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Professor Veniamin Keynote Speaker at Sts. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria 2015 Symposium, San Francisco CA

2015 WINTER SPEAKING SCHEDULE

February 14 through 15, 2015Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary in Northeast Pennsylvania, will be the Keynote Speaker at the 2015 Symposium of the St. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria Institute for Orthodox Studies in San Francisco CA. The Symposium will take place at the Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, 864 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.

Professor Veniamin will give three lectures based on his book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, addressing the general theme of the Symposium, The City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World.

Professor Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013, 2014 repr. ed.).

Dr. Veniamin is also the President and Founder of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

PROGRAMME

2015 Symposium of St. Cyril and Athanasius of Alexandria Institute for Orthodox StudiesThe City a Desert: Living the Life of the Desert in the Midst of the World

Saturday, 14th February 2015

  • 7:00 – Registration opens / arrival; light continental breakfast snack service during arrival and registration
  • 8:00 – Opening prayer and welcome remarks
  • 8.15 – Introduction to the Symposium by Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg)
  • 8.30 – Lecture I – by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “Salvation in the Orthodox Church: Metanoia, Hesychia and Theosis,” Part 1
  • 10:00 – Coffee
  • 10:30 – Lecture II – by Hieromonk Alexii (Altschul)
  • 12:00 – Lunch
  • 1:15 – Panel Discussion
  • 2:00 – Lecture III – Speaker TBA
  • 3:15 – Tea break
  • 3:45 – Book Signing and tour of the Old Cathedral and its sacred treasures
  • 5:00 – Vigil Service at the Old Cathedral, celebrated by local clergy

Sunday, 15th February 2015 (Feast of the Entry of the Lord)

  • 9:00 – Festal Divine Liturgy, concelebrated by symposium clergy, together with local clergy and any symposium participating clergy who may wish to celebrate
  • 12:00 – Lunch Break
  • 2:00 – Special Roundtable Event: “Locating the Desert in the City” with Dr Christopher Veniamin, Hieromonk Alexii (Altschul), Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg), Priest Philip Halliwell, and others
  • 3:15 – Lecture V – by Dr Christopher Veniamin: “Salvation in the Orthodox Church: Metanoia, Hesychia and Theosis,” Part 2
  • 4:15 – Closing Remarks and Thanks
  • 4:30 – Symposium Closes with Prayer

* Please note that talk titles are tentative and subject to adjustment by the speakers.

PLACE & CONTACT INFO

Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin
864 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Contact: Archimandrite Irenei (Steenberg) @ (415) 671-6262 or webmaster@sforthodoxinstitute.org

Website: www.sforthodoxinstitute.org

Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, San Francisco CA - St. Cyril & Athanasius of Alexandria 2015 Symposium

Old Cathedral of the Holy Virgin, San Francisco CA – St. Cyril & Athanasius of Alexandria 2015 Symposium

MTP Contributes to the Success of 18th Biennial Antiochian Archdiocesan Clergy Symposium!

Mtp Joseph of North America

Mtp Joseph addresses the Clergy.

MOUNT THABOR PUBLISHING  contributed to the 18th Biennial Antiochian Archdiocesan Clergy Symposium at the Heritage and Learning Center at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, from July 14 through 18, 2014, which was a historic occasion, inasmuch as it was the first National Clergy Symposium of the newly-elected Metropolitan Joseph, the former Archbishop of Los Angeles and the West.

Armed with its 12 quality publications and its first ever Catalogue, MTP provided our clergy significant wherewithal with which to both instruct the Orthodox faithful and promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in North America.

A special feature of the MTP booth was signed copies of Dr. Christopher Veniamin’s newly reprinted Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies and The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

It was a privilege to be there. Already looking forward to next year’s Sumposium!

 

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Mtp Joseph and Dr. Christopher Veniamin

Mtp Joseph and Dr. Christopher Veniamin go back a long way: not only were they fellow theology students at the University of Thessalonica, but they were also neighbors at Agia Marina, Ano Toumba.

Mtp Joseph and Dr. Christopher Veniamin

Mtp Joseph is one who is able to savor the richness of Patristic theology – the ascetic-theological vision of the Church.

Mtp Joseph with some of the Veniamins

Mtp Joseph has a heart of gold and truly loves children.

The 18th National Clergy Symposium

The 18th National Clergy Symposium, Antiochian Village, 2014.

The Divine Liturgy

The Divine Liturgy, Friday morning.

The Divine Liturgy, Friday morning.

The Divine Liturgy, Friday morning.

MTP at 42nd Biennial Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Congress – A Resounding Success!

MOUNT THABOR PUBLISHING  joined the Exhibitors at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia from July 6 through 9, 2014.

Armed with its 12 quality publications and its first ever Catalogue, MTP was well-received by clergy and lay folk alike from all over North America and beyond.

A special feature of the MTP booth was signed copies of Dr. Christopher Veniamin’s newly reprinted Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies and The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

Here are just some of the wonderful people we met at the Congress:-

With Mtp Athenagoras of Belgium, whom Dr. Christopher and Mrs. Anna Veniamin

With Mtp Athenagoras of Belgium, whom Dr. Christopher has known since the Mtp’s first visit to the Monastery of St. John the Baptist in England (to which, still a young lad, he was brought by his father, Père Ignace, to meet Fr. Sophrony.)

 

Abp Demetrios deep in discussion with Dr. Christopher Veniamin

Abp Demetrios notices that On the Saints has an impressive icon of his own patron saint on the front cover.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abp Demetrios with Dr. and Mrs. Veniamin

Abp Demetrios deep in discussion with Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary

Abp Demetrios, with Dr. and Mrs. Veniamin

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, a Thessalonian by education, describes the nature and purpose of his edition of the Abp of Thessalonica’s homilies to Abp Demetrios of America, a Thessalonian by birth!

Abp Demetrios, with Dr. and Mrs. Veniamin

A scholar of some considerable distinction himself, the Archbishop was able to appreciate the magnitude of the contribution being made by these MTP publications.

 

Prof. Christopher Veniamin with Fr. Vasili Hillhouse, left (Anchorage AK) and Fr. Seraphim Majmudar (Tacoma WA).

What a good and pleasant thing it is to meet up with one’s former students: Fr. Vasili Hillhouse, left (Anchorage AK) and Fr. Seraphim Majmudar (Tacoma WA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MTP at 18th Biennial Antiochian Archdiocesan Clergy Symposium

MOUNT THABOR PUBLISHING  will be at the 18th Biennial Antiochian Archdiocesan Clergy Symposium at the Heritage and Learning Center at the Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pennsylvania, from July 14 through 18, 2014.

This will be a historic Symposium, since it will be the newly-elected Metropolitan Joseph’s first opportunity to greet all of the clergy of the Archdiocese.

Armed with its 12 quality publications and its first ever Catalogue, MTP will strive to provide our clergy with the wherewithal to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in North America.

A special feature of the MTP booth will be signed copies, upon request, of Dr. Christopher Veniamin’s newly reprinted Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies and The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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MTP at 42nd Biennial Greek Orthodox Clergy-Laity Congress!

MOUNT THABOR PUBLISHING  will be at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese’s 42nd Biennial Clergy-Laity Congress in Philadelphia from July 6 through 9, 2014.

Armed with its 12 quality publications and its first ever Catalogue, MTP will strive to provide our clergy and lay folk with the wherewithal to promote the Orthodox Christian Faith in North America.

A special feature of the MTP booth will be signed copies, upon request, of Dr. Christopher Veniamin’s newly reprinted Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies and The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Dr. Veniamin Invited Speaker at International Symposium on Apocryphal Literature, Thessalonica

Dr. Christopher Veniamin (D.Phil. Oxon.), Professor of Patristics, is an “Invited Speaker” (Guest Speaker) at the International Symposium on Christian Apocryphal Literature, which will take place at the University of Thessalonica from June 26-29, 2014.

Bringing together some of the world’s leading authorities in the New Testament and early Christian literature, the organisers of the Symposium have asked Professor Veniamin to present a paper on “The Transfiguration in Pre-Nicene Apocryphal Literature”, which is scheduled for 11:45 – 12:30, Saturday, June 28, at the Aristotle University Research Dissemination Center, September 3rd Avenue, University Campus, Thessalonica, Greece.
The event will include the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul (June 29), at Vlatadon Monastery (14th century), built on the site where St. Paul gave his first address to the Thessalonians; and also, on the Synaxis of the Twelve Apostles (June 30), a circumnavigation of Mount Athos by cruise ship.
For further details, please click here.
Professor Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013). Dr. Veniamin is also the President of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.
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Dr. Christopher Veniamin to Speak at St. Tikhon’s Continuing Education Symposium

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, D. Phil. (Oxon.), Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, will offer a three-hour seminar for the annual Continuing Clergy Education Symposium, to be held at St. Tikhon’s on June 17-19, 2014.

Based on the writings of his spiritual grandfather, Dr. Veniamin’s seminar is entitled, “Spiritual Life in Saint Silouan the Athonite”, and will take place on Tuesday afternoon, June 17, at 1:00 p.m.

The presentation will examine the spiritual life of this great 20th century Athonite saint, and focus specifically on the themes of humility, peace, the will of God, and freedom. The aim of the seminar is to present something of the ethos of the Orthodox Patristic Tradition in a way that helps identify what distinguishes it from every other philosophy, religion and creed. It is hoped, moreover, that the lessons learned will be directly applicable to one’s everyday life.

Professor Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, holds his first degree in Theology from the University of Thessalonica (Greece), and obtained his doctorate from Oxford University, under the supervision of Metropolitan Kallistos Ware. He is the editor and translator of Saint Gregory Palamas: The Homilies (2009 and 2014), and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013). Dr. Veniamin is also the President of Mount Thabor Publishing, which was established in 2005, and has edited and published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

Dr. Veniamin to Give Keynote Addresses at Orthodox Homeschooling Conference at Antiochian Village

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan PA and President of Mount Thabor Publishing, will deliver the Keynote Addresses at the St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference at the Antiochian Village, from 27 through 30 March, 2014.

Professor Veniamin will give two presentations and lead a workshop based on his newly-released publication, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation:-

The first Keynote Address, Friday, March 28, 8:00 – 9:00pm: “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: ‘Theosis’ in St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex.”
The Second Keynote Address, Saturday, March 29, 7:30 – 8:30pm: “The Orthodox Interpretation of Holy Scripture: St. Gregory Palamas and the Key to Understanding the Bible.”
Workshop Session 5A, Saturday, March 29, 2:00 – 3:00pm: “The Power of Repentance: The Ethos of ‘Metanoia’ in the Orthodox Tradition.”

For further information, please visit the St. Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference section on the Antiochian Village web site or call (724) 238-3677.

Elder Zacharias Returns to Wichita

Archimadrite Zacharias, of the Patriarchal and Stavropegic Monastery of St. John the Baptist, Essex, England, will be the Guest Speaker for the 2014 Annual St. Raphael Clergy Brotherhood Retreat, of the Antiochian Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (under the Omophorion of Bishop Basil Essey).

The retreat will be held February 4-7, 2014, and will consist of six talks. The general them is entitled, “To live a Christian life is impossible. All one can do as a Christian is ‘die daily’.” For more information, go to Bishop Basil Essey.

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