Noted international author, lecturer Jim Forest to speak in Oberlin-Lorain, OH area May 4-5

OBERLIN, OH [MW Diocese Communications] — Jim Forest, author of “Praying with Icons” and numerous other widely read Orthodox Christian books, will be the guest of the Oberlin College Orthodox Christian Fellowship and Saints Peter and Paul Church, Lorain, OH, Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, 2012.

On Friday, May 4, Forest will deliver a lecture titled “Let us Pray to the Lord” at the Oberlin College West Lecture Hall, 119 Woodland St., Oberlin, OH at 7:00 p.m.  He will focus on the seventh Beatitude — “Blessed are the peacemakers” — and reflect on peace as a primary theme of Christian life, Liturgy, and Tradition.

Forest will conduct a luncheon retreat at Saints Peter and Paul Church, 2238 East 32 St., Lorain, OH on Saturday, May 5, from noon until 3:00 p.m.  The retreat theme is “The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life,” in which he will example Christian life as a “pilgrim path” in which one lives day by day in a God-attentive way.  Drawing on the wisdom of the saints and his own travels, he will consider both “thin places” and “dark places” that have helped make him a pilgrim.

An American ex-pat living in Alkmaar, Holland, Forest is the executive secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and associate editor of OPF’s journal and web site, In Communion.  In addition to “Praying with Icons,” he also is author of “The Road to Emmaus: Pilgrimage as a Way of Life,” “Ladder of the Beatitudes,” “Living With Wisdom: A Biography of Thomas Merton,” and “All Is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day.”  He also has written several children’s books.  He and his wife Nancy are members of Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Amsterdam.

For additional information please contact Archpriest Basil Stoyka, host pastor, at or 440-277-5281 or Chris Baymiller at or 440-935-7652.

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