Around the Twin Cities
Lenten Retreat and Lecture Series at St George's
Fr Rick Andrews at St George Greek Orthodox Church in St Paul has sent us links for their three Lenten educational offerings (a retreat with an out-of-state speaker and two weekly lecture series on Wednesdays and Fridays), which are always interesting.
March 18: Retreat for Kids, Youth, and Young Adults
St Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis has graciously
extended an invitation to our youth and 18-35-somethings to attend a
March 18 retreat; here is more information:
What is the Be the
Bee retreat? The Be the Bee retreat is a pan-Orthodox retreat at St
Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church on Saturday, March 18 (9:30 am to 5
pm), led by representatives of the Greek Archdiocese youth office.There
will be a day of engaging workshops for parents and youth workers to
learn how to present our faith to our young people. There will also be
a retreat for 6th- through 12th-graders led by representatives from the
youth office of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. Fr Jason Hock and some
volunteers also will lead a retreat and field trip to the Como Zoo
for Kindergarten through 5th-graders. Finally, on Saturday
evening, there will be a YAL event (18-35-year-olds), “Orthodoxy on
Tap,” led by representatives of the youth office from the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese. This event is open to all the Orthodox parishes
in the area and is free.
Where did the phrase “be the bee” come
from? St Basil the Great noted that Christians could read and use
ancient Greek literature (which was written by pagans), but only what
was good within it. This is similar to bees taking only the good nectar
from flowers while leaving bad stuff behind. St Paisios (late
20th century) recently said that when a bee is in a room full of filth
with one sweet piece of food in it, it will go to what is sweet. A fly
goes to the filth, while a bee goes to what is sweet. So, “being the
bee” is discerning what is good around us to bolster our faith. View a host of “Be the Bee” videos here.
For more information and to register, go here. Questions? Please contact Fr Jason Houck (612-825-9595).