As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Graduate Theological Union, the PAOI participated in a "Blessing of the Library" on Monday, October 8, 2012. Representing PAOI were His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas, Dr. John Klentos, and William Zimmerman. His Eminence read a prayer of blessing on the library. Serving as a backdrop for the prayers and anecdotes offered were several icons from the PAOI collection. Other schools and centers participating included the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, The Starr King School for the Ministry, The Jesuit School of Santa Clara, The Center for Jewish Studies, and The Institute for Buddhist Studies. Leading the ceremonies were GTU President Dr. James Donahue and Dean Arthur Holder.
The blessing of the library served as an inauguration of the exhibit, "Imaging Religion." Along with the icons that served as a backdrop to the ceremonies, other PAOI icons are displayed as part of the exhibition. Included with the icons are explanatory texts by Professor Rossitza Schroeder of the Pacific School of Religion. For more information on the "Imaging Religion" show, please follow this link
to the GTU website. The exhibition runs through January 31, 2013.