Saint John Orthodox Cathedral

Eagle River, Alaska

Antiochian Archdiocese

Eagle River Institute

of Orthodox Christian Studies · August 1-5, 2020

Due to coronavirus travel restrictions, we are cancelling the Eagle River Institute for 2020. All of our instructors, however, have already agreed to address the same topics next summer, August 1-5, 2021. May God allow us to be safely together then. We hope you make plans to join us.

Instructors

This year we are honored to have as our instructors the Board of the International Orthodox Theological Association (IOTA)

Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk, IOTA Founding President

Dr. Gayle Woloschak, Vice President

Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost, Secretary

With a special lecture celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska.

Archpriest Michael Oleksa

Metropolitan Teofan and the Archdiocese of Iasi, Romania generously sponsored the Inaugural Conference of IOTA in January, 2019. He is pictured here with members of the Board of IOTA. Fr. Michael also attended this important conference in Romania as co-chair of the Missiology Group.

Fr. Michael will give a special lecture on August 4 at 7:30pm: “Reflections on the Legacy of Saint Herman of Alaska.”

Presentations

Christ and the Church - Dr. Paul Gavrilyuk

1 & 2 “Who Do You Say that I am?” – Christ in the Scriptures and the Councils

3 The Church as the Body of Christ and the Place of Councils

The Maternal Body - Dr. Carrie Frederick Frost

1 What does the Orthodox Church have to say about motherhood?

2 What does motherhood have to say to the Church?

3 Women in the Orthodox Church: Promise and Possibility

Orthodox Thoughts on the Environment - Dr. Gayle Woloschak

1 Tending to God’s Creation

Special Lecture - Fr. Michael Oleksa

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Canonization of Saint Herman of Alaska

1 Reflections on the Legacy of Saint Herman

A Word from Fr. Marc, Pastor of St. John's

We are excited that this is the 25th Anniversary of our Institute and grateful to God for the many, many good people we have come to know through it. Special this year is that we have four speakers instead of two. We are also excited about some other changes that will make it easier for people to attend. Lectures will be a bit shorter. Meals between presentations will be available for all participants. And most importantly we will offer childcare during the sessions.

The themes for this year are important to everyday Christian life. Paul Gavrilyuk will talk about the central belief of the Christian Faith: Who is Jesus Christ? But he will also touch on the Church as Christ’s Body and how the idea of Church Councils has manifested this in history. Carrie Frederick Frost will talk from her new book, Maternal Body, about motherhood and the contribution of women in the Church. Gayle Woloschak returns as one of our previous speakers to again address issues about Faith and Science, this time touching on our responsibility for the environment. Finally, a friend of our parish, Fr. Michael Oleksa will give a special talk on Saint Herman of Alaska, marking the 50th Anniversary of his canonization.

Please join us for what we hope will be a very valuable time together. We would love to see you. - Fr. Marc