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Serbian House of Studies

Proposal For St Nikolai of Zica and South Canaan and St Iustin of Chelije

SERBIAN HOUSE OF STUDIES

at Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary

The purpose of this document is to lay out the framework of a proposed Serbian House of Students at SVOTS (SHS).

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Purposes:

  • to promote a sustained presence of the Serbian Orthodox theological traditions in America
  • to promote a sustained dialogue between Orthodoxy in Serbia and America
  • to provide the highest level of education, incorporating Serbian theological traditions (heritage, history, liturgy), for the service of the Serbian Orthodox Church in America
  • to provide an experience of Orthodoxy in the West for theological students from Serbia, and a place for research for faculty from Serbia
  • to be a liason-center for Serbian alumni in the US and throughout the world
  • to run events throughout the year promoting its work

1. Advisory Board

Functioning

The function of the Advisory Board is to promote the aims of as described above, by 

  • fundraising 
  • supervising of the SHS and its activities
  • development of calendar of events at SHS

Composition

Advisory Board of SH appointed by Board of Trustees of SVS with due regard to heritage of the house, comprising of

  • three members of the Board of SVS, including one episcopal member
  • and three invited others,
  • Faculty-in-Residence
  • Serbian Alumnus
  • Dean and Chancellor of SVS

2. Establishment of a Restricted Endowment Fund

This would be part of the SVOTS Endowment, but restricted to use for the support of SHS, providing funding for the House Master (to add to salary from Belgrade), student scholarships, hosting events, newsletter, library acquisitions.

3. The House

SHS will be located on the campus of SVOTS. The aim is to raise funds to build a house which will include a chapel, meeting room(s), and accommodation for the Faculty-in-Residence.
Temporary accommodation will be provided until such times as the funds are raised and a House built.

4. Faculty-in-Residence

The Faculty-in-Residence will be a visiting member from the Theological Faculty of Belgrade, on sabbatical, recommended by the Dean of the Faculty of Belgrade, reviewed by SVOTS Faculty and appointed to a sessional appointment of an appropriate length. The name is to be proposed to SVOTS by Jan 1 of the academic year preceding the residency.

Duties of the Faculty-in-Residence include:

  • Be a member of Advisory Board
  • By invitation, attend Faculty Council
  • Teaching courses on the Serbian contribution to Orthodoxy and their own discipline, reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Fostering peer-community amongst Serbian students (hosting at-home evenings, etc), reporting to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs
  • With Advisory Board, and the Special Events Committee of SVS, plan and run events

5. Students

Full-time Degree-program students

Students supported by the SHS must be fully admitted students of SVS in a degree program.

The SHS Restricted Endowment Fund will provide scholarships to awarded to Serbian, or Serbian-American, men and women who demonstrate need, strong academic performance, and promise of significant service to the Church, admitted to SVS (up to 100% of tuition, books, and room/board of a single student).

Students will live in SVS student accommodation, eat in the refectory, attend SVS chapel, apart from special events.

Exchange Students

M.Div. exchange students, between SVS and the Theological Faculty of Belgrade, will pay tuition and accommodation at their home school.

It is our intention to develop this exchange program into a more fully developed joint-degree program, including having the SVS ThM program count towards one year of doctoral study in Belgrade.

6. SHS Alumni Association

The House will also provide a liason-center for Serbian alumni, keeping them connecting and fostering community amongst priests nationally and internationally.

7. Publications

The publication of a newsletter reporting on events at the SHS, SVOTS and the Theological Faculty of Belgrade.

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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."