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Rev. John Chryssavgis

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Professor of Theology

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Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
New York , New York 10021
United States

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  • Religion
    School of Studies
  • Religion
    Divinity School
  • doctoral degree , Patristics
    University of Oxford
  • degree , Theology
    University of Athens
  • diploma , Byzantine Music
    Greek Conservatory of Music
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> Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and the Natural Environment by Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis - Professor of Theology, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Alexander Lingas, Dimitri Tsitos, Doolie Sloman
International Church Leaders Unite to Insist Poverty Reduction Targets Be Met, 19 Sept 2005 [cached]
· Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Theological Advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on Environmental Issues, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of ()
SLG Press | Authors List [cached]
John Chryssavgis
John Chryssavgis, born in Australia in 1958, is an Orthodox deacon and theological advisor on environmental issues to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He graduated in theology from the University of Athens in 1980 and was awarded his doctorate by the University of Oxford in 1983. He has held academic appointments in Australia, the Lebanon and in the USA, where he now lives. He has published a number of books and specialises in the ascetic thought and practice of the early Church, from the desert tradition of Egypt in the fourth century to Palestine and Sinai in later centuries.
Blog by-the-Sea: History, 19 Aug 2006 [cached]
John Chryssavgis: Lessons of the Desert
ZENIT yesterday posted an interview with John Chryssavgis, the Orthodox Church historian and theologian whose books have been cited and quoted here for his knowledge of the Desert Fathers and St. John Climacus.He answered questions about what the fourth and fifth century saints have to teach us now, their realism, and how to apply their work to the modern day equivalent to the desert.One of his thoughts:
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis: Life and Work, 3 Nov 2009 [cached]
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Detailed Information on Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Biography of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, was born in Australia (1958), where he matriculated from The Scots College (1975). He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens (1980), a diploma in Byzantine Music from the Greek Conservatory of Music (1979), and was awarded a research scholarship to St. Vladimir’s Theological Seminary (1982). He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford (1983).
After several months in silent retreat on Mt Athos, he served as Personal Assistant to the Greek Orthodox Primate in Australia (1984-94) and was co-founder of St Andrew’s Theological College in Sydney (1985), where he was Sub-Dean and taught Patristics and Church History (1986-95). He was also Lecturer in the Divinity School (1986-90) and the School of Studies in Religion (1990-95) at the University of Sydney. In 1995, he moved to Boston, where he was appointed Professor of Theology at Holy Cross School of Theology and directed the Religious Studies Program at Hellenic College until 2002. He established the Environment Office at the same School in 2001. He has also taught as professor of Patristics at Balamand University in Lebanon. A member of the Office of Ecumenical and Inter-Faith Affairs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, he coordinates the Social and Moral Issues Commission of the Orthodox Churches in America. Currently, he serves as theological advisor to the Ecumenical Patriarch on environmental issues.
The author of over twenty books and numerous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality, Fr. John’s most recent publications include Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Holy Cross Press, 2000), In the Footsteps of Christ: Abba Isaiah of Scetis (SLG Press Oxford, 2001), The Body of Christ: A Place of Welcome for People with Disabilities (Light and Life, 2002), Letters from the Desert: A Selection from Barsanuphius and John (St. Vladimir’s Press, 2003), Cosmic Grace, Humble Prayer: The Ecological Vision of the Green Patriarch (Eerdmans, 2nd ed.
Books/DVDs containing the work of Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis
Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis' work appearing in World Wisdom books:
Quotes on Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis The following quotes refer to Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis' work in In the Heart of the Desert:
"In this accessible volume Father Chryssavgis allows us to hear the voices of the Desert Fathers and Mothers in such a way that we too may drink from this eternal spring. Not the least attractive feature of the book is the illuminating commentary and sage counsel provided by Father Chryssavgis himself."
Chryssavgis' treatment of these strange, compelling figures is marked by an uncommon depth of understanding; under his discerning gaze, the world of the desert monastics comes alive for the reader.
"The desert can be a fearful and imposing place without a guide, and Fr. Chryssavgis takes the reader through the rugged yet beautiful terrain of desert spirituality with clarity and empathy.
John Chryssavgis eludicates the principles and practices of desert metanoia with exemplary sensitivity and depth.
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