The Mystical Church of the East: An Introduction to Orthodox Christianity


  • University Presbyterian Church 300 Bushnell Avenue San Antonio, TX, 78212 United States

Dates: Thursdays, October 20, 27 and November 3

Time: 7-9 p.m.

Tuition: $35

Enrollment: 12 min./ 30 max.

Register by: October 13

Join Fr. Brendan Pelphrey, St. Sophia Orthodox Church in San Antonio, as he guides us on a pilgrimage to learn more about “The Mystical Church of the East.”  Two hundred million Christians are members of Eastern Orthodox Churches yet in the Americas and much of Europe “Christianity”  is understood as either that of the Roman Catholic Church or of the denominations of Protestantism.  Who are these overlooked Christians? What do they teach and practice that makes them unique?  How do the Orthodox view the Bible?  What is the purpose of icons?  How is the church hierarchy structured and why?  Learn about all of these things as well as other ideas unfamiliar to Christians attending churches formed in the West.

About the Instructor: The Rev. Dr. Brendan Pelphrey, the Presiding Priest of St. Sophia Orthodox Church in San Antonio, holds a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Medieval Christian Mysticism.  He is founding editor of Areopagus, an international journal of Christian missiology and world religions.  Fr. Pelphrey has published widely in the areas of English Christian mysticism, Christian spirituality, and interfaith dialogue. For many years he has participated in interfaith dialogue that has included HH the Dalai Lama and other representatives of Asian Buddhism.  Since 1976 he has lectured in universities and seminaries in the United States and Asia.