SVOTS Displays Strong Presence at Florovsky Symposium

10–11 February 2012 • Off-campus Event

(from left) Dr. David Wagschal, Dean Archpriest John Behr, His Grace Maxim, and Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff meet up at the Florovsky symposium.(from left) Dr. David Wagschal, Dean Archpriest John Behr, His Grace Maxim, and Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff meet up at the Florovsky symposium.St. Vladimir's Seminary contributed much to the Second Annual Symposium in Honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky, held this past weekend in Princeton, New Jersey. Titled "The Body of the Living Christ: The Patristic Doctrine of the Church," the symposium was hosted by the Fr. Georges Florovsky Orthodox Christian Theological Society at Princeton University and the School of Christian Vocation and Mission at Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1949–1955, Fr. Georges served as Dean of St. Vladimir's Seminary.

His Grace The Rt. Rev. Maxim (Vasilijevic), an episcopal member of our seminary's Board of Trustees, offered the keynote public lecture on the life and writings of St. Maximus the Confessor. Additionally, our Dean, Archpriest John Behr, delivered a major paper on St. Irenaeus, while Dr. David Wagschal, assistant professor of Church History and Canon Law, offered a major paper on Canon Law in the Orthodox Christian tradition. As well, Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff, associate professor of Systematic Theology, moderated a session, and Th.M. student Dn. Evan Freeman delivered a short paper titled "Salvation History and Symbolist Aestheticism: Florovsky's Critique of Florensky's Ecclesiology." Representing SVS Press and Bookstore were Priest Benedict Churchill, director of the press, and Dn. Gregory Hatrak, marketing manager of the bookstore. Many students and alumni were also present, including Archpriest Daniel Skvir, who served a vespers during the symposium.

Read more about the symposium here.