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SVS Liturgical Symposium

SVS Liturgical Symposium

January 2009

The SVS International Liturgical Symposium took place on January 29-31, 2009. It featured preeminent theologians from Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant traditions from major universities, and was held in honor of The Rt. Rev. Alexander Schmemann (d. 1983), who served as dean of St. Vladimir’s Seminary for more than twenty years. Fr. Schmemann is best known for his writings on liturgy and sacramental life, which have influenced all branches of Christianity, in the practice of worship as well as in the academic realm.

The keynote speaker was Robert F. Taft, S.J.

Other speakers include:

  • The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Job (Getcha)—former Dean of St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris;
  • The Rev. Dr. Stefanos Alexopoulos—Professor at the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, Athens, Greece;
  • Sr. Vassa Larin, nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad; currently teaching Liturgical Studies at the University of Vienna;
  • Dr. Bryan D. Spinks—Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School;
  • Dr. Michael Aune—Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the Chapel, Professor of Liturgical and Historical Studies at Pacific Lutheran Seminary, and Core Doctoral Faculty in Liturgical Studies at General Theological Union;
  • Dr. David W. Fagerberg—Associate Professor in the Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame.

Read more about the Symposium here.

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  • January 31, 2009
    Concluding Episcopal Remarks

    His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah, Archbishop of Washington and New York and Metropolitan of All America and Canada, Orthodox Church in America (OCA).

    7:37
  • January 31, 2009
    Dr. David Fagerberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame.
    1:16:07
  • January 31, 2009
    Sr. Vassa Larin, nun of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad; currently teaching Liturgical Studies at the University of Vienna.
    1:13:10
  • January 31, 2009
    "Did the Work of Father Alexander Schmemann Influence Modern Greek Theological Thought? A Preliminary Assessment."

    The Rev. Stefanos Alexopoulos, Professor at the International Center for Hellenic and Mediterranean Studies, Athens, Greece.
    1:13:35
  • January 31, 2009
    "From Liturgical Theology to Liturgical Theologies: Schmemann's Legacy in Western Churches."

    Dr. Bryan D. Spinks, Professor of Liturgical Studies, Yale Divinity School.
    1:22:46
  • January 31, 2009
    "The Liturgical Enterprise 25 Years After Alexander Schmemann - The Man and His Heritage."
    The Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Robert Taft, S.J.

    In addition to serving as a board member and/or consultant of several academic and ecclesiastical bodies, Fr. Taft is a founding member of both the North American Academy of Liturgy and of the Association of Jesuit Liturgists, and a member of the U.S. National Committee for Byzantine Studies, of the Society for Armenian Studies (retired 1999), and of the International Societas Liturgica. He was a member of the Governing Council of the latter society for ten years (1979–89), and its President from 1985–87.
    1:12:00
  • January 30, 2009
    "From Master to Disciple: The Notion of 'Liturgical Theology' in Fr. Kiprian Kern and Fr. Alexander Schmemann"

    The Rt. Rev. Archimadrite Job (Getcha) is former Dean of St. Sergius Theological Institute, Paris.
    1:06:27
  • January 30, 2009
    Dr. Michael B. Aune, Professor of Liturgical and Historical Studies at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary/Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.
    1:07:50
  • January 30, 2009
    The symposium began with a welcome from Saint Vladimir's Chancellor, Fr. Chad Hatfield, followed by opening remarks from Dr. Paul Meyendorff and His Grace, The Rt. Rev. Maxim (Vasiljevic), Bishop of the Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
    25:00

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