SVOTS inaugural public lecture to honor the late Fr. Meyendorff September 15

Fr John Meyendorff
Fr. John Meyendorff

Saint Vladimir’s Seminary here will host the first Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture, featuring Archpriest John H. Erickson, seminary dean from 2002–2007, on Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The lecture—“‘Does Christian Tradition Have a Future?’ Father John Meyendorff’s Question Revisited”—will be held in conjunction with SVOTS Alumni Days, scheduled for September 15 and 16. Father Erickson will preside at the Divine Liturgy and offer the homily in Three Hierarchs Chapel on Sunday morning.

Protopresbyter John Meyendorff joined the faculty at Saint Vladimir’s Seminary as Professor of Church History and Patristics in 1959 while holding successive joint appointments as lecturer in Byzantine Theology at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection and as Professor of Byzantine History at Fordham University. He also was an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary and lectured widely on university campuses and at numerous Church gatherings. He held the position of Dean from March 1984 until June 1992, and reposed July 22, 1992.

A prolific author, Father Meyendorff’s publications included the critical text and translation of Byzantine theologian Gregory Palamas (1959), as well as a number of books in the fields of theology and history, such as A Study of Gregory Palamas (French ed., 1959; Engl. 1964); The Orthodox Church (1963); Orthodoxy and Catholicity (1966); Christ in Eastern Christian Thought (1969); Byzantine Theology (1973); Marriage, an Orthodox Perspective (1975); Living Tradition (1978); Byzantium and the Rise of Russia (1980); The Byzantine Legacy in the Orthodox Church (1981); Catholicity and the Church (1983); and Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions: The Church 450-680 AD (1989). His books have been published in German, Italian, Russian, Greek, Finnish, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Serbian, and Polish.

The lecture is open to the public.  Additional information may be accessed here.