Hall (Breakfast can be purchased for $8.00)

09:00-09:30
Children & Teen Drop Off, Charbonnel Lounge

10:00-13:00
Plenary Session, Being Church in an Age of Fluidity, Sr. Vassa, Larin, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street

13:00-14:00
Lunch, Brennan Hall (Lunch can be purchased for $9.29)
Children & Teen Pick Up at 1pm and Drop Off by 2 pm, Charbonnel Lounge

14:00-15:15
Workshops 1

1. Nurturing Spiritual Growth, Good Character and Moral Maturity in Children and Youth (I. Galadza)
2. The Witness of the Coptic Martyrs (P. Salama)
3. Experts in Humanity: An Exploration of Factors Influencing Human Nature and Development (J. Lombardi)
4. The Holy Mysteries: Byzantine Sacraments (Course) (B. Butcher))

15:15-15:30
Break

15:30-16:45
Workshops 2

1. Reading the Philokalia and The Way of the Pilgrim in the Twenty-First Century (Course) (A. Chirovsky)
2. The Witness of the Coptic Martyrs (P. Salama)
3. Religious Freedom and Pluralism in Russia and Ukraine: A Necessary Political Vocation (A. Bennett)
4. Cantoring Workshop: Great Vespers for Beginners (R. Galadza)

17:00-18:00
Vespers, Charbonnel Lounge
Children & Teens arrive at Vespers, Charbonnel Lounge

18:00-19:00
Supper, Brennan Hall (Supper can be purchased for $10.99)

Saturday, July 4

07:00
Matins, Charbonnel Lounge

07:45
Divine Liturgy, Charbonnel Lounge

09:00
Breakfast, Brennan Hall (Breakfast can be purchased for $8.00)

09:00-09:30
Children & Teen Drop Off, Charbonnel Lounge

10:00-13:00
Plenary Session, Relationships in the Age of the Internet, Tim Kelleher, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street

13:00-14:00
Lunch, Brennan Hall (Lunch can be purchased for $9.29)
Children & Teen Pick Up at 1pm and Drop Off by 2 pm, Charbonnel Lounge

14:00-15:15
Workshops 3

1. A Snapshot of Inter-Cultural Relationships within the Coptic Christian Orthodox Community in the Greater Toronto Area (P. Wasfy)
2. Discovering Trinity in Disability (Tataryns)
3. Ukrainian Orthodoxy in Canada (J. Buciora)
4. Working with the People in the “People’s Work”: Leading Congregational Singing for the Divine Liturgy – Part 1  (The Ordinary) (B. Butcher)

15:15-15:30
Break

15:30-16:45
Workshops 4

1. A Snapshot of Inter-Cultural Relationships within the Coptic Christian Orthodox Community in the Greater Toronto Area (P. Wasfy)
2. Discovering Trinity in Disability (Tataryns)
3. The Crisis in Ukraine: A Just War? (A. Laschuk)
4. Cantoring Workshop: Great Vespers for Beginners (R. Galadza)

17:00-17:45
Vespers, Charbonnel Lounge
Children & Teens arrive at Vespers, Charbonnel Lounge

17:45-18:00
Group Photo, Charbonnel Lounge

18:00-19:00
Supper, Brennan Hall (Supper can be purchased for $10.99)

Sunday, July 5

07:00-08:00
Great Matins, Charbonnel Lounge

08:00-09:30
Divine Liturgy, Charbonnel Lounge

09:30-11:00
Brunch, Brennan Hall

10:30-11:00
Children & Teen Drop Off, Charbonnel Lounge

11:00-14:00
Plenary Session, Parents, Children and the Challenges of Secularism, Harold and Rebecca Visser, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street

14:00-15:00
Concluding Coffee, Brennan Hall

15:00-16:15
Workshops 5

1. Nurturing Spiritual Growth, Good Character and Moral Maturity in Children and Youth (I. Galadza)
2. Illustrated Introduction to Iconology (R. Schneider)
3. Reading the Bible as an Eastern Christian (Course) (F. Beyrouti)
4. Working with the People in the “People’s Work”: Leading Congregational Singing for the Divine Liturgy – Part 2 (The Propers) (B. Butcher)

16:15-16:30
Children & Teen Pick Up Charbonnel Lounge

17:00
End of Conference


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