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First Saturday Seminar with John Kapsalis

First Saturday Seminar with John Kapsalis

A Saturday Seminar was held at Lourmel House of the Lived Theology School on Saturday, Nov 28. There were 8 people in attendance including the students and others involved in various ways with the school and St. John the Compassionate Mission. John Kapsalis, Professor of New Testament at Toronto Theological Academy lectured on the topic, "Led by the Hand of God, Poverty in the Orthodox Tradition and the Call to Radical Devotion."

John Kapsalis focused on the Scriptures and what they say about poverty. He emphasized the importance of not idealizing the poor but rather showed that it is a question of an attitude to money. Service to the poor is a Scriptural requirement and there are numerous examples of such service in both the New and Old Testaments. Christian generosity made a huge impression on the Roman world as it was given to everyone in need and not only to those who were in the Christian community. John Kapsalis emphasized that giving to others is a natural part of who God is. There were also discussions on idealizations of poverty and how parishes and individuals can apply these Scriptural principles. The participants prayed, fellowshipped and ate together.