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“Prayer in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex” – Monday, November 17, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM, at St. Vladimir’s Seminary in Yonkers, NY

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, has been graciously invited by Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, to teach a class on “Prayer in Saint Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex,” on Monday, November 17, from 1:00 to 3:30 PM.

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), for which he also wrote over 100 pages of notes and scholia, and the author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition (2013).

Dr. Veniamin’s doctoral dissertation at Oxford, “The Transfiguration of Christ in Greek Patristic Literature: From Irenaeus of Lyons to Gregory Palamas” (1991), was a diachronic study of the meaning of the Taborian theophany in Patristic literature, spanning some thirteen centuries, and is currently being reworked in preparation for publication in 2015.

Professor 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.

 

Pacific Northwest Tour Part 13: Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR

2014 PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPEAKING EVENTS SCHEDULE

August 15 through September 8, 2014. Klaus Kenneth, author of Born to Hate Reborn to Love, and Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, will be conducting a joint tour of the Pacific Northwest, beginning in Oregon and including venues in Northern California and the Seattle Washington area.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

Mr. Klaus Kenneth is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, and author of the best-selling, Born to Hate Reborn to Love. He is also the author of Gods, Idols, Gurus: From the Shadow of Deception to the Light of Orthodoxy, which is to be published in English in 2015.

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). 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.

Their schedule will include:-

15) Friday September 5th

Northwest Christian University (Protestant)
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Contact: Prof. Ronald Heine (Professor of Biblical Studies) @ 541-684-7315 or rheine@nwcu.edu

Website: http://www.nwcu.edu

Event: 1:00 to 2:15 PM: Prof. Veniamin will guest teach: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.

Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University, Eugene, OR

Pacific Northwest Tour Begins on Feast of the Dormition (NS)

2014 PACIFIC NORTHWEST SPEAKING EVENTS SCHEDULE

From August 15 through September 8, 2014. Klaus Kenneth, author of Born to Hate Reborn to Love, and Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and author of The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, will be conducting a joint tour of the Pacific Northwest, beginning in Oregon and including venues in Northern California and the Seattle Washington area.

ABOUT OUR SPEAKERS

Klaus Kenneth & Christopher Veniamin

Klaus Kenneth & Christopher Veniamin

Mr. Klaus Kenneth is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, and author of the best-selling, Born to Hate Reborn to Love. He is also the author of Gods, Idols, Gurus: From the Shadow of Deception to the Light of Orthodoxy, which is to be published in English in 2015.

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). 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.

Their schedule will include:-

1) Friday August 15th
St Anne Orthodox Church (OCA)

6000 NE Elliot Cir
Corvallis, Oregon 97330-9254
Contact: Fr. Stephen Soot @ 541-745-6982 or frsoot@gmail.com

Website: www.staoc.com

PROGRAMME

5:00 p.m. Vespers
5:45 p.m. Dinner
6:15 p.m. Klaus Kenneth, “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’.”
7:00 p.m. Q&A with Klaus Kenneth
7:15 p.m. Dessert
7:30 p.m. Dr. Christopher Veniamin, “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Silouan and Sophrony.”
8:15 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Christopher Veniamin
8:30 p.m. Adjourn

2) Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th

Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church (OCA)
13515 SE Rusk Rd
Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Contact: Fr. Matthew Tate @ 503-659-5593 or frmtate@comcast.net

Website: www.annunciationorthodoxchurch.org

PROGRAMME

Saturday August 16th
1:00 p.m. Dr. Christopher Veniamin, “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: ‘Theosis’ in Silouan and Sophrony.”
1:50 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Christopher Veniamin
2:30 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Klaus Kenneth, “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’.”
3:50 p.m. Q&A with Klaus Kenneth
4:30 p.m. Break
7:00 p.m. Vespers
7:45 p.m. Dr. Christopher Veniamin, “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.”
8:30 p.m. Q&A with Dr. Christopher Veniamin
7:45 p.m. Adjourn

Sunday August 17th
10:00 a.m. Divine Liturgy
12:30 p.m. Round Table Discussion
2:00 p.m. Adjourn

3) Sunday August 17th through Friday, August 22nd
“2014 St. John the Wonderworker Family Camp,” Fall Creek, Oregon
Fr. Daniel Mackay, Ph.D.
St. John the Wonderwoker Serbian Orthodox Church (Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America)
304 Blair Blvd.
Eugene, Oregon 97402

Co-hosted with the

St. Paisius Missionary School
(Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada & Australia)

Camp Address
Kiwanis Sky Camp
83903 Peninsula Road
Fall Creek Reservoir
Lowell, Oregon 97438

Contact: the Registrar at stjohnfamilycamp@hotmail.com

Conference Theme: “Transfigured by the Glory of God.”

PROGRAMME

Tuesday, August 19, at 1:00 to 2:30 PM: Dr. Christopher Veniamin – “Metanoia and Hesychia: the Transfiguring Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ”

Wednesday, August 20, at 9:30 to 11:00 AM: Klaus Kenneth – “Beyond Nirvana: Theosis in the Orthodox Christian Tradition”

Wednesday, August 20, at 7:00 to 8:30 PM: Klaus & Christopher – Joint Presentation “On Elder Sophrony of Essex”

Thursday, August 21, 9:30 to 11:00 AM: Klaus & Christopher – “Round Table Discussion with Campers”

Thursday, August 21, 11:10 AM to 12:30 PM: Klaus Kenneth – “Addressing the Youth on the Challenges of our Times: How to Navigate Through the Chaos and Confusion in the World Today”

4) Friday August 22nd
St. George Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
202 Hillview Lane # 1
Eugene, Oregon 97408

Contact: Fr. Gerasimos Markopoulos @ (541) 683-3519 or frgerasimos@sntgrg.org

Website: www.stgeorgeor.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talk with author Klaus Kenneth “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’,” with Q&A, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

5) Tuesday August 26th
Washington Orthodox Clergy Association

Holy Apostles Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
19421 Ashworth Ave N,
Shoreline, Washington 98133

Contact: Fr. Thomas Tsagalakis @ (206) 801-7036 or holyapostles@comcast.net

Website: www.holyapostlesgo.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth, “Beyond Nirvana: Real Stories about Finding God in the Midst of a Broken World”, with Q&A, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

6) Wednesday August 27th
St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
2100 Boyer Ave E,
Seattle, Washington 98112

Contact: Fr. Photios Dumont @ 206-631-2501 or frphotios@saintdemetrios.com

Website: www.saintdemetrios.com

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth: “Beyond Nirvana: Theosis in the Orthodox Christian Tradition”, with Q&A, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

7) Thursday August 28th
St Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church (GOA)
1523 Yakima Ave
Tacoma, Washington 98405

Contact: Fr. Seraphim Majmudar @ 253-272-0466 or mail@stnicholastacoma.org

Website: www.stnicholastacoma.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus'”, and Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.

8) Saturday August 30th
St Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church (AOCA)
7921 Cottonwood Lane
Sacramento, California 95828

Contact: Fr. Stephen Howell @ (916) 207-1069 or st.athanasius.sac@gmail.com

Website: www.stathanasiusaoc.org

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.

9) Saturday August 30th
Holy Ascension Church (ROCOR)
714 – 13th Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Contact: Fr. Paul Volmensky @ (916) 443-2271 or frpaul81@gmail.com

Website: www.holyascensionchurch.com

Event: 7:00 – 9:00 PM: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’,” with Q&A.

10) Sunday August 31st
St Athanasius Antiochian Orthodox Church (AOCA)
7921 Cottonwood Lane
Sacramento, California 95828

Contact: Fr. Stephen Howell @ (916) 207-1069 or st.athanasius.sac@gmail.com

Website: www.stathanasiusaoc.org

Event: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Klaus Kenneth “My Spiritual Odyssey and Why I Wrote ‘Gods, Idols, Gurus’.” Mr. Kenneth will also give the sermon during the Divine Liturgy.

11) Saturday August 31st
Holy Ascension Church (ROCOR)
714 – 13th Street
Sacramento, California 95814

Contact: Fr. Paul Volmensky @ (916) 443-2271 or frpaul81@gmail.com

Website: www.holyascensionchurch.com

Event: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM: Dr. Christopher Veniamin, “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.

12) Monday September 1st
St Athanasius Pilgrimage to St. John the Wonderworker in San Francisco (AOCA)
7921 Cottonwood Lane
Sacramento, California 95828

Contact: Fr. Stephen Howell @ (916) 207-1069 or mail@stnicholastacoma.org

Website: www.stathanasiusaoc.org

Pilgrimage Leader: Hieromonk James Corazza

Old Holy Virgin Cathedral (ROCOR)
864 Fulton Street
San Francisco, California 94117

Phone: (415) 346-4952)

Special Event: Departure, 7:30 AM from Church, ETA 10:00 AM: Including an Informal Discussion with Klaus Kenneth and Dr. Christopher on Bus

13) Wednesday September 3rd
Christ the Saviour Church (OCA)
490 12th Ave
San Francisco, California 94118

Contact: Fr. Philip Halliwell @ 415-752-1347 or frphiliphalliwell@gmail.com

Website: www.sobor.org

PROGRAMME

6:00 p.m. Vespers
6:30 p.m. Food and Drinks
7:00 p.m. Talk begins
9:30 p.m. Adjourn

Event: Evening Talks with author Klaus Kenneth: “Beyond Nirvana: Theosis in the Orthodox Christian Tradition”, with Q&A, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

14) Thursday September 4th
Northwest Christian University (Protestant)
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Contact: Prof. Ronald Heine (Professor of Biblical Studies) @ 541-684-7315 or rheine@nwcu.edu

Website: http://www.nwcu.edu

Event: 6:00 to 7:00 PM: Klaus Kenneth will make a presentation entitled, “My Spiritual Odyssey: From Sola Scriptura to the Communion of the Saints”, with an Introduction by Dr. Christopher Veniamin: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God.

15) Friday September 5th
Northwest Christian University (Protestant)
828 E. 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

Contact: Prof. Ronald Heine (Professor of Biblical Studies) @ 541-684-7315 or rheine@nwcu.edu

Website: http://www.nwcu.edu

Event: 1:00 to 2:15 PM: Prof. Veniamin will guest teach: “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God,” with Q&A.

For more details, see individual entries under Events.

Fr. Zacharias & Mr. Klaus Kenneth

Fr. Zacharias & Mr. Klaus Kenneth

Fr. Zacharias & Dr. Christopher Veniamin

Fr. Zacharias & Dr. Christopher Veniamin

Dr. Veniamin Will Lecture “On Becoming Theologians” at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, Jordanville NY

Dr. Christopher Veniamin will lecture “On Becoming Theologians: ‘Hesychia’ as a Prerequisite for the Encounter with God”, at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville NY. The lecture will take place on Thursday, May 1, 2014, at 5:00pm, and will be open to the public.

Professor Veniamin 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). He is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony of Essex, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and President of Mount Thabor Publishing.

Professor Christopher Veniamin to Lead Retreat at OCA Parish of St John Maximovich in Atlanta

March 14-16, 2014. Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, to lead Lenten Retreat at OCA parish of St John Maximovich in Atlanta

Prof. Veniamin will give several presentations based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

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 published  books by Archimandrite Zacharias, Professor Constantine Scouteris, and Klaus Kenneth.

2014 LENTEN RETREAT SCHEDULE

Fr. Thomas Alessandroni
St. John the Wonderworker Orthodox Church
543 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 577-6330

The schedule is planned as follows:-

Friday March 14th
6:00 PM  Presanctified Liturgy
7:30 PM  Lenten Meal – Welcome & Brief Talk by Father Tom // Dr. Christopher Intro

Saturday March 15th
8:00 AM  Divine Liturgy
9:30 AM  Breakfast
10:30 AM Dr. Christopher Veniamin Lecture, “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: ‘Theosis’ in St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex,” with Q&A.
Noon Lunch
1:00 PM  Dr. Christopher Veniamin Lecture, “The Orthodox Interpretation of Holy Scripture: St. Gregory Palamas and the Key to Understanding the Bible,” with Q&A.
2:30 PM Break
3:00 PM Vespers

Sunday March 16th
8:30 AM Matins
10:00 AM Divine Liturgy
Noon Lunch
12:30 PM Dr. Christopher Veniamin, “An Informal Discussion About St. Gregory Palamas & Fr Sophrony,” with Q&A.
2:00 PM – Retreat Ends

Professor Veniamin to Speak at Pan Orthodox Vespers for Sunday of Orthodoxy at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas TX

Sunday March 9th, 2014: Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Seminary, will give the Panegyric Oration for the Sunday of Orthodoxy at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas TX

Prof. Veniamin will give a presentation based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

His specific topic will be:-

“The Triumph of Orthodoxy, St. Gregory Palamas, and the Cross of Christ.”

The time: Dr. Veniamin’s Panegyric will take place during Pan Orthodox Vespers, which begins at 6:00 PM. Pan Orthodox Vespers will be followed by a Potluck, organized by Holy Trinity Philoptochos, after which Prof. Veniamin will be available to sign copies of his new book.

For further details, contact:

V. Rev. Christopher Constantinides
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas Texas
13555 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 991-1166

Dr. Christopher Veniamin to Speak at St Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral (OCA), Dallas TX

Saturday March 8th, 2014: Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Seminary, to speak at St Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral (OCA), Dallas TX

Prof. Veniamin will give a presentation based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, followed by a Q&A session.

His specific topic will be:-

“The Power of Repentance: The Ethos of ‘Metanoia’ in the Orthodox Tradition.”

The time: Dr. Veniamin’s Lecture will take place after Saturday Vigil, which begins at 5:00 PM.

For further details, contact:

V. Rev. John Ernest Anderson
St Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral (OCA)
4208 Wycliff Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
(214) 886-3179

Dr Christopher Veniamin to speak at St Barbara Orthodox Church in Fort Worth TX

Friday March 7th, 2014: Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Seminary, to speak at St Barbara Orthodox Church (OCA) in Fort Worth, Texas

Prof. Veniamin will give a presentation based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition, followed by a Q&A session.

His specific topic will be:-

“The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: ‘Theosis’ in St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex.”

Dr. Christopher Veniamin is a spiritual child of Elder Sophrony, the founder of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist, in Essex, England.

The time: 7:00-8:00 PM

For further details, contact:

V. Rev. Basil Zebrun
St Barbara Orthodox Church (OCA)
5201 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
(817) 294-0325

Dr. Veniamin to Visit Dallas/Fort Worth Area

March 7-9, 2014: Dr Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, to speak in the Dallas/Fort Worth area

Prof. Veniamin will give several presentations based on his recently-released book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: “Theosis” in Scripture and Tradition.

Dr Veniamin’s schedule will include:-

Friday March 7th
St Barbara Orthodox Church (OCA)
5201 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133
(817) 294-0325
7:00-8:00 PM  Talk by Dr. Christopher Intro

Saturday March 8th
St Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral (OCA)
4208 Wycliff Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219
Vigil – 5:00 p.m.
After Vigil Reception and Dr. Christopher Veniamin Lecture #1 with Q&A

Sunday March 9th
St Sava Orthodox Church (OCA), Plano, TX
1501 Jupiter Rd
Allen, Texas 75002
972-612-3881
Give Sermon for Divine Liturgy
Lunch
12:00 Noon Informal Discussion about Fr Sophrony

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas Texas
13555 Hillcrest Rd, Dallas, TX 75240
(972) 991-1166
6:00 PM  Pan Orthodox Lenten Vespers
Panegyric Oration on the Sunday of Orthodoxy by Dr. Christopher Veniamin Lecture

For more details, see individual entries for Dr Veniamin’s full schedule

Prof. Christopher Veniamin – Guest Speaker for “Spiritual Day” in Pickering ON, Canada

Dr. Christopher Veniamin, Professor of Patristics at St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan PA and President of Mount Thabor Publishing, has been graciously invited to address college students from three Coptic Orthodox parishes in the vicinity of St. Mary & St. John The Beloved Coptic Orthodox Church in Pickering ON, on Saturday, February 15, 2014. Thanks to Fr. Daniel Bessada, the day will begin with the Divine Liturgy, which will be followed by two presentations (with time for Questions), the first in the morning, the second in the afternoon.

Based on Prof. Veniamin’s recently published book, The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation, the first presentation will be, “The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation: ‘Theosis’ in St. Silouan the Athonite and Elder Sophrony of Essex”; and the second, “The Orthodox Interpretation of Holy Scripture: St. Gregory Palamas and the Key to Understanding the Bible.”

For further information, please visit St. Mary & St. John The Beloved Coptic Orthodox Church or call (905) 837-0888.

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