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‘Does Religion Need Culture? Discussion with C S Lewis’, lecture by Archimandrite Simeon Tomachinsky

At the end of 2nd century Tertullian posited this perennial and unsolved problem as follows: «What has Athens to do with Jerusalem?» How, in other words, can purely human wisdom, philosophy and art enrich a spiritual experience? Addressing this dilemma in his «Christianity and Culture», the famous Christian apologist C.S. Lewis avers: «The New Testament seemed, if not hostile, yet unmistakably cold to culture…»
Fr Simeon will engage with this problem and suggest possible Orthodox responses to the dilemma today.

Rev. Dr. Archimandrite Simeon is the Rector of the Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kursk and a graduate of the Faculty of
Philology of the University of Moscow. He has worked on aspects of Russian literature and its interface with Christian theology. For a number of years he was the head of the Publishing house of the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow, Russia’s largest Orthodox publishing house.

Thursday 27 October 2016, 6 pm,  preceded by drinks

Venue:  The House of St Gregory, 1 Canterbury Road OX2 6LU

St Theosevia Study Day

“Identity and Individuality: Psychological and Spiritual Growth in Gregory of Nyssa, Maximus the Confessor and Fyodor Dostoevsky”, Saturday 14th March, St Theosevia House, 10.30am – 4pm.

St Theosevia Centre for Orthodox Spirituality invites to the Study Day dedicated to the aspects of psychological and spiritual development according to the Greek patristics and Dostoevsky. The Study Day includes paper contributions from:

Dr Johannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College, Oxford. He is a historical and systematic theologian specialising in the Eastern Patristic tradition of theology and modern theology from the Reformation to the present, with special interests in nineteenth-century German theology. He is the author of “Human Nature in Gregory of Nyssa (Brill, 1999 & 2014) and Theology as Science in Nineteenth-Century Germany” (OUP, 2013).


The Revd Dr Grigorios Chrysostom Tympas, an independent scholar, a priest and a pastoral counsellor in the Greek Orthodox Church in London. He received degrees in medicine and theology from the Aristotle University of Thessalloniki and a PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies from the University of Essex. His doctoral thesis has been recently published as “Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development” (Routledge 2014).


Ms Irina Kirillova MBE, formerly Senior Lecturer in Russian Studies, Department of Slavonic Studies at the University of Cambridge, Fellow Emerita of Newnham College. She is the author of “The Image of Christ in the Writings of Dostoevsky” (In Russian, 2010) and “Encounters: Notable Russian People in Russia and Emigration” (In Russian, 2012).


The venue: St Theosevia House (2 Canterbury Road, OX2 6LU). Attendance is FREE for students with card. Non-students £5 (on door). No booking is required. Lunch break 1-2 pm (please provide your own lunch).

The Zernov Lecture 2015 by the Revd Andrew Louth

“The Rediscovery of Icons in the Orthodox Church”

11221721895_82da75dff5_oThe Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius together with Pusey House invite to the Zernov Lecture 2015 by the Revd Professor Andrew Louth on the topic “The Rediscovery of Icons in the Orthodox Church”, Wednesday 11 February, 6pm at Pusey House (St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LZ).

Fr Andrew Louth is one of the leading Orthodox theologians, Professor Emeritus of Patristic and Byzantine Studies at Durham University. He is an acclaimed author of classic works on philosophy and theology, including “The Origins of the Christian Mystical Tradition: From Plato to Denys” (1983), “St John Damascene: Tradition and Originality in Byzantine Theology” (2004), “Greek East and Latin West: The Church, AD 681-1071” (2007), “Maximus the Confessor” (2013) and many others. He is a priest in the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Sourozh, serving the parish in Durham.

An Orthodox memorial prayer will be said at 5.45pm for the founders and benefactors of the House of St Gregory and St Macrina, the St Theosevia Centre and the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius.

All are welcome!

“Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development”

A book launch at the Hellenic Centre (London), 12 November 2014, 7.15pm

9780415625173Members of the Oxford Orthodox Christian Society and anyone interested are invited to the launch of the book by the Revd Dr Chrysostom Tympas Carl Jung and Maximus the Confessor on Psychic Development (Routledge, 2014).

The book addresses the complex question of psychic development through a creative synthesis between Carl Jung’s archetypal theory and Maximus’ model of spiritual progress. It brings together analytical psychology and Christian philosophy and theology. It attempts to answer the question on the difference between psychological and spiritual development and psychological and spiritual experience. (more…)

Metrop. Kallistos (Ware): 3 meetings at Oxford Christian Societies

Metrop. Kallistos is to speak at three Oxford Christian societies this week on the topics of Orthodox mission, spirituality and inter-Christian relations.

10142086086_266b47c55b_oMetropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia is one of the best-known contemporary Orthodox theologians. He was the Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at the University of Oxford (1966-2001) and is currently president of the Friends of Mount Athos. He is the bestselling author of “The Orthodox Church” (1963) and “The Orthodox Way” (1979) and the English translation of the Greek Philokalia  (in 5 volumes).

On Week 4 of Michaelmas Term 2014, His Excellency will deliver three talks at Christian societies of the University of Oxford. (more…)