Lecture – OCF Cornell University

East Meets West: Eastern Orthodoxy Without Borders

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Over the course of the 20th century, Orthodoxy has faced many challenges, some geographical, others theological, political, and spiritual. On its journey through modernity, the Orthodox Church has rediscovered the meaning of freedom, not only as a political claim, but also as the spiritual reality of dialogue and encounters in the context of the West, exemplified by the Diaspora. Starting from old black-and-white pictures and films of immigrant Orthodox communities settled in France and the U.S. in the early 20th century, we will discuss Orthodox Modern History, focusing on the life, pastoral commitment and theological masterwork of those who set the milestones for our 3rd millennium Orthodoxy. Orthodoxy without borders, always at the crossroads of time and space, forever embodied in the charism of the faithful men and women who make the mystery of the Church a reality of life, dedication and holiness.