Annual Fall Lecture Series to Further Examine "How to Expand the Mission"
The annual fall lecture series at St. Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary will focus on "How to Expand the Mission," continuing discussions started at the 18th All-American Council held in Atlanta over the summer. Presenters will include Abbot Tryphon of All-Merciful Savior Monastery (ROCOR) on Vashon Island, Washington.
The series is open to the public and features four lectures on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. throughout the month of October. Click to either view or print a fall lecture series poster to share the schedule.
"The enthusiasm expressed at the All-American Council for expanding the Church's ministry and witness on this continent was an inspiring thing for our seminarians to see," Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Dean of St. Tikhon's, said. "We hope our annual fall lecture series this year will continue to inspire prayerful reflection on what it means to actually be 'for the life of the world and its salvation' in this day and age."
On October 6, Dr. Constantine Kallaur will discuss times in recent history when the Orthodox Church in North America exemplified its missional calling, and also offer suggestions for the future. Dr. Kallaur, a parishioner of Holy Trinity Church in East Meadow, NY, is Professor Emeritus of Russian language at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY, serves as a member of the Department of External Affairs of the OCA, and was a member of the delegation which received the Tomos of Autocephaly from the Russian Orthodox Church.
On October 13, Archpriest Timothy Hojnicki will share from his own experience as the pastor of a growing mission parish, and talk about lessons learned in reaching out to the larger community. Fr. Timothy is a 2005 graduate of St. Tikhon's and Pastor of Holy Apostles Mission in Mechanicsburg, PA.
On October 20
, Abbot Tryphon
will offer a spiritual perspective on expanding the mission, discussing how to engage modern-day culture while remaining faithful to the Gospel. Abbot Tryphon is the author of the "Morning Offering" blog, podcast, and book from Ancient Faith Publishing. Click here
to see Abbot Tryphon's itinerary during his visit to the Diocese of Eastern Pennsylvania and St. Tikhon's Seminary and Monastery.
On October 27, Archpriest Daniel Kovalak will reflect on the ideas raised by the previous speakers and also look forward toward next steps in expanding the mission of the Orthodox Church in the greater North American context. Fr. Daniel is a 1974 graduate of St. Tikhon's, Adjunct Faculty Lecturer in Evangelism and Mission at the Seminary, and Pastor of Elevation of the Holy Cross Church in Williamsport, PA.
Members of the public, as well as groups from area parishes, are encouraged to attend. Admission for the entire lecture series is $10 per person or $100 for a group of 10 or more. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. RSVP byOctober 5
to Teresa Vaux-Michel, Administrative Assistant to the Dean, at 570-561-1818 ext. 101
or at firstname.lastname@example.org