Schedule for the Day

Living in the Cosmos:

Ethical and Ascetic Reflections on Patristic and Contemporary Theology

Monday 9th June 2014, 09:15-18:00, PG20 Durham University


Programme for the Day:

09:15: Registration Opens

09:40: Brief Welcome Address [If Julia is not speaking we will have Welcome at 9.55]

(09:45-10:00: Introductory Comments?)

  • (Julia Konstantinovsky (Oxford))

10:00-11:40: Group 1

  • 10:00-10:25 – 1.Dove J L Jang (Durham): The Therapeutic Value of Evagrian Asceticism in Contemporary Living
  • 10:25-10:50 – 2. Evan Graber (Edinburgh): An Ascetic Ethic of Love: Explorations in John McIntyre’s Theology of Love
  • 10:50-11:15 – 3.Philip Gorski (Nottingham): The Ascetic Fathers on the Afflictions of Sorrow and Listlessness [To be delivered by Christopher Mark?]
  • 11:15-11:40 – 4. Christopher Mark (Monastery of the Holy Trinity): The Cosmic Significance of Virtue Constraining the Passions: As illustrated in Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead in Light of St Mark the Ascetic

11:40-11:50: Short Tea/Coffee Break

11:50-12:45: Keynote 1

  • Andrew Louth (Durham): The Human and the Cosmos in St Maximos the Confessor

12:45-13:40: Lunch (Provided)

13:40-15:20 :Group 2

  • 13:40-14:05 – 5. Robert P C Brown (Bewcastle House of Prayer): Where Earth and Heaven Meet: an experiment in prayerful living
  • 14:05-14:30 – 6. James Bergida (Oxford):Usury: Patristic Perspectives on Lending
  • 14:30-14:55 – 7. Calum Miller (Oxford): The Christian and Secular Cases Against Abortion
  • 14:55-15:20 – 8. Fotini Hamplová (Pantelides) (Edinburgh): Apostolic Considerations for Learning with a Christian Ethos: What should We Teach in Secondary Schools that offer General Education?

15:20-15:30: Tea/Coffee Break

15:30-17:10: Group 3

  • 15:30-15:55 – 9. Tikhon Vasilyev (Oxford): Dionysius the Areopagite: the dilemma of hierarchy
  • 15:55-16:20 – 10. Luke Steven (Cambridge): Rhetoric and ethics in Maximus the Confessor’s christology
  • 16:20-16:45 – 11. Stephen Griffith (Edinburgh): Ascesis, the cosmos and divine vision: asceticism and prayer as a way to knowledge of God according to St. Maximus the Confessor
  • 16:45-17:10 – 12. Teodor George Borz (Edinburgh): Sacralising the Body: The Practice of Prayer within the Orthodox Tradition of Hesychasm

17:10-18:00: Keynote 2

  • Krastu Banev (Durham):The Eastern Orthodox Service for the Protection of the Environment

18:45: Dinner at The Cellar Door