Dean Skedros Participates in Oxford Consultation on Orthodox Missions
In honor of the 220th anniversary of the birth of St. Innokenty (St. Innocent Veniaminov), a consultation on Orthodox missions was held at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford, from September 8-9, 2017. The consultation was chaired by Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware) of Diokleia and was organized by Hellenic College and Holy Cross alumnus Dr. Sotirios A. Mousalimas (BA 1997, MDiv 1980). The consultation was preceded by a lecture about the life of St. Innokenty delivered by Dr. Mousalimas on September 5, 2017. Speakers at the consultation included Metropolitan Ambrosios of Korea (ThM 1993), Metropolitan Kallistos, Archbishop Makarios of Nairobi, Dr. Sven Haakanson (University of Washington), and Jim Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. The consultation focused on Orthodox missions to various regions of the world, both historically and currently.
Dean Skedros presented a paper on “Paradigms of Orthodox Missionary Activity in the USA” and focused specifically on immigrant parishes in the contiguous forty-eight states, looking at ways in which these parishes have contributed to missionary work through their Christian Orthodox witness.
The consultation allowed ample time for each of the speakers to address his topic as well as lively discussion with the audience. Dr. Mousalimas organized a similar consultation on the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. Innokenty, which focused on the saint’s missionary activity and the details of his remarkable life. The lectures from this most recent consultation are scheduled to be published in the Greek Orthodox Theological Review, as were the papers delivered at the bicentennial celebration of St. Innocent’s birth held in 1997 (GOTR, vol. 44, nos 1-4, 1999).