Faculty Footnotes

SVOTS Professor and Trustee Will Both Serve on Faith and Order Commission

Meeting of the WCC Faith and Order Commission, June 2015Meeting of the WCC Faith and Order Commission, June 2015From June 17-24, 2015, Dr. Paul Meyendorff, The Father Alexander Schmemann Professor of Liturgical Theology at St. Vladimir's, attended the inaugural meeting of the new Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches (WCC).  Held at the Caraiman Monastery in Busteni, Romania, the meeting brought together 49 theologians from across the world representing Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant Churches. Much of the gathering was spent in planning for the work of the Commission, whose term lasts until 2020.

St. Vladimir's Trustee the Right Reverend Maxim (Vasiljevic), bishop of the Western American Diocese, Serbian Orthodox Church of North and South America, also participated in the meeting as a member of the Commission.

His Beatitude Daniel, archbishop of Bucharest, metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudgea, and a former staff member of the Commission, met with the group on Monday, June 22, and shared his memories from his time working with the Commission in Geneva.

Members at the meeting were assigned to one of three working groups tasked with addressing particular theological themes: Justice and Peace, Ecclesiology, and Moral Discernment. Professor Meyendorff will be working with the second group, whose primary responsibility will include receiving and analyzing responses to a 2013 convergence text on ecclesiology, entitled "The Church: Toward a Common Vision." Based on these responses, the group will then identify and begin working on theological issues that require further work and reflection.

The Faith and Order Commission, charged with doing the theological work of the WCC, includes many representatives from Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches. St. Vladimir's has historically been well-represented since the 1950s, with former deans Frs. Georges Florovsky, John Meyendorff, and Thomas Hopko playing leading roles. Dr. Meyendorff has been a member of the Commission since 2004. "The Commission offers an excellent opportunity to meet and collaborate with important theologians from across the Christian world," Dr. Meyendorff noted upon his return. 

Previous Faculty Footnotes:

Title Author Date
SVOTS Professor and Trustee Will Both Serve on Faith and Order Commission Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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 Dr. Paul Meyendorff June 8, 2015
Dr. Meyendorff Participates in Orthodox-Catholic Colloquium Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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 Dr. Paul Meyendorff April 3, 2015
Dr. Meyendorff Speaks at Huffington Ecumenical Institute Conference Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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 Dr. Paul Meyendorff November 12, 2014
North American Orthodox–Catholic Theological Group Meets Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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 Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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 Dr. Paul Meyendorff 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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