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Join us for a lecture led by scholar and SVS Press author, Dr Paul Gavrilyuk, on Tuesday, September 12, at 7 p.m. Eastern. In this special talk, Dr Gavrilyuk asks the question, what qualities are required of Christian leaders, especially in a time of crisis? Dr Gavrilyuk's presentation will address this question by focusing on the post-war correspondence between the two past deans of St Vladimir's: Fr Georges Florovsky and Fr Alexander Schmemann. The epistolary exchange between them took place when Schmemann taught at St Sergius in Paris, and Florovsky was a newly appointed dean of St Vladimir's Seminary in New York. Today's Christian leaders can learn much from their example, their sense of calling, and their courage in the face of great challenges.

The presentation is open to the public and free of cost for both in-person and online attendance. It will be held on the St Vladimir’s Seminary campus in the Metropolitan Philip Auditorium, John G. Rangos building, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern time. The event will also be live-streamed as a Zoom webinar for those who are unable to attend in person. 

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About Dr Paul Gavrilyuk

Dr Paul Gavrilyuk is the Aquinas Chair in Theology and Philosophy at the University of St Thomas, St Paul, Minnesota. He is an internationally respected Orthodox theologian and historian, specializing in the patristic doctrine of God and Russian religious thought. Translated into ten languages, his monographs include The Suffering of the Impassible God (Oxford, 2004) and Georges Florovsky and the Russian Religious Renaissance (Oxford, 2013). Among his edited works are On Christian Leadership: The Letters of Alexander Schmemann and Georges Florovsky (1947-1955) (SVS Press, 2019), Perceiving Things Divine (with Fred Aquino, Oxford, 2022), and Oxford Handbook of Deification (forthcoming). He is the founding president of the International Orthodox Theological Association and of Rebuild Ukraine