2018 Liturgical Arts Festival

November 2 - 4, 2018

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Produced with the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH of the
Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

November 2-4, 2018

The Psalms of King David:

Poetry, Hymnody & a Guide for Daily Living

300 Sumida Gardens Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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Friday, November 2

6:00-7:00 p.m.                         Tours, Bookstore, Icon Exhibit

7:00-8:30 p.m.                        "Inner Prayer and Psalm 50: Our Daily Renewal"
                                                 Fr. Calinic Berger

                                                Reception, Bookstore, Icon Exhibit following presentation.

Saturday, November 3

12:00-1:00 p.m.                      Tours, Bookstore, Icon Exhibit

1:00-2:30 p.m.                       "The Book of Psalms: the Prayer Book of the Church
                                               and our Window to Christ.”
                                                 Fr. Calinic Berger

3:00-4:30 p.m.                        “Writing with Scripture: Psalms and Earnest Prayer”
                                                Isaac Scott Cairns, Poet

                                               Light refreshments available between sessions and before Vespers.

6:00 p.m.                                 Great Vespers


Sunday, November 4


9:00 a.m.                                 Matins Service

10:00 a.m.                               Divine Liturgy followed by Coffee Hour

3:30 p.m.                                 Bookstore & Icon Exhibit available

4:00 p.m.                                 Sacred Music Concert featuring The Adelfos Ensemble & St. Athanasius Choir

A free-will offering will be taken.  Seating is first-come/first-served.
Reception & Bookstore following concert



Fr. Calinic BergerFather Calinic Berger was born in Detroit, Michigan and baptized by his maternal grandfather at the St. Simion Romanian Orthodox Church. In 1969 his family moved to California. As a child and as a teen he attended the Orthodox Church of the Redeemer in Los Altos Hills, California where he formed the desire to serve God as a priest. Having graduated from Santa Clara University  in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, he later enrolled in the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, graduating in 1994. Following seminary, he enrolled in the doctoral program in Patristics and historical theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, completing his PhD in 2003. In between and during his theological studies, he worked as an electrical engineer in the semiconductor industry. Feeling called to serve the Church, he decided to leave his job and was ordained to the holy diaconate in 2005 and to the holy priesthood in 2006. Father Calinic has served as Visiting Professor of Dogmatic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary.  He has taught and published on Orthodox theology and spiritual life in a variety of venues. He was the pastor of Holy Cross Romanian Orthodox Church in Hermitage, Pennsylvania, from 2006 to 2015. He was appointed assistant pastor at St Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral in Los Angeles on December 6, 2015.


Scott Cairns, PoetIsaac Scott Cairns was born in Tacoma, Washington November 19,1954. He received his B.A. in English from Western Washington University in 1977, his M.A. in English Writing from Hollins College in 1979, his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University in 1981, and his Ph.D. from University of Utah in 1990.  He has taught literature and writing courses at Bowling Gree n State University, Kansas State University, University of Utah, Westminster College of Salt Lake City, University of North Texas, Old Dominion University, and University of Missouri. Librettist, essayist, translator, and author of multiple poetry collections, Scott Cairns was Curators’ Distinguished Professor of English at University of Missouri, until leaving that position to serve as Director of the Low-Residency MFA Program at Seattle Pacific University. His poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Image, Paris Review, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and many other venues, and both have been anthologized in multiple editions of Best American Spiritual Writing. He has blogged for the Religion Section of The Huffington Post. His recent books include Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems (2015), Idiot Psalms (2014), Short Trip to the Edge (spiritual memoir, 2016), Endless Life (translations and adaptations of Christian mystics, 2014), and a book-length essay, The End of Suffering (2009). He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006, and the Denise Levertov Award in 2014. His new poetry collection, Anaphora, will appear from Paraclete Press in spring, 2019, and his current projects include Descent to the Heart, verse adaptations of selections from the writings of Saint Isaak of Syria.


The Adelfos Ensemble was founded in 2004 as a men’s a-cappella ensemble under the direction of Dr. Michael Eglin.  Since 2010 it has been a mixed-voice choral ensemble under the direction of Temmo Korisheli, who took it over in 2008. The group programs a broad repertoire of music spanning a millennium and many cultures, from ancient chant and Renaissance motets to folksong arrangements and contemporary works. Their goal is to offer the best of a-cappella and other choral music to audiences in the Santa Barbara area through live performances and recordings.  In 2015, Adelfos collaborated with American Orthodox composer Nazo Zakkak on a CD (“Luxari”) of Orthodox hymns that was released in 2016.