at St Theosevia House, 2 Canterbury Road, Oxford OX2 6LU

An Ecumenical Centre for Christian Spirituality in Oxford

Saturday 21 February, 10.30 am – 4 pm:

Holy Russia: Art and Architecture

Dr Nicholas Gendle

The day will offer a critical survey of the finest works of mediaeval Russian architecture - cathedrals, monasteries, churches, fortifications - in the area north west of Moscow, formerly the centre of the Russian state after the fall of Kiev in the late C11th. We will concentrate mainly on the buildings constructed in the service of the Russian Orthodox Church and principalities from the C12th to the C17th, with a selection of their wall paintings and icons. To this may be added some of the earliest icons to survive in the collection of the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Saturday 14 March, 10.30 am – 4 pm

Identity and individuality: psychological and spiritual growth in Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor and Dostoevsky

Professor Johannes Zachhuber, Dr Irina Kirillova,
Revd Dr Grigiorios Chrysostom Tympas

The Revd. Dr. Chrysostom Tympas, a London-based Greek Orthodox priest, has recently published Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development (Routledge 2012) in which he addresses the issues of identity and personhood, psychological and spiritual, through the lenses of Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor, a philosopher and theologian of the C7th. He seeks to identify the convergent and divergent points between psychological development and spiritual progress, and in what ways psychological experience differs from spiritual experience.
These themes will be explored throughout this day, beginning with Professor Johannes Zachhuber on the C4th Cappadocian bishop and theologian Gregory of Nyssa.
Ms Irina A. Kirillova, formerly Senior Lecturer in Russian literature in Cambridge, whose work on Dostoevsky and fin-de-siecle European culture has received international acclaim, will speak on Dostoevsky's The Idiot and in particular the figures of Prince Myshkin and Jesus Christ.


St Theosevia House, 2 Canterbury Road, left off Banbury Rd just after North Parade. Study days FREE for students with card. Non-students £5 (on door). No booking needed, just come, for all or part of the day. Lunch break 1-2 pm (please provide your own lunch).

Director: Revd Dr Liz Carmichael, St John’s College. 01865 277351

Enquiries: Assistant Director of Studies: Fr Tikhon Vasilyev, Wolfson College, 01865 310341

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