November 6, 2018

HCHC Observes Missions Week 2018

An annual highlight of the fall semester is Missions Week, co-sponsored by the Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity at HCHC and the student-run Missions Committee. Invited missionaries from around the globe spend a week on campus speaking in classes and interacting with students. The week, which began this year on October 29, is capped by the annual EFOM (Endowment Fund for Orthodox Missions) Lecture.

The 2018 speaker was Rev. Fr. Edward Rommen, an OCA priest and adjunct professor of theology at Duke University Divinity School in Durham, North Carolina. Fr. Rommen has written a number of books related to church growth and inculturation, his most recent title being Into All the World: An Orthodox Theology of Missions. The theme of his lecture at HCHC was “The Mission of the Church.” During his time on campus, Fr. Rommen gave several other talks, met informally with students, and also preached at Vespers each evening.

The Missions Institute of Orthodox Christianity, directed by Rev. Fr. Luke Veronis, promotes a vibrant missionary consciousness among students and seminarians in the United States. By offering missiological courses, mission practica, special programs, and events, the Institute helps future Church leaders understand the centrality of missions, evangelism, and outreach. The intent is to inspire students to participate in and to develop such ministries in their future pastoral work.