Visit to Oriental Orthodox Cathedral Encourages Dialogue

April 3, 2011 • Off-campus event • By Professor Peter C. Bouteneff

This past Sunday, Professor Peter C. Professor Peter Bouteneff and seminarians with H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem KarimProfessor Peter Bouteneff and seminarians with H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem KarimBouteneff brought seven seminarians to St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Cathedral in Teaneck, N.J., at the invitation of H.E. Mor Cyril Aphrem Karim, archbishop and patriarchal vicar to the Archdiocese of the Syriac Orthodox Church for the Eastern United States. The visit was part of Dr. Bouteneff’s seminar on “Christology in Dialogue,” which focuses on the rapprochement between the Orthodox Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches.

After attending Divine Liturgy, the seminary delegation visited with the archbishop for more than an hour for discussion on the current state of the dialogue, and on the liturgical and theological life of the Syriac Orthodox Church. They were joined as well by Dr. George Kiraz, director of the Beth Mardutho House of Syriac Studies and president of Gorgias Press.

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