Florovsky Week: A Celebration of the Greatest 20th Century Orthodox Theologian

Feast of the Martyr Hermias

EIGHTH DAY Institute is at it again, creating a new summer conference: the inaugural Florovsky Week. The conference is organized in honor of Fr. Georges Florovsky, described by Metropolitan Kallistos Ware as the greatest Orthodox theologian of the twentieth century. Florovsky is most famous for his tireless call to return to the Fathers, a message that began motivating me years before Eighth Day Institute ever existed. What most people don’t know, however, is that Florovsky's call for a neopatristic synthesis was an ecumenical proposal designed to overcome Christian divisions by returning to Church Fathers of both the East and the West. In the spirit of that call, the focus of this new conference is to promote the ancient sources of the Christian faith as a way to call all Christians back to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Faith. The theme for this first year, inspired by last year’s 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, is “The Patristic View of Salvation: Justification by Faith Alone?”

The week begins Tuesday evening, July 10, with a festal dinner banquet to celebrate the life of Fr. Georges Florovsky with the inaugural Florovsky Lecture, presented by yours truly.

Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox perspectives on the question of “Justification by Faith Alone” will fill the evening lectures on Wed-Fri, July 11-13. These plenary lectures will be presented by Hans Boersma (J. I. Packer Professor of Theology at Regent College - Protestant), Kenneth Howell (Director of the Eucharist Project and President of the Pontifical Studies Foundation - Catholic), and Bradley Nassif (Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at North Park University – Orthodox).

Morning and afternoon papers (Wed-Fri) from professors, pastors, and arm-chair theologians will address various topics related to the Reformation.

Iconographer Anne Emmons will be leading an iconography workshop during the day on Tue-Fri, concluding early enough for participants to attend the afternoon papers, the banquet, and the evening plenary presentations.

The event concludes on Saturday with each of the three plenary lecturers offering a final ecumenical retrospective on the Reformation, plus an open house later in the evening at Eighth Day Books.

Join us July 10-14, 2018. The whole Florovsky Week is a bargain: $95! Or, come for a day: Tuesday’s banquet is $35, Wed-Fri is $15 each (or $35 for all three days), and Saturday is $35. The iconography workshop is $300. All events are at Newman University, except Saturday, which is at St. George Orthodox Cathedral. Register online at www.eighthdayinstitute.org, call 316.573.8413, or visit Eighth Day Books.

Register today - those early registration rates end June 16. Plus the first 35 registrants receive a set of the Eighth Day Cloud of Witnesses pint glasses.

Learn more about the event with the full schedule here.

Sign up as a new Eighth Day Patron or Pillar and receive a complimentary all-access pass (excludes iconography workshop)!

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