Patristic Studies in Boston: July 14-19, 2019

The Pappas Patristic Institute of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce the thirteenth annual Summer Program in Patristic Studies (July 14-19, 2019). View program announcement pdf and registration form. Below is the detailed summary provided by Program Director, Dr. Bruce Beck (also on the announcement). Please share with any you know who might be interested!

This is a unique opportunity to study and discuss classic Patristic texts through small group-study brief faculty lectures.  The intended audience for the program includes theology and religious studies students at the masters and undergraduate levels, clergy, interested lay people, and undergraduates with an interest in learning more about the Church Fathers.  Doctoral-level students are also encouraged to participate, or to apply for teaching fellowships.

Morning (9:15-12:15 – choose one)

  1. Restoring Relationships: Guilt and Forgiveness in the Fathers, Dr. George Tsakiridis
  2. The Desert Fathers: Stories and Sayings for Contemporary Life, Dr. Sean Argondizza-Moberg
  3. Wealth and Poverty in John Chrysostom: An Anti-Prosperity Gospel, Dr Samantha Miller
  4. Emotions in Early Christian Ascetical Literature, Dr. Despina Prassas

Afternoon (2:00 – 5:00 – choose one)

  1. The Church in the Apostolic Fathers, Dr. Bruce Beck and Dr. Jim Skedros
  2. Theodicy: The Church Fathers on the Victory of God, Dr. David Goodin
  3. The Ascending Pilgrimage: the Spiritual Life according to Irenaeus of Lyons, Dr. Don Springer

The program goes from Sunday evening, July 14, through Friday afternoon, July 19.  Housing is provided on campus in the campus dormitory from Sunday evening through Friday night.  If you would prefer to stay in a hotel, please let me know so that we can facilitate your accommodation at a nearby hotel. Each course will be offered daily during a three-hour session.  Each participant will have the opportunity to take two courses (see below for more details on the schedule and methodology).

To register for the program, and select your courses, please fill out the web registration form here. Please address any questions about the program to Dr. Bruce Beck at Registration fees are not due until the beginning of the program, July 14, 2019.

Program Fees:

  • Registration (includes lunch and breaks):                       $300
  • Dormitory Room and Board (for 6 nights, Sun – Fri, and meals)       $300

Program Details:

  • Goal: to provide the opportunity for in-depth, group study of significant theological topics of contemporary relevance based on selected writings of the ancient Church.
  • Primary Audience: Masters-level students of theology, divinity, or similar programs who wish to further their knowledge of the writings and practices of the early Church. All others interested in coming are also welcome to apply.
  • Pedagogical Method: each course will study primary patristic texts organized topically.  Each class period has three types of learning; 1) the instructor provides an overview of the texts being studied, including their historical contexts and relevance for the class; 2) the class divides into small groups of 6-8 persons led by Teaching Fellows who are doctoral students; 3) the instructor offers a 20-30 minute lecture followed by further discussion with the entire class.
  • Structure of Program

o   Check in Sunday afternoon between 3:00 and 7:00 p.m.  Orientation and opening presentation will be Sunday evening after dinner.

o   Sessions will be held Monday through Friday per the above schedule.

o   Sessions will consist of group, text-study sessions led by faculty along with doctoral-level teaching assistants.

o   Each session will be 3 hours, consisting of

  • 15 minutes introduction of the texts by instructor
  • 90 minutes group study led by instructor and teaching fellow
  • Break (30 Minutes)
  • 45 minutes lecture and further discussion

o   Each participant will choose two courses of study for the week.   Each course will meet 5 times (once each day).

Founded by a generous grant from the late Stephen Pappas and his wife Catherine, the goal of the Pappas Patristic Institute is the advancement and promotion of eastern patristic studies in the service of the academy and of the Church.

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