Faculty Footnotes

Classroom Exchange Highlights Institutional Ties

On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, SVOTS Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Peter Bouteneff visited St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary to offer a lecture, “Understanding Oneself as Sinner: Finding the Healing Way.” He spoke in the classroom of Dr. Christopher Veniamin, professor of Patristics, addressing guests from within and outside the St. Tikhon’s community. In turn, on April 18 Professor Veniamin lectured in Professor Bouteneff's "Prayer and Sanctity" class on the topic, “Prayer in St. Silouan the Athonite and Father Sophrony.”

"At times, something so simple as colleagues visiting each other’s classes can become hugely significant," noted Dr. Bouteneff. "For one, it’s an exchange of gifts among friends. But it’s also a sign of the united purpose and vision between two intimately related Christ-serving institutions."

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Planting Grant Missions: Digital tools for the "Modern Fishermen"

Fr Andre Paez

Fr. Andre and parishioners join forces to minister to homeless.Fr. Andre and parishioners join forces to minister to homeless.As a mission priest for the last three years, Priest Andre Paez, Rector of Saint John the Evangelist Mission here, states that his greatest joy has been helping people “come into Christ’s Church and participate in the mystery of His divine resurrected life.

“As a ‘fisher of men,’ I am always looking for ways to accomplish this and help our mission grow,” said Father Andre, who enthusiastically shared some of the latest and most effective digital tools he employs in reaching out into the wider community.

“One of the first administrative tasks I accomplished at Saint John’s was to get set up Google Apps,” said Father Andre.  “Google Apps offers users access to Google’s robust suite of cloud based tools, like Gmail, Google calendar, Google docs, YouTube, and more.  It is very important for the priest’s church e-mail address to match the church web site...

Seminarians Speak

A Song of Truth and Worship

Sandy Hermansen

O Lord, open Thou My lips and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.

How many times have I heard this phrase, spoken by the priest at the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, and missed how bold and vulnerable a prayer it truly is? After all, if "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks," then asking God to open my mouth is to lay bare my heart before him. And this, indeed, gives me pause. When the floodgates are opened, what will spill out of the innermost parts of my being? Will it be selfishness, bitterness, and fear, or faith, hope, and love? How, really, do the words of my mouth—streaming from the meditations of my heart—become pleasing in the sight of God? How do I fill my heart so that my mouth sings praise?

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