The Transfiguration of Christ and the Suffering of the World

NOA Community Centre (Ferry Centre)
Summertown, Oxford

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In this talk we will consider a central moment in the life of Christ: His Transfiguration on Mount Tabor (Matthew 17:1-9; Luke 9:28-36). What is the meaning of the dazzling light that shone from His face and clothes? What does the event of the Transfiguration tell us about the double fullness of Christ, as totally divine and yet totally human? What is the connection between His Transfiguration and His Crucifixion, which follows shortly afterwards? How far is the transfigured Christ involved in a world of pain and suffering? We shall look also at the implications of the Transfiguration for the present day ecological crisis.

Bishop Kallistos Ware is a Greek Orthodox Bishop in Oxford, a world renowned writer and one of the world's most popular Orthodox speakers. He was for thirty five years Spalding Lecturer of Eastern Orthodox Studies at Oxford University until his retirement in 2001. Since his retirement he has continued to publish and give lectures on Orthodox Christianity, travelling widely. He is perhaps best known as the author of the book The Orthodox Church (1963; 2nd ed. 1993) and its companion volume The Orthodox Way (1995). He has also undertaken the translation of the Philokalia together with the late Philip Sherrard and G.E.H. Palmer (four volumes of five published to date).

6.00 (Friends 3.00)