Dr. Abraham Terian, Academic Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, was one of the invited speakers at the International Workshop of the Association Internationale des Etudes Armeniennes, conducted in Venice, Italy on October 20-21. The two-day conference, entitled, "Society and Religious Thought in Armenia" brought together a wide range of renowned authorities from around the world to present papers on current issues and progress in various fields under the umbrella of Armenian Studies. Dr. Terian's presentation, entitled "Monasticism in Armenia and Armenian Spirituality," examined the origins of Christian monasticism in Armenia and outlined the phases of its development as well as its distinctive features compared to the Syrian, Greek, Egyptian and other monastic traditions.
Dr. Terian was also a featured speaker at the symposium, "Holy Etchmiadzin: Yesterday's Heritage, Today's Mission, Tomorrow's Hopes," commemorating the1700th Anniversary of the construction of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. The symposium was held in Etchmiadzin from September 12-14. Terian presented a paper on the theological significance of the name of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, which was originally named after Mary the Mother of God.
The following week at a major scholarly congress in Yerevan hosted by the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia, Terian lectured on the earliest schools of philosophy in ancient Armenian literature.
Just a few weeks later, on October 10-11, Terian lectured at yet another international conference, this one at Harvard University, dedicated to the millennium of the death of the great Armenian mystic St. Gregory of Narek. There, Terian examined a little-known liturgical work of St. Gregory of Narek in honor of St. Gregory the Illuminator.
Between scholarly conferences Terian was invited to speak at St. John the Baptist Armenian Church in Greenfield, WI and St. George Armenian Church, Waukegan, IL on various topics related to Armenia's Christian heritage.
On returning home from all of his travels Terian said, "It has been exciting to participate in all of these conferences recently, but I must admit, it's good to be back home with my students at St. Nersess!" This semester Terian is teaching two Master's level courses at St. Nersess: "Themes in Armenian Theology," and "Teachings of the Armenian Church Fathers."