From Friday September 22, 2006 through Saturday September 23, 2006 the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM) held its fall meeting at St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Over 70 students from four seminaries participated in this biannual event.
OISM’s main goal is to promote opportunities for fellowship amongst students of our countries Orthodox theological seminaries. In keeping with this goal, students met for a fellowship meal on Friday evening, worshipped together at St. Tikhon Monastery Church on Saturday morning, conducted their business meetings, then engaged in friendly basketball games on Saturday afternoon.
Notable items from the business meeting included updates on the plans of eleven students from four seminaries who will travel to Alaska under the auspices of OISM. These students will visit our sister school of St. Herman Seminary in Kodiak, make a pilgrimage to Spruce Island, as well as other visit other sites in Alaska from October 12-18th. The assembly also discussed the upcoming SCOBA meeting in Chicago, and representatives from each school informed the gathering of upcoming events and student life on their respective campus.
The four seminaries represented at this meeting were; St. Tikhon Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania; St. Vladimir Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York; Holy Cross Orthodox Theological Seminary in Brookline, Massachusetts, and Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville, New York. St. Herman Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska was unable to make the transcontinental journey for this meeting, however, they do plan on attending the spring gathering held next semester at a location to be announced.
OISM meets twice annually and participation is open to all seminaries of SCOBA jurisdictions, as well as other associate member seminaries as approved by the general assembly.