Sacred Arts Festival 2023

October 6 - 8, 2023

Friday, October 6 – Sunday, October 8, 2023

We invite you to join us for our 6th Sacred Arts Festival!

This year, we are excited to present Fr. Turbo Qualls as our guest speaker.  Fr. Turbo has had an unique and interesting journey to the Orthodox Christian Faith, in which he now serves as a priest in Kansas City, Missouri.  On Friday evening Fr. Turbo will share with us about his personal spiritual journey, and on Saturday he will share his vast knowledge of sacred art, its meaning, importance and influence on our worship experience and on our life in Christ.

While tickets will be available at the door until the space is filled to capacity, we encourage you to register ahead of time to secure your place.  All lectures will take place in the nave of the church. (our worship space)

Pre-teens and teens (ages 11-17) are welcome to attend the sessions AT NO COST.  (No children under 11 years old at the lectures, please.)  We will reserve space at each of the sessions for our parish Youth Group.


Tickets may be picked up at a WILL-CALL TABLE in the hallway preceding each presentation.  They will not be mailed.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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Fr. Turbo Qualls, Presenter

Fr. Turbo is the rector at St. Mary of Egypt, Serbian Orthodox Church in Kansas City Missouri, where he lives with his wife Juliana and their 8 children.

Fr. Turbo is also a retired professional tattoo artist. Having studied iconography within the Prosoponeschool of Iconography and most notably under the contemporary master iconographer, Fr. Stamatis Skliris of Athens, Fr. Turbo further augmented his education and skill in iconography by completing the Antiochian House of studies course in theology, with an emphasis in Iconology.

Fr. Turbo is also the former Dean of Chapters for the national chapter of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black. He has lectured in various parts of the United States in regard to the work of evangelization and cultural outreach within the United States. As a former youth minister within the evangelical church, Fr. Turbo has dedicated much of his life and work to the pragmatic and tangible articulation of Orthodox spirituality to both young people and spiritual seekers.

Fr. Turbo co-hosts a regular podcast on Youtube on which he discusses a variety of topics related to spirituality and culture.



Friday, October 6    
1:00 – 4:30 p.m.   Workshops (for individuals 16 yrs. and older) Class size is limited.
  • Iconography ($10/person) – Dorothy Alexander & Kh. Cayce-Marie Halsell
    Docent-led tour of the icon exhibit in the chapel; How gold is used in iconography, the different types of gilding, and trying out various methods; A teaching on iconography with a live demonstration of egg tempera as used in the Byzantine Tradition.
  • Prosphora-baking ($10/person) - Fr. John Finley
  • Prayer Rope Weaving ($10/person) - Sister Photini, other teachers TBA
5:00-6:30 p.m.   Tours of Nave, Bookstore & Icon Exhibit Open
7:00-8:30 p.m.   Lecture Session One: “My Journey to the Ancient Faith – the Royal Path” Fr. Turbo Qualls
    Dessert Reception, Bookstore & Icon Exhibit open following presentation
Saturday, October 7    
12:00-1:00 p.m.   Tours of nave, Open House in Atria, Bookstore & Icon Exhibit Open
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.   Lecture: “Wonder as Worship in Orthodox Christian Art” Part 1 – Fr. Turbo Qualls
2:30 – 3:00 p.m.   Break/Snacks available
3:00-3:45 p.m.   Great Vespers
4:00-5:30 p.m.   Lecture: “Wonder as Worship” Part 2 – Fr. Turbo Qualls
5:30-6:00 p.m.   Bookstore Open
5:30-7:30 p.m.   Light supper/Mexican BBQ (by pre-registration - $10/person)
Sunday, October 8    
9:00 a.m.   Matins Service
10:00 a.m.   Divine Liturgy followed by Agape Meal
2:00 p.m.   Bookstore Open
3:00 p.m.   Sacred Music Concert featuring the Sacred Arts Festival Choir ($5/person)
Seating is first-come/first-served.
A reception will follow the concert.


View the printable schedule