Richard Schneider

Sessional Professor of Hermeneutics and Liturgical Art
Education: 
  • B.A., Dartmouth College, 1959
  • M.F.A., Princeton University, 1961
  • M.Phil., Columbia University, 1983 (completed 1965)
Publications: 

How to Study History (New York, 1967) -- with Norman Cantor

"Organisation Iconographique et Instruction Pastorale des Vitraux Mïedievaux de la Cathedrale Saint Etienne de Bourges," in Conservation et Restauration des Vitraux: Actes Bourges: Conseil Geral du Cher/Chartres: Centre International du Vitrail [1995], pp. 357-71

Presentations: 
  • 2007-2010 Plenary lectures for the Lumen Orientale Conferences in Istanbul, Washington, San Diego, and Detroit
        2007 Icons as Theology
        2008 Iconology of the Feasts of the Church
        2009 the iconographic and iconological presentation of Monastic theology
        2010 Church councils and conciliar theology as learned from iconographic presentation
  • 2007 keynote plenary lecture for North American Academy of Liturgy, Toronto: Iconography as Liturgical Theology
  • 2009 Annual Tajmindji Foundation Lecturer for the Washington theological Consortium: What is "Innovation" in Iconography?
  • 2008 St Nersess Seminary lecture series:  "Armenian iconography and iconological thought"
  • 2008(?) Education Day on Icons at SVS: Workshop on "Reading iconography as theological language"
  • Nov. 2006, Invited respondent for Society of Biblical Literature
  • 2007 May 26-7 St Mark's Orthodox Fellowship  6th Annual Orthodox Symposium, Toronto: "Christ of History—History of Christ in Scripture and Icons” [I also organized this conference]
  • 2006 Orthodox and Weslyan Spirituality Consultation SVS Jan 8-13 2006 ; Jan 8 “Ecclesiology of the Church Building: an Orthodox Perspective”
  • 2002, 2004 Two lectures on the iconographic presentation of Ephrem the Syrian (the first at St Nersess)
  • 2004 Oct 16 lecture for Study Day Exploring Russian Icons Hillwood Museum (Washington DC): “The Byzantine Origin of Russian Icons (988-1600 C.E.): the Theology of Looking at Icons in Byzantium and the Medieval Russian Adaptation of this Iconology”
  • Oct 24-25 2003 Annual Princeton Index of Christian Art Symposium: St. Denis Revisited invited lecture: “Saint-Denis as Text(s): Suger’s Programmatic Use of Inscriptions as Markers of His Master Project”
  • Feb 21-23 Majestas Society together with Medieval Centre Central European University, Budapest, (annual) medieval colloquium on Rulership and Religion. My paper Feb. 21 “”Archbisdhop Maximian’s Inclusion of Justinian and Theodora in the Programme of San Vitale” 20
  • Feb 2002 Invited Lecture for Ph.D. Seminar Central European University, Budapest, Public and Private: Richard II’s use(s) of Royal Portraiture”

Public Education and General Lectures(by invitation)

  • Oct-Nov 2008 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Fall Supper Seminars series “The Art of Prayer: Responding to Icons as Christian Theology”, a series of four lecture-seminars:
        The “eyes of the body”: learning to see icons as texts
        The “eyes of the mind”: the rhetoric of icons
        “Iconography in liturgical space: decorating the walls to enact prayer within
         The ‘eyes of the heart”: deep theological reading of iconography 
  • July 18, 2007 Workshop and lecture: “Icons: Holy Images in a Facebook Culture” Archdiocesan Assembly of OCA Ottawa INVITED EXPERTISE and CONSULTING
  •  Antiochian Village Museum
  • 1966-67 "Significant images of the subject of love in late medieval rhetoric: Chaucer and manuscript paintings", Public lecture delivered at York University
  • 1968-69 "Allegory and Event: A radical shift in the late medieval outlook." A paper delivered at Amherst College, followed by a seminar the next day for History Department
  • 1970-71 "Old Song and New Song: the significance of 'music' in medieval literature, art, and musical theory and practice." Delivered first at the "Medieval Day" at York University, and again later to a Graduate Chaucer seminar (with other audience) at McMaster University
  • 1971-72 "The Poets and the Friars", delivered (by invitation) to Graduate Seminar in Medieval English, McMaster University
  • 1974-75 "Chaucer's Complaint to His Empty Purse as a Satire on Policy" delivered to York University History Research Group and again at International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
  • 1976-77 "The Lambeth Constitution as the Work of Archbishop Peckham, O.F.M.: a new view of the rivalry of mendicants and seculars", delivered at International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
  • 1977-78 "Gold, Parliament, and Chaucer's Complaint to His Empty Purse: An Essay on Total-Historical Method for the Analysis of Literature." This is a considerably expanded and revised version of the 1975 Kalamazoo paper; it was delivered twice by invitation:
  • October 1977: University of Alabama conference on Imagery in Chaucer
  • May 1978: Guest Lecture series, the Medieval Institute, Notre Dame University
  • Advanced colloquium on "the iconological method for the study of late medieval manuscripts, especially East Anglian Psalters," delivered to faculty and students of the Medieval Institute, Notre Dame University by invitation
  • "The Rivalry of Poets and Friars: Authentic Dislike or Clashing Hermeneutic?", delivered at Conference on Consciousness and Group Identification in High Medieval Religion: Historians and Social Scientists in Dialogue, York University, April 7-9, 1978
  • "Music as Image, Music as Practice: the Cultural History of Medieval Polyphonic Musical Theory and Compositional Technique," May 1978 public lecture at the University of Chicago
  • 1978-79 "Structural and Philosophical Aspects of the Change from Classical Book Illustration to Medieval Book Illustration; lecture for Toronto Classics Club at the University of Toronto, October 1978
  • "An Iconological Re-evaluation of "Byzantine Influence" in 12th Century English Manuscripts," delivered by invitation at the Twelfth Annual Conference of The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, SUNY, Binghamton, New York
  • 1979-81 On sabbatical leave (in England, France, Italy, Austria, Germany) conducting research on the iconology of English and Italian illuminated manuscripts of the later 14th century, and on 19th century historiography
  • "Gold, parliament, and Chaucer's Complaint to His Empty Purse: A Total- History approach to literary study" delivered by invitation at:
    • University of Edinburgh, Medieval Research Institute
    • University of Perugia, the English Seminar
    • Cambridge University, Graduate English Seminar
  • "L'artiste comme homme social aux XII�me-XIII�me si�cles" at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Clermont-Ferrand
  • 1981-82 "A moralizing iconography for a 14th-century merchant's diary: the illustrations of the Biadaiolo", for International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 1982
  • 1983-84 "Monastic Iconography as Self-Affirming Propaganda in Early 14th Century Psalters from East Anglian Provenances", Cistercian Institute Symposium From Cloister to Classroom: Monastic and Scholastic Approaches to Truth, University of Western Michigan, June 12-19, 1983
  • "The Marriage of Youth and Age: the invention of a topos in the Middle Ages", given at Conference on Aging and the Aged in Medieval Europe sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, November 11/12, 1983
  • Invited lecture on "Iconographic Motifs as the Solution to the Problem of Structural Unity in The Second Shepherd's Play, Symposium on Texts and Visual Arts in Middle Ages and Renaissance. York University, January 28, 1984
  • Two invited lectures at Ohio State University, May 16-17, 1984:
    • in the series Visiting Lectures in the History of Arts: "History, Critique, and Future Programme of the Method of Iconology"
    • for the Medieval Studies Group: "Cultural Themes in Monastic Manuscript Design, with special reference to early 14th c. English Manuscripts."
  • 1985-86 "Radical Change in Iconography, Structure, and Exegesis in the Speculum Humanae Salvationis" at the conference on The Bible in the Middle Ages: Its influence on Literature and Art, October 18-19, 1985 SUNY Binghamton (Camers)
  • (by invitation) "Musical Imagery in the Secunda Pastorum" lecture for the Department of English, McMaster University, March 21-23, 1986
  • "The Cultural Significance of Images on 14th Century European Gold Coinage: An Iconological Analysis" Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, University of Winnipeg, March 1986.
  • 1986-87 Two invited lectures/seminars at the University of Edinburgh, February 13, 1987
    • "The marriage of youth and age: the medieval invention of a topos and a figure", Department of English lecture
    • "The Iconology of Gothic Architecture: Issues of Methodology" Department of History of Art Seminar
  • "Everyday scenes as Moral Pictures: Unique Illustrations in Trecento Manuscripts for Mercentile Patrons: Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, York University, March 20-21, 1987
  • "On the Iconographical Difference Between Wheel and Circle: Some Rose Windows and the Ages of Man in the De Lisle Psalter (B .L. MS Arundel 83)", for the AVISTA Symposium at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 9, 1987
  • "Ruler-Portraits as Commentary in Fourteenth Century English Legal Documents", for the special section on Images of the Ruler at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 9, 1987
  • 1987-88 "Wheel and Circle in some medieval rose-compositions", Faculty colloquium, Division of Humanities, York University
  • "The Illustrations in the Treatise of Walter of Milemete", Conference of Canadian Medieval Art Historians, University of Montreal, March 1988
  • "The Invention of Iconographic Programmes for a new, unique text: the Treatise of Walter of Milemete", guest lecture, Graduate School of Art History, University of Chicago, May 1988
  • 1988-89 "A Statute-Book for a Kinglet: Text and Illustration in Harvard Law School MS 12 and the Youth of Edward III" Lecture to History Department Research Symposium, York University, Feb. 1989.
  • "Illustrated Statutes as Gift-Books for English Kings: Two Unique Cases", Conference of Canadian Medieval Art Historians, University of Victoria, March 1989
  • "Cathedral-Building as Pastoral Reform: Arts of Bourges Cathedral in the 13th Century", Colloquium on Artistic Integration in Early Gothic Churches, York University, April 7-9, 1989
  • "The Regalian Significance of the Westminster Abbey Portrait of Richard II", for special Richard II symposium at International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1989
  • 1989-90 "Canonization and Iconographic Programming at Bourges Cathedral: Change in an Episcopal Cult in an Era of Reform", Conference on The Cult of Saints in the Middle Ages: Formation and Transformation. CEMERS, State University of New York, Binghamton, Oct. 20-21, 1989.
  • "Edward III's Two Illustrated Copies of the Secreta Secretorum: More Propagandistic Royal Books from the Isabella Years" Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, York University, March 1990.
  • "The Historian's Use of Visual Art/The Art-Historian's Use of History," Colloquium on Directions in the Humanities, York University, April, 1990.
  • "Illustrating Statutes for a Prerogative Monarch: Cambridge, St. John's College A.7", Special Richard II Symposium, International Congress of Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1990.
  • 1990-91 "Royal Portrait as Royalist Propaganda: Varieties of Self-Imaging by Richard II". Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, University of Winnipeg, March 1991.
  • "Book-Commissions for a Kinglet Son: Isabella of France's Patronage of Books for Edward III". Invited paper for special session of Maestas Society on Royal Mothers, International Congress of Medieval Studies, U. of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1991.
  • 1991-92 "Cathedral Design as Episcopal Reform: Medieval Christian Time-Cosmology in 13th-C. Bourges Cathedral". Invited paper for symposium on Architecture and Traditional Belief-Systems, University of Edinburgh, Sept. 1991.
  • "What is a Political Poem? An interpretation of Chaucer's Complaint to His Empty Purse". Invited paper for Richard II symposium, International Congress of Medieval Studies, U. of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1992.
  • 1992-93 "A Model of all models of the Christian Church before the Conversion of Constantine". Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion in Antiquity, York University, Feb. 1993.
  • "The jub� of Bourges Cathedral as further evidence of long-term integrative planning." Conference of Canadian Medieval Art Historians, Universit� Laval, March 1993
  • "The Many Faces of Richard: Public and Private Use of 'Self-Portraiture' by Richard II," History Faculty Research Group, York U., March 1993
  • "Intellectual History, Ecclesiastical History, and Iconology in Chartres research: critique and future suggestions," contribution to a panel on Chartres Cathedral: Current Perspectives, Future Prospects, International Congress on Medieval Studies, U. Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1993
  • "Richard II as public and private individual: his portrayal in historiated miniatures", invited lecture for the annual Richard II symposium of the White Hart Society, International Congress on Medieval Studies, U. Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1993.
  • 1993-4 "Organisation iconographique et instruction pastorale des vitraux m�di�vaux de la cath�drale St. Etienne de Bourges." Invited paper for the International Colloquium Conservation et Restauration des Vitraux of the Centre International du Vitrail, held in Bourges. Oct. 28-9, 1993
  • "'Romanesque' and 'Gothic' as Cultural/Regional Styles: the Evidence from Southern France", given at the session on Understanding Medieval Art and Architecture in the Post-Modern West at the Universities Art Association of Canada, U. of Windsor, Nov. 4, 1993
  • "Designing a Cathedral for Pastoral Reform: Iconological Research at St. Etienne, Bourges" for the History Research Group of the Dept. of History, York University, Nov. 24, 1993
  • "'Artistic Originality' in the product of a trades workshop?: the design and stylistics of the Good Samaritan window at Bourges Cathedral", Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, U. of Victoria, March 5, 1994
  • "The Building as Text(s): Where/Why did Abbot Suger put inscriptions in his reworking of St. Denis?", invited paper for the special St. Denis session on "Reading Images and Spaces: Medieval Architecture and Iconography at the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis, Paris", The American Society of Church Historians, Oberlin College, Mar. 25, 1994
  • Invited session commentator for papers using Victor Turner's anthropology of pilgrimage for cultural-historical analysis of pilgrimages. 29th International Congress on Medieval Studies, U. W. Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 5-8, 1994
  • 1994-5 "Episcopal Iconographic Programmes in Justinian's Ravenna: Old-Testament Typology as an antidote to 6th C. Caesaropapism", conference on Law, Authority, and Consent in the Roman Catholic Tradition, Institute of Human Values, St. Mary's University, Halifax, Oct. 21, 1994
  • "Re-organization of Book-illustration in the shift from Roll to early-Christian Codex: Pictures as Exegetical Glossing", Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion in Antiquity, York University, Jan. 1995.
  • "Princely Bishop and Caesaropapist Prince: the iconographic triumph of Church over Emperor in the mosaic programmes and liturgical furniture of Justinian's Ravenna," for the History Research Group of the Dept. of History, York University, Feb. 1995
  • "The 'fictional' marriage of Youth and Old Age in 14th C. literature: the invention of a topos in a context of reality," for conference on The Family in the Middle Ages, Fordham University, March 24-5, 1995
  • "St.-Denis as Text(s): Why did Suger Put Inscriptions on His Building?", for the session History, Communal memory, and Liturgy in Suger's St.-Denis, for the annual meeting of the Medieval Academy, Boston, March 30, 1995
  • Invited panelist giving paper at special symposium on "Monumental Medieval Buildings as Total Objects: Functional Readings of Major Structures", at the 30th International Congress on Medieval Studies, W. Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 1995. (Also, I was chair of this session).
  • 1995-6 invited lecturer for two lecture-colloquia at St, Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, N.Y. Mar. 1-2, 1996:
    • "The theological Iconology of style, and the impact of the Iconoclastic Controversy on stylistic freedom."
    • "Ecclesiastical iconography in Ravenna programmes of Archbishop Maximian: is history necessary in theological Iconology?"
  • "Architectural Style-Choice at Kirkham Priory as a Cultural Decision: a response to Larry Hoey's Critical Challenge," 16th Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, McGill University, Montreal, Mar. 28-30, 1996
  • [with William Clark and Bob Greenberg] "How to Vault a Hemicycle? the Competing Examples of Notre Dame of Paris and St. Etienne of Bourges as evidence of Decision-Making by Master Masons," for the session on Medieval Buildings and Masons' Practices, Society of Architectural Historians, St. Louis, Apr. 24-28, 1996
  • "Maximian's Use of Typology: Episcopal-Ecclesial Authority in a Justinianic Climate," session on Ravenna Between East and West in the Early Middle Ages (special session of the Medieval Academy Colloquium East and West in the Middle Ages), 31st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 1996
  • Chairman, session on "Ricardian England" for the Society of the White Hart, 31st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 9-12, 1996
  • 1996-97 "A Re-Evaluation of Our Critical Use of 'Gothic' as a Stylistic Designation: the Cultural-Historical Significance of Southwestern French Buildings," for the special session of papers in honor of Roland Sanfa�on at the 17th Annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, Laval University, 13-15 March, 1997
  • "What is the function -- and the meaning -- of the 'military fascicle' in the Treatise of Walter of Milemete?" for the special AVISTA symposium on Medieval Military Technology, at the 32nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 7-11, 1997
  • 1997-98 Chairman of special session "Building a Cathedral for Toronto c. 1225: a simulated fabric committee," at the 18th Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, York University, March 20, 1998
  • (With Robert Greenberg) "Getting inside the mind of a medieval builder: the ability of the Bourges master to construct a torus-curved rib-vault." at the 18th Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, York University, March 20, 1998
  • "Episcopal Programming in a Caesaropapist Climate: Maximianus of Ravenna as Iconographer," for the special session Byzantine Art Studies in Honour of Jean-Guy Violette at the 18th Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, York University, March 22, 1998
  • "Designing the Noble: the 'total history' of a new gold coin in the 14th century" 33rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 10, 1998
Teaching Experience: 

Current Positions:

  • Prof. Emeritus of Church History and historical methodology, York University (Toronto) [since 2002]
  • Adjunct Professor and Coordinator, Programme in Orthodox-East Christian Studies, Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College (University of Toronto) [since 2006; I created this Diploma and Master's program for Trinity]
  • Visiting Professor of Liturgical Art and Iconology, SVS [since 2000]

Previous Positions

  • 1973- Associate Professor in History and Humanities, York University, Toronto, Canada (with tenure)
  • 1996- Graduate Faculty, York U. (Interdisciplinary Studies)1998 invited keynote speaker (on the key role of the Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge at the core of the International Baccalaureate Diploma) for a conference of Officers of Admission and Registrars of Ontario Universities, at University of Toronto (Feb.)
  • 1992-present Toronto French School -- Director of Research Essay Programme (requirement of International Baccalaureate Diploma); advisor for seniors
  • 1974-5 Toronto French School -- taught senior History and English
    1970-71 Twice invited keynote speaker and leader of panels and seminars for major education conferences (Schools '70 at York and the Ontario Federation of Teachers Annual Conference in Toronto) -- papers were published and circulated; Also invited to conduct a colloquium for the Montessori teacher-training programme
  • 1962-3 St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School, N.Y.C. -- taught senior History
  • High School teaching (part-time), and associated public lectures
    1993 Glendon College, York University, Visiting Professor teaching medieval history
  • 1978-79 Visiting Associate Professor, Ontario College of Art
  • Many summers from 1967-present Appointed to teach in the Departments of History, Humanities, and Fine Art of Atkinson College
  • Summer-1966 Assistant Professor, Department of History, Columbia University
  • summer-1965 Instructor, Department of History, Columbia University
  • 1963-64 Preceptor, Department of English, Columbia University, School of General Studies (summer included)
  • 1977, 1984, 1995-1998 Four ad hoc appointments to serve on Graduate School Master and Ph.D. thesis committees, at York University and University of Toronto
  • 1969-73 Assistant Professor, Department of History & Division of Humanities, York University (tenured 1972) Part-time:
  • 1966-69 Lecturer, Department of History & Division of Humanities, York University
  • 1965-66 Visiting Lecturer, Department of History, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • 1964-65 Visiting Lecturer, Department of History and Department of English, Yeshiva University, New York
  • 1962-63 Assistant Professor, Department of English, Trenton State College
Church & Professional Activities: 

The following items are entered here, rather than as "community service," because they represent very serious creative tasks to which I was appointed because of my professional expertise; the analogy would be a scientist reporting commissioned applied research work, and like the scientist, my experiences from this work further my professional competence and standing, and are reflected in my teaching and historical research. Also, the publications reported under this heading are serious research documents, equivalents of a white paper or a report for a government commission or the like.

For central Metropolitan hierarchy, Orthodox Church in America

  • 1996-9 Elected to the 20-person Pre-Conciliar Commission of the OCA
    • This group is the core planning body for the national church; its chief function is the planning and running of the forthcoming (13th) All-American Council in Pittsburgh 1999. The members of this group are chosen by the ruling Synod of Bishops from acoss all of North America).
  • Member of the sub-Committee that chose the theme for the 13th Council, and co-chairman of the sub-Committee to draft the Biblical, theological, and pastoral Study Papers which are sent to all parishes.
  • Asked to write the Bible Study Workbook for this Council. 

For the Orthodox Church in America, Archdiocese of Canada:

  • 2000-2007 lay delegate for the Archdiocese of Canada on the Metropolitan Council of OCA
  • 2000-2007 member-at-large (as Metr Council rep) on the Archdiocesan Council of Canada
  • 1990-91 member of the 3-person Episcopal Commission called by Bishop Seraphim of Canada to institute pastoral reform for the Orthodox Church of America in Toronto
  • Published [with N. Ignatieff] The First Report (1991), a 50-page annotated "white paper" announcing the first results.
  • 1994-95 "Style as Iconography: Freedom of Stylistic choice in Pre-Iconoclastic Icons and the Impact of Iconodule Attitudes," lecture to Society of St. Philip [an OCA Scholarly Colloquium], Ottawa, October 1994
  • Toronto lay delegate to the 12th triennal All-American Council of the Orthodox Church in America (the Metropolitan Synod, i.e. the governing body of the Church), Chicago, July 1995
  • 1995-96 Toronto lay delegate to the triennial Archdiocesan Assembly (the National Synod, i.e., the archdiocesan equivalent of the All-American Council), Ottawa, July 1996
  • 1997-98 "Behold the Beauty of the Lord: an Introduction to Orthodox Spirituality," a Toronto-wide retreat sponsored by the Anglican parish of St. Clement's, March 20-21, 1997
  • Invited as an Ecumenical Visitor to address the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada June 7-12, 1998
    1998-99 Toronto lay delegate to the triennial Archdiocesan Assembly (the National Synod, i.e., the archdiocesan equivalent of the All-American Council), Winnepeg, July 1998
  • Invited to address United Church delegates to the World Council of Churches Assembly about Orthodox issues and concerns in current ecumenical dialogue, November 1, 1998

For the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) [the chief ecumenical body in Canada]:

  • 1995-present rthodox Church in America representative on the Governing Board of the Canadian Council of Churches; 1996-ongoing: director of a project to produce a book describing the component member church bodies of the CCC
  • 1995-97 Elected by the Governing Board to the ad hoc Steering Committee of the CCC (i.e., a small group that determined platform and agenda for the new CCC approach to ecumenism as "Forum")
  • 1995 [as delegate of the Orthodox Church in America]: "From Russian Metropolia to Orthodox Church in America: the Toronto experience", Paper for the CCC Symposium on Gospel and Culture, sponsored by the World Council of Churches, held at Victoria College, University of Toronto, November 1995
  • 1996-present Appointed as Orthodox Church in America representative to two inter-Faith working Committees of the CCC:
    • Christians and Jews in Dialogue
    • Christians and Muslims in Dialogue
  • Also on the Interfaith Planning Committee, a small program-determining body of the CCC which establishes agenda for CCC work in the these two working groups
  • 1996-97 Orthodox Church in America delegate to the Triennium (the national conference) of the Canadian Council of Churches, Ottawa, July 1997 
  • 1998-99 CCC respondent to an address on world ecumenical agendas by Konrad Raiser, General Secretary, World Council of Churches, September 30, 1998
  • Instrumental as an executive in the establishment of a Catholic Community at York; and I regularly taught a seminar on the New Testament and other aspects of Christian history and thought in connection with this and other groups. I regard this work as enhancing my academic potential, first because it gets me involved and familiar with many York students, and second because the preparation for the seminars helps me improve my general scholarly capabilities, since this subject is also included in courses which I teach
  • 1976 lecture on "Iconology and Social History of pre-1900 Albion gravestones" delivered to Albion-Bolton Historical Society
  • 1978 lecture on "Easter Practices and Easter Theology: A Comparison of Orthodoxy and Western Christianity" delivered to intercongregational audience in Bolton, Ontario
  • 1978-present R egular instructor in the Adult Christian Education Programme (interdenominational) sponsored by Christ Church Anglican, Bolton, Ontario (to 1979) and by St. Augustine of Canterbury, Toronto (since 1979). This work included teaching of a class which discussed problems in Christian history (from analysis of primary texts). For comment see remarks above under "b"
  • 1986-87 advisor, animator, and lecturer for Religious Education Programme, Hugh Macmillan Centre for Education of Crippled Children
  • passim: many lectures in high schools for "schools liaison"
  • lecture: "The Victory of the Icons (843) and the Orthodox Sense of Being in Historical Reality," March, 1990 special lecturers series, Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral, Toronto
  • 1991-92 lecture series on Orthodox Christology and Biblical Exegesis for adult education programme, Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral, Toronto; on parish council, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and head of education for the parish.
  • 1992 lecture series on Orthodoxy and other religions in North America: ecumenical and critical perspectives; Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Toronto
  • July 1993: invited speaker, Orthodox Youth Retreat of the Eastern Canadian Deanery of the Orthodox Church in America, Ottawa
  • 1993-1996: Chairperson of the Parish Council (and its Executive Committee) at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Cathedral, Toronto
  • May, 1994 invited speaker (and co-organizer), Orthodox Youth Retreat of the Eastern Canadian Deanery of the Orthodox Church in Amrica, Montreal
  • Jan-March, 1995. "Growth of the Metropolia 1870-98", "St. Tikhon and the New Immigration 1898-1917": two lectures in the series Living the Bicentennial (1794-1994): Two Centuries of Orthodoxy in America, for the Fellowship of St. Cyprian, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Toronto,
  • 1995-6 member of Board of Directors, Metro Toronto Regional Science Fair
  • 1995-6 directed adult education and gave a year-long programme of adult catechism, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Toronto
  • Jan. 1996 lecture "The Incarnation as Mystery" by invitation at the Armenian Orthodox Church, St. Catherine's, Ont.
  • April, 1996 "The Icon of the Ladder, and other Icons of Great Lent", lecture for St. Cyprian's Society, Christ the Saviour Cathedral, Toronto
  • May 1996 lecture "The Importance of the Jewish experince of God for Orthodox Christians," lecture by invitation at the Mar Jacob Syrian Orthodox Church, Scarborough, Ont.
  • 1996-7 Adult Education: "How the Orthodox Christians Read, Pray, and Understand the Old Testament: a Basic Introduction to the Old Testament Texts as Found in the New Testament, Church Fathers, and liturgical books of the Orthodox Church," an 8-lecture series at Christ the Saviour Cathedral of the OCA, Toronto.
  • 1997-8 Adult Education: "koinonia and ekklesia: the church of the first two centuries, " a 6-lecture series at Christ the Saviour Cathedral of the OCA, Toronto.
Other Work Experience: 

Significant Ecumenical Offices:

  • 2003-2006 President of the Canadian Council of Churches (first Orthodox president since the founding)
  • 2006-2009 Past-President of the CCC (an active Executive position)
  • ongoing: representative of the OCA on the CCC Commission on Faith and Witness [the theology commission]
  • 6-8 March 2000 Presenter of position paper on “Forum: the New Consensus Model in the Canadian Council of Churches” for the WCC Special Commission on Orthodox Participation in the WCC, Mara’t Seydnaya (Damascus), Syria [this paper had a role to play in the final adoption of "consensus" by the WCC]
  • 2005 speaking tour as one of a small panel of Canadian church and ecumenical leaders as guests of the Katholicos of Armenia (Kerekin II)
  • Nov. 29, 2004 Presenter for Canadian Council of Churches at the Canadian Ministry of Justice Public Consultation with Ethnocultural and Religious Communities on the Impact of the Anti-Terrorism Act
  • April 7-9, 1978
    An international colloquium on Consciousness and Group Identification in High Medieval Religion: Historians and Social Scientists in Dialogue, York University (funded in part by SSHRC)
  • April 7-9, 1989
    International colloquium on "Unity of the Arts in Early Gothic Churches: Architecture, Sculpture, Glass, and History", York University (funded in part by SSHRC)
    • Helped edit this as a multi-author book: Integration of the Arts in Early Gothic Monuments (Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 1995)
  • May 8, 1993 with Prof. William Clark and Cristopher Crockett Chaired international panel to discuss the state-of-the-question with regard to Chartres Cathedral, and the directions for future research on this monument, from many approaches: 28th International Congress of Medieval Studies, W. Michigan University, Kalamazoo
  • May 7, 1994
    Organised the three-session "Symposium: Recent Work and Discoveries: Chartres and Reims" for the 29th International Congress on Medieval Studies, W. Michigan University, Kalamzoo -- chaired the third session.
  • 1994-5 Organizer of the year's panel of speakers for the York University Institute for the Study of Culture and Religion in Antiquity
  • March 13-15, 1997 with Prof. William ClarkCo-organizer of the 3-session special symposium of Papers on Gothic and Flamboyant architecture in honour of Prof. Roland Sanfa�on, at the Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, University of Laval -- chaired one session 
  • 1997-98 Organizer for the 18th Annual Canadian Conference of Medieval Art Historians, at York University March 19-21, 1998 -- For this meeting organized one special session on "Building a Cathedral for Toronto, c.1225: a simulated fabric committee to show the social history of creating a monumental edifice", plus a 3-session symposium "Studies in Byzantine Art and Architecture in Honour of Jean-Guy Violette"
  • 1998-99 with Nigel Hiscock
    Organizer of a two-session symposium, "Masters and Builders: a re-evaluation of the issue 50 years after Panofsky" for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, University of Western Michigan, Kalamazoo, May 1999