Friday, 31 October 2014

AGBU Nicosia - Hrant Dink lives on in our hearts!

Here we are, Seven years have passed...And to mark the occasion the following even will take place at the venue below!

17 hrs · 
An event is organised by the University of Cyprus in memory of Hrant Dink (1954-2007). The event will take place at the main lecture hall of the central university building on Kallipoleos street on November the 10th at 18:00. The theme of the event is Post Kemalist Turkey - Problems and Prospects for Democratization. The main speakers are Prof. Niyazi Kizilyurek (UCY), Prof, Athanasia Anagnostopoulou (Panteio University), Prof Cengiz Aktar (Bahcesehir University) and Prof. Nil Mutluer (Nisantasi University).

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pilgrimage deadline and details for 2015 - Friday 31st October 2014 - View 2013 Pilgrimage Video

The Primate’s Office is happy to announce the extension of the deadline for signing up for the 2015 Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Holy Land, to Friday 31 October. The pilgrims, 6-14 February, 2015, will visit Biblical shrines in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other cities including the Armenian Patriarchate, sailing the See of Galillee, and climbing up Mount of Temptation by cable car. The cost of the pilgrimage-- £1250 for shared room and £1500 for a private room --covers roundtrip airfare via British Airways, transportation from and to Tel Aviv Airport, daily breakfast and dinner, air-conditioned bus transportation with tour guides to all sites, admission fees and tips. To sign up for this inspiring journey to the roots of our faith and the ancient Armenian community in Jerusalem, please send your non-refundable deposit of the amount of £500 payable to the “Armenian Church Trust UK” to the Primate’s Office by Friday, 31 October, 2014. Please Note: price will go up after the deadline.
For the video from 2013 Pilgrimage please check the link below 

Armenian Church ENewsletter - Issue 44

Attached please find Issue 44 (Vol. 5) of the weekly E-Newsletter of the Armenian Church of the UK And Ireland.

In this Issue:
  • The Primate's Annual Appeal - Please respond positively
  • Youth Badarak in St Yeghiche
  • Fr Garegin's Final Badarak and Farewell Party
  • Bishop Vahan Investiture as a Knight
  • Updates about our annual Opera Gala

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It would be to your benefit to contact the Armenian Church with your email address for the weekly newsletter! 

Enjoy reading through the notices to know what you too can join in with and share the benefits of being a 
part of our Church community! 

You may wish to contribute in which ever way you wish, your efforts will be welcome and enrich the diaspora
you are in... 

Make yourself be know to our Bishop, he will welcome you, you will find him amiable as indeed are his fellow 
Preachers in which ever diaspora you approach them.  

Consider joining the Choir...All sections welcome! 


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Armenian Church ENewsletter - Get it direct

Attached please find Issue 44 (Vol. 5) of the weekly E-Newsletter of the Armenian Church of the UK And Ireland. In this Issue: The Primate's Annual Appeal - Please respond positively Youth Badarak in St Yeghiche Fr Garegin's Final Badarak and Farewell Party Bishop Vahan Investiture as a Knight Updates about our annual Opera Gala

Please send in your email to the Primates office to have your email sent directly to you! 
Thank you 

Armenian Church of UK and Ireland Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: 6-13 Jan 2013

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The video is produced with the most relaxed and extremely professional manner by the producer, Zara...Equally relaxing is the presenter which is most valued part of the video and may I also say
his voice is apt in view of the nature of the subject...

There are a number of snippets from the pilgrims including our Bishop Vahan and Fr Hambardzumyan who have supported the various diaspora with unity, invigorating the love of the Armenians for their Christian belief and the realisation of the importance of being Armenian.

Armenian's become the fist to take on the Christian faith as a Nation in 301.

You still have a few more days left to join next year's pilgrimage to Jerusalem, by contacting the Primates office:    [Copy and paste to your URL] 


Father Frank's Rants - FURIOUS ABOUT 'FURY' - THE MOVIE.

Rant Number 606          27 October 2014


I am furious. About Fury. A disgusting, triumphalist, obscene war movie. Fury wraps itself up in the Stars and Stripes flag and glories in slaughter. Viewing it was a loathsome experience. Like watching the progression of a vampire worm crawling through bloody slime. A critic wrote of the ‘moral clarity’ of WWII for the Allies. Judging by this repellent film, ‘crap to that!’
Five American soldiers inside a Sherman tank battle their way through a devastated, almost lunar German landscape, the fruit of years of Allied ferocious air bombings. The tank’s name speaks volumes. General Sherman’s infamous dictum, ‘War is hell’, was designed to obliterate any civilised restraints and limitations in warfare. Sherman declared total war on the Confederacy, burned down Atlanta and marched his conquering armies through the South with scorched earth tactics. Cruel? But ‘War is cruelty’ – another of Sherman’s pearls – and cruelty is also what Fury is about.
Director David Ayer said that killing Nazis does not raise hackles because it is like killing zombies. But Brad Pitt, the disagreeable hero, speaks of ‘killing Germans’. A revealing line. It gives the game away. This is an out-and-out racist movie. The Nazis are a pretext. The message is that all Germans are bad, inhuman, monsters. Hence they can be slaughtered like flies or incinerated like zombies. And the conquerors do that with great gusto. Deep down, despite the mountains of stinking corpses, if you are the victor ultimately ‘war is beautiful’ – why didn’t Sherman say that?
When Pitt forces a young rookie to shoot a prisoner of war as his baptism of fire, that is just that – a war crime. Critic Frank Kermode opines that Fury is really about Brad Pitt. His stylish haircut, his torso, his butchiness. Pitt the killing machine. A ruggedly handsome one, if visibly aging, granted. Only in aid of…what? Murdering a soldier who has surrendered? A Pashtu Taleban warrior must have better standards than that.
Kermode, along with other right-thinking critics, has predictably baulked at a scene involving women. The conquering US warriors occupy a town. Two Fraulein in a flat are pretty. Pitt condescends to give them a couple of eggs. A girl sings a lovely song – a corny scene tried out in innumerable movies, such as Stanley Kubrik’s powerful anti-war movie, Paths of Glory. (Now, that was a film filled with real moral pathos! Kirk Douglas portrayed an infinitely better type of soldier than Pitt’s revolting Sergeant Collier. How low has Hollywood sunk…) The Americans take the girls to the bedroom…geddit? Of course, PC critics like Kermode have inferred rape. In a sense, what else? What actual choice had a poor starving girl in that situation? At least the Yanks gave food. Russian soldiers in East Germany raped only. As Stalin infamously said about the violation of Yugoslav women: ‘After fighting our soldiers must have a bit of fun…’
Actually, I suspect that on this subject Fury is unfair to the reputation of American soldiers. My parents, who went through tough wartime days in Rome, told me how many women of good family threw themselves into the arms of the Allied servicemen. There was no need of any ‘raping’, in other words, pace feminists. And the liberators were liked, even admired. ‘How tall, healthy and good-looking those soldiers from the New World were, compared with our men!’ someone commented. Of course, Italians are not Germans. Not really worth hating, I suppose…
Shia Le Boeuf, owing to his frequent citations of the Good Book, is nicknamed ‘Bible’. Which presents a problem. Hollywood seems incapable of offering a Christian who is not a psychopath, a nutcase or both. Again, this is a unfair. Because America, with all her faults, 60 years ago was a far more Christian-shaped society than it is now. Not that it made any difference to policy-making but many servicemen knew the Scriptures and wore crosses. Surely they would have thought of their Lord. Jesus Christ, who never killed anyone but was killed for the salvation of humanity. I am naïve enough to believe that occasionally that made a difference – though I admit I am not so sure what that difference is.
‘How would you like it if…?’ A question you can pose to any person who contemplates wrong conduct. It is okay for Yanks and Brits endlessly to refight the two world wars, glorify them in movies and documentaries and anniversaries galore. And feel good about it, of course. They won, didn’t they? But what if it had gone the other way? What if Fury took place somewhere in America? Victorious German or Japanese tanks smashing their way through in Tampa or Bellingham or Bethesda? Or rather, rolling over the debris of those cities? Roasting alive civilians, raping women, butchering POWs? And calling the defenders vermin to be exterminated? How would you like it indeed?
Pitt’s character has a go at some deep thoughts. Like ‘ideals are peaceful, history is violent.’ Hhhmm…This evinces brawn rather than brains. Ideals may not be at all peaceful. Nietzsche’s Superman is an ideal but hardly a Gandhi-like one. Nor is nationalism particularly peace-loving. It is an ideal that moves people to fight – often quite irrationally. History, on the other hand, has had long periods of peace. Men however can tire of peace. A.J.P. Taylor believed that WWI happened partly because Europeans had got bored with peace. Still, peace is the priest’s ideal. One reason why I so dislike this movie.
Revd Frank Julian Gelli

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