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7th April 2008
Symbol and Ritual in the Early Church (7th - 14th April 2008)
Cenchrea, Greece (course and accommodation in the four star Kalamki Beach Hotel)
Organised by The Phoebe Institute, the course will focus on the "reconciliation" of pagan worship to the new forms of worship of the Early Christian Church, and will include visits to Christian sites at Corinth, Isthmia, Epidauros and Cenchrea.
The course will be led by Sr Elizabeth Rees O.C.V (expert on the early Celtic Church, a four times published author on the Early Celtic Church, and lecturer at Lampeter Theological college) and Rev’d Eve Wiseman, a retired priest in the Anglican Church of Canada. Dr Guy Sanders (Director of excavations for the American School of Archaeology) will lead the visit to Corinth.
Accommodation is in the four star Kalamki Beach Hotel, which offers beach and pool swimming, tennis courts, fitness room, good food, rooms and bar, and internet connections. Afternoons will be free, there is a lovely garden and a chapel and beautiful views.
Participants are required to make their own way to Corinth (modern train from Athens and Athens airport) where they will be collected and transferred to the hotel. Easyjet offers two flights daily, as does BA.
Cost has not yet been finalised, but is likely to be between £650 and £700 and covers room, breakfast and dinner, coffee, programme, excursions and gratuities.
Please contact The Revd Eve Wiseman for bookings or enquiries.
The Phoebe Institute for Religious Studies (named after Phoebe – Romans 16v1) was founded as a Canadian charity to promote "Reconciliation". St Paul says to the Corinthians that Christ came to reconcile us to God and that therefore; we (Christians) have a ministry of reconciliation.
Who was Phoebe?
In Romans 16 St Paul speaks of Phoebe a deacon in the church at Cenchrea. The word is "diakonos" as used for those with a "ministry" in the early church. He also calls her a "prostasis" a benefactor (Euripides uses the word for "a ruler of an household") Paul says she has helped him and many others. It is likely that she was a prominent businesswoman in the ancient Roman port, one of the most important at the time of Christ. In the Greek Orthodox Church Phoebe is usually shown holding a scroll.
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