Lecture to explore Hellenism, Orthodox Christianity

The Rev. Stanley S. Harrakas, will discuss “Hellenism and Orthodox Christianity: A Complex Relationship” Nov. 10 at UMSL.

Culture and religion have always had a unique relationship, sometimes overlapping and at times, sharing a great divide.

The Rev. Stanley S. Harrakas will discuss “Hellenism and Orthodox Christianity: A Complex Relationship” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in Century Room C of the Millennium Student Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

Father Harakas will talk about the relationship of Hellenism and Orthodox Christianity in history, thought and practice. He will show the close relationship in some areas and a contradictory relationship in others. The lecture will seek to lead the audience in appreciating both the connection and the divergence between these two traditions.

He is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He is a distinguished teacher of Orthodox theology, and a significant resource in Orthodox ethics. He taught at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Hellenic College in Brookline, Mass. for more than 30 years.

A reception will begin at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, and is part of the Annual Sam E. Nakis Memorial Lecture in Greek Studies. It was established by the Hellenic Cultural Foundation and the Hellenic Spirit Foundation with the Nakis family and friends to honor the memory of Sam Nakis. It’s sponsored by the Hellenic Government-Karakas Family Foundation Professorship in Greek Studies, International Studies and Programs and UMSL.

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