Anglicans and Orthodox hold historic convocation at Nashotah House

In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. Tikhon of Moscow, a convocation was held at Nashotah House, an Episcopal seminary in Wisconsin, with both Anglican and Orthodox participants on October 8–10, 2009. Orthodox speakers included His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, primate of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA); His Grace Melchizedek, bishop of Pittsburgh (OCA); Archpriest Chad Hatfield, chancellor and CEO of St. Vladimir's Seminary (SVS); Archpriest Stephen Platt of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in the UK; and Archpriest William Olnhausen of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA). Anne Glynn-Mackoul, executive chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Vladimir's Seminary,  served as a moderator for one of the presentations.

CDs of the presentations and discussions have been produced and are now available from the SVS Bookstore, http://www.svspress.com; they also are available as podcasts on Ancient Faith Radio, http://ancientfaith.com/. The following concordat was also signed to mark the historic event and to demonstrate the commitment of both seminaries to preserve the history of the Anglican/Orthodox Dialogue and to continue to promote the work and witness of the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius in North America.

Nashotah House & St. Vladimir’s Concordat

Whereas the oldest ongoing ecumenical dialogue is between Anglican and Orthodox Christians, dating from the formation of the Russo-Greek Committee in 1862; and

Whereas the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius was founded in 1928 to pray and work for Christian unity and to provide Christians of the Orthodox and Western traditions a deeper understanding of one another’s spirituality, theology, and worship; and

Whereas this great legacy owes much to prominent Anglican and Orthodox theologians and hierarchs associated with both Nashotah House and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary; including St. Tikhon of Moscow, Bishop Charles Chapman Grafton, Archpriest Georges Florovsky, Isabella Hapgood, Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Protopresbyter John Meyendorff, Archbishop Robert Runcie, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Bishop Robert Terwillger; and

Whereas this 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. Tikhon recalls our common legacy and quickens our mutual desire to see it continued;

We, therefore, of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Nashotah House pledge ourselves to a mutual fellowship of prayer and learning in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this October 10th in the year of our Lord two thousand nine.