December 14, Sunday Evening at 6:00 pm. - Advent Vespers Service with guest speaker Professor John Burgess. A choral prelude of hymns for Advent and St. Nicholas will begin at 5:30 pm.
Professor John Burgess, Professor Systematic Theology at Pittsburgh Seminary will provide a presentation entitled Incarnation and the Christian in Society.
Professor Burgess is affiliated this year with the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton where he is living with his wife. He has become a specialist on the Orthodox Church, particularly in Russia and Ukraine. Over the past decade he has lived several times with his family in Russia, learning the language, and interacting with Orthodox Christians within parishes and communities.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord, we long again for a new heaven and a new earth in which the lion will lie down with the lamb, and justice and peace will reign. In this presentation, Professor Burgess will examine the rebirth of the Church in Russia since the fall of communism, reflect on God’s promise to transfigure human society, and ask how Christians can point to “the new heaven and earth,” also in our own country.