St. Vladimir’s Seminary will host the first Father John Meyendorff Annual Memorial Lecture, featuring The Very Rev. John H. Erickson, dean of St. Vladimir’s from 2002–2007, on Sunday evening, September 15, 2013. The lecture is titled “‘Does Christian Tradition Have a Future?’ Fr. John Meyendorff’s Question Revisited” and will be held in conjunction with SVOTS Alumni Days scheduled for September 15 and 16. Father John Erickson will also preside at the Divine Liturgy and offer the homily in Three Hierarchs Chapel on Sunday morning.
Protopresbyter John Meyendorff joined the faculty at St. Vladimir’s Seminary as professor of Church History and Patristics in 1959, while Fr. John Erickson, former Dean and Professor Emeritus holding successive joint appointments as lecturer in Byzantine Theology at Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, and as professor of Byzantine History at Fordham University. He also was an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, and lectured widely on university campuses and at church events. He held the position of St. Vladimir’s Seminary Dean from March 1984 until June 1992.
A prolific author, Fr. John’s publications included the critical text and translation of Byzantine theologian Gregory Palamas (1959), as well as a number of books in the fields of theology and history, such as A Study of Gregory Palamas (French ed., 1959; Engl. 1964); The Orthodox Church (1963); Orthodoxy and Catholicity (1966); Christ in Eastern Christian Thought (1969); Byzantine Theology (1973); Marriage, an Orthodox Perspective (1975); Living Tradition (1978); Byzantium and the Rise of Russia (1980); The Byzantine Legacy in the Orthodox Church (1981); Catholicity and the Church (1983); and Imperial Unity and Christian Divisions: The Church 450-680 AD (1989). His books have been published in German, Italian, Russian, Greek, Finnish, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, Serbian, and Polish.