Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Mary Panel on Feb 21st

Monday Feb 5th Greek News:-

Scholars and clergy from different Christian traditions will address the place of “Mary in our Life and Times” at the annual Cathedral Fellowship lecture series at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Center. The inaugural presentation is by Archbishop Lazar Puhalo, Abbot and retired hierarch of the Orthodox Church in America at 7:30 Thursday February 15th and the series will conclude with a panel discussion the following Wednesday the 21st at 7:00 PM.

The deep and beautiful mystery of Mary, Theotokos: The Mother of God, will be explored by the presenters, panelists and the audience. The powerful ties of most Christians to the Virgin Mary have inspired some of the world’s greatest poetry, art and architecture and enabled countless generations to endure the miseries of poverty, war, illness and cruelty. Her name ever on the lips and thoughts of Christians, Mary is often forgotten when theology is discussed. The Cathedral Fellowship lecture series will explore Mary’s place in our lives and times.

The place of Mary in the Episcopal Church and the Protestant tradition differs greatly from the Orthodox and Catholic churches and in the latter today there are powerful movements centered on traditional and even revolutionary views on Mary unfamiliar to Orthodox Christians. The modern world opens up new perspectives on Jesus’ mother, both skeptical, as with religion in general, and sociological, especially among feminists. Outside the trenches of the culture wars, however, men and women of faith seek to know the place of Mary in modern times and lives that are so radically different from the days of the ancient Fathers and Mothers of the Church.

I will be a panelist on Feb 21st. The Presentations will be at Holy Trinity Cathedral Center, 337 East 74th Street. Light refreshments will be served and a donation of $10 is requested. For information email:

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