For reasons I still do not comprehend, I have been invited to give a talk in Wales at the November Theotokos Institute Conference. God knows I have no qualifications, but I have to trust the conference organizers to know what they are doing. I of course had to accept. While I will not be doing any touring of Wales, it will still be great to visit Cardiff, imbibe one or two (or three) pints of famous Welsh beer, and to share my eclectic thoughts with the brethren.
My talk is entitled “St Isaac the Syrian, Apocatastasis, and the Renewal of Orthodox Preaching.” I’m neither theologian nor scholar, but I do have some thoughts on how preachers should proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hopefully the address will be of interest to all who attend. I’m fairly confident that no one will be bored by it.
If you live in the U.K., do consider attending the conference, not particularly to hear me; but you sure don’t want to miss out on the lecture given by the esteemed theologian Fr Andrew Louth!
Over the next two months you may find that my blog is a tad less active than it has been for the past two years. I now need to devote my time to preparing for and writing my lecture. EO is not going dark, but you probably won’t be seeing long series of articles (the angels rejoice!). One or two articles a week, plus the occasional citation from the Fathers, is probably all I’ll be able to manage. I ask for your prayers.