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Orthodoxy in America Lecture 2005

This icon of the Theotokos, which hangs in the Loyola Hall Chapel, was presented to Fordham by His Eminence, the late Metropolitan Silas of New Jersey.

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Bishop Kallistos Ware's Lecture

In the common pursuit of faith and learning, this lecture series provides an opportunity to strengthen the ties that bind our communities together. It is our deep desire that the Christian tradition be lived, celebrated and studied in its breadth and depth here at Fordham. That would be utterly impossible, were the sacred heritage of Orthodoxy not represented liturgically, pastorally and academically.

With your help, we hope to establish an annual lecture series on topics linked to the study of Eastern Christianity. The series would address history, theology, spirituality and worship within the Orthodox tradition, as it interacts with contemporary American culture.

The inaugural lecture, “The Dynamics of Orthodox Faith in America,” was given by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in February 2004. Your support will ensure the continuation of this lecture series.

Orthodoxy in America: Past Events: Spring 2005

From The Hellenic Voice, volume V number 17, Wednesday April 27, 2007, "Bishop Kallistos gives two keynote addresses in U.S.", by Penny Kastaris:

NEW YORK, NY -- Recognized globally as among the leading theologians of our tiime, Orthodox monk, prolific scholar and author Bishop Kallistos of Diokleea gave keynote speeches at two renowned New York learning institutions during his recent U.S. visit.

Overflow crowds numbering in the hundreds gathered to attend Bishop Kallistos's speeches. His April 3 address at St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVS) kicked off a two-day event featuring a symposium on the Passion of Christ. He then gave a keynote address at Fordham University, specifically geared for its groundbreaking Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series, where he was joined by Archbishop Demetrios.

In his signature style of clearly articulated British English, Bishop Kallistos gave a heartfelt address on "Ecological Crisis, Ecological Hope: The Orthodox Vision of Creation" in front of the 500 people who filled Fordham University Church at the Rose Hill campus.

He emphasized that crisis and hope rests within each of us as human beings. Identifying creation as God's sacred "gift" entrusted with love to humanity rather than an "asset to be exploited," Bishop Kallistos called for interfaith solidarity in demonstrating "love through action" and becoming better stewards of the planet in which we live.

Well-known as the Spalding Lecturer in Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University (1966-2001), the bishop skillfully connected the dots that supported this thesis, citing examples from Scripture, history, current events and even literature, while also interweaving references from Orthodox theologians, as well as their Catholic and Protestant brethren. Not to mention interjecting some good-natured humor, all of which served to enlighten while also endearing him to students and keynote audiences alike.

Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou and Dr. George Demacopoulos, both graduates of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary and assistant professors at Fordham University's Theology Department, are co-directors of the Orthodoxy in America Lecture Series, along with Fr. Gerald Blaszczak of the Society of Jesus, vice president for Ministry and Mission.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Papanikolaou called Bishop Kallistos "one of the most important and influential faces of Orthodoxy" for Orthodox and non-Orthodox alike, citing the bishop's written works, often translated worldwise and his "tireless ecumenical and pastoral activities."

During his comments, Fordham President Fr. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., said the university was "particularly proud" to have participated in Pope John Paul II's "historic mission of reconciliation -- both through the establishment of this lecture series, and through the work that Dr. George Demacopoulos did to facilitate the Pope's return of the relics of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian to the Ecumenical Patriarch."

Among the 500 attendees present at the keynote address were Archon National Commander Dr. Anthony Limerakis; Fr. Elias Villis, priest of Church of our Saviour in Rye, who gave the opening prayer and also serves as chaplain to Fordham's Orthodox students and Michael and Mary Jaharis, key donors for the Orthodoxy in America Series.

Also in attendance were Fr. Robert Stephanopoulos, dean of thte Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity; interfaith church leadership and clergy; a number of Fordham's doctoral candidates in theology; graduate students from Holy [Cross] Seminary and faculty members from St. Vladimir's, along with community members from multiple states.

As part of this historic series, Fordham plans to publish Bishop Kallistos's keynote and eventually post it on its website.

At his inspiring keynote address at SVS, His Grace focused on the various "modes of salvation" presented through the course of Christendom. Quite fittingly, that evening's speech took place on the Third Sunday of Great Lent, The Veneration of the Cross.

During his opening remarks, SVS Dean John Erickson described the bishop, formerly known as Timothy Ware, as the prolific writer and theologian who helped "many of us encounter Orthodoxy." Erickson explained that this symposium sought to explore the "perplexities and paradoxes" associated with Christ's Passion, adding that the seminary's faculty saw Mel Gibson's recent film as "an invitation" toward this topic.

Among those at the SVS keynote were Biship Seraphim of Ottawa and Canada and a number of Bishop Kallistos' former students such as Bishop Savas of Troas, chancellore of the Archdiocese and SVS Professors Dr. Peter Bouteneff and Fr. John Behr.

Fr. Behr planned the symposium and is credited as the editor of Abba: The Tradition of Orthodoxy in the West, a book containing essays by numerous authors honoring Bishop Kallistos as a spiritual mentor.

The keynote's pan-Orthodox audience, 300 of them filling the sanctuary's new auditorium, also included many clergy and laity, young adults and members of NY's (Holy Trinity) Cathedral Fellowship, along with students and staff from the out-of-state Orthodox seminaries of Holy Cross and St. Tikhon's, as well as those from St. Vladimir's.

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