We welcomed Archdeacon John Chryssavgis, guest lecturer to campus for the Meyer Lecture Series. His two lectures were titled: : “On Earth as in Heaven: Toward an Ecological Ethos and Worldview” and “Integral Ecology and Ecumenical Integrity: The Vision of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew.”
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis is archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He currently serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues, and theologian for the Office of Inter-Orthodox Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. His previous appointments were as professor of Patristics at Balamand University in Lebanon, Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and director of the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College, Lecturer in the Divinity School and the School of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, co-founder of St. Andrew’s Theological College in Sydney, where he was Sub-Dean and taught Patristics and Church History. Prior to these academic appointments, Dr. Chryssavgis was personal assistant to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia.
The author of several books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, Dr. Chryssavgis’ most recent publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Holy Cross Press, 2000), In the Footsteps of Christ: Abba Isaiah of Scetis (SLG Press Oxford, 2001), The Body of Christ: A Place of Welcome for People with Disabilities (Light and Life, 2002), Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John (St. Vladimir’s Press, 2003), Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer: The Ecological Vision of The Green Patriarch (Eerdmans, 2003), Light Through Darkness: The Orthodox Tradition (Orbis Books, 2004), John Climacus: From the Egyptian Desert to the Sinaite Mountain (Ashgate, 2004), The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A Brief Guide (Ecumenical Patriarchate, 2005), The Reflections of Abba Zosimas (SLG Press Oxford, 2006), and Beyond the Shattered Image: Insights into an Orthodox Christian Ecological Worldview (Light and Life, 2nd ed. 2007). Two volumes with the full correspondence of Barsanuphius and John appeared in 2006-2007 in the Fathers of the Church series of Catholic University Press. Born in Australia (1958), where he matriculated from the Scots College (1975). He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens (1980), a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music (1979) and was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary (1982). He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford (1983). When he is not on an airplane flying between the United States and Constantinople, he lives in Bath, Maine.
His two lectures, “An Errand into the Wilderness: “On Earth as in Heaven: Toward an Ecological Ethos and Worldview” and “Integral Ecology and Ecumenical Integrity: The Vision of Pope Francis and Patriarch Bartholomew” are both available below, along with responses from our faculty. In addition, all of the following lectures will be published in six months to chicagostudies.usml.edu/
Thank you to all who attended, and we hope to see you next year.