Bishops on Worship
St. Nersess offered a "mini- semester" with a series of course offerings for the general public and clergy through ZOOM. Click below to watch and listen to the lectures offered to the general public.
Bishops on Worship
On April 6, all faculty members of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary held their monthly meeting through an online video platform. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, and Dr. Roberta Ervine participated in the meeting onsite.
The instructors discussed how they have continued to teach during the unprecedented previous few weeks of the pandemic and that only the method of delivery has changed. Because the seminary was already set up to offer instruction remotely, the transition to an entirely online platform has been almost seamless.
The faculty discussed how St. Vladimir's Seminary is also offering its academic courses online. Both St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's Seminaries have postponed their May graduation ceremonies until the Fall. Our graduates will still receive their diplomas in May - Dn. Armen Terjimanian and Dn. Timothy Aznavourian - will receive their MDiv degrees from St. Nersess and St Vladimir's, while Andrew Kayaian will receive his MA degree from St. Vladimir's.
Other topics included a review and evaluation of students, including full-time, "special" and distance learners; applicants and potential students; St. Vladimir's faculty discussions; and planned remote intensive courses for students, clergy and the general public. The faculty's next meeting will be in May.
During this surreal time, our academic program remains fully active and classes remain in session. Although our students are not physically present on campus, they are taking their classes and instruction remotely at St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's Seminaries. Both institutions are providing a normal daily schedule through online platforms. The students and dean have also begun conducting daily worship services remotely.
Our students and distance learners continue to take the following classes, remotely, with faculty during this Spring semester:
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary
Armenian Public Speaking
Classical Armenian Readings in Cosmology
Armenian Church History and Fathers
Armenian Church Architecture
St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary
Origen of Alexandria
Biblical Languages, Greek
Pastoral Care for Immigrant and Ethnic Communities
The Orthodox Canonical Tradition: Church Structures and Sacramental Life
Themes in Patristic Theology
Introduction to New Testament
From March 23-26, a required course for our seminarians, "The Anthropology of Religion for Christian Leaders," was also offered remotely to our clergy. Dr. Christopher Sheklian, Director at the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center and member of our St. Nersess faculty, offered a 4-day intensive course from March 23-26.
Thirteen members of our clergy joined our seminarians in remote learning and spirited discussions. The seminary plans to offer additional courses to clergy in the future.