Join the St. Nersess seminarians on a journey through the lives of Armenian saints. The weekly class, entitled, Being Holy in Armenia, will take place on Wednesday evenings during the Spring Semester.
Dr. Roberta Ervine, Associate Professor of Armenian Studies, will teach a course.
How do Armenians connect with their saints? How do Armenians "make" saints? Is there such a thing as an Armenian paradigm of holiness? Do Armenians have icons? Dr. Ervine, in her inimitable way, will try to answer these and other questions as she introduces the seminarians and other students to some of Armenia's great saints.
Some of these saints are well-known pillars of our faith and heritage. Others, while more obscure, are no less worthy.
Piety, Pets and Pilgrimage
"Along the way," says Dr. Ervine, "We will look at the habits of saints--their animal companions, their interactions with the physical world, their lives beyond death. And we will examine the vehicles used by the faithful to interact with their holy fellow-humans: pilgrimage, music, architecture, and holy biography (hagiography).
Noted Specialist in Armenian Church Studies
Prof. Ervine received her doctorate in Armenian Studies from Columbia University. Before coming to St. Nersess in 2001 she gained extensive teaching experience at all levels. She lived in the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem for nearly 25 years. From 1995-2001 she was at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she taught a wide spectrum of courses in Armenian Studies and developed graduate and undergraduate curricula. Dr. Ervine is the author of several books and scholarly articles, including the recent book, Worship Traditions in Armenia and the Neighboring Christian East.
The course will take place at the Seminary in New Rochelle, New York on Wednesday evenings from 7-9PM beginning on January 24, 2007. Lectures are free and open to the public. For driving directions and other information, contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: (914) 636-2003.