Join us for part three in a three part series with Fr. Christopher Knight on Science and the Christian Faith, hosted by Fr. Chris Metropulos. In part three (Thursday, April 28) we’ll discuss, “Evolution and God’s action in the world“
You can purchase Fr. Knight’s book, Science and the Christian Faith: A Guide for the Perplexed from Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press.
Part 1: History and context of the current debate. This episode also features an OCMC Missionary highlight with the Jones Family (bio below).
Episode 1 OCMC Highlight:
Michael and Meghan Jones were both received into the Orthodox Church as children during the 1980’s together with their families, though on opposite sides of the country. They both were raised by loving, Orthodox parents who made many sacrifices to build Christian communities in which to raise their children, which has shaped and prepared Michael and Meghan for foreign mission service.
They have four children: Catherine (8), Anastasia (7), Cecelia (5), and Elliot (2). Michael worked as an administrator with the State of Alaska for several years before leaving public service to start a small construction business. Meghan is a professional teacher.
The Jones family was drawn into missionary service quite unexpectedly, when they learned about the apostolic ministry of the Holy Metropolis of New Zealand in Fiji, Tonga and Samoa and felt a strong calling to participate. The Joneses will be serving as needed throughout the metropolis: coordinating building projects, teaching the liturgical arts, conducting catechism, building community, and supporting the indigenous people of the South Pacific islands who have embraced Holy Orthodoxy.
Part 2: What is science and how should theology interact with it?
Episode 3: Evolution and God’s action in the world
Episode 3 OCMC Highlight:
Steve Sarigianis grew up in Connecticut and attended the St. Barbara parish in Orange. In 2010 he graduated from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Psychology, and after a year of reflection & attention to the heart, he was compelled to study theology at Holy Cross, entering in the fall of 2011. Steve served on six short term mission teams and was president of the Missions Committee for three years while at the “Holy Hill.” After his solo mission trip to Guatemala in 2013, he discerned the Lord was calling him to long term mission service. He graduated Holy Cross in 2015 with an MDiv and soon after began working as a Pastoral Assistant at Archangels Church in Stamford, Connecticut, under Fr. Harry Pappas.
Theophani Sarigianis grew up in New Port Richey, Florida. Her family, and in particular her grandfather Nikitas Damianakis, were centrally involved in planting Saints Raphael, Nicholas, & Irene church in Palm Harbor. The memory of her late pappou, the spirit of these three miraculous Saints, and her family’s guidance helped Theophani make the decision to attend Hellenic College in 2012, and her keen interest in religious freedoms at the Ecumenical Patriarchate lead to her developing an interest in Orthodox mission work. As a student Theophani was involved in the campus Missions Committee and explored a vocation in missions while making several short-term trips. In 2016, she graduated from Hellenic with a BA in Religious Studies. She is active in parish life, primarily with youth ministry, Sunday School, and Seniors ministry.
Steve & Theophani first met in 2012 at Hellenic College Holy Cross. They shared a calling to serve Christ as missionaries and from this developed a close friendship, and in time a loving relationship. After completing their studies, the two served together on an OCMC team to Kenya in 2016 lead by the late Bishop Athanasios Akunda. He would later marry them at Holy Cross chapel in 2017. Now together, they look forward to serving the Lord in Albania under the leadership of Archbishop Anastasios Yannoulatos.