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18603SVS Dean lectures to ROC's church-wide graduate program

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    Oct 15 2:18 PM
      [Minimally edited machine translation.  Russian]http://www.bogoslov.ru/text/3557511/index.html
      Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary presented a lecture to the church-wide graduate program
      October 15, 2013
      On October 12, 2013 the Dean of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary (New York), Archpriest John Behr, who arrived in Moscow for the signing of a cooperation agreement between the general church and seminary graduate and doctoral programs, as well as to participate in the I International scientific-theological conference church-wide program,  "St. Isaac the Syrian, and his spiritual heritage, "gave a lecture to graduate students and undergraduates.
      The lecture was held in the conference room of the post-graduate program.. The meeting was also attended by the chancellor of St. Vladimir's Seminary Archpriest Chad Hatfield, head of the publishing house seminary deacon Gregory Hatrak, and the assistant rector of the church wide program, Fr John (Kopeikin).
      Opening the meeting, the dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, spoke about the history and contemporary life of the spiritual school, which stood at the origins of the outstanding theologians of the XX century Russian Archpriest George Florovsky and Fr Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff.
      The lecturer also spoke about the establishment of the Russian House named after St Philaret of Moscow on the grounds of St. Vladimir's Seminary for teachers and students from the Moscow Patriarchate.
      Father John also shared his vision of what should constitute  theological education today. In his view, a careful reading of the Gospel narratives and monuments patristic literature should always be the core of today's theology.
      Thereafter Father John gave a lecture on the topic "Becoming Human." The main idea of ​​speech was the idea that in the worldview of the Fathers, the life of man was seen not only as a feat to achieve human dignity; just as dying with Christ and in Christ man can be born to a new life, to become a complete human being, that is, the way it was intended by the Creator. 
      In conclusion the Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary, gave the library of the church-wide graduate school a collection of English translations of patristic literature published by the seminary.