Saint John Orthodox Cathedral

Eagle River, Alaska

Antiochian Archdiocese

Eagle River Institute

of Orthodox Christian Studies · August 1-5, 2020


Marriage as a Path to Theosis

Fr. Philip LeMasters is Professor of Religion and Director of the Honors Program at McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he is also the pastor of St. Luke’s Antiochian Orthodox Church. He is the author of several books in the area of moral theology, most recently <a>The Forgotten Faith: Ancient Insights for Contemporary Believers from Eastern Christianity. He was an adjunct professor of Christian Ethics at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in 2016-17 and has been a participant at recent, international Orthodox consultations. A graduate of Baylor University and Rice University, he holds a Ph.D. in Christian Theology and Ethics from Duke University and an M.A. in Applied Orthodox Theology from the University of Balamand.

1. Water into Wine: Man-Woman Relationship as a Sign of the Kingdom
2. One Flesh:” Eucharistic Vision of Marriage and Sex
3. Clues from the Orthodox Wedding Service
4. Asceticism, not Gnosticism: Healing of the Passions through Marriage and Family Life

Lay People in the Ancient Church: Women and Men

Dr. Susan Ashbrook Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University (USA). She specializes in Syriac and Byzantine Christianity. She is also a tonsured chanter at St. Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Professor Harvey's scholarship ranges widely across issues of women and gender, embodiment, and lay piety - studied in contexts of asceticism, Bible, hagiography, liturgy, hymnography, domestic and civic religion. Most recently she is a co-author of the book Jacob of Serug’s Homilies on Women Who Met Jesus. She is a graduate of Grinell College, Iowa, and holds an M.Litt. and Ph.D. in Byzantine Studies from Birmingham University, England.

1. Women and Men in the New Testament: Gospel Models, Liturgical Remembrance
2. Female Martyrs and Saints; Models of Faith
3. Voices of the Laity: Women and Men in the Liturgy
4. Early Syriac Christianity: Some Favorite Themes


What the Early Christian Tradition has to Say about Genesis 1-3

Dr. Peter Bouteneff teaches courses in ancient and modern theology and spirituality at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, where he is Professor of Systematic Theology. After taking a degree in music in 1983 he lived and worked in Japan, and traveled widely in Asia and Greece. He has an M.Div. from St Vladimir’s Seminary and a doctorate from Oxford University, where he studied under Bishop Kallistos Ware​. He conceived of and edits the "Foundations" series for SVS Press, to which he has contributed a volume called Sweeter than Honey: Orthodox Thinking on Dogma and Truth. In 2008 he authored a study of how early Christians read the Genesis creation accounts, called Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives.

1. From the Old Testament to the Fathers: The Journey of the Creation Accounts
2. Genesis 1-3: The Earliest Readers
3. Genesis 1-3: The Cappadocian Fathers
4. Lessons from the Tradition for Today

Faith, Science, and Mystery

Dr. Gayle Woloschak is currently a professor of Radiation Oncology at Northwestern University in Chicago and an adjunct professor of Religion and Science at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago, and at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Toledo (Medical College of Ohio), and a D.Min. in Eastern Christian Studies from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Her laboratory interests include molecular biology, radiation biology and nano-biotechnology, and her science-religion fields include biological evolution, stem cell reasearch, and ecology. At St Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary she teaches Bioethics. She is also the current president of “The Orthodox Christian Association of Medicine, Psychology, and Religion.”

1. Religion and Science: Interface
2. Technology: Where are We Going?
3. Evolution: Creation and Eternity
4. Becoming Human: Genetics and Personhood