Chryssavgis to deliver Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture in 2016

Chryssavgis to deliver Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture in 2016



Monday, December 28, 2015
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis to deliver 33rd Father Alexander Schmemann Lecture in January

[SVOTS Communications / Yonkers, NY] The 33rd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, titled “Toward the Holy and Great Council: Retrieving a Culture of Conciliarity and Consensus” will be presented by The Reverend Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The free public lecture on Sunday, January 31, 2016 will be preceded by an academic convocation at 7:00 p.m., at which Father John will be awarded a Doctor of Divinity degree honoris causa. The seminary Board of Trustees will also award a Doctor of Canon Law degree honoris causa to former Trustee Charles Ajalat.

Father John currently serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues. Born in Australia, he studied theology and philosophy at Athens and Oxford, and taught patristics and church history in Sydney, Boston, and Lebanon. He co-founded St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney.

Father John is the author of over twenty books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox spirituality, including Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John, published St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press in 2003. He is also the editor of three volumes containing the select writings of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (Fordham University Press, 2010-2012).

A public reception will follow the lecture, which will be held in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium of the John G. Rangos Family Building.



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