Faculty Footnotes

Father Alexander Rentel Participates in 3 International Gatherings

Father Alexander Rentel with Archbishop Job of Telmessos.Father Alexander Rentel with Archbishop Job of Telmessos.From June 10–21, 2017, Archpriest Alexander Rentel, assistant professor of Canon Law and M.Div. program director at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, travelled to Italy to participate in two different seminars and to attend the First European Academy of Religion, a large member-based research network, connecting organizations that deal with religious studies in Europe. During this time he was able to meet with SVOTS Alumni, SVS Press authors, and friends of our school.

In Vatican City, from June 12–13, Fr. Alexander participated in a workshop at the Congregation for Oriental Churches on the subject, “‘Ancestral Traditions’ (Orientalium Ecclesiarum 6): Status Questionis, Problems, Challenges.” At this workshop, Fr. Alexander presented a reflection entitled “The Orthodox Vision on the Concept of ‘Ancestral Traditions.’” The workshop was organized by Fr. Thomas Pott, OSB, and included participants from the different Byzantine Catholic Churches. His Eminence Archbishop Job of Telmessos, of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, also participated as an Orthodox observer at this event.  

From Rome, Fr. Alexander traveled to Bologna and took part in a seminar at the John XXIII Foundation for the Study of Religious Science, from June 14–16. The international seminar was held in honor of the Giuseppe Alberigo on the subject of Election of Bishops throughout history. During this colloquium, Fr. Alexander gave a formal paper titled, “Father John Meyendorff and the Election Procedures for the Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church in America: Theology in Action.” In his paper, Fr. Alexander discussed a series of editorials that Protopresbyter John Meyendorff had written in 1977 for The Orthodox Churchnewspaper, concerning the election of a new metropolitan for the Orthodox Church in America, following the resignation of Metropolitan Ireney. The paper compared the 1971 and 1974 Statutes of OCA with the Decisions of the 1917–18 Moscow Council and demonstrated the influence of Fr. Nicholas Afanasiev on both the drafting of the OCA Statute and the writing of Fr. John.

After this seminar, Fr. Alexander attended the opening of the European Academy of Religion–Ex nihilo “Zero Conference.” At this conference, Fr. Alexander was able to meet with SVOTS Alumnus, Dr. Brandon Gallaher (M.Div. 2003), lecturer of Systematic and Comparative Theology, University of Exeter. By happenstance both Fr. Alexander and Dr. Gallaher were able to visit with our alumnus John Shoji (M.Div. 2007), who was traveling in Italy at the same time of the conference.

Previous Faculty Footnotes:

Title Author Date
Father Alexander Rentel Participates in 3 International Gatherings Very Rev. Alexander Rentel July 5, 2017
Professor Pentiuc Spreads God’s Word in Romania Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc June 22, 2017
Classroom Exchange Highlights Institutional Ties Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff April 25, 2016
SVOTS Liturgical Art Lecturer Offers Tour of Met's Byzantine Collection Rev. Dn. Evan Freeman April 5, 2016
Drs. Daniel and Jane Hinshaw Represent SVOTS at the University of Balamand Dr. Daniel B. Hinshaw February 22, 2016
SVOTS Dean and Professors Attend Meeting of Scholars at Ecumenical Patriarchate Very Rev. Dr. John Behr January 13, 2016
Three Faculty Members Offer Presentations at NYC Sacred Arts Conference Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff December 9, 2015
Dean Travels to India for Malankara Church Celebrations Very Rev. Dr. John Behr December 7, 2015
The 1000th Anniversary of the Repose of St. Vladimir Celebration Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield December 2, 2015
SVOTS in Nairobi and Istanbul: Dr. Paul Meyendorff November 23, 2015
SVOTS Professor Offers Presentation at Orthodox Institute Rev. Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen November 19, 2015
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Supervisor Fr. Adrian Budica is Awarded Full Certification Rev. Adrian Budica November 5, 2015
Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Celebrates Fifty Years of Dialogue November 2, 2015
Dean's New Book Examines Life-Death Relationship Very Rev. Dr. John Behr October 28, 2015
Seminary Hosts Yale Sacred Music Students Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff September 28, 2015
Dean's European Travels Strengthen Ties with SVOTS Alumni and Friends Very Rev. Dr. John Behr September 22, 2015
Archpriest Alexander Rentel Attends Canonization on Behalf of Seminary Very Rev. Alexander Rentel September 11, 2015
Ministry and Pilgrimage: SVOTS Lecturer and Director of Chapel Music Returns to Alaska September 7, 2015
SVOTS Scripture Professor is Main Contributor to New Study Bible Rev. Dr. Eugen J. Pentiuc August 5, 2015
BBC Music Magazine Features Article by Dr. Bouteneff Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff August 3, 2015
SVOTS Professor and Trustee Will Both Serve on Faith and Order Commission June 24, 2015
St. Vladimir's Seminary in Constantinople Very Rev. Alexander Rentel June 22, 2015
Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation Holds 88th Meeting at St. Vladimir's June 8, 2015
Dr. Meyendorff Participates in Orthodox-Catholic Colloquium May 6, 2015
Surprising Vitality! Orthodox Christianity in Vienna Very Rev. Dr. John Behr April 23, 2015
SVS Press and SVOTS Professor Launch Book at NYC Arts Festival Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff April 14, 2015
Dr. Meyendorff Presents Lecture in Rome, Italy April 3, 2015
Dr. Meyendorff Speaks at Huffington Ecumenical Institute Conference March 9, 2015
Estonia's Prime Minister Offers Kudos to Arvo Pärt Team Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff December 18, 2014
Dr. Meyendorff Meets with St. Irenaeus Orthodox-Catholic Working Group November 12, 2014
North American Orthodox–Catholic Theological Group Meets November 3, 2014
At the Pappas Patristic Institute Conference Rev. Dr. J. Sergius Halvorsen October 16, 2014
Professor Meyendorff Meets with Working Group on Theological Education October 7, 2014
Presentation at Westminster Highlights Arvo Pärt's Spiritual Roots Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff September 30, 2014
Professor Rentel Serves OCA as Canonical Consultant Very Rev. Alexander Rentel September 17, 2014
Working With Student Leaders Dr. Albert S. Rossi September 11, 2014
Meeting Jesus in the Temple Very Rev. Dr. John Behr March 27, 2014
Becoming a Healing Presence Dr. Albert S. Rossi October 25, 2013
Travelogue and Final Reflections Very Rev. Alexander Rentel July 11, 2013
Orthodox Unity and Autocephaly: Fr. John Meyendorff's Timely Message November 6, 2012
"Ministering to God": A Reflection On the Life of St. Innocent of Alaska Very Rev. Alexander Rentel October 11, 2012
Reflection on "For God and Country" Orthodox Education Day 2011 Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff October 24, 2011
Women in the Orthodox Church, Here and Now Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff May 26, 2011
Unity in Diversity: The Opportunities and the Challenges Dr. Peter C. Bouteneff October 20, 2010
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