Experience the Christian Orthodox Tradition

Special Event

An Ecumenical Encounter

Join us in partnership with the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies for a day of discovery. 

Learn more about the rich history and traditions of the Orthodox Church community and immerse yourself in the Cathedral's vibrant and welcoming atmosphere. 

There  will be opportunities to hear from speakers and to visit stalls across the day in this celebration of the Orthodox Church.

The day will end with a service of Vespers sung by the Mosaic Choir.

10am: Doors open. Complimentary tea and coffee provided by the Friends of Southwark Cathedral.

10:30am: Welcome

10:40am: Introduction to the Orthodox Church by Father Dragos Herescu & Revd Dr John Binns

11:30: Break

11:40: Icons and Pentecost: Icons as a gate to the strange homeland of heaven by Aidan Hart

12:40: Lunch

Opportunity for participants to visits stalls.

  • Chichester Workshop for Liturgical Art
  • Art + Christianity
  • The Coptic Orthodox Church Centre UK
  • Partners for Change
  • Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies
  • Hanna Ward

2pm: Archbishop Angaelos of London

2:45pm: Panel event – conclusions

3:45pm: End

4pm: Vespers with the Mosaic Choir

All are welcome to join us.

The Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies is the Orthodox house of theological studies in the ancient university city of Cambridge, England. It is a full member of the Cambridge Theological Federation. As a member of the Federation, the Institute works in partnership with Anglia Ruskin University and the University of Cambridge.

The Institute was founded in 1999 with the blessing of all Orthodox hierarchs in Western Europe. IOCS has rejoiced in having among its guest lecturers and supporters such illustrious teachers as Revd Prof Andrew Louth, Revd Dr John Jillions, Dr Elizabeth Theokritoff, Revd Prof Peter Bouteneff, Archimandrites Symeon and Zacharias of St John the Baptist’s Monastery (Essex), and the late Metropolitans Kallistos of Diokleia, Antony of Sourozh and John Zizioulas.

Established in an ecumenical context, the Institute trains clergy and laity to cooperate, dialogue and share with other Christians, in propagating together the Christian message to an increasingly secular and pluralist world. Its particular mission is to bring its rich Orthodox tradition in dialogue with today’s modern society, responding to the challenging questions of our times.It is – as the Institute likes to call themselves – a ‘house of generous Orthodoxy’.