Sunday, October 03, 2004

Why I study theology

This weekend was Orthodox Education Day here at St. Vladimir's. This is, a huge, exhausting event for the students but I highly recommend for everyone else. Over the course of the day I got to meet a number of new people. Several of them were very interested by the fact that I am a woman and a seminarian. One person asked me if I was studying theology to revolutionize the church. I responded that I study theology so that I will be revolutionized by the church. The question surprised me, but I suppose that I should not be surprised - many feel that they have much to offer the church. All I know is that the church has within her all that I shall need. And yet I must offer to the church my self crucified.

2 comments:

Karl Thienes said...

"I responded that I study theology so that I will be revolutionized by the church."

Did she say "touché!" or give you blank stare? My guess is that latter.

Nice one!

Ian said...

I echo Karl. Very good response.

My priest studied at St Vlad's, as have a few people in our parish [despite the fact we're all the way in Sydney! ;-)]. I do hope I can study theology somewhere, someday, once I am (God willing!) in the Orthodox church. I long for the Church revolutionising me. A great quote.