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

Dr. Peter Bouteneff


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

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

Orthodoxy and Cultrue: Past, Present, and Future

Aristotle Papanikolaou is the Archbishop Demetrios Chair of Orthodox Theology and Culture at Fordham University, and the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. He is also Senior Fellow at the Emory University Center for the Study of Law and Religion. In 2012, he received the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the Humanities. He is the author of The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and he enjoys Russian literature, Byzantine and Greek music, and is a bit of a foodie.

  1. Why Religion? Why be Orthodox?
  2. What’s the point of spiritual practices like fasting and confession?
  3. War, violence, and virtue
  4. Can there be a Christian secularism?


George E. Demacopoulos is the Fr. John Meyendorff and Patterson Family Chair of Orthodox Christian Studies at Fordham University, and the Co-Director of the Orthodox Christian Studies Center. A native of Tennessee, Dr. Demacopoulos came to Fordham in 2002 after earning his PhD in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a specialist in the history of Christianity, and has served on the executive board for the Center for Medieval Studies and was, for many years, a regular teacher in the Rose Hill Honors Program. His most recent book is Gregory the Great: Ascetic, Pastor, and First Man of Rome.

  1. Was Byzantine Christianity the normative Orthodox experience?
  2. The origins of asceticism and monasticism
  3. War and violence in early and Byzantine Christian reflection
  4. Tradition without fundamentalism

Christianity in the Arab World

Very Rev. Fr. George Shalhoub

The Very Rev. Fr. George Shalhoub was born in Hama Syria, the youngest of 7 children. At the age of 12, he was sent to the Balamand Monastery in Lebanon. Fr. George was ordained a deacon in the Cathedral of the Patriarchate in Damascus, Syria. In 1971, he was sent to the United States. Fr. George is married to Nouhad (Ghareeb) and they have 4 children. Fr. George received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University in sociology and psychology, a Master’s Degree in Theological Studies from St. John’s Provincial Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Fr. Shalhoub is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Madonna University and a faculty member of the Antiochian House of Studies. Fr. George and a handful of parishioners started St. Mary’s mission in 1972. In 1976, they moved into their new church and in 1990, along with the parishioners, Parish Council, Building Committee, Ladies Society, and the Youth, St. Mary’s was able to build a Cultural Center. Finally, in 2002, St. Mary’s moved into its permanent house of worship, The Basilica of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Church where Metropolitan PHILIP proclaimed it, “A new church for a new century.”

Fr. George will give 3 lectures on Christianity in the Arab world plus a special lecture from his new book: The Mystery of Love and Marriage


Voice from Antioch: Key Themes in Saint Ignatius the God-bearer

Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick


The Rev. Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick is pastor of St. Paul Orthodox Church of Emmaus, Pennsylvania, author of Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy (Ancient Faith Publishing/Conciliar Press, 2011) and An Introduction to God (Ancient Faith Publishing, 2014), and host of the Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy and Roads from Emmaus podcasts. He is also a frequent speaker at lectures and retreats both in parishes and in other settings.  He lives with his wife Kh. Nicole and their three children in Emmaus.

  1. Introduction & Martyrdom
  2. Salvation in Christ
  3. The Bishop and the Church
  4. The Eucharist

Fr. George Shalhoub
Fr. George Shalhoub
Fr. George Shalhoub
Fr. Andrew Damick
Fr. Andrew Damick
Fr. Andrew Damick

To Love is to Remember: Lessons from 32 Years Serving the Orthodox Church in Alaska

Fr. Nicholas and Matushka Anastasia Molodyko-Harris

  1. Reflections on the "Golden Years" - An overview of 1967-1999, an era which saw the building and consecrations of numerous churches, the canonization of multiple saints, the establishment of a diocesan seminary & organizations, and the making of many priests.
  2. A Parish for All Alaska - From basement to cathedral, the joys and sorrows of an Alaskan Orthodox Mission
  3. Heroes, Saints, and Martyrs - The departed and living who have touched our hearts with their lives and deeds.
  4. Missions, Mysteries, and Miracles - A window into the world of an Alaskan Orthodox Priest and his ministry

Fr. Nicholas and Matushka Anastasia moved to Alaska in 1967 and soon began work in Anchorage establishing Saint Innocent Orthodox Cathedral, a “parish for all of Alaska.” Over the next 32 years Fr. Nicholas made countless trips to serve churches in rural Orthodox villages across Alaska. During this time their lives were woven together with many remarkable Alaskan people whose Orthodox ancestry extends back over 200 years. Fr. Nicholas retired from Alaska in 1999 and he and Matushka have long wanted to recount their experiences in a way that will encourage every Christian.

Orthodox Evangelism: “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mt. 4:19)

Fr. David & Rozanne Rucker

  1. Why are we fishing? - Purpose and vision of the local parish
  2. What tackle do we use? - Practical tools for Orthodox evangelism and church planting
  3. Now that we’ve caught them, what do we do with them? - Becoming disciples by making disciples
  4. Captain’s Secret -- Where are the fish? - A “case study” from current missionary efforts among the Mayans in Guatemala and southern Mexico

Fr. David was born in Kentucky, the fourth generation son of Methodist ministers and missionaries. He attended Asbury College in Kentucky earning a B.A. in Education and Missions. While attending college he spent a summer doing missionary work in Colombia, South America, where he met Rozanne Wolff, the daughter of missionaries to Brazil. They were married and after a year of pastoral ministry they entered into career missionary service with a Protestant organization which specialized in planting churches and seminaries around the world. Their thirteen years of missionary service would take them to Japan and China. During that time Fr. David also completed an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary. While serving in China the Ruckers began to learn about the Orthodox Church. The Ruckers returned to Kentucky in 1993. Fr. David began doctoral studies in Missiology and Rozanne finished a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. They were Chrismated in the Evangelical Orthodox Church in 1995 and planted a mission parish which was received into the Orthodox Church in America in February 2002. Fr. David was ordained to the Priesthood in June of that same year. The Ruckers continued serving the parish they helped to found, St. Athanasius Church, in Nicholasville, Kentucky until De-cember 2006, when Fr. David was asked to become the Associate Director of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center in St. Augustine, FL. In 2013 the Ruckers became Mission Specialists, realizing a goal to return to missionary service when their last child went to college. They are currently assisting in the training of leadership for 40,000 new Orthodox Christians in over 100 new churches in Guatemala and southern Mexico. Rozanne is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and certified teacher. The Ruckers have three children (Lauren, Ethan and Andrew) and a “son-in-marriage” (Wesley Pulley). Lauren and Wes made the Ruckers grandparents in September 2012 with the birth of James. Hobbies include water sports and long walks together.

The Theology of Saint Maximos the Confessor

with Father Maximos

  1. The Life of St. Maximos the Confessor
  2. The Works of St. Maximos the Confessor
  3. The Theology of St. Maximos the Confessor I
  4. The Theology of St. Maximos the Confessor II

Father Maximos is a monk of the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mount Athos (Greece). Born in New York, he is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, and holds a Ph.D. in Patristics from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Prior to his monastic tonsure, he was a professor at Holy Cross School of Theology and Harvard Divinity School, and held visiting professorships in the US, Europe, and Jerusalem. He has twice been a visiting fellow at Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University's Center for Byzantine Studies), and is the author of numerous books and articles. His edition and translation of St. Maximos the Confessor's Ambigua will be published later this year by Harvard University Press in its new "Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library" series. He is currently a visiting professor at Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, Massachussetts.

Christianity and Culture

Peter and Sharon Georges 

  1. Transcending Culture: Living the Gospel in the East and the West (Lessons from the Life and Teachings of Mother Gavrilia)
  2. Traditional Morality in Contemporary Western Culture
  3. Christianity and Traditional African Culture: What We can Learn from Indigenious African Religion
  4. Modern American Heresies: The Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses

Peter and Sharon Georges are the founders and directors of the St. Nicholas Uganda Children’s Fund, an Orthodox ministry dedicated to educating orphans and other vulnerable children living in the slums of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Founded in 2005, the organization supports 270 children and young adults in primary & secondary school, university, and vocational training. They have been working in Uganda since 2002. Prior to devoting themselves full time to the Children’s Fund, they both taught at the small Orthodox seminary in Uganda. Sharon is a registered nurse and Peter worked as a telecom sales & marketing executive for twenty years. Their home parish is St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Mentor, Ohio, where they taught adult and teen church school classes. They have two married daughters and six grandchildren

Becoming Human
Father John Behr

  1. It is Finished: The Cross of Christ (Audio recording Part 1 - Part 2)
  2. For This Were We Created
  3. Male and Female Created He Them
  4. The Virgin Mother
  5. Glorify God in Your Bodies

Fr. John Behr is the Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary and Professor of Patristics, teaching courses in patristics, dogmatics, and scriptural exegesis at the seminary and also at Fordham University. After completing his first degree in Philosophy in London in 1987, Fr. John spent a year studying in Greece. He finished a M.Phil. in Eastern Christian Studies at Oxford University under Bishop KALLISTOS (Ware), who subsequently supervised his doctoral work. He has been a permanent faculty member at SVS since 1995, tenured in 2000, and ordained in 2001. Before becoming Dean in 2007, he served as the editor of St Vladimir's Theological Quarterly, and he still edits the Popular Patristics Series for SVS Press. He is married with three children.


Linking Ancient Christianity to the African-American Experience
Father Moses Berry

  1. African-Americans and the Orthodox Church: Where We Come From (Audio Part 1 and Part 2)
  2. Where We Are Now
  3. Where We Are Headed

Fr. Moses Berry is the pastor of Theotokos “Unexpected Joy” Mission in Ash Grove, MO, which started in a building next to his family cemetery and was received into the OCA in 2000. Fr. Moses is the great, great, great grandson of frontier legend Daniel Boone. He lives in the house his great grandparents built in 1875. The family cemetery--dedicated to slaves, Indians, and paupers--is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1875. In 2002, he founded the Ozarks Afro-American Heritage Museum in Ash Grove. The museum is a repository of local Afro-American culture that testify to lives richly lived by African-American ancestors in southwest Missouri. He is one of the founders of the Brotherhood of St. Moses the Black, a pan-Orthodox nonprofit organization, and the annual Ancient Christianity & African American Conferences. He is also a contributor to An Unbroken Circle.

Has God become Irrelevant in the 21st Century?
Deacon Ezra Ham

  1. Functional Atheism
  2. I Believe in One God
  3. Maker of Heaven and Earth
  4. Adam and Eve

Deacon Ezra Ham is on staff as the Administrator of Saint Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Church in Oklahoma City. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Oklahoma Baptist University, an M.Div. in New Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. His studies include graduate studies at the Baptistiche Theologische Hochschule (Zurich, Switzerland), Ph.D. studies at Baylor University and D.Min., and studies at Oral Roberts University. In addition to his work at St. Elijah, Deacon Ezra is also an Adjunct Professor of History at UCO; an Adjunct Professor of Ancient & Medieval Humanities at UCO; and an Adjunct Professor of Religion at the University of Phoenix-Oklahoma City Campus. His most recent book is These Things We Believe: the Orthodox Defense of Reasonable Christian Faith.


Sanctify Those Who Love the Beauty of Your House
Father Igumen Sergius (Bowyer)

  1. The Importance of Beauty in the Orthodox Christian Tradition: How Will Beauty Save the World
  2. Beauty and the Restoration of the Soul: The Value of Monasticism in the Contemporary World
  3. Liturgical Living: Music for Transfiguration

Father Sergius, the current Abbot of St. Tikhon's--America's oldest Orthodox Monastery, founded in 1905--grew up Catholic in San Jose, CA. He converted to Orthodoxy in the mid-90's and joined St. John of Shanghai Monastery in 1998--a monastery which was established and run by the now Metropolitan Jonah, Primate of the OCA. After being sent to St. Tikhon's in 2000, Fr. Sergius studied Theology and Church Music and received a M.Div. He continued on at the Seminary as the head of the Music Program after graduation and leading the St. Tikhon's Seminary Choir. He was ordained priest in 2008 and elected Abbot of the Monastery in 2009. He has traveled extensively across much of North America during his time at St. Tikhon's giving talks and retreats and has led the St. Tikhons Seminary Choir for almost a decade. His current music project can be seen on line at Orthodoxtwopartmusic.org and via a link from the Monastery website Sttikhonsmonastery.org.

Obstacles to Sharing the Gospel in the 21st Century
Dr. John Mark Reynolds

  1. Secularism and the New Atheism
  2. The Cult of Youth
  3. A Culture of Change and an Unchanging Church
  4. Beauty as an Apologetic

John Mark Reynolds (Ph.D. University of Rochester)  is Professor of Philosophy at Biola University and is founder and Director of the Torrey Honors Institute--a great books program. Dr. Reynolds lectures frequently on ancient philosophy, philosophy of science, home schooling and cultural trends. He regularly appears on radio talk shows, such as the Hugh Hewitt Show and actively blogs on cultural issues at ScriptoriumDaily.com and the Washington Post's On Faith column. His books include Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Zondervan), When Athens Met Jerusalem: An Introduction to Classical and Christian Thought (IVP), and the newly published What's Right and Wrong about the New Athiesm (with Phillip E. Johnson, IVP).

Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective
Bishop ILIA (Katre)

  1. A Liturgical Perspective
  2. A Biblical Perspective
  3. A Pastoral Perspective
  4. A Theological Perspective

Bishop ILIA was the son of Albanian immigrants who came to the United States in 1920. He graduated from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Theological School in Brookline, MA in 1961. With his beloved wife, Helen, he shared 39 years of married life and raised two children before her death in 2001. During this time, he was Dean at Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary. He later served as a priest in Las Vegas, NV. He was consecrated as Bishop of the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America in Constantinople (Istanbul) on May 12, 2002.

Orthopraxy: Living Rightly in the World

Rod Dreher

  1. The Benedict Option: Why Orthodox Christians Should Pioneer New Forms of Community
  2. Eating to Live: Mindfulness, Morality, and Our Complicated Relationship to Food
  3. Morality and Marketplace: Orthodox Approaches to a Humane Economy
  4. Orthodoxy and the Medicine of the Future: The Surprising Connections Among Ancient Christian Wisdom, the New Physics, and “Heterodox” Healing

Rod Dreher has a B.A. in Journalism from Louisiana State University. Raised a Methodist, he later converted to Roman Catholicism and then to Orthodoxy in 2006.  He  published his best-selling book Crunchy Cons in 2006. He is a sought after commentator and author, and currently writes for the Dallas Morning News. Rod is married and the father of three children.


Lessons from Wisdom of Saint Silouan the Athonite: "Keep Thy Mind in Hell and Despair Not"
Dr. Christopher Veniamin

  1. Finding the Will of God
  2. The Place for Obedience in the Christian Life
  3. Prayer and the Imagination
  4. More on Prayer: Personal and Liturgical

Dr. Christopher Veniamin was born in London, England, of Greek Cypriot parents. A love for the Church and a desire to learn more about the Orthodox faith came as a direct result of growing up in the spiritual climate of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist (Tolleshunt Knights, Essex, England), founded by Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov. He studied at the University of Thessalonika and then received his Ph.D. from the University of Oxford. Dr. Veniamin has authored many works on a variety of spiritual themes. He has been a resident faculty member at Saint Tikhon Seminary in Pennsylvania since 1994 and Professor of Patristics since 2005.

JOHN: The Spiritual Gospel

Fr. Michael Dahulich

  1. The Bible in Tradition
  2. The Uniqueness of the Gospel of John
  3. John 8: Christ and Controversy
  4. John 10: Jesus the Good Shepherd

Archpriest Michael Dahulich, Dean of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, PA and Associate Professor of New Testament and Ethics, has earned degrees from Christ the Savior Seminary in Johnstown, Pa., St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA., and Duquesne University, Pittsburg, PA  (M.A. and Ph.D. in Theology). Fr. Michael was ordained to the Holy Priesthood in 1973 and began teaching at St. Tikhon's in 1994. He is a member of the Orthodox Theological Society of America and represents the OCA at the advisory council meetings of the American Bible Society.


"Son, Behold Your Mother": Mary in the Early Church
Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green

  1. Telling Mary’s Story: An account of her young life popular in the early Church
  2. Asking Mary’s Prayers: An early prayer
  3. Praising Mary’s Honor: The Akathist Hymn of Saint Romanos
  4. Preparing for Mary’s Dormiton: Saint John’s role in her later years

Kh. Frederica Mathewes-Green is a wide ranging author whose work has appeared in many national publications. She has published eight books--the most recent is The Lost Gospel of Mary: The Mother of Jesus in Three Ancient Texts. She and her husband, the Rev. Gregory Mathewes-Green founded the Holy Cross Orthodox Church in Baltimore, MD where he is pastor and she is Khouria (“Mother”). Their three children are grown and married, and they have nine grandchildren.

The Inner Journey: Be Still and Know that I Am God
Dr. Albert Rossi

  1. Christian Identity: Be Still and Know Who, Whose, I Am
  2. Journey into Stillness: Personal Prayer
  3. Stillness Expressed: Vocation
  4. Be Still and Know through Relationships

Dr. Albert Rossi teaches courses in pastoral theology at Saint Vladimir's Seminary. He is a member of the SCOBA Commission on Contemporary Social and Moral Issues. He has written numerous articles on psychology and religion and is the author of the book Can I Make a Difference: Christian Family Life Today (Paulist Press). After teaching at Pace University for twenty four years, he retired as Associate Professor of Psychology. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of New York.

A Journey Remembered: The Story of the Evangelical Orthodox Church

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Evangelical Orthodox Church's Reception into the Antiochian Archdiocese

Fr. Gregory Rogers

  1. Coming in from the Cold: Campus Crusade, The New Covenant Apostolic Order, and the Church
  2. Born to Die: The Formation and Development of the Evangelical Orthodox Church
  3. Rebuilding the Ancient Ruins: Life and Aspiration in the Evangelical Orthodox Church
  4. The Place Where God Dwells: Two Patriarchs, Two Visions, the End, and the Beginning

Fr. Gregory Rogers has taught several subjects at Aiken Technical College, Aiken, SC, where he now serves as Dean of General Education and University Transfer. He is a graduate of Lincoln Christian College and Valparaiso University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago. He is the Pastor of St. Catherine Antiochian Orthodox Church, Aiken, SC and St. Barnabas Antiochian Orthodox Church, Lexington, SC.He is also the blessed husband of Pamela, a proud father of three and a grandfather of one.

"We did not know if we were in Heaven or on Earth...": Themes in Russian Orthodox Church History

Fr. Alexander Rentel

  1. The Beginning: The Orthodox Church in the Byzantine Empire and the Birth of Russian Orthodoxy
  2. Celebrating the Liturgy in the Russian Orthodox Church: a Glimpse into its Heart
  3. The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Facing the World
  4. The Trials of the Modern World: Communiom, Perestroika, and the Global Economy

Fr. Alexander Rentel is an Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Byzantine Studies at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary where he lives with his wife and three small children. He is well known by his students for his engaging and interesting classes. He received his M.Div. from St. Vladimir’s in 1995 and has been a priest in the Orthodox Church in America since 2001.

Living Icons: Persons of Faith from the Orthodox Church in the Twentieth Century
Fr. Michael Plekon

  1. Modern Martyrs: St. Mother Maria Skobtsova and Fr. Alexander Men
  2. Theologians in the World: Paul Evdokimov and Fr. John Meyendorff
  3. Theologians in the Church: Fr. Sergius Bulgakov and Fr. Nicolas Afanasiev
  4. The Monk in the City and the Theologian of Signs: Fr. Lev Gillet and Elisabeth Behr Sigel

Fr. Michael Plekon is a priest in the Orthodox Church in America and a Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York, where he teaches courses both in sociology and religion. He has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and has published many articles and books. He presents the stories and writings of several contemporary Orthodox luminaries of the last century in his recent books Living Icons and Tradition Alive.

Understanding Our Worship
Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas

  1. How the Orthodox Liturgy Came to Us: The Development of the Byzantine Rite
  2. The Nature of Liturgical Piety: Rediscovering the Eucharistic Perspective
  3. Celebrating Our Salvation in Christ: The Meaning of Christian Feast
  4. What are We Doing When We Celebrate the Divine Liturgy?

Fr. Alkiviadis Calivas is the former Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and taught courses in liturgical and sacramental theology. He has his masters degree in Theology from St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary, and has his doctorate in Theology from the University of Thessalonike. He has published many books and articles about the sacraments, and has been exploring a range of issues related to the sacraments and to liturgical renewal and reform.


Living Our Worship

Rev. Dan Suciu

     1. To Heaven Together, To Hell Alone: The Orthodox Perspective on Corporate Salvation

     2. The Mystery of the Person of Jesus Christ and its Sacramental Consequences

     3. The Rites of Initiation and Their Echo in Our Relationship with the Holy Trinity

     4. Orthodox Worship: Jewish Shadow-Christian Reality

Fr. Danut (Dan) wa born and raised in Dumbraveni, Romania. He received his masters in Theology from the Theological Instutute in Sibiu, Romania, and his Ph.D. in Theology from the Theological Institute in Bucharest, Romania. He was ordained to the Priesthood May 6, 1983 and served in the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate in Canada for ten years. He also served for three years in the Antiochian Archdiocese in Corpus Christi, TX before spending the last eight years in the Greek Archdiocese.



Seeking the Path to the Kingdom of Heaven
Archimandrite Meletios Weber

1. The Mind and Heart: An Orthodox Anthropology

2. Meeting God in the Physical World

3. The Sound of Silence

4. Finding the Place of the Heart

Fr. Mel has been the pastor of Prophet Elias Greek Orthodox Church in Santa Cruz, CA since 1994. He studied Theology at Oxford in England and also at the University of Thessaloniki, Greece. He was tonsured a monk at the Community of St. John on the island of Patmos in 1978. He has been a high school teacher and a university professor. His first book Steps of Transformation was published in 2003 and a second book on the Sacraments is due out this year.


Praying with Icons
Jim Forest

1. Theology Without Words: Understanding the Language of Icons

2. Praying with Icons: Integrating Body and Soul 

3. Windows to Heaven: Seeing the Beatudes

4. Praying Where I Live: The Home Church

Jim and Nancy Forest live in Alkmaaar, Holland and are members of St. Nicholas of Myra Russian Orthodox Church in Amsterdam. Jim has been a prolific writer and lecturer for many years.. He has written books on nonviolence, reconciliation, religion in Russia, and a biography of his friend Thomas Merton. His most recent book is Praying with Icons. He is the secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship and edits its publication, "In Communion". Nancy Forest is a writer, translator, and editor, as well as a mother and grandmother.

"My Lord and My God": Personal Faith in Christ Our Savior
 Bishop KALLISTOS (Ware)


     1. "Perfect God and Perfect Man": The Beyond in Our Midst

     2. Tempted in Everything Just as We Are": Christ our Healing

     3. "They Crucified the Lord of Glory": The Transfiguration and the Cross

     4. "The Hope of Glory": Christ is Coming Again


Bishop KALLISTOS is the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Diokleia and a former lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford in England. In addition to being an articulate and authoritative spokesman for Orthodox Christianity in the western world, he is also the author of several well-known books including The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.


Above all His Friends: Prophecies about Christ from the Old Testament
Fr. Eugen Pentiuc

     1. The Protoevangelion: Man's Fate Revealed

     2. "And One Like the Son of Man is Coming": God's Propensities Towards Incarnation

     3. Ebed-Yahweh: The Suffering Messiah

     4. A Star of Jacob: The Triumphant Messiah


Fr. Eugen Pentiuc is a Professor in Old Testament studies at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA. He has his Doctorate in Theology from Bucharest University, Orthodox School of Theology, Romania, and a Doctorate in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. He is the author of several books and articles on the Old Testament and is currently a general editor in the Orthodox Study Bible: Old Testament project.

Sixteen Incredible Years with the Apostle Paul from the Book of Acts

Fr. Peter Gillquist

     1. The Gospel Spreads through Aisa Minor: the 1st Missionary Journey, AD 46-48

     2. The Gospel Reaches Ancient Greece: the 2nd Missionary Journey, AD 49-52

     3. Revisiting Asia Minor and Greece: the 3rd Missionary Journey, AD 53-57

     4. In Jerusalem, and on to Rome: 2 Years in Jerusalem and the 4th Journey, AD 57-62 "

Fr. Peter Gillquist, is the Chairman of the Department of Missions and Evangelism for the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. He has forty years of ministry as a Bible teacher and evangelist and fifteen as an Orthodox priest. He is the author of numerous books and was the Project Director for the Orthodox Study Bible, New Testament. He travels extensively raising up and overseeing new Orthodox Missions. Fr. Peter and his wife, Marilyn, make their home in Santa Barbara, CA.



Saint Paul's Epistle to the Romans: God's Righteousness in Christ for the Unrighteous

Fr. Gordon Walker

     1. How We Got to be Unrighteous Sinners: Romans 1-3

     2. The Miracle of "by Grace through Faith Righteousness": Romans 4-6

     3. God's Mt. McKinley: Romans 7-8

     4. The Righteousness that is Expected of Us Romans 12-14


Fr. Gordon Walker is the Pastor Emeritus of Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church in Nashville, TN, where he lives with his wife, Mary Sue. He has a lifetime of ministry as an evangelist, preacher, and Orthodox priest, and now works with the Department of Missions and Evangelism for the Antiochian Archdiocese. Fr. Gordon is well known as an eloquent and learned teacher of the New Testament.

 Stages of the Christian Moral Life

Fr. John Breck

Fr. John Breck (Ph.D.) is the author of The Sacred Gift of Life: Orthodox Christianity and Bioethics (SVS Press, 1998). Fr. John taught New Testament and Ethics at St. Vladimir's Seminary in Crestwood, NY from 1984 to 1996, and presently teaches the same subjects at St. Sergius Theological Institute in Paris, France. With his wife, he directs the St. Silouan Retreat near Charleston, SC, a pastoral ministry to clergy and wives.

     1. Christian Theology of Marriage and Sexuality
     2. Assisted Procreation
     3. Genetic Manipulation
     4. Care for the Dying Person


Challenges to Orthodox Christian Families

Lyn Breck

Lyn Breck (RN, CAC II, LPC) has degrees in Nursing, Psychology, and Addictions. In addition to her private practice, Therapia Counseling Services, she has led retreats and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe over the past twenty years. She taught Spirituality at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY from 1990 to 1996.

     1. Intergenerational Family Legacies
     2. Honoring Our Children
     3. Addictions and Demonic Oppression
     4. The Healing Process: Freedom In Christ

The End of the World: Millenial Mania

T. L. Frazier

Mr. Frazier is a convert to Orthodoxy and has written numerous articles and books aimed at Protestants, arguing the case for the historic Christian Faith. He is also the author of the booklet Holy Relics, and co-author of the book Understanding the Divine Liturgy. His most recent book is A Second Look at the Second Coming. Mr. Frazier lives in southern California with his wife and two daughters.

     1. The History of the End of History
     2.  An Orthodox Perspective on Israel and the Rapture
     3.  The Advents of the False Christ and the True Christ
     4.  Orthodoxy and the End Times


When Our End Comes: From Life to Afterlife

Fr. Theodore Pulcini

     1.  Departing this Life: What Happens at Death?
     2.  Undoing the Outrage: Why Death had to be Overturned
     3.  When the Books are Opened: Judgment
     4.  Defeating Death: The Unfolding Victory

Fr. Theodore Pulcini is the pastor of St. Mary Antiochian Orthodox Mission in Chambersburg, PA and Assistant Professor of Religion at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He is a convert to Orthodoxy from Catholicism and received his Ph.D. From the University of Pittsburgh. He is a well-known and respected speaker on a variety of Orthodox issues and is the author of numerous writings, including the recent book Orthodoxy and Catholicism: What are the Differences?

The 20th Century: A Century of Growth and Change

Fr. Gregory Rogers

     1. Immigration, Vision and Hope: The Establishment of Orthodox Identity in America
     2. Revolution, Ethnicity and the Rise of Jurisdictionalism in Orthodox America
     3. Ethnicity, Unity and Mission: The Changing Face of Orthodoxy in Modern America
     4. Tradition and Traditionalism: The Unchanging Faith in a Changing World

Fr. Gregory Rogers is an instructor at Aiken Technical College and Limestone College in South Carolina. He is a graduate of Lincoln Christian College and Valparaiso University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the History of Christianity at the University of Chicago. He is also the Pastor of Saint Catherine Antiochian Mission in Aiken, South Carolina.


The Orthodox Christian Church and the Non-Orthodox

Fr. Jon Braun

     1. The Church: a Reality in Life and Being
     2. The Stuff of Sects and Schisms
     3. No Salvation Outside the Church: So Who is Inside and Who is Outside?
     4. A Model for Reunion for Communion

Fr. Jon Braun is pastor of Saint Anthony Orthodox Church in San Diego, California. He was a leader of the Evangelical Orthodox movement which joined the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in 1987. He has also been a longtime member of the Academic Community of Saint Athanasius Orthodox Academy in Sacramento, California, an author and a popular Christian speaker on college campuses throughout North America.


The Legacy of Fr. Alexander Schmemann

Special Guest Lecture by Juliana Schmemann

Matushka Juliana Schmeman is a noted educator and speaker on issues relating to the Church and on women's issues. Mrs. Schmemann resides in Crestwood, NY and is the wife of the late Fr. Alexander Schmemann, priest, author, and theologian of the Orthodox Church in America and Dean of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary from 1958 to 1983.

 The Human Person's Struggle with Sin

Dr. John Dalack

     1.  Sin, Oneness of Heart, and Pride
     2.  Envy, Anger, and Sloth
     3.  Greed, Lust, and Gluttony
     4.  Struggle, Oneness of Heart, Prayer

Dr. Dalack is a member of St. Mary's Antiochian Orthodox Church in Brooklyn, NY and has a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology. In addition to many years of private practice, Dr. Dalack has also written numerous articles and served as Adjunct Lecturer in Practical Theology at St. Vladimir's Seminary in NY.


The Human Person at Prayer

Bishop KALLISTOS (Ware)

     1.  The Inner Kingdom of the Heart
     2.  Complex Unity: Body, Soul, and Spirit.
     3.  Indwelling Christ: Baptism and Eucharist
     4.  Sacraments of Healing: Confession and Anointing
     5 . "Not I, but Christ in Me:": The Jesus Prayer

Bishop KALLISTOS is the Greek Orthodox Bishop of Diokleiai and a lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford in England. In addition to being an articulate and authoritative spokesman for Orthodox Christianity in the western world, he is also the author of several well-known books, including The Orthodox Church and The Orthodox Way.


Professor Veselin Kesich -The Church in the New Testament

Professor Kesich taught New Testament studies at Saint Vladimir's Seminary in New York for many years, where his warmth and love for the Gospel endeared many students to him. He has also written several books, including, The First Day of the New Creation and The Gospel Image of Christ.

1) Unity and Diversity in the New Testament Church
2) Life and Organization of the Early Christian Community in Jerusalem: "Hellenists" and "Hebrews"
3) Expansion outside Jerusalem: "House Churches," the Church as Family and as the Body of Christ
4) Diversity and Equality in the Church, the Prominence of Women and their Ministry in the Church
5) Charisma and Order in the Church, Structure as a Unifying Element

Fr. Michael Oleksa - The Orthodox Church in Alaska

The Rev. Dr. Michael Oleksa is Dean of St. Herman of Alaska Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, and has served as an Orthodox Priest in Alaska for many years. He has taught Cross-Cultural Communication at the University in Alaska and more recently was a guest professor at St. Tikhon's Theological Institute in Russia. He has written several books, including Orthodox Alaska: A Theology of Mission and Alaskan Missionary Spirituality.

1) The Diverse Cultures of Siberia and Alaska as New Fields for the Seed of the Gospel.
2) The Exploration of Alaska and the Lay Foundation of the Church, 1741-1794.
3) The Monastic Mission to Kodiak and the First Fruits of the Harvest: St. Herman, St. Peter the Aleut, Others
4) Missionary Expansion Across Alaska: St. Innocent Veniaminov and St. Jacob Netsvetov
5) Alaskan Orthodoxy Today, Unsung Heroes of the 20th Century, Another Canonization?


Life in the Family and in the Monastery

Sister Magdalen

     1.  Finding and Doing the Will of God in Daily Life
     2.  Monastic Vocation in the Orthodox Church
     3. Marriage and the Orthodox Christian Home 
     4.  Children in the Orthodox Church Today
     5.  Helping Our Teenagers and Young Adults 

Sister Magdalen is a monastic at the Orthodox Monastery of Saint John the Baptist in Essex, England, and author of Children in the Church Today, an Orthodox Perspective (St. Vladimir's Press).


The Orthodox Church and Contemporary Life

Dr. Andrew Walker

     1.  The Holy Trinity and Community
     2.  An Orthodox Approach to Ecology
     3.  Asceticism and the Consumer Society
     4.  The Prophetic Role of the Orthodox Church in the Modern World
     5.  An Orthodox Approach to Inter-Church Relations - from International to Local

Dr. Andrew Walker is a lay preacher and diocesan missioner in the Russian Patriarchal Church in Great Britain. He is head of theological education at King's College, London, was the director of the C. S. Lewis Center, and is now director of Gospel and Culture. He is also Visiting Professor in Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, TX. He is the author of many book--the most recent is Telling the Story: Gospel, Mission and Culture.

* Dr. Walker also gave an additional lecture on "Reaching the Children: C. S. Lewis and the Success of the Narnia Chronicles.

Pivotal Moments in Early Church History

Dr. John Boojamra

Dr. Boojamra received his Ph.D. in Church History from Fordham University and is currently a professor at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Crestwood, NY. He is also the head of Christian Education for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese and has written numerous books and articles on education and church history.

1.  The Movement of the Church from the New Testament to the 2nd Century
2.  The Period of Persecution to the Reign of Constantine the Great
3.  The Emperor Theodosius: The Establishment of the Church in the Late 4th Century
4.  The Struggle of the Church to Define the Person of Jesus Christ: The Councils
5.  Church - State Relations and the Emperor Justinian

 A Sacramental View of Life

Rev. Jason DelVitto

Fr. Jason received his Masters of Divinity Degree from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in NY and is completing his Doctoral studies at Duquesnes University in Pittsburgh. He currently teaches at St. Vincent College in Latrobe and Christ the Savior Orthodox Seminary in Johnstown, and is pastor of St. George Orthodox Church in Bridgeville, PA.

1.  Sacramental Structure of the New Testament Church
2.  Sacramental Imagery in the Gospel of Saint John
3.  Holy Time and Holy Space
4.  Living the Sacramental Life in the World
5.  Eucharistic Nature of the Christian Life – the Legacy of Fr. Schmemann

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