Faith & Learning Symposium with Kyriacos Markides

Faith & Learning Symposium with Kyriacos Markides


Eleventh Annual Saint Photios the Great, Faith & Learning Symposium,


Intuition: Exploring a Missing Link Between the Church and Academy

Keynote Speaker: Kyriacos Markides, Ph.D.

When: Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Where: Hellenic College Holy Cross Campus, Library Reading Room: 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445.

Hosted by The Office of Vocation and Ministry at Hellenic College Holy Cross

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How many times did you use your intuition today?

What is intuition anyway? Where does it come from and what is its role in our lives both as Orthodox Christians and college students? How do our cultural and societal norms influence our intuition? And in what ways might intuition provide a creative link between the Church and Academy? How might intuition deepen our own relationship with and understand of both?

Come hear well-known Orthodox sociologist of religion Kyriacos Markides, Ph.D., author of The Mountain of Silence, reflect on his own journey and experience with intuition both as a scholar and Orthodox Christian.

Kyriacos Markides, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine and author of nine books published in the United States and the UK. Six of his books, including The Mountain of Silence, Gifts of the Desert, and his latest work, Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality, explore Christian mysticism, spirituality, and elders of Eastern Christianity. He has given regular lectures and workshops around the United States, Canada, and oversees and has appeared on national and international television and radio programs. He lives in Stillwater, Maine, with his wife, Emily J. Markides, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Peace and Reconciliation Studies at the University of Maine.

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The Saint Photios the Great, Faith & Learning Symposium: Each year, the Symposium provides Orthodox Christian college students from Boston-area colleges and universities with the space to reflect on the relationship between their faith and lives as college students. This unique opportunity for learning and discussion brings students together to help examine the challenges they face in school while living their faith. The topic changes every year, and is geared toward education of students within the context of the Orthodox faith tradition. The annual symposium is named after Saint Photios the Great, Patriarch of Constantinople, who was educated in Greek literature, rhetoric, and medicine. He was a universal teacher, offering much to the Church and to education.

For more information on Saint Photios, please visit the Mystagogy website for an article: Saint Photios the Great as a model for our lives.

The Office of Vocation and Ministry (OVM) at Hellenic College Holy Cross (HCHC) offers programs for college students on campus and in the surrounding Boston area, and for faculty and various scholars. Each summer, OVM also hosts the Crossroads program, for high school upperclassmen students from all over the United States.

For more information please visit their website at OVM at HCHC. Contact: Dn. Michael Tishel,, 617-850-1310

CLICK HERE to listen to an interview with Kyriacos Markides on Come Receive the Light.




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