Faculty Footnotes

Fr. John Behr travels the globe, finishes major work on Gospel of John

Fr. John Behr speaks at the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Clearwater, FL, in February (Photo: Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church).Fr. John Behr speaks at the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Clearwater, FL, in February (Photo: Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church).Archpriest John Behr, the Seminary’s Georges Florovsky Distinguished Professor of Patristics, stayed incredibly busy on his sabbatical during Spring Semester 2018, traveling, teaching, speaking, and writing.

Among the many highlights of his activities over the past several months, Fr. John completed a major work on the Gospel of John (approx. 190,000 words), bringing together historical scholarship, scriptural exegesis, systematic reflection, and phenomenology, in a work of constructive theology. The work is undergoing review ahead of potential publication.

Fr. John’s travels took him to speaking and teaching engagements in the United States, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, Russia, Estonia, and the Netherlands. They included giving retreats to the clergy in Finland and the Serbian clergy in the U.S., giving parish talks from Colorado to Ottawa, and visiting old friends in Estonia.

“I went from one end of the world to another, from Melbourne to Lapland, within three weeks, with a seventy-five degree centigrade temperature difference!” Fr. John commented.

On his most recent travels in June, Fr. John delivered a talk in Vancouver, BC at the Conference on Christian Flourishing, the first meeting of a three-year international project involving theologians, philosophers, educators, and scientists.

“The first meeting of the working group on Christian flourishing in a technological world was very stimulating, and I’m looking forward to the conference in Oxford in a few weeks’ time—that should be fun!,” added Fr. John. “I look forward very much to visiting my old tutor, Metropolitan Kallistos, while there.”

A more complete look at Fr. John’s past and future travel schedule, which includes that upcoming event in the UK, can be found on the Faculty Travels page.

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