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    http://www.oca.org/news/2566 Conference presentations now available on Ancient Faith Radio Posted 06/14 YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] -- Presentations offered at the
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      Conference presentations now available on Ancient Faith Radio

      Posted 06/14

      YONKERS, NY [SVOTS/OCA] -- Presentations offered at the conference on
      Orthodoxy and higher education, sponsored June 9-11, 2011 at Saint
      Vladimir's Seminary here, are now available on Ancient Faith Radio at
      http://ancientfaith.com/specials/orthodoxy_and_higher_education.

      Some 30 Orthodox Christian academics from across the US participated in
      the conference, at which possibility of and issues involved in
      establishing an Orthodox college in North America were. The idea of the
      conference was announced on the seminary's web site in 2010 and was
      guided to fruition by a pan-Orthodox steering committee led by Dr. Bruce
      Seraphim Foltz (Eckerd College), Dr. David Bradshaw (University of
      Kentucky), Archpriest Dr. Chad Hatfield, SVOTS Chancellor, and
      Archpriest Dr. John Behr, SVOTS Dean.

      In his opening words to the conference, Father John pointed to the
      increasing interest in this topic, as evidenced in the consultations
      sponsored in recent years by the Orthodox Theological Society in America
      and the Orthodox Scholars Initiative run by Office of Vocation and
      Ministry at Hellenic College, Brookline.

      “Those past discussions related to Orthodoxy and the Academy, the
      changing nature of the Orthodox Theological Society in America over the
      past decade, and the various attempts to establish an Orthodox College,”
      said Father John, “which together suggest that we might be at a ‘kairos
      moment’ in which such aspirations could become a reality.”

      In eight different sessions, participants discussed all aspects of
      developing an Orthodox college, including funding, curriculum and
      pedagogy, and ethos related to student life and administration.

      “Many of the participants,” observed Father John, “noted that the kinds
      of items that came up for discussion, and the vigor and enthusiasm with
      which they were debated, witnessed to the increasing maturity of
      Orthodoxy in North America -- due to an increasing number of scholars in
      all disciplines and an increasing sense of our ability to tackle and
      speak to the intellectual culture and the task of education more generally.”

      Among the conference participants were instructors and administrators
      from a variety of secular and religious colleges and universities,
      including Hellenic College and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of
      Theology, which included Dr. Demetrios Katos, Dean of Hellenic College;
      Dr. Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides (SVOTS alumna, ‘00), Director of the Office
      of Vocation and Ministry; and Deacon Nicholas Belcher (SVOTS alumnus
      ‘05), Dean of Students.

      The conference was one of a number of summer educational gatherings
      offered by the seminary. A comprehensive listing of the seminary's other
      summer programs and opportunities is available at www.svots.edu.
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