Listing Of Events

Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar for IOCS

Join us to learn from Dr. Ioana Popa--psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, theologian--on how to use your environment to support your rituals and spiritual goals. Axia is offering this as a special event with the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies in Cambridge.

We hope you can join us!

$5 (Orthodox women only, please.)

If cost is a barrier, please let us know at

Register here!

Prepare for Pilgrimage

​Are you interested in a walking pilgrimage? Not sure how to get started? 

Jennifer Nahas was a pilgrimage instructor at REI for seven years and has also been on two full Camino walks of over 500 miles. 

​In this webinar, she will cover the spiritual, physical, and practical (gear!) aspects of preparing for a walking pilgrimage, using walking the Camino as a case study. 

We hope you can join us!

$12 (Orthodox women only, please.)

If cost is a barrier, please let us know. 

Register here!


Girls in the LIturgy, part 3


Girls’ Participation in the Liturgy, Part 3: The third panel in this series co-sponsored by Axia Women and the St. Phoebe Center on January 28th, 2024, at 7pm Eastern.

Everyone is welcome!

We will hear from four diverse panelists who will focus on integrating girls into our liturgical celebration, addressing this issue from various perspectives—from those who plan and coordinate this ministry, to the perspectives of parents, and to the perspective of clergy on how this ministry has been received in their parishes and its value for the parish.  

We’ll hear from: 

• Anna Kallis, MDiv - the founder of the Myrrh-bearer ministry at St. Peter and Paul

• Kristina Baktis, MPS, LCAT, LPAT - co-founder of a ministry for young girls at her parish 

• Andy Nosal, PhD - a parent whose daughter participates in this kind of ministry

• Fr. Peter Baktis, DMin. - a parish priest

The panel will be moderated by Dr. Teva Regule, a liturgical scholar, and an expert on lay participation in the liturgy. The event will include short presentations explaining the panelist’s respective ministries, responses from other panelists, and a Q+A time for those attending the meeting.

You can register for the event here.   

Missed Parts 1 and 2? Over the past few years, the St. Phoebe Center in partnership with Axia Women has sponsored two webinars/zoom meetings focusing on the participation of women and girls in the liturgical assembly.

You can watch the videos on the St. Phoebe Center YouTube channel:

1) Integrating Girls (and boys) into the Liturgy: How and Why (sponsored by Axia)  

2) Liturgical Service by Girls and Women

Please note that when you register for this event, you will be added to St. Phoebe Center’s newsletter mailing list. They do not sell or share their lists. You will not be bombarded with unnecessary emails. You may unsubscribe at any time.

St. Phoebe Center plans to record portions of this event by photo, video, and audio. By registering for this event, you consent to SPC taking, using, reproducing, altering, and publicizing photographs, audio, or video for publicity, advertising, and promotion.

We hope to see you on January 28th! 



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Interested in unplugging and creating a space to experience the presence of God more deeply? Then consider setting your sights on a pilgrimage. Out of all the possibilities, there is one out there for you! 

On October 15th, Axia will be hosting a pilgrimage panel to explore the many ways we can be a pilgrim.  Our panel will cover the emotional, physical and spiritual benefits that come from traveling to and/or creating a sacred place to worship and experience the presence of God. Through the stories and lived experience of four different women, we will work through a broad definition of what it means to be on pilgrimage - whether alone or with others; virtually or physically; staying put in a sacred place or a walk that is just as important as the destination. 

We will be making a special announcement during the panel discussion—you don’t want to miss this!

About Our Panelists

Arpi Nakashian: After growing up in the Old City of Jerusalem, where she encountered pilgrims from across the world, Arpi went on to lead both in-person and virtual pilgrimages, eventually inspired by the pilgrims’ faith to establish her own pilgrimage ministry, Holy Land Lights.

Jennifer Rich: The author of 'Prayer Spa: Ancient Treatments for the Modern Soul’ and member of the Orthodox Speakers Bureau, when not tending her flock of sheep and stationery business Oblation Press in Portland, Oregon, Jennifer leads pilgrimages such as her recent tour with Frederica Mathewes-Green to Greece, focused on stillness in prayer.

Jen Nahas: An REI guide certified in both spiritual accompaniment and outdoor meditative walks, Jen’s adventurers all prepared her for the Camino de Santiago, one of the many pilgrimages she has sauntered.  

Teva Regule: Among her contributions as President of the Orthodox Theological Society of America, Teva was one of the motivators behind the creation of the annual New Skete pilgrimage in New York and hopes to be an example for anyone else who would like to create a pilgrimage place for their own community.

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Starting September 1, Axia's church year will be focused on PILGRIMAGE.

If you've taken part in a pilgrimage recently or long ago, we'd love to hear about it!  It could be a journey to a monastery, a weeks-long trek on the Camino or other established trail, or a trip to a place that is holy to you, or some other sacred travel. The piece should be between 500 and 1500 words long. Send to with the subject line "My Pilgrimage Story." We'll be picking at least six for our new blog series over the coming months. 

We can't wait to read what you write!

(Orthodox women only, please.)


Space Rituals and Your Mind webinar

Join us to learn from Dr. Ioana Popa --psychiatrist, spiritual advisor, theologian--on how to use your environment to support your rituals and spiritual goals.

6 pm eastern | 5 pm central | 4 pm mountain | 3 pm pacific

$12 (Let us know if cost is an issue.)

Register here!

(Orthodox women only, please.)

Church of Our Granddaughters webinar

We are delighted to offer a webinar by Carrie Frederick Frost, PhD,  author of The Church of Our Granddaughters, with a special focus on menstruation. 

In many parishes and areas of the Orthodox world, women and girls are excommunicated during their periods. Sometimes they are instructed not to venerate icons, light candles, kiss the cross, bake prosphora, or engage in other acts of worship, and sometimes they are even prohibited from coming to church at all. Dr. Frost will discuss how these popular practices–though widespread–diverge from core Orthodox theology related to women, the human body, and the Incarnation, and suggest ways to bring this particular set of practices in line with our theology.

If you want to read the book before the webinar, it is available from Cascade Books and

Register here ($12--let us know if cost is an issue)

(Orthodox women only, please.)

St. Phoebe Panel on Liturgical Service by Women and Girls

Sunday, June 25, 2023

7 PM-8:30 PM Eastern on Zoom

Moderated by St. Phoebe Center Board Member Dr. Teva Regule

Co-sponsored with Axia Women, Dr. Patricia Fann Boutneff

Greater participation of girls and women in the liturgical assembly of the Orthodox Church benefits the entire community. This event, co-sponsored with Axia Women, will offer the perspective of Orthodox women who have experienced these ministries as girl altar servers and tonsured readers or chanters. Topics explored will be how to encourage the expansion of these ministries and how they do, and do not, connect with the revival of the ordained order of deaconesses.

Register here!

Networking for Nurses

Nurses wear many hats as caregivers for patients. They care for patients, explain situations to families, collaborate with other medical professionals, and pursue their own professional development. Very often, they also have family and parish responsibilities! Axia Women offers this networking opportunity to bring any nurses in our community together and connect! Share your experiences, your tips for multitasking, and some relaxed time in one another’s company. 

Our facilitator will be Miho Ochiai Ealy, a trained chaplain and matushka of a parish in Dayton, Ohio. 

June 11 at 8:30pm Eastern/ 7:30 Central/ 6:30 Mountain/ 5:30 Pacific

(Orthodox women only, please.) 

Register here!


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