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Orthodox Christian Studies Center

Saints John and Bartholomew

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University connects an archipelago of cultures, religious traditions, and academic disciplines to advance awareness and knowledge of Orthodox Christianity in public discourse. In its distinctive relationship to Roman Catholicism through the Jesuit tradition of Fordham University, as well as its location in New York City, the Orthodox Christian Studies Center is uniquely poised to engage ecumenical discussion and to foster Christian unity. 
The Center supports scholarship and builds intellectual community through wide-ranging initiatives including: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)-supported research fellowships, the Patterson Triennial Conference on Orthodox/Catholic Dialogue, the annual Orthodoxy in America Lecture, and an undergraduate minor in Orthodox Christian Studies.
The Center also provides four distinctive avenues for academic publishing: Public Orthodoxy, the Journal of Orthodox Christian Studies, the Orthodox Christianity and Contemporary Thought book series, and the Christian Arabic Texts in Translation book series.


The Church for Academia

Bridging Scholarship with Ecclesiastical Life
Oriental Orthodox Studies Seminar Day

Moderator: Donna Rizk, Ph.D.
Fordham University Research Fellow


Archbishop Vahan Hovhanessian 
Armenian Orthodox Church, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of France
Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Fordham University

Archbishop Dionysius  
Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, Patriarchal Delegate and Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Eastern United States
M.A. in Eastern and Oriental Liturgy, The Pontifical Oriental Institute

Bishop Kyrillos
Coptic Orthodox Church, Bishop of Education of the Southern Coptic Diocese of California
Ph.D. in Patristics, University of Notre Dame

The Oriental Orthodox Studies Seminar on The Church for Academia: Bridging Scholarship with Ecclesiastical Life aims to discover the ways to engage scholarship with the Church. The gulf between academia and the life of the average lay person often remains wide; formative study and the Church many times are perceived as two distinct worlds that should not and cannot merge. However, the academy and the Church can each contribute towards the others enrichment and growth. 
To bridge the two, some questions must first be addressed:

  • What are some steps both the academy and the Church can take to engage with the other? 
  • How can the specialization of academia, found at the highest bookshelves, fall into the hands of the average church goer? And the celebrant? 
  • Is it the Church’s vision and responsibility to lead members in the field of academia for the enhancement of the Church? 
  • How can the Church officially integrate and sanction its members who are in the academy or in the pursuit of it? 
  • Can a structure be established, particularly for non-ordained leaders, including women. If so, how? 
  • What challenges does or can the Church face in establishing a set structure for such positions? 
  • How can the Church be prepared for ‘church-academics’?

Tuesday, April 10, 2018  |  6:00 PM
 Tognino Hall (Duane Library)  |  Fordham University Rose Hill Campus  |  Bronx, NY

Register here.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center of Fordham University works closely with the Theology Department and the Center for Medieval Studies in order to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Orthodox Christianity. The Center collaborates nationally and internationally in institutional partnerships with the Black Sea Networks at Columbia University, the Sacred Arts Initiative of St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary, and the Volos Academy for Theological Studies.

Our Orthodox Christian Visual and Performing Arts Series is supported, in part, by a grant from the Virginia H. Farah Foundation and the Cottonwood Foundation.

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