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The Liturgical Enterprise 25 Years Later

SVS Liturgical Symposium

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.

January 2009

The Liturgical Enterprise 25 Years Later

"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.

January 31, 2009 Length: 1:12:00

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