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Festival of Orthodox Christian Art

Friday to Sunday

February 18th - 20th 2022

Welcome to Sts. Constantine and Helen Orthodox Church, and to our first Festival of Orthodox Christian Arts!

The Festival is our way of celebrating the completion of our new Temple. It also seemed an opportunity to invite people throughout DFW - and beyond - to "Come and See" both the new Temple and the flowering of Arts that springs from the Orthodox Christian worldview.


While construction is complete, it will be awhile before the Temple can be officially consecrated. We couldn't wait, however, to celebrate our progress-to-date.

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Festival Theme

Praise the Lord in the Heavens
-Psalm 148


This is a free event! Please register if you plan on attending.


  • 7 pm Keynote Address: The Role of the Arts in Orthodox Theology by Peter Bouteneff

  • St.Kassiani Chorale Perfomance

  • Gallery Preview and Soire​​ (please register)


  • Open Gallery exhibits and films for viewing

  • Presentations, workshops, demonstrations by artists

  • Pan Orthodox Vespers


  • Orthros and Divine Liturgy

  • Open Gallery​​

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Keynote Speaker: Peter Bouteneff

Peter Bouteneff teaches courses in theology, spirituality, and the arts at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, where he is professor of systematic theology and founding director of the Institute of Sacred Arts.

Dr. Bouteneff’s first degree is from New England Conservatory where he studied jazz and ethnomusicology. After some years living in Japan and traveling throughout Asia and Europe he landed at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, where he received his M.Div. degree in 1990. From there he went to Oxford and wrote his doctorate under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. For five years he was on the staff of the Faith and Order Commission at the World Council of Churches in Geneva. His close kinship with the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt led to the seminary’s Arvo Pärt Project. From that project was born the seminary’s Institute of Sacred Arts, of which Bouteneff is founding director.

His books include

  • Sweeter than Honey: Orthodox Thinking on Dogma and Truth

  • Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings on the Biblical Creation Narratives

  • Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence

  • How to Be a Sinner: Finding Yourself in the Language of Repentance

Dr. Bouteneff has edited and co-edited many other books and published dozens of scholarly essays and book chapters, as well as articles in popular theological and music journals. Most recently he co-edited Arvo Pärt: Sounding the Sacred. His podcast, “Luminous: Conversations on Sacred Arts” features eclectic presentations and discussions on the topics closest to his heart.

He directs church choirs, and remains active as a jazz bassist.