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On November 14, 2018, Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary [SVOTS] will begin another round of webinars featuring Doctor of Ministry graduates, who will be presenting their final projects.  The webinars—free and accessible online to the public—are designed to give people a taste of what the D.Min. program offers and how it impacts ministry.

The first in the webinar series, which will be presented by Archpriest David Subu, Rector of Saint Mary Church, Falls Church, VA. will begin at noon EDT and conclude at 1:00 p.m. on November 14.  Father David’s presentation will be based on his project, “Repent and Recover: Addiction Recovery and Traditional Christian Ascetic Principles for Pastors and Their Parishioners.”  Online registration for the webinar is now available.  Registrants for Father David’s presentation will receive a link to join the webinar on the morning of November 14.

“Many have identified the connection between the modern affliction of addiction and what the ascetic Fathers call ‘the Passions,’” Father David explained.  “If addictions are a form of the passions, we should find that successful principles of recovery from addiction should also be useful in healing the passions and habitual sinful behaviors.  This project examines the dynamics of the passions and the scientific study of addiction treatments and develops a course of recovery-minded repentance from sin that can help both priests and those under their spiritual care to actualize the benefits of the ascetic tradition in their lives for overcoming sin, God helping.”