On March 28-29, 2015 four St. Tikhon’s students traveled to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts for a meeting of the Orthodox Inter-Seminary Movement (OISM). Twice a year, this group brings together students from all Orthodox seminaries for a weekend of fellowship and shared learning. Activities at the most recent OISM event included a tour of the Holy Cross campus, services in their beautiful chapel, and time to get to know one another. The students also benefited from discussions led by His Grace Bishop John of Worchester and Father Edward Hughes on the theme of “Building Community.”
In the opening session on Friday evening, students from St. Vladimir’s Seminary in New York, Christ the Saviour Seminary in Johnstown Pennsylvania, St. Herman’s Seminary in Alaska, Holy Cross, and St. Tikhon’s were able to hear from each other what “a day in the life” looks like at their respective seminaries. This set the tone of open communication and learning from one another that continued throughout the weekend, as seminarians had the opportunity to come together in discussions of concerns that are common to every geographical location and jurisdiction. The St. Tikhon’s students returned eager to share their experience, and looking forward to the next OISM event.
Article by Megan Haak first year seminarian at St. Tikhon’s Seminary and newly elected OISM secretary.