Anglicans and Orthodox Hold Historic Convocation

January 7, 2010

In celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Glorification of St Tikhon of Moscow on October 8th through the 10th a convocation was held at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin with both Anglican and Orthodox participants. Orthodox speakers included His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah, His Grace Bishop Melchizedek of Pittsburgh, Archpriest Chad Hatfield (Chancellor and CEO of St. Vladimir’s Seminary), Archpriest Stephen Platt of the Fellowship of Ss. Alban and Segius in the UK, Archpriest William Olnhausen, Antiochian Archdiocese, and Anne Glynn-Mackoul (Executive Chair of the Board of Trustees, SVOTS) served as a moderator for one of the presentations.

CDs have been produced and are now available from the SVS Book Store and they are also found on Ancient Faith Radio. The following concordat was also signed to mark the historic event and the commitment of both seminaries to preserve the history of the Anglican/Orthodox Dialogue and to continue to promote the work and witness of the Fellowship of Ss. Alban and Sergius in North America.

***Nashotah House & St. Vladimir’s Concordat

Whereas the oldest ongoing ecumenical dialogue is between Anglican and Orthodox Christians, dating from the formation of the Russo-Greek Committee in 1862; and

Whereas the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius was founded in 1928 to pray and work for Christian unity and to provide Christians of the Orthodox and Western traditions a deeper understanding of one another’s spirituality, theology, and worship; and

Whereas this great legacy owes much to prominent Anglican and Orthodox theologians and hierarchs associated with both Nashotah House and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary; including St. Tikhon of Moscow, Bishop Charles Chapman Grafton, Archpriest Georges Florovsky, Isabella Hapgood, Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann, Archbishop Michael Ramsey, Protopresbyter John Meyendorff, Archbishop Robert Runcie, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware and Bishop Robert Terwillger; and

Whereas this 20th Anniversary of the Glorification of St. Tikhon recalls our common legacy and quickens our mutual desire to see it continued;

We, therefore, of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and Nashotah House pledge ourselves to a mutual fellowship of prayer and learning in the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

In Witness Whereof, we have hereunto set our hands this October 10th in the year of our Lord two thousand nine.


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