After our last chapel service and breakfast together, we had our closing activities and said goodbye as participants left campus and traveled home.
Today we travelled to Salisbury Beach in Salisbury Massachusetts, enjoying games and a BBQ lunch on the beach. Afterwards participants went to Holy Epiphany Russian Orthodox Church in Roslindale for evening services, and then returned to campus for closing night activities.
morning we celebrated Divine Liturgy on campus. Following brunch, Dr. Rossi delivered Part II of his series on Prayer & Purity, followed by a Q&A. Afterwards we
separated into groups and were blessed to visit two local nursing homes
and spend some time with the residents. Upon returning to campus we
shared our experiences with the rest of the group. Following Vespers, we had a session on Vocation, Suffering & Loss. Alumni from '05, '07, and June '08 returned to the program for a session on Re-Entry.
In the morning, we went on a Breakfast Search (unable to be photographed) in Cambridge. In small groups with CrossRoad staff, we invited homeless people to have breakfast and share their personal journey with us. Since we had risen so early for this, after lunch we rested during Be Still Time. Then we participated in Orthodoxy & the Arts Part II, each choosing either an iconography or chanting workshop. In the evening Dr. Rossi, professor at St. Vladimir's Seminary, spoke about Vocation and Relationships.
Today, after attending their fourth and final class sessions, CrossRoaders travelled to historic Faneuil Hall for shopping and lunch. Afterwards, Fr. Arthur Liolin and Bishop Nikon hosted us at St. George Albanian church in South Boston for discussion, dinner, and a brief evening service. Participants then returned to campus for CR Learners and an introduction to Stage 3, "Vocation and Christ in the Face of the Neighbor."
Today after liturgy and classes the participants were able to put their knowledge of Orthodoxy to the test through "Apologia," an activity in which they practiced dialoguing about their faith. The participants then visited St. Nectarios Greek Orthodox Church in Roslindale for vespers and dinner in the monastic style (silent except for one person reading aloud). This was followed by a presentation by our monastic speaker, Mother Thekla, after which we returned to campus.
Today, CrossRoad participants celebrated Divine Liturgy in honor of St. Euthemia. Following services, they had their second day of classes with Dr. James Skedros and Fr. Eugen Pentiuc, afterwards enjoying games of soccer, frisbee and basketball. This was followed by a vigil at the OCA Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Boston. Participants then returned to campus for their evening sessions, Night with Christ and Night with the Saints.
Today, the CrossRoad mini-courses with Dr. James Skedros and Fr. Eugene Pentiuc have begun. These daily lectures are followed by with small discussion groups and reflection. Through this process our participants continue to articulate their Orthodox Christian faith and reflect on what they have learned.
After classes, we had the opportunity to take a duck boat tour around Boston. Afterwards,The Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox Church hosted us for discussion, dinner and a small evening service. Upon returning to campus, participants were challenged by a presentation on Orthodoxy and Pop Culture.
Today the CrossRoaders participated in workshops on iconography and chanting, held by Khouria Erin Kimmet and Rassen El Massih. These workshops, Orthodoxy in the Arts, took place at Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Cambridge and began with a discussion led by Dr. James Skedros titled, "Holy Places and Spaces," in the nave. The CrossRoaders then had a presentation on Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF). Following vespers at St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church and dinner, the staff led activities on Vocation & Worship and the CrossRoaders ended the evening sharing with one another what they have learned so far.
On Day 2, CrossRoad began the day with liturgy. In the afternoon, we headed to Beverly, Massachusetts for a Project Adventure Ropes Course stressing teamwork and trust. Though the weather brought some rain, the participants and staff did not let it cloud their day! The evening activity theme was the Sanctification of Time.
CrossRoaders are ready to take the challenge! See the CrossRoaders on their first day learning about each other in a series of games and activities.