On April 23, V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess, was the guest lecturer at the General Theological Seminary in New York City as part of the St. Nersess Spring Lecture Series. His topic, "How Armenians Pray, " explored the spirit, ethos and peculiarities of Armenian prayer. Over 60 faculty and students from both seminaries, as well as guests, were in attendance. Following the lecture, all enjoyed a wine and cheese reception.
What are the spirit, ethos and peculiarities of Armenian prayer? What do these qualities tell us about the distinctive Christian witness of this ancient church? What insights might Armenian Christianity offer to others who seek meaningful faith today?
The public is invited to listen more about the 'Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality' presented by V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan on April 23 at the General Theological Seminary, located at 440 W. 21st Street (9th & 10th Ave) in New York City. Lecture begins at 7pm and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. For more info, click here or call 914-636-2003.
Dr. Roberta Ervine, professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess, was honored to be the guest lecturer at the General Theological Seminary in New York City as part of the St. Nersess Fall Lecture Series. Her topic, "Medieval Armenians Consider the Image of God", enabled an interactive lecture which looked closely at Genesis 1:26-27. Taking her audience back in time as a 13th century theological student in an Armenian monastery, Prof. Ervine asked the very questions a young student would have been confronted with by his teacher eight centuries ago: "If human beings are made in the image of God, what does that imply for our self-understanding?” and “How does it expand our human understanding of God?" Together, Prof. Ervine and guests studied images of ancient Armenian stone carvings of God and openly discussed the intricate details of these carvings and the implications found therein.
Over 70 clergy and lay people from multiple denominations attended the event. Following the lecture, two GTS professors offered thoughtful commentaries and then all continued discussions at a wine and cheese reception. Another St. Nersess lecture is planned at GTS for the spring semester.