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."


Alumni News

Alumnus is Enthroned as Bishop of Dallas and the South

Deborah (Malacky) Belonick

Metropolitan Tikhon presents archpastoral staff to Bishop AlexanderMetropolitan Tikhon presents archpastoral staff to Bishop AlexanderSt. Vladimir's Seminary alumnus, His Grace Bishop Alexander (Golitzin), was enthroned as the second ruling Bishop of Dallas and the South during the weekend of June 10-11, 2016, at Saint Seraphim Cathedral in Dallas, TXThe full story is available on Oca.org.

Read more:

Bishop Alexander's Commencement Address to the SVOTS Class of 2012
Bishop Alexander Delivers Second Annual Meyendorff Lecture

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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