Wednesday 31 October 2012

The Orthodox Theology Institute

The area in which we stay in Paris is extra-ordinarily multi-cultural and we are continually finding new things of interest there. On our last visit, in September to meet up with Uncle Geoffrey and Auntie Pat, we discovered the Institut de Théologie Orthodoxe Saint-Serge. Apparently it is the oldest Orthodox theology institute in Western Europe, and has an important library containing old Russian books as well as modern texts in a variety of languages. There is also a parish church for the Orthodox community and they train priests and theologians to Doctorate level both on campus and through a distance learning programme, as well as run courses on iconography and liturgical singing.


Pearl said...

wow, cool. it's amazing what's just a step or two out of the day-to-day route. liturgical singing is beautiful.

Susan said...

Pearl: That's right -- I think on previous visits the gate had always been closed and we didn't realise it was there.

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