The conference presents a unique opportunity for participants to meet leading Orthodox canonists and to get first-hand updates on a wide spectrum of issues relating to canon law. For instance, at the 2011 conference, in Athens, I became acquainted with the Finnish canonist Jelisei Heikkila, who later visited Jordanville and held a seminar for our students on the discussions about divorce during the All-Russia Local Council (1917-1918).

As a regular participant of this conference my knowledge of the subject matter grows and I am able to not just represent the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia but also Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary. On a daily basis, I am able to explain to my students the current canon law issues of the day and the various responses of other scholars. An example of a canon law discussion I have had in canon law class can be found here.

I would like to thank the anonymous donor and the Fellowship of Sts. Alban and Sergius for their donations, without which my participation in the SLEC conference would not have been possible. 

Deacon Andrei Psarev

Fr. Andrei Psarev received his B.Th from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary, M.Th. from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland. He is currently the professor of Russian history, Russian Church History, Byzantine History, and Canon Law at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary.