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The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute
2311 Hearst Ave.
Berkeley, California 94709
From its humble beginnings in 1981, The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute is housed in three buildings directly facing the campus of the University of California at Berkeley now. The Institute is a member of the Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, associated with University of California at Berkeley. Through the Alexander G. Spanos Chair in Eastern Orthodox Studies, the Institute offers courses at the Graduate Theological Union; and with the Graduate Theological Union, the Institute provides a Master of Arts in Orthodox Christian Studies.
The Institute's library is considered to be one of the richest resources available in this country for research into Eastern Christianity, with more than 10,000 volumes of literature, patristic studies, liturgics, history, architecture, and music, as well as its collection of artifacts and precious icons.
Through lectureships, annual spring colloquia, outreach, publications, and ecumenical activities, the Institute embodies a strong and effective presence for the study and dissemination of Orthodox thought and culture.
The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute is co-founder and co-sponsor of the series of
symposia for the
Preservation of Our History: Past, Present, and Future.
Paul G. Manolis is the founder of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute. He is, furthermore, the author of a comprehensive (three volume) History of the Greek Church in America: In Acts and Documents (Berkeley, CA: Ambelos Press, 2003).
Mr Manolis presented a key report in the workshops about transcript of the report by Paul G. Manolis is available on-line. It includes guidelines for a systematic approach to compiling parish history.
Anton Vrame is the current director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute. Among other accomplishments, he is the editor of The Orthodox Parish in America: Faithfulness to the Past and Responsibility to the Future (Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2004), available from Holy Cross Bookstore.
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