Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Proceedings of the Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, Centenary Conference

A major Conference was held at King’s College London on 15-16 November 2014, to mark the Centenary of the birth of Metropolitan Anthony Bloom of Sourozh (1914-2003), head of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain for over 50 years and renowned as one of the great spiritual leaders of the 20th century. Many in the Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius will remember his invaluable contribution to its life and work, after his arrival as a young priest in 1949 as its lecturer on Orthodoxy opened a new chapter in its history.

For the centenary this conference had a high profile, in the eminence and statue of speakers, and in the scope of talks and their exceptionally high standard. Metropolitan John Zizioulas of pergamon and Lord Rowan Williams were among the eight speakers reflecting on Metropolitan Anthony’s life, vision and teaching, against the background of the theme of the Conference: ‘The Glory of God is a Man Fully Alive’ – words of St Irenaeus of Lyons quoted by Metropolitan Anthony, and which he himself never ceased trying to live.
The conference was unusual not only as a rare opportunity to hear renowned theologians and scholars speaking about a great Orthodox pastor and theologian whom they had known and revered, but also in its very diverse, multi-denominational and dedicated audience, so many of whom had known and worked with the late Metropolitan. The outcome of this was the impressive depth and integrity of dialogue between speakers and participants which ran through the entire conference – in the Round Table on Saturday, and in Metropolitan John’s untiring answers to questions on Sunday. These opened up a spiritual and theological discourse which is already inviting further exploration and research.
In late March/ early April the Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation (MASF) will publish the conference proceedings in their entirety as a book. This will include:
Introduction, with quotes from Metropolitan Anthony of the conference theme;
Talks (with question/answer sessions); Round Table and panel Discussion in full; the full Conference Exhibit of photographs of Metropolitan Anthony with commentary and quotations from his works; and information about the Foundation’s Archive: an invaluable collection of his published and unpublished writings, recordings and films which is now available for research.
Cost of the book will be in the region of £10, plus postage. Orders can be placed with the ‘metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh Foundation.’ Please contact:
Telephone: 01869347457; 07415983900

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