From the Director - The Revd Dr Liz Carmichael - October 2017

Dear Friends of St Theosevia’s,

With apologies for the lateness of this Newsletter! Thank you for your support of Trinity term's programme. The day on the Ethiopian Orthodox Church in its African Cultural Context was rich and fascinating; and as usual Nicholas Gendle gave a detailed and absorbing account of Coptic Egypt.

This term, on 4 November we explore some aspects of western Christian missions in the Middle East, where ancient Christian churches already existed. Prof Dr Heleen Murre-van den Berg, from Radboud University, Nijmegen, links the aims and motivations of C19th and early C20th missions with wider questions of how the 'West' looks upon the 'East' socially and politically:' the focus on individual religious commitment, the drive to societal modernization, and the special position of the Middle East, especially the Holy Landů mostly anchored in Christian history but with, at times, strong eschatological strands. ' Chip Coakley takes us into the world of mission printing presses: how and where did they function, what success did they have? Anthony O'Mahony looks at the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem in its Middle Eastern and Mediterranean context, both Christian and interfaitht.

The second Study Day, on 25 November, commemorates the beginning of the Reformation in 1517. Metropolitan Kallistos takes us to C17th Constantinople to see the impact of Calvinism on the 'Protestant Patriarch' Cyril Lukaris, whose 1629 Confession of Faith 'was widely condemned throughout the Orthodox world.' Georg Amann, Pastor of the Lutheran congregation at the University Church, and Werner Jeanrond, Master of St Benet's, delve into the roots and nature of Luther's own spirituality. We look forward to seeing you here.


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