Summer is the only time when I do not teach at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and, therefore, I can research and write. On June 10 I am leaving for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne to work with the archives of Paul B. Anderson who spent his 48-year career working with the YMCA’s International Committee. He lived in Russia during the
the overthrow of the Tsar and subsequent attempts to establish a democratic government.
Paul Anderson also exchanged correspondence with the ROCOR’s leading figures of the
Then I would like to prepare a class on Russian Church history which will be offered through the St. Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology.
Later this June I begin teaching a class on ROCOR History and Identity offered through
the Pastoral School of Chicago and Mid-America Diocese of the Russian Church Abroad.
Also, I need to prepare materials from last year’s Belgrade Conference on the history of the ROCOR for publication in a thematic volume in English.
Additionally, I need to prepare a questionnaire, which the Fund for Assistance to
the Russian Church Abroad will send to the ROCOR’s parishes.
I also would like to prepare a chapter on the Inter-Council Assembly of the Russian Church for a handbook on Conciliarity/Sobornost, edited by Dr. Irina Paert who is Senior Researcher at the School of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia.
I may also write a paper for a canon law congress in Belgrade this September.
Finally, of course, I shall be setting up my classes for the next teaching year.
I am collecting extra funds to cover my time and to care for my family's needs.